If you’ve always wanted to learn to Swing Dance, you’re in luck. Not only are these DVDs advertised for beginners, they’re specifically for folks who’ve never done Swing dancing. In other words, if you have no idea how to dance the Swing, you’re the perfect candidate for these lessons!
This is Swing Dancing at its best! Swing Dancing for Beginners Volume 1 is an endlessly fresh and inviting take on the most popular version of Swing dancing.
If you’re new to Swing Dancing or a beginner altogether, you’re in luck as this DVD is easy to follow and loads of fun whether you’re young, older, or anywhere in between! You’ll practice for hours with inspiring lessons from the best possible views and instructors that get you dancing along with them… literally!
Now, this isn’t some fancy-schmancy ‘move-after-move’ video that loses you from the get-go. It’s the kind of instruction you’d get if you found the very best teacher in your area and REALLY got them to focus on just YOU for the entire lesson. You’ll know more than just how to do the basics, you’ll get a bit of history of Swing, how to do all the steps, what the footwork is for both leaders and followers, how to use connection points to your advantage, and how to go from one move to another to another, seamlessly.
In addition, you’ll get Shawn’s exclusive tips that make this dance wildly successful! There’s little things like body positioning, how to do left & right turns, underarm turns, and much more that you’ll only find on this video. With nearly two decades of experience, a number of World Champion students to their credit, and their recently published book "Picture Yourself Dancing", Shawn and Joanna have perfected the basic elements of each dance while specializing in the leading and following aspects which are extremely hard to find.
Shawn and Joanna truly get you to dance anywhere with anyone, rather than just learning routines that can only be done with one person. Once you’re comfortable with this DVD, you’ll want to look into Beginner Volume 2 as it seamlessly adds on to everything you learned here to rapidly gain confidence based on consistency and repetition. From there, you’ll move into Swing for Intermediate Dancers Volume 1 where you’ll add some truly impressive moves to your dance abilities and be ready for anything anyone throws at you. Get all 3 Swing DVDs in the Swing Dance Starter Pack for a special low-price and have everything you need for success in the beginning!
“At the age of 28 I had never been taught any form of dance. At social gatherings whether it be a school dance, wedding/anniversary, country music bar, military ball, or even an underground punk rock show, I was always on the sideline watching other people have fun and never knowing that the one form of dance could have me completely covered every occasion until I got this video. By the time I finished the Swing Dancing Volume 1 video I had learned enough to go out and dance at virtually any venue from mild to wild. The video begins with teaching you not only the basic steps, but also how to use the steps to any variety of music styles and speeds in a way that’s simple to understand, even if you happen to be one of those people who has a problem staying with the beat of music. In addition to the in depth step by step instruction, throughout the video Shawn adds many helpful hints along the way to help guys with the lead like keeping your partner’s mind occupied by doing the left, right, and underarm turns he demonstrates. Joanna also chimes in with helpful tips for the ladies from the followers perspective and makes sure that the followers have just as in depth step by step demonstration as the leaders receive from Shawn. The only flaw this video had was that when the camera zoomed in on some parts of the instruction it used a digital zoom which causes a bit of clarity loss, but it does not the degrade the excellent quality of the lessons taught (which is what really matters), so I still give this video a 5 Star rating. I’d recommend at least getting the Beginners Volume 2 Swing as well because you’ll learn all the basics in this video fairly quick and want to start trying the more fancy turns, spins, wraps, and other moves to come in Volume 2.”
“My husband and I have been in love with big band music for years. When we find a group that is playing locally, we are there. we enjoy the night out to watch the dancers and the music. We never knew where to begin with the dancing so we enviously watched. Too afraid to make fools of ourselves on the dance floor. Dance lessons at some of the facilities near us were out of our price range. I am so fortunate that I found this collection. I ordered the Swing Dance Volume I and II set. We had so much fun learning comfortably in our own home (and privacy) and it wasn’t long before we got up and out on to the dance floor ourselves. AND, we noticed we were NOT the least experienced dancers out there. The fun we have had since being able to listen to the music as well as dance is amazing. and all of it so affordable. The instruction is so simple and easy to follow. We were amazed. We loved it so much we gave Volume I as a gift to our best friends. I can’t wait to learn more. I highly recommend Shawn Trautman dance lessons to anyone considering learning to dance. We went from no skill at all to feeling comfortable and having so much fun with it. Shawn and Joanna’s step-by-step demonstrations make it fun, easy and so not intimidating. Just do it!!! It’s fun!”
“I purchased the Complete Volume Set of Shawn Trautman’s Swing Dance Collection and it was a solid investment. He breaks down steps very nicely with a great attention to detail and ease of instruction. I love the “laid back” style, yet professionalism to show that ANYONE can dance and enjoy the benefits of social dancing. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to invest in solid teaching in a nonthreatening, nonintimidating, yet, fun manner. You can use his as a technical tool to enhance dance training or independently to learn new steps. I’ve been teaching for years and am always looking for different DVDs and teaching materials to enhance my library. I will be purchasing some other of his videos (Slow Dancing, West Coast Swing and others) to continue my training. Great job Shawn and Joanna! Keep up the good work!”
“I purchased this DVD to supplement class instruction and help practice. I loved how everything, from the steps, to holding to posture to leading and following, is broken down to the most basic level and gone over thoroughly and repeated.”