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Leader or Follower?

Partnered swing dancing is a role based dance. There is a leader and there is a follower. Leaders are traditionally men, but not always. Followers are traditionally women, but not always. In recent years, it has become common for people to choose either role. We ask that you choose a role and stick to it for the complete series class or drop-in class.

The terms ‘leader’ and ‘follower’ are a little misleading but we haven’t found anything better yet. Both partners contribute equally to the dance, but in different ways. We encourage our students to start with the role they think is best, and then after becoming proficient in that role, to start learning the other role.

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