Rhythm City Productions

What is Swing? / What should I wear?

To a dance: It depends on the theme of the night. Generally, people dress pretty casually when they go out dancing these days, but you will find a wide range of apparel, from jeans and t-shirts to historically accurate dresses, suits, and hairdos. If there is a band, people are more likely to dress up. Regardless of what you wear, you should bring at least one change of shirt, because it’s easy to get sweaty at a dance, and you don’t want to share that with your partner. Wear deodorant (but avoid scents, colognes, and perfumes), bring gum or mints, and change your shirt if it is noticeably damp on the outside. Shoes should be comfortable and allow you to pivot or swivel your foot without sticking to the floor. If you’re just starting out, you should stay away from high heels for now. Low-tread and non-marking sneakers are perfect. Hard rubber-soled and suede or leather-soled dress shoes are also great, but may be slippery on some floors.

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