Stumptown Dance began running dances in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. We’re passionate about connecting folks with one another while sharing the love of music & dance from the Swing Era.
About our Lessons and Workshops
Totally overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Not a problem! We teach people like you every day. Where you start really depends on what you want to get out of this whole dancing thing.
Private lessons are by far the best way to learn as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. Dance with a professional for a full hour and receive individualized, constructive feedback that will accelerate your learning like nothing else can. To Schedule, email info@StumptownDance.com or call 503-784-8047. See pricing and additional info HERE.
Another great option is to take four week series classes. These classes vary in size but they are often relatively small groups. You get to learn specific steps as well as how to lead/follow them. You will likely get some individual help during the series but not as much as in a private lesson. See the specific descriptions of each series on the Lessons/Workshops page. Each series typically starts at the beginning of every month but see our calendar for the exact dates. Also, keep in mind that if you are newer to dancing we VERY strongly recommend that you take Swing 1 before taking any other series and that the majority of people happily take the same series several times. Those wise people who repeat classes most often find themselves having more fun and confidence when they dance from then on!
Maybe you’re more interested in the social aspects of swing dancing. In that case, we recommend that you start with the Drop-In lessons that are available for FREE with admission to any of our weekly swing dances. In these Drop-In lessons we start from the beginning, covering basic footwork, moving with a partner and a few simple moves. There will be many people at these lessons who are brand new to swing and we will have you rotate partners often so you get to meet and dance with new faces. After the lesson, you have the opportunity to practice what you just learned at the dance with all the people you just met! See our calendar for the DJ/Live Band Schedule.
Workshops and one time classes are extremely fun and we are happy to offer them periodically at Stumptown Dance. Each workshop and one time class will have a different focus but they will all be designed to help you take your dancing to the next level. Some of these will have prerequisites and some will not; so read the descriptions carefully. See our latest news and our calendar for the most up to date info on these special events.