Policies and Procedures


Please also review our code of conduct.


Please arrive 10 minutes before class to change shoes and prepare for class. Classes will begin on time.


Classes will end promptly but before we are required to exit the space. This allows students to ask questions of the instructors afterward. Please keep noise to a respectful volume and be courteous to the students around you. There are often other classes and events after yours, so please be respectful of them as they enter the space.


Registration is completed when both your payment and your information is received. Payment may be submitted by cash, check or PayPal and details for payment are supplied on the registration page. Attendees under age 18 must be submit a parental consent form which must be signed and dated by their parent or legal guardian. See the Consent policy for further details.





Spectating is allowed for MWLF classes and workshops but is not free. You must be a registered, paying member or guest of MWLF to attend any classes.

Filming classes

Filming and photography is allowed only with the express consent of the instructor. If you wish to film the class, you must receive permission from the entire class.

You may be filmed or photographed by a member of the MWLF staff for promotional purposes. You must explicitly notify MWLF in writing that you wish to be exempt from having your image used for these purposes.

Filming in general

Filming and photography are allowed during the MWLF show, competitions and evening dances. Use discretion when capturing anything outside of events.

Video dissemination

Public dissemination of video footage is not permitted without express consent from those who are in the film. Video recording is permitted, as defined within this document, for personal use only. This applies to, but is not limited to, instructor demonstrations, performances and student classroom participation. Competitions and dances are excluded from this clause.


MWLF does not provide refunds. You may defer your pass to next year or transfer it to another person.


All attendees under age 18 must submit a written consent form that must be signed and dated by their parent or legal guardian. All attendees under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of each class.


Dancing is a physical activity that can and does result in direct and indirect physical injuries. You accept all liability for the risk you are undertaking.


The attendee assumes all risk involved with dancing and assumes all responsibility for any damages that occur. The attendee acknowledges this risk and agrees not to hold MWLF, the venue, instructors or organizers liable for any damages received while participating in this event. Attendees may be asked to sign a formal policy and liability waiver prior to partaking in the class. Refusal to sign the waiver is a forfeiture of your seat in the class and no refund will be given.


MWLF uses these descriptions as general descriptions we provide our instructors.  These levels do not directly translate to our class levels, which are based not only on these criteria but the abilities of the attendees. 


No previous experience necessary.


Basic understanding of beginner concepts and moves such as a swing-out or Charleston kick required.


Dancer should have a few months experience and be comfortable with the basics at medium tempos (up to 185bpm). Tuck turns, sugar pushes, basic Charleston, footwork variations, and swing-outs should all be familiar to you while you learn to integrate 6 and 8 count patterns. The trust relationship between partner's connection is dawning on you.


You should be familiar with traditional moves. Now is the time to begin to understand how the dance and the music relate and interact. Fast tempos up to 220 bpm should be accessible. Concepts of movement and musicality should be familiar to you as well as the ability to improvise, vary simple movess and create footwork flourishes. The dancer should also have an understanding of the importance of outside exposure, travel, and different stylings, perhaps having already travelled or at least attended a locally hosted regional or national event.

You also know that connection is not simple but complex, consisting of points of connection, strength of the connection, direction of the connection and more.


You should be comfortable with musicality and movement concepts. No tempo frightens you. Creativity and expression on the floor is what you are looking for in your dances. The dancer has travelled and learned from a variety of teachers in a variety of places. Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Blues all have an interest to you and you work them into your dances as the music moves you. You understand that the fundamentals are key to this dance -- maybe even having revamped your swing-out several times already.


You enjoy a good ass-kicking. You have forgotten how many moves you know, they all come from connection and movement anyway. Screw tempos, just dance.