Do I need a partner
to come to a dance? Many people at dances come without a partner. They look forward to
dancing with as many people as they can during the course of the
evening, and meeting and dancing with
if I don't know how to dance - can I learn at the dance? We
offer a “survival” introductory lesson at 7:15 pm before each dance,
included in the dance admission, so you'll be dancing that same night.
Remember that everyone in the room was a beginning dancer once – just
tell partners that you are a new dancer.
My friends don't
dance – can I bring them to a dance? Yes, come early with them - they
can take the pre-dance lesson so they will be all set to enjoy the
How can I ask someone
I don't know to dance? Dancers are
generally a very friendly group of people. Leaders ask followers, and
followers ask leaders to dance.
Just make eye contact, smile, and say “Would you like to dance?”
- then introduce yourselves during the course of the dance.
I find people my age at the dance?
All ages attend our dances – there will be dancers from 16
to 65+, all enjoying themselves.
kind of bands play for dances? We
dance to the premier Zydeco bands in the Northeast and touring Zydeco bands from Louisiana. The musicians really like to play for
dancers - we let them know how much we appreciate this by applauding
after each tune
What do people wear to dances?
Wear comfortable, casual clothing that lets you move freely; you will get too warm in a jacket or sweater.
What kind of shoes should I wear?Wear comfortable clean, non-marking shoes that stay on your foot
and have a relatively smooth sole.
are dances held?
Our dances are usually held at Harmony House, 58 East Main Street (Rte 404) Webster
Take 490 to 590 North to 104 East (~6 miles), Exit 250 S (R turn) 1 block to 1st light, Rte 404, turn L,
go 1 block. HH is a large white bldg on N side of St directly
across from Key Bank and Burger King. It's a great dance venue!
What should I do about my purse at a dance? It's not a good idea to leave a purse either in your car or lying
around the dance floor. Consider
a pocket or waist pack.
Why do you ask that people use fragrance-free personal products?
Many people are sensitive or allergic to fragrances - perfumes,
colognes, after-shaves - so we ask that you do not use these when you come out dancing.
What's the most important thing to remember about dancing?
Dances are informal & fun, and dancing is just about enjoying the music with your partner… We like what Dave
Barry said in; Sixteen
Things That it Took Me 50 Years to Learn – “Nobody cares if you
can't dance well. Just get up and dance!”
QUESTIONS ABOUT DANCE CLASSES
if I want to take classes to learn how to dance? Esther Brill offers
five-week class series on an ongoing basis where you can learn Cajun and
Zydeco dancing. Beginner classes are taught from scratch, so no prior
skills are needed… http://www.rochesterswingdance.com
Do I need a partner?
Many people enroll in classes without a partner.
We rotate partners during our classes, so you get to dance with
everyone in the rotation. We
try to ensure that there is a balance of leaders and followers at the
I feel like I have “two left feet” – can you really teach me how to dance? Everyone
can learn how to dance, and have fun doing it, with a little practice
and a little patience: If you can walk, you can dance!