While all people are welcome at Queer Swing Seattle, our goal is to go out of our way to create a uniquely - Safe & Queer Positive Space - This is reflected in our policies, the way we do business, the way we think about and teach dance, and ultimately the way we will all dance with each other. Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, ethnicity, ability, appearance, national origin or religion will not be tolerated. LGBTQAI+ spaces can historically be insensitive to our Trans and POC family members. We want to be especially conscious of this to create a new dance community where all folx feel explicitly welcome, safe, and valued!
Leading and Following are cool, but not as cool as the music and your own personal expression as a dancer.
Let’s face it, part of the cisgender, patriarchal heteronormativity associated with partner dance comes from a perceived power dynamic between the “Lead” often associated as “masculine” and in charge, and the “Follow” often associated as “feminine” and “taking orders.” tradition, tradition… blah, blah, blah...
WE'RE OVER IT. IT'S 2020 AND IT'S TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW!
When you take one of our classes, you will be learning Swing Dance in a totally different way.
While most of our classes are taught "ELEF" style, which stands for "Everyone Leads, Everyone Follows," for us it's more than that. It's about exploring a way of dancing with a partner that is fluid and equal. This type of dancing is all about expressing yourself to the music and supporting each others ideas.
This means both partners can lead and follow - from both positions - in the same dance.
REVOLUTIONARY - blink, blink… sips tea.
It’s about teamwork, creativity and supporting each others improvisational ideas to make the magic happen on the dance floor. Not about a power dynamic.
To create a dance school and dance community of like minded folx excited about Lindy Hop, Swing Music and Dance who want to bring their uniqueness into everything they do.
We are starting small, but hope to soon provide higher level classes in different swing styles like Balboa, Slow Drag, Blues and Solo Jazz. We also hope to soon have a social dance to help build our community even more.
Lastly, we are committed to developing more opportunity and visibility for LGBTQAI+ dancers through teacher training, teaching and performance opportunities!
We are so happy you are here! Now, LET’S DANCE!
Queer Swing Seattle
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