Yes! Every Thursday there are beginner dance lesson at 8:15p, focusing on basic Six Count Swing (also known as East Coast Swing or Jitterbug). These lessons are designed to quickly give you the basic skills you need to get out on the dance floor and have a ball!
There are also additional forms of swing dancing that are taught in our “side room” with subsequent DJ’ed music that lends itself to the practice of that dance.
If you want to get more than just the basics, there are a couple of places to get more classes in Austin with Four on the Floor.
Is it a safe environment?
It is an extremely safe environment. The Syndicate’s Thursday dances are all about dancing, music & hanging out with friends. We pride ourselves on providing this family-friendly, safe environment.
In the unlikely event that you experience a problem, please tell the front desk or DJ. They will find a board member and the problem will be dealt with immediately.
Do you serve alcohol?
Normally, no. Occasionally we will have special dances that may include alcohol (check the front page schedule for special events), but ordinarily, the drink of choice is water.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably and wear shoes that stick to your feet (aka, no strappy sandals or flip flops). If you want to slide a bit on the floor, you can buy special dance shoes or cover the bottom of regular sneakers with masking/duct tape.
In the summer, when Texas is at its best, it’s a good idea to bring an extra change of shirts. If you dance a lot, you will definitely work up a sweat!
Do I need to bring a partner?
Only if you want to! The Austin Swing Syndicate is a very friendly place. Most of the dancers do not have a regular partner and the ones that do still social dance with everyone. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to dance!
What is the side room?
The side room is our second room for dancing! The main room will always have great swing and lindy hop music playing, and the side room is there to shake it up a bit.
Various forms of swing dance lessons are taught in our side room. After each of these lessons, music that easily lends itself to the practice of that dance is played throughout the evening.
1st Thursdays – Blues Dancing
2nd Thursdays – Balboa
3rd Thursdays – West Coast Swing
4th Thursdays – Collegiate Shag, with Groovy Lindy DJ’ed after class
5th Thursdays – TBA
Is there a lost and found?
Yes. Just ask the front desk and they will try to help you find your lost item!
Do you have a group discount?
Our non-member rate is only $8 and we typically do not provide group discounts. If you have any specific questions, please use the contact form to get in touch with us.
Where can I buy dance shoes?
There are lots of places to buy great dance shoes. In town there is a store called Movin’ Easy. Online, there are a group of lindy hoppers that run Dancestore.com as well as retro shoe brand Remix Vintage Shoes.
Do you sell water?
Yes! It is available at the front desk for $1 per bottle. There is also a water fountain off the north end of the main ballroom for your convenience.
Are kids/children allowed?
We recommend that only individuals 13 years of age and older attend our weekly dances. It is difficult for parents to watch children in an social dance environment like the Austin Swing Syndicate, especially if they want to dance too! Because the Austin Swing Syndicate can get crowded at times, children could get injured or wander off throughout the building without a parent realizing where they went.