Frequently asked questions about Jive Cats

Q. When can I join a class?

For Charleston you can join on any Tuesday when we are teaching and start to pick up steps, patterns, technique and styling.
For Jive and Lindy Hop we offer regular start dates - roughly monthly at each venue. 
We generally offer a 4-week discount package for Level 1 Jive and Lindy Hop coinciding with these start dates.  If you don't want to book the course then there is a pay-as-you-go option with the same start dates.  If you need help selecting the best way to start then contact us.

If you are a more experienced dancer who wants to join in our classes then please do contact us.  If you have not taken any of our classes we will invite you to week 1 or possibly week 2 of a 4-week block.  You are also welcome to our 4-week discount package.

If you have previously attended our classes and wish to re-join after a long absence but are concerned that you have become 'rusty' or need a refresh on the basics then contact us.

To contact us first look at the class which appeals to you: at the bottom of the class page you will find a contact form.

Q. What should I wear?

The most important thing to wear is a smile - it will make your dance partner very happy.

Next you need shoes that allow you to turn easily on the ball of your foot: they should be secure and comfortable with a smooth sole. 

It is not an exercise class so please wear clothes suitable for a casual social gathering.  Clothing layers are a good idea so that you can adjust to suit the weather and the energy that you are burning. 

If you are exerting yourself, especially during warm weather, then a small sports towel can help you to stay fresh.  It goes without saying that personal hygiene is important. 

Please bear in mind that some jewellery or any 'loose' clothing may create difficulties when partner dancing.

Q. Do I need a partner?

It's good if you have someone to come with you to the class and to practice with between classes but it is absolutely NOT A REQUIREMENT.  About 60% of our students are couples who come together.

We seek a good balance between 'leaders' and 'followers'.  Sometimes two females attend together to form a dance couple.

Q. Do I need to be very fit?

Dancing is a pleasant way to exercise safely and at your own pace, improving your balance, posture and agility.  It's even good for your brain. Our social events have dancers aged from their teens to their early 70s, all enjoying the positive impact of dancing.

You control how much energy you want to use.  We will never push you to over-exert yourself.  If you have a physical limitation you should work within that limitation and we can often give advice on how to modify what we are teaching to suit you.

Q. How can I practice what I learn?

In addition to practice breaks during each class, we offer a wide range of opportunities for social dancing so that you can expand you social circle, enjoy great music from live bands and DJs and play with what you have assimilated in the class.

Q. What is Jive Cats conduct policy?

We think that grown-up common sense informs most of us about what is appropriate behaviour.  We are determined to have a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where other people are treated with genuine respect.  We are pleased to say that we have almost never needed to take any action in this regards as we seem to get nice people coming to our classes.  Maybe it's something about the music!