Swing Dance Lessons

Swing dancing is FUN, PLAYFUL and LIVELY, not to mention very popular here in Arizona. Places to go swing dancing in the Phoenix metro area and beyond are plentiful. From Country Swing dancing to the sultry West Coast swing to Jitterbug, you will have many opportunities to use this exciting dance around town.

Did you know that swing dancing is used everywhere from a wedding to a bar since there are so many swing dance tempos and styles? Swing dance music can vary from Jazz to Big Band, Country Western, Blues, Rock and Roll and oldies, making Swing a must-have dance.

Have a blast learning to Swing dance at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona! Learn cool turns, spins and Swing dance combinations at Dance FX Studios that will keep you on the dance floor all night long. With Swing dance lessons, YOU will soon have the confidence and ability needed to dance with style.

For the fastest way to becoming a great Swing dancer, try out Dance FX Studios’ Introductory Offer for just $40. In just one hour, we will introduce you to our exclusive methods of teaching that will make you a comfortable Swing dancer in no time. Couples and singles, come learn to West Coast, Jitterbug and Country Swing dance at Dance FX Studios. Be prepared for your next social event with dance lessons from us.

To inquire about our introductory offer for Swing dance lessons, or to set up your first appointment, please fill out the form below. We will contact you within 24 hours. Thank you.

Private Swing dance lessons are available by appointment Monday- Friday from 12-8 pm and on Saturdays from 12-4 pm. To schedule your first appointment, please fill out the form above or call us today at 480.968.6177.

What others have to say about Dance FX Studios…

“This place teaches social dancing only. So I learned to dance to Blues, Rock, Salsa. They are great people, and now I can dance anywhere out at night and have fun.  I would recommend them to anyone who really wants to learn to dance.”

-Cheers, Nick

Why Swing dancing is for YOU…

Today, people of all ages enjoy Swing dancing. From Country Swing to the Lindy Hop, Swing is popular, useful, versatile and FUN! If you are looking for a dance that you can enjoy anywhere, Swing is the dance for you!

Dance FX Studios offers swing dance lessons for couples and singles near Tempe, AZ! Located in Mesa, AZ, Dance FX Studios teaches swing dancing classes to Gilbert, Chandler and Scottsdale residents as well as Phoenix singles and couples valley-wide!

Three Tips To Becoming an AMAZING Swing Dancer

Swing dancing is energizing, exciting and timeless. Looking to put a little pep in your step? Then get on the floor for a Swing dance or two and become revived! Feel your blood pumping and have fun burning calories while exploring a new hobby all at the same time.

Swing dancing is also a wonderful social opportunity. Meet new friends, learn a healthy new activity and watch your social life begin to expand as you now have something a lot more interesting to do than sit on the couch and watch tv.

For both couples and singles, Swing dance lessons are a great way to become confident and comfortable before hitting the social dance floor. At Dance FX Studios, you will learn useful dance tips like how to be a great leader or follower as well as how to build a connection with your partner. We will also give you a variety of moves to keep your dancing dynamic and lively. Check out a few Swing dancing tips below to get you started on your dancing quest.

1. Determine your style.

With over 24 variations of Swing, from Country Swing to Lindy Hop to West Coast Swing, the “look” you want on the dance floor can be yours. Do you like oldies, Rock and Roll or Big Band music? Would you like to look sultry and slinky or dance with a bounce in your step? Maybe a set of Cowboy boots are more your thing. Either way, with private Swing dance lessons from us, you can be yourself and find the right style to suit you. Since Swing dancing can be used almost anywhere, your style can keep you feeling comfortable as you learn to dance, making dancing that much more fun! Be yourself AND learn to dance, how cool is that!?

2. Know your leader.

Ladies, ladies, ladies. Let’s chat. Rule #1 on the dance floor is knowing who is in charge…on the dance floor. While we know how much FUN Swing dancing is, PLEASE let your guys decide when you will be turning and how often you will be doing so. It is a true challenge to wait for our leaders to whip out the cool moves on the dance floor-especially when he is a beginner dancer, but if we start to take over, he will never build his confidence. You do want a confident leader on the dance floor, right? Give him a chance to show you that he CAN be the man on the dance floor. What will it take to get him Swing ready? Private dance lessons, of course. For our leaders to shine, they must KNOW what they are doing and learn to do it right. Then they can go out and give this whole dancing thing a shot. Be patient, ladies, and let your men learn to dance so that they can sweep you off of your feet and give you a night to remember-whatever the occasion.

3. Give yourself time to learn to dance.

While those on the dance floor may make Swing dancing look so effortless, great dancers are never born. In fact, they probably put more miles on the dance floor than they do in their car making their footwork and style seem so complete. Be patient with yourself as you learn to dance and realize that with effort, great things can happen. The benefits of knowing how to Swing dance are endless, so keep plugging along and your time will pay off. :)

Become a confident Swing dancer with lessons from us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona. We will give you useful tips to help you shine on any social dance floor! Dance FX Studios accommodates residents from Phoenix to Queen Creek and in between. Give us a call today to begin your journey into the exciting world of dance.

Watch Henry and Melissa Swing dancing…

Swing Dance Music for Beginners:

Country Swing
1. Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
2. Firecracker – Josh Turner
3. Don’t Rock the Jukebox – Alan Jackson
4. She Lays it on the Line – George Straight
5. Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen

East Coast Swing (Triple Time)

1. All I do is Dream of You – Michael Buble
2. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
3. What is This Thing Called Love? – Django’s Discovery
4. Let’s Groove Tonight – Earth, Wind and Fire
5. Please, Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes

East Coast Swing (Jitterbug)

1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
2. If I had a Million Dollars – Barenaked Ladies
3. The Longest Time – Billy Joel
4. Mmbop – The Hansen Brothers
5. 59 – Brian Setzer

West Coast Swing

1. Born Under a Bad Sign – Albert King
2. Sign, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
3. Sign Your Name – Sheryl Crow
4. Free – Seal
5. Push – Enrique Iglesias, Lil Wayne

Lindy Hop

1. Hep Cat Johnny – HB Radke
2. I Found a Million Dollars – Lindy Mills Brothers
3. More Than Ever – Red Norvo
4. Tuxedo Junction – Walter Weeman’s Brass and Singers
5. Fly me to the Moon – King of Swing Orchestra

Beginner Swing dance lessons as well as Swing dance nights are offered at Dance FX Studios near Chandler and Tempe, AZ. Technically in Mesa, Arizona, Dance FX Studios serves Phoenix valley residents from Gilbert, AZ to Scottsdale, AZ, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon and beyond.

A Brief History of Swing Dancing

With the evolution of Jazz music, Swing dancing emerged in the 1920’s through the 1950’s Swing in African American communities, most notably in Harlem, New York. Swing dancing grew from a combination of African dancing, tap, ballroom dancing and sheer creativity from some of its founders, most notably Dean Collins, Frankie Manning and “Shorty George” Snowden.

The first of the Swing dances included Lindy Hop and the Charleston and developed into over 24 variations including Shag, Balboa, West Coast and Jive. With stylistic differences from bouncy and hoppy to smooth and subtle, the Swing was versatile and exciting!

In the late 1930’s, the Jitterbug, with it’s big movements and fast footwork, brought Swing dancing into the mainstream. By the 1940’s Swing dancing was offered in schools of dance and was recognized among the American Society of Teachers and dancing as a style that was here to stay.

Did You Know…

Did you know that the Jitterbug, a common term representing several styles of Swing dancing, was named after the way alcoholics acted while drunk? The “jitters” suffered by alcoholics reminded trombonist and drummer Harry Alexander White of the lively movements that he saw on the dance floor as he coined the term “Jitterbug” in the early 1900’s.

While Mr. White named the Jitterbug, Cab Calloway often receives credit for title of the dance because of his 1934 song titled “The Jitterbug”. This song made the swing a household dance from that point on.

Frequently Asked Questions About Swing Dancing

Are there different styles of Swing dancing?

Yes! there are 24 swing dance variations including West Coast swing, Country Swing, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop. While each swing dance style has it’s own look and characteristics, swing dancing in general is a must-have for any social occasion. Please consult with your instructor as to which swing dance is most appropriate for you.

My partner wants to start with an easy dance. Is Swing dancing a good dance for beginners?

Swing dance lessons are great for beginners! Because swing dancing is so useful, it is a social dance that everyone should know. While not every swing dance style is equally “easy” to learn, beginners in particular will benefit from learning to swing dance for its versatility and fun factor.
Isn’t swing dancing just about “swinging” my partner around?

Not quite. This misconception often leads to sore shoulders the next day for ladies in particular. Believe it or not, swing dancing is all about finesse. Yes-even Country swing! With private swing dance lessons, guys will learn the techniques needed to become a great swing dancer without ripping out their ladies arms.

Do you offer Country Swing dance lessons?

Yes! Country swing dancing is very popular here in Arizona with all of the Country bars in the Phoenix valley. Generally, untrained Country swing dancers take liberties with their dance partners that are unsafe on the dance floor. Let us show you how to keep that Country style while making swing dancing fun and safe for all.

Do you offer Swing dance lessons for all ages?

Dance FX Studios offers swing dancing lessons to couples and singles ages 18+ in private and group dance lessons with the exception of our “Create-A-Classes” where you can learn to dance in a group of just your friends or family. Read more about our Create-A-Class option