Things to Know!
Wait! Aren't we on quarantine?
Yes. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our in-person dance events at The Ethical Society are on indefinite hiatus. However, we're still hosting virtual events, just over video chat, and from the comfort and safety of your living room! The login information is posted on our Facebook page before each event, with additional information in the actual Facebook event. We're currently featuring lindy hop legends, pro-level instructors, and more, plus narrated DJ sets, as well as hangout rooms in between classes and dancing. We may be socially distanced, but that doesn't mean we have to be far apart.
When will the in-person dance events return?
When people can safely dance together in a large groups without the use of masks, Jazz Attack will return. Our community's health and safety is our highest priority, and we're unwilling to settle for anything less. Rest assured, when we make that call we'll be shouting the rooftops and every social media platform we have at our disposal! We currently have no plans to return before late fall 2021.
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 via the Internet, from our living room to yours. No advanced sign-up is required. Find our events on Facebook for login information.
We dance every Thursday from 8-11pm at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, 19103)
Amazing instructors from our community teach three simultaneous tiered lessons from 8-9pm: A Newcomer Drop-In (for the brand- and pretty-new, no prior lessons required), Beginner Series (starting each month, for those that have taken the drop-in 3-5 times) and intermediate topics (solid 6 & 8 count lindy hop foundations required -- think California Routine). Check the CLASSES TAB for more details! You do not need to sign-up ahead of time and 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. Not sure which lesson to take? Ask any instructor or volunteer and they'll help you out!
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?
Hop on Facebook and join our weekly virtual events! We don't care where your car is parked, as long as it's safe from the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Starting 3/5, our Thursday evening dance will be located 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?
If you live with someone, feel free to ask them for a dance! Otherwise, solo jazz is encouraged.
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! We love welcoming first-timers to Jazz Attack, even in our virtual state!
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?
Our Code of Conduct still applies to our virtual events! We have implemented security measures on our virtual hangouts, and our Safer Spaces team is still working hard to make sure the environment is free from harassment and discrimination.
If someone is making you uncomfortable on the dance floor, please let an organizer know ASAP. 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 Safe Spaces Policy and for ways to get in touch with our Safe Spaces Coordinator.
If you would like to report a concern to our safer spaces team, you are welcome to submit an anonymous report via our online form or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any discounts?
If you've been financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis, please consider virtual Jazz Attack on us! Our community is more important, and we'd love to have you. All donations for lessons/music are directed towards our talented instructors and DJs.
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!