Come Dance!

Check back for more info about dances and lessons this spring!

Advanced Lessons every Thursday, 213 Forker Hall 6:15PM-7:00PM

Beginner Lessons every Thursday, 213 Forker Hall 7:00PM-8:00PM

Social Dance every Thursday, 213 Forker Hall 8:00PM-9:00PM

Beginners Welcome!

Who are we?

We're the Cyclone Swing Society and we've been a campus organization since Fall 2003. Our mission is to create a social dance environment for all levels of swing dancers here at Iowa State University as well as in the surrounding community. That's a stuffy way of saying that we want to have fun dancing, and we want you to dance with us!

What is Swing?

Swing is genre of dancing that includes many steps and dances done to jazz music. Swing dances can be solo or partnered, big and flashy, or smooth and sophisticated. Wikipedia has a nice description of swing dancing and it's history, but to really know what swing is, you've got to experience it.

Swing dancing is not a ballroom dance (although ballroom dancers do have a form of dance related to swing). The swing community strives to stay connected to its roots, keeping the dance improvisational and vibrant. Swing focuses on aspects of the social dance like how to lead and follow, partner connection, improvisation and having a good time.

Some types of swing dance we do are Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing or Jitterbug, Charleston, Balboa, Shag and the Shim Sham, but there are plenty more out there.

What can we teach you?

We offer lessons for all level of swing dancer. We can take you from zero to swing in thirty minutes or help you hone your technique to take your dancing to the next level. We provide lessons before all of our events and we're available for our own organization's functions.

It's easy to learn the basics of swing dancing, and that's all you need to start having fun. But there are many different types and styles of swing and there's always something new to learn, so it never gets boring.

The Local Scene

There are a few clubs around the state and region. We meet up with some of them at the larger dances.