Charlotte's home since 2007 for Lindy Hop,
East Coast Swing, and other Swing-Era Dances
Due to the current rise in Coronavirus cases in Mecklenburg County, we are not offering any classes or social dances at this time.
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At Gottaswing Charlotte, we pride ourselves on fostering a fun environment where everyone is welcome. Whether you’re an experienced dancer or have never been on the hardwood before, we have something for you. We are a licensee of the largest swing-only dance instruction and promotion company in America, Gottaswing.com, with over 4,000 students annually. No previous dance experience is required, and we actively welcome all ages at all of our events.
Swing dancing is a fun, social activity where you meet great people and stay in shape, all at the same time! (Plus, it’s way more fun than running on a treadmill at a gym.) And no dedicated partner is required! In keeping with the roots of this being a social dance, everyone can dance with everyone.
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We are glad to hold all of our standard classes and social dances at:
First United Methodist Church in uptown Charlotte
501 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202
Streetside parking is typically free in uptown Charlotte after 6 pm. You may also park in the 525 N. Tryon underground parking deck (enter on 9th Street) in the spaces reserved for First United Methodist Church. Bring your parking ticket in for free validation.
All social dancing is cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns until further notice
The 1st Friday of Every Month is Our "Five Buck Friday."
These fun and casual dances are just $5, and feature music from both local and regional DJs who specialize in playing the toe- tappingest swing songs around!
The 3rd Friday of Every Month We Bring In Live Swing Bands
Admission to these dances is $10, and the energy and excitement of these dances can't be beat. Sign up for our free email newsletter to find out which bands are playing.
Special Presentation about Stuff Smith
on Feb 7, 2020 with Dr. Tom Hanchett
Stuff Smith and Swing Jazz at JCSU — Internationally renowned jazz violinist Stuff Smith got his start with a scholarship to Charlotte’s Johnson C. Smith University in the 1920s. Dr. Tom Hanchett, historian in residence with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, shares new research on the swing-era music scene here — including connections to Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and more.
Gottaswing Charlotte is proud to host this free presentation on February 7, 2020 from 7:30-8 in Belk Hall. Then stick around for our "Introduction to Swing Dancing" lesson at 8 and social dancing at 8:45.
We are offering two weekly classes Tuesday nights in July 2021. Neither class requires any dance experience or dedicated dance partner. Both classes require proof of Coronavirus vaccination in order to attend. Class sizes will be limited, and changing partners during the classes will not be required.
At 7 pm we are offering an Introduction / Review of 6-Count Swing. We will go over the basic steps, a little bit of technique, and tons of moves. Classes are 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, and 7/27 at 1st UMC, and the cost is just $50 for the series. Sign up for this class HERE.
At 8 pm there will be a special 2-week class on the Shim Sham, a world famous line dance using solo jazz swing moves. This is not a partnered class, so individual participants can remain socially distanced from one another. Classes are 7/6 and 7/13 at 1st UMC, and the cost is just $25 for the series. Sign up for this class HERE.
In accordance with CDC and WHO guidelines, and current social dancing best practices, our classes will be limited to small groups of people who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus. All participants must show proof of their vaccination, either by bringing their completed COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the first class, or bringing a picture of their completed card. Participants will not be required to be in physical contact with anyone they don't wish to. Masks will be provided to participants that wish to use them, and it is suggested that all participants wash their hands immediately before and after class. Accomodations will be made for any participant that wishes to remain at least 6 feet away from any other people.