Things to Know!
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 Trinity Memorial Church (2212 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103).
Amazing instructors from our community teach two simultaneous tiered lessons from 8-9pm: Drop-In (for the brand- and pretty-new, no prior lessons required), and intermediate topics (solid 6 & 8 count lindy hop foundations required). 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.
Where are you located and what is parking like?
Our Thursday evening dances are located at the Trinity Memorial Church in Philadelphia (2212 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103). There's lots of free street parking available around the venue.
Do I need to bring a partner?
No partner is necessary for the lessons or social dance. During the lessons, everyone will dance with everyone of the opposite role -- that way you can practice dancing with different folks. Swing is a social dance, and we encourage you to ask anyone to dance.
Don't have a partner for a song? Show off your solo jazz!
Do I need to have previous dance experience?
No prior experience is needed, we love welcoming first-timers to Jazz Attack! Make sure you come at 8:00PM for our drop-in lesson, where you'll learn everything you need for your first night of dancing.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing clothes you're comfortable moving in. Casual attire is perfectly fine, although many people like to dress up for band nights and other special events. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, especially those with low traction (swing has lots of spins and turns).
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, privates are a great way to level up your dancing, iron out some kinks, or learn new moves. 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 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 email@example.com.
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!