Swing London hosts social dances on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of the month in London, Ontario. We also offer multiple levels of 6 week lessons that start from the basics and work their way up.
Good dance etiquette is important.
Swing London social dances are just that – social – and we are committed to maintaining a friendly, fun, safe, and welcoming environment for everyone. Please be mindful of floorcraft, courtesy, and etiquette.
Be aware of the space around you when you dance. Use caution not to bump into other dancers, equipment, tables, walls, or other objects in the space. Use smaller rock steps when the dance floor is crowded. If you do happen to bump into someone please apologize and ensure they are ok.
When you are not dancing exit the dance floor area to make room for others wishing to dance. There is space to the side with tables you may use.
Aerials, although fun, are not accepted on the social dance floor. Please reserve these moves to performances and jams for people who have practiced these moves prior to the event. Never attempt to do an aerial on the social dance floor, even if there is lots of space.
Rotation and Switching Partners
In classes, everyone rotates (changes partner from time to time) and dances with each other. This is part of the social dance culture we value. Even people who come with their own partner have a more enjoyable time when they have the opportunity to social dance and socialize with many different people.
At Dances, normally people change partners for each song. When the song ends normally you thank your dance partner and then leave them on their own so they can easily be asked to dance by someone else before the next song starts, or so they can easily ask someone else to dance. It is rude to monopolize one partner so try to stick to just one dance together and then move on.
There are of course exceptions; you might not change partners after one song if you came with someone special or someone is a personal friend outside the context of dancing. In that case you might well dance with them for several songs in a row or chat with them all night, or as you both please. But in general, the one song suggestion is a good rule of thumb.
Sometimes people like to chat a lot on the side of the dance floor but the default assumption is that people are there to dance and listen to the band rather than chat, and that people will be left on their own at the end of each song. Sometimes people don’t want to seem rude by breaking out of a conversation, but they’re there to dance so be as cautious of monopolizing their attention in conversation as in keeping them for more than one dance.
We encourage you to dance with as many people at the dance as possible at least once. However, if there is anyone you do not wish to dance with for any reason, you are not obliged to dance with them, and it is fine to politely decline if they ask you. No explanation is needed, and no explanation should be requested. Should an issue arise do not hesitate to contact a Swing London organizer.