FAQ

Things to Know!

When will the in-person dance events return?

Jazz Attack returns to in-person dancing on November 11th, 2021. If all goes well at that event, we'll continue holding regular events every Thursday thereafter!

What COVID precautions are you taking?

Safety is our absolute top priority. The following, based on recommended practices from the swing dance specific COVID safety group and our own additional local standards include:

  1. Proof of full vaccination (physical card or card photo + ID) at every event

  2. Mask wearing at all times at all events

  3. Limiting capacity to 2/3 the venue standards (pre-registration may be required for large live band events -- check the FB event description for details)

What is swing dance?

"Swing Dance" is an umbrella term for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Jitterbug, and more, many of which are danced weekly at Jazz Attack! Swing dancing began in the 1920s in Harlem, NYC among primarily African-American communities. It evolved with jazz music and became popular across the country through radio broadcasts, film, and live performance. Lindy hop history, jazz history, and African-American history are inseparable topics, and all Jazz Attack attendees are encouraged to engage deeply with these subjects to gain a deeper understanding of this tradition that is still kept alive 100 years later!

What happens at your weekly events? Do I need to sign up ahead of time?

We dance every Thursday from 8-11pm at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, 19103)

Amazing instructors from our community teach a lesson from 8-9pm. It's for the brand- and pretty-new, no prior lessons required. Check the CLASSES TAB for more details!

 

Since resuming dances after the pandemic, we are requiring pre-registration to enforce limited capacity.

 

The lesson is included in your entry fee. Please arrive 15 minutes early to stretch and get settled before a lesson. NO admittance to lessons after 8:15. 

From 9-11pm, we social dance to DJ’d or live music. Check our Facebook page for weekly event details including instructors, DJs, or live bands. Our band nights are *usually* the second Thursday of the month.

Where are you located and what is parking like?

Our Thursday evening dance is at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103). There is street & garage parking available nearby. Check out our parking guide!

Do I need to bring a partner?

Nope! You're more than welcome to bring friends and partners along, but we'll rotate partners throughout the lessons, and invite you to ask anyone to dance during the social dance!

Don't have a partner for a song? Show off your solo jazz!

Do I need to have previous dance experience?

Nope!

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing clothes you're comfortable moving in. Casual attire is perfectly fine, although sometimes people like to dress up for band nights and other special events. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, especially those with low traction for spins & turns (i.e. Keds). Basically -- wear something you'll feel comfortable, confident, and ready to have some fun in! No sharp heels, please (but it's your living room).

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes, privates are a great way to level up your dancing, iron out some kinks, or learn new moves. We have a booklet on our front desk with some of the best instructors in Philly. Our space is open before lessons for private instruction from 7-8:00PM. There are also opportunities to take privates on the weekends.

If you're interested, talk to any instructor at Jazz Attack and they’ll work with you to schedule a time to meet and practice. Rates are determined by the instructor, but most are flexible and sensitive to everyone's unique situation.

Someone is making me feel uncomfortable, what should I do?

If someone is making you uncomfortable on the dance floor, please let an organizer know right away. Jazz Attack strives to be a fully inclusive space, and we have a strict no-harassment policy. We have a dedicated Safe Spaces coordinator who is always available to help. Refer to our Safe Spaces page for a look at our Code of Conduct.

If you don't feel comfortable discussing in person or want to bring up a concern after an event, please submit an anonymous report via our online form.

Are there any discounts?

There are three options for those looking to save: Volunteer! (You can get in for free!) We also have a monthly package: pay upfront for the whole month and get a week free.

In addition, Jazz Attack runs a Pay It Forward program where dancers can contribute towards free passes for future dancers to use. Short on cash this week? Use a sponsored pass! Got a little extra change in your pocket? Consider contributing!