General Class Information, Policies, Procedures, and More

How long are the dance classes?
Group classes are taught as 4-week series, which meet once a week for a full hour each time.

How are workshops different from group classes?
Workshops are single session, single topic intensives and are typically 2 hours long.

How big are the classes and workshops?
Classes and workshops typically have between 10 and 30 people.  Several classes, especially Swing I and Swing II, sell out. We strongly recommend pre-registering to secure your spot, save $5, and help us balance the number of leads and follows in the class.

Do I need a partner?
No. You do not need a partner. In fact, we encourage participants to rotate partners throughout the lesson. Rotating significantly increases the rate of skill-building, and it’s also a great way to meet others who are interested in this fantastic hobby.

Can I dance with just my partner?
Yes. If the thought of rotating is a bit intimidating at first, you are welcome to bring and stay with your partner. We want you to feel comfortable during your lessons.

Which level am I?
If you are not certain of the appropriate level, you may wish to schedule a Private Lesson Level Evaluation.  During the level evaluation, you’ll receive personalized technique adjustments and learn some really fun patterns and you’ll receive a $20 credit towards your recommended class. Call 312.243.0700 or email us to schedule your level evaluation lesson.

Do you offer the same classes every month?
We rotate our class schedules. If you do not see a date/time/enroll button for a listed class, it will likely be offered again in an upcoming session.  Because the class schedule rotates, any requested make-up classes must be completed within the same session.

Is the schedule subject to change?
It’s a bummer, but classes are subject to cancellation due to low pre-registration. Each student will be notified via email and a phone call if that happens. To help avoid cancellations, please pre-register or at least drop us an email to let us know that you plan on attending a class.   If Big City Swing cancels a class or workshop, the student will receive a full refund.

What if I can’t commit to a 4-week class?
For those students that have schedules that make it difficult to commit to a multi-week series, we suggest single-session workshops or private lessons which can be scheduled individually.

Can I drop-in to a class?
Assuming there is still space available in a class, you may “drop in” to one week of a group class series at the rate of $18/class. Please email us or call 312.243.0700 if you’d like to drop in, so we can ensure that each class maintains a balance of leads and follows.

Can I observe a class before I sign up?
We do not allow observers in any of our classes. The comfort of our students is of utmost importance, and we find that many students feel uncomfortable being observed by strangers while they are learning a new skill.  If you’d like to try out a class before committing to a full 4-week session, you may wish to join us at a First Friday Dance or sign up for a Private Lesson.

How easy is parking?
We are located at 1850 N Western Avenue.  There is free parking along both sides of Western and some of the surrounding side streets.  There is additional metered and non-metered parking along Armitage and Milwaukee.  (Please note that block of Cortland just west of Western is permit only.)

Is the studio accessible via Public Transit?
Yes.  We suggest taking the Brown Line to the Irving Park stop.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our policies, please do not hesitate to contact us!


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