The Lindy Project


Project FAQ

If you have any more questions you would like answered, please ask us!

Where are classes?

We have two locations:
Balance Dance Studio, South Austin – Wednesday classes
Dancer’s Workshop, North Austin – Weekend classes

What should I wear?

Most important: shoes that are comfortable and stick to your feet. Sling backs and flip flops are hard to dance in. As far as everything else, wear something comfortable that makes you feel good.

What do you do for your shoes?

Some of us wear street shoes. Some of us attach leather on our shoes to give them the right consistency. Shoes are a dancer’s personal preference. Experiment with it.

Here’s a video to help you chrome your shoes.

Where Can I Get Music?

We have a suggestion list of some of our favorite artists in the music section of our website, as well as some sources for getting great jazz.

There are also some amazing albums by our local musicians. Check out the Jonathan Doyle Quintet and Thrift Set Orchestra.

I want to learn SWING, but you’re always talking about LINDY

Swing is an umbrella term for all dances done to swing / jazz music. This includes:
Lindy Hop
East Coast Swing
– Balboa
– Shag & Others!
At TLP, you will learn Lindy Hop, Charleston & East Coast Swing.

I just want to take one class and try it out. Is that OK?

Yes. We accept walk ins ONLY the first or second class of the month. An individual class is $15. If you decide to do the full month after taking the class, then we can apply that to the series cost.

What happens if I have to miss a class?

No problem, but try to catch up. You can make up the material by:

  • Watching and practicing the video recap, which is emailed to all of the students and posted on our Facebook page and Youtube Channel.
  • Get together with people from class to work on the class material with them
  • Take a private lesson to make up the material – cost of the lesson is not included with classes

I don’t have a partner, can I still take classes?

No partner necessary! Lindy Hop is a very social dance and we rotate partners throughout the class, so you get to know and get to dance with everyone.

Help!  I have two left feet – what do I do?

If you feel like you need a little more attention, there are several things you can do:

  • Go out social dancing. One hour a week will do nothing compared to the hours you get on a Thursday night.
  • Get together with other students from class to practice.
  • Organize to meet before class with your instructors. If they have time, they would be happy to help.
  • Get a private lesson with any one of our instructors. They would be happy to work at your pace, one on one to make sure you’re comfortable.

I really want to get good, what should I do?

  • Go out social dancing – the earlier the better.
  • Make friends in the Lindy community or bring your friends along. Everything from lessons, to social dances, to practicing steps in your living room is more fun when you like to the people you’re with.
  • Go out social dancing – seriously!
  • Attend a workshop, camp, or competition weekend.
  • Get a private lesson. You’ll get individual attention and will work one on one with someone who knows what it should feel like.

How do I make the most from my in-class experience?

  • Don’t wait until the teacher explains everything. Be an active learner and try to figure it out with your eyes.
  • When you run through a sequence, do it all out. That way the instructor can really see what you are doing.
  • Check out the video recap, which is emailed to all of the students and posted on our Facebook page and Youtube Channel.
  • When the instructor gives a tip for the class, assume it is directed at you.
  • If your partner is doing something wrong, assume you could also do your part better.
  • Try not to watch the instructor as you’re dancing – it can throw off your balance.
  • Remember to approach class with politeness and decorum.
  • Come to class on time (no, really).

How do I behave at a dance?

It’s not so different from the social norms you would observe at a party any other gathering of friends in a public space. Here’s a quick how to for you.

Who do I talk to if someone bothers me?

Lindy Hop is a social dance with lots of interactions between many people. Most of them are friendly and fun, but some can be uncomfortable. If you feel bothered by anyone, please talk to any TLP staff member. Even if it’s a staff member, still don’t hesitate to tell someone. We will do our best to understand your point of view and make sure an appropriate action is taken.