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Swing Dancing for Beginners Volume 1

(7 customer reviews)

A beginner Swing Dancing course that will have you mastering the rhythm, timing and footwork, connection, basic steps, left turns, right turns, underarm turns, and more East Coast Swing with ease.

Original price was: $79.99 USD.Current price is: $34.99 USD.
Original price was: $79.99 USD.Current price is: $39.99 USD.
Original price was: $84.99 USD.Current price is: $44.99 USD.

Jump into Swing Dancing with Shawn Trautman's tried and true Swing Dancing for Beginners Volume 1. This is a step-by-step beginner level course where Shawn and Joanna teach everything from the ground up. You will be dancing in minutes as you move through this course.

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 more than two decades of experience, a number of World Champion students to their credit, and their 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.

7 reviews for Swing Dancing for Beginners Volume 1

  1. Jane Ann Munroe (verified owner)

    Comprehensive, user friendly and fun!

    “Other than dancing with my son at his wedding, I am a dancing “newbie”–so green that I was reluctant to go to a dance class! I have wanted to learn to dance for many years but never had a partner so I decided to take matters into my own hands and begin with online instruction. I made several unsuccessful phone calls with various suppliers until I happened upon Shawn Trautman’s website. An operator helped me personally select the first two dance lessons to suit my needs and then long-story-short, I have completed 12 dance lessons to date. I received a personal email follow-up making sure that I had received the lessons and that I was satisfied.

    Shawn Trautman’s teaching style is comprehensive and clear allowing for plenty of practice time within the lesson. The online lesson format has all videos clearly labeled allowing for precise access to a desired spot in the lesson. He and his wife, Joanna, give the lessons with plenty of tips for men on how to lead effectively and for the women, how to follow responsively…also provided are the much-needed tips on how to look stylish and confident as you take your first steps on the dance floor. It’s great for us who fit into the “fake it ’til you make it” category!

    I was cautioned by dancing friends to make sure the instruction I received was accurate as to avoid learning faulty technique. I have learned enough at home to Swing dance with several different partners and I have been complimented on my technique when I confess that I am a beginner. Thanks for the great product!”

  2. Thom J 3 (verified owner)

    If you want to dance

    “The programs will get you on the dance floor. It shows the steps from different angles. It is understood that where to step, who leads, etc. is as important as keeping the rhythm. This dance lesson will let you feel comfortable on the dance floor and let you advance at your own pace. As it is with learning anything, you cannot just watch the videos. You have to get up and try it and hopefully one of your two left feet will become a right one.”

  3. John (verified owner)

    As Easy as 1-2-Rock Step

    “An excellent introduction to East Coast Swing, including single-time and triple-time. Shawn and Joanna have become our favorite dance teachers as they produce dance lessons that we can actually follow step-by-step. Each new step is introduced, then repeatedly shown from various angles. Each step is shown from the Leader’s perspective, and then the Follower’s, and the Trautman’s are talking you through it each step of the way. This way you can start the dance lesson and dance right along with it, without constantly stopping, rewinding, and replaying parts. If you didn’t get it the first time, just wait and they will show you again. There are lots of helpful hints, and enough moves to get you started on the dance floor. We ordered Beginners Volume 1 and Volume 2, as well as Intermediate Swing at the same time. We like to view the whole set first to see what’s coming and to give us a goal. These dance lessons are great learning tools, but we also keep them and use them repeatedly to accompany practice time, and as a refresher on things that we may have forgotten. Shawn and Joanna make it fun. They have an easy-going informal style that makes you comfortable.
    I highly recommend all three of these dance lessons.”

  4. Shirley Noseworthy (verified owner)


    “I gave this dance lesson to my husband for Christmas. We both love to dance, but are still in the learning phase. Shawn and Joanna are terrific instructors. This dance lesson is for the inexperienced. It goes step by step with a lot of repetition which is great for beginners! My husband and I have taken dance lessons and this online instruction is better than some of the personal instructors we’ve had. Highly recommend it. We are learning some things we were not taught by local instructors. We will continue to use this dance lesson and will return to it time and again. Thank you, Shawn and Joanna! When we become more confident we will move on to Volume 2!”

  5. Lorrie (verified owner)

    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 got 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 Troutman 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!”

  6. Rose W (verified owner)

    Excellent instructional video

    This dance lesson has been very helpful. We were taking lessons from a dancer. She is a very good dancer and could show us steps. However in this dance lesson Shawn showed us how to dance together. The lead person has several signals to give the partner which we hadn’t learned from her. We were smoothly dancing together in a short period of time. I had struggled on the turns until this online course. We were able to hit replay too, until we figured out I was skipping a step, which was putting us out of sync. He takes each step one at a time, adding more steps in a reasonable pace.

    Swing for Beginners Volume 1 has been a very good instructional video. I have also used Shawn Trautman’s dance lesson for country line dancing. He does make great instructional videos so I would advice not to pass his dance lessons up.”

  7. Missy (verified owner)

    Thank you Shawn! We are dancing swing!

    “My sweetheart and I have been taking lessons at a famous and expensive dance studio in our city for 7 months. We feel that we know more than when we started but inadequate to dance swing publically. Plus, we feel we are ignored as to what we want to learn. The studio desires long term competitive dancers. I thought there has to be a better way. And that better way is Shawn’s online dance lessons. After viewing and practicing a few times, we can dance swing wherever we go. My sweetheart feels confident too although he hasn’t practiced as much as I have. I love the chance to practice and practice and see the dance from different angles. I like Shawn’s instructions and his wife’s instruction is helpful for the ladies. Thank you so much. We are dancing and ready for Volume 2..”

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