Swing Dancing for Beginners V1



This is THE dance everyone should know! It'll be your favorite, go-to dance!


Dance Instruction: 1st Time, Beginner
Lesson Style: Ballroom, Country, Swing
Dance Video Focus: Swing

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These are Swing Dance Lessons that were truly built for beginners.

If you've always wanted to learn How to Swing Dance, you're in luck. Not only are these DVDs advertised for beginners, they're specifically for folks who've never taken swing dance lessons. In other words, if you have no idea how to dance the Swing, you're the perfect candidate for these videos!

  • Great starting point for beginners
  • Better than private or group lessons
  • #1 Rated Swing Dance Lessons on Video
  • Great Exercise
  • Make the most of your next 'Night-Out'
  • Step-by-step swing dance lessons


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The best swing dance lessons on video you'll find anywhere! 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 video 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!


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4.6(based on 12 reviews)

By: John J. McCoy
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: January 6, 2014
Super easy and basic video for brand new ballroom dance students, includes music for practice, with or without a partner
Super easy and basic video for brand new ballroom dance students, and the music is suitable for practice, with or without a partner. If you are already a ballroom dancer, then this will probably bore you, and you should try one of their more advanced videos. I like how they stress that the basic footwork is the foundation of dancing, and they make it very clear that you need to have good understanding of this, before you move on to attempt turns and tricks. They show both regular step timing and triple step, but you need only learn the easiest pattern to start. If you have been afraid to try ballroom dancing, this video is really user friendly. The second volume 2 shows more moves, and you should consider buying both at the same time, since any dance lessons will likely include all of this.

By: AK Hunter
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: July 8, 2012
You Can Swing Dance to any type of music!
"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."

By: Lorrie Buschmann
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: March 20, 2013
Now We Aren't Afraid to get on the Dance Floor!!
"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!"

By: Donna Jordan
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: February 2, 2013
2 Thumbs Up!
"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, non-intimidating, 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!"

By: Connette Blalock
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: October 18, 2012
A True Beginning Swing Dancers DVD!
"I have many swing dance DVD's at home but this one is by far the best. The instructor breaks down each step, arm position, and dance position into its most basic form allowing a person who has never danced before to master the basics. Each step is repeated many times so that there is no need to stop and replay each section. Split camera angles are used effectively to show the proper position of each partner. I highly recommend this DVD for anyone who has no prior experience in dance."

By: Heather Gallagher
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: September 28, 2012
We really liked this dvd and want to get more of his DVDs
"My husband and I got this DVD to practice for his brother's wedding. We ended up having so much fun that we would just turn it on to have a date night. It was very helpful that we could back up and practice a step if we didn't get it the first time. They stand so all we had to do was mirror them. We really liked this dvd and want to get more of his DVDs."

By: Karen R
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: August 11, 2012
The DVD is superior to the in-person lesson
"Before buying, my husband and I signed up for four dance lessons and had taken two. The DVD is superior to the in-person lesson; I learned more and could understand the instructions as they were simple, repeated, and consistent. I like the verbal instructions that went with the steps over and over so I could get down the basics."

By: Michele M
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: March 11, 2012
Very Impressed!
"We wanted to learn how to swing dance but felt so self-conscious on the dance floor that we couldn't do the classes. This really helped get us started on our own turf. We bought Vol 2 and the Intermediate Vol1 and highly recommend all three. The quality is good and Shawn focuses on the lead role quite a bit, which is what we need the most help from."

"Very Impressed! 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."

By: James Callen
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: January 4, 2012
Excellent Introduction!
"This DVD provides a great introduction to both single time and east coast swing. Both Shawn and Joanna do an excellent job of breaking down each of the pieces into manageable parts that are fun to go through. We liked the pace and feel like we got much more than our money's worth on this one as we've taken private lessons for a whole lot more and gotten a whole lot less out of them. Wish we had found these DVDs sooner. Keep 'em coming!"

By: Jane B
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: December 5, 2011
I highly recommend it.
"I like the way Shawn and his wife show steps, slow and easy to follow... I like the DVDs, I am finally getting my husband to believe that he can learn to dance. The system is great and easy to follow. I highly recommend it."

By: Lynn Hardesty
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: June 24, 2011
ANYONE can easily understand and perform
"WOW! Having been born with two left feet I was thrilled to find "Swing Dancing for Beginners"! Shawn and Joanna break the dance down into easy steps that ANYONE can easily understand and perform. The way this video is filmed is unique and makes it simple to follow their lead. After years of wanting to be able to dance, my husband and I have finally found a teaching method that works! I can't wait to try Volume 2."

By: Celeste J
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: October 3, 2010
Great video lessons
"My husband and I have been married 38 years and never learned to dance. We didn't even have dancing at our wedding because we didn't know how. I liked that I was able to do as much as I wanted for as long or short as I wanted."

By: Donna Daugherty
DVD: Swing Dancing for Beginners V1
On: November 23, 2010
All you need to learn the basic swing steps
"This DVD is all you need to learn the basic swing steps, fast swing as well as slow swing depending on the music being played. The instruction technics were simple to learn and easy to remember. As an example, using the Hula Hoop as an aid to demonstrate the swing move is superb and is imprinted in the viewer's mind. I strongly recommend it to beginners."
Shawn's Take
Swing was the dance that got me hooked on dancing and one that I still love. East Coast Swing, specifically, was my favorite for years, though I think it was easier to dance faster when I was a teenager.

This DVD is a fun one that goes through two different types of Swing, single-time and triple time (aka East Coast Swing). It's essential you learn both as they're ultimately the same dance to two different speeds of music. If you dance a lot, you'll definitely want to know when to use one or the other.

Swing Dance LessonsIf you're a beginner, you absolutely have to give this one a shot...learn-dance-fun

If you're a beginner, you absolutely have to give this one a shot! We assume you know nothing about dancing and start you out from the absolute beginning. We throw in lots of easy to remember tips and tricks along with the practice sessions so your muscle memory is constantly being tapped. Also, you'll see how household items (if you have kids) can really help your dance. Getting you to learn the true principles behind lead and follow dancing is what our goal was with this one and it has worked beautifully.

Take a look at this one and start using it at almost any venue. It's one of the most versatile dances you'll ever learn and you'll never have a shortage of partners if you dance it well. Hope you enjoy!

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