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Social Dance!

  • Desert Gardens Community Centre 540 Seymour Street Kamloops, BC, V2C 2G9 Canada (map)

Member: $5 | Non-Member: $10

Our social dances are the perfect way to spend a Friday night: have fun, make new connections, and dance to great music in a positive and supportive community.

Learn the Lindy Hop, enjoy swingin’ jazz music, and be social in our inclusive and friendly dance community. We welcome those with 2 left feet and no clue how to dance as well as those who already know and love dancing. No partner or dance experience is required to come try out a social dance.

Every dance starts with an hour long beginner level lesson. It’s an easy way to learn the dance or brush up on your skills, and to meet current and new members of our community!

After the lesson, it’s time for the social dancing! Our DJs play both classic and modern swing music and the floor is open for everyone to ask (or be asked) to dance. Our dance community is incredibly friendly and inclusive, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy swing social dancing and jazz music, free of judgement, and regardless of their level of experience. We encourage dancers to learn whichever role - lead or follow - they are most comfortable with, regardless of traditional gender roles. Many of our regular members both lead and follow, and are always happy to dance with new dancers!

We also stress that dancers always have the right to say no. It’s not rude! Maybe you’re not feeling a song, maybe you’re tired, maybe you’ve already promised a dance to someone else - whatever the reason, you don’t have to explain. It’s enough just to say no. On the flip side, if someone says no, don’t take it personally! There will be lots of other people around ready to dance. We want to foster a positive social dancing culture in which everyone in the community is valued and is comfortable.

While our society teaches a certain style of swing dancing with specific steps and moves, we believe that there is no “right way” to dance. Lindy Hop is a vernacular jazz dance, meaning it grew out of people listening and moving to music that they loved, and then learning from and sharing those moves with other dancers, changing and growing the dance together until it became the one we know and love today. We keep this spirit of play and creativity alive in our scene by encouraging everyone to have fun with their dancing.

Details:

  • Light snacks and water are provided but we encourage all to bring a water bottle.

  • Unless there is a special theme (e.g., formal), we recommend that you dress comfortably - especially your shoes!

  • We do not allow alcohol to be served or brought to the dances

Earlier Event: December 6
Social Dance!