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- Where did the name Lindy Hop come from?
- Was there a swing dance “revival”?
- What was it like to social dance at the Savoy?
- What was the relationship between the musicians and dancers?
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Spread the joy: How to teach swing dancing
Lindy Hoppers love to share their passion: we’ll show you how to teach a dance class. We’ll help you decide what to teach, how to turn those ideas into class content and our “secret sauce” pedagogy recipe!
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This is a troubleshooting help section so that you can quickly get back to dancing if something goes wrong.
The first thing we need to figure out is if your issue is “global” in nature, meaning if our server or website is not working and it’s not only you who are having this problem, or if the problem is local to your computer or phone.
Let’s start with a few steps you can immediately take in order to figure out if the problem is with your system:
Test 1: Is it your internet connection?
If you click on this link: https://fast.com/ You can test the current SPEED of your internet connection. If you are watching a video, the download speed is important.
You should also consider testing the STABILITY of your internet connection. We found this service online that can help you quickly get an impression of your stability: http://startrinity.com/InternetQuality/ContinuousBandwidthTester.aspx#run_in_browser (you don’t need to insert any of your information to get an impression of your internet stability, just click on the start test button and information will appear underneath it)…
Stop the test after you get an impression of your internet stability. If most of it is green, your connection is fine. If most of it is red, you might need to talk to your internet provider.
If your internet speed is less than 40 Mbps, consider reducing the video quality; that might already give you a better experience. Some services like youtube actually do this automatically for you, but we are mainly using vimeo (because they do less data tracking on you), and with vimeo you will need to change the settings yourself. Each of our videos has a little “gear wheel” at the bottom right where you can change video quality.
Another step you can take to make sure your internet experience is better when you don’t have a strong connection is to make sure to close any additional apps or tabs you may have open. Each opened browser tab uses your computer and internet resources. If you have a tendency to open a lot of tabs so it looks something like this on the top of your browser, it is possible that you are using up a lot of memory that slows down your overall experience.
Test 2 – Is it your browser?
There are two quick ways you can test to see if your browser is causing the issue. The first is to open up a different browser. E.g., if you use Chrome, open Firefox, Explorer or Safari and log into swingstep.com to see if the same problems occur there. If it’s working in the other browser, then there is something about your preferred browser that is not working with our website.
A quick way to test that is to open up an “Incognito” window on your preferred browser; log into swingstep.com from there and see if the problem still persists. (Each browser has its own way of offering an incognito window, so if you need to learn how to do that, do an internet search for “open an incognito tab” and add either your browser or phone & browser name etc and you’ll quickly find an answer.)
Test 3 – what about my browser is causing swingstep.com not to work properly?
There are several reasons why our internet browsers can mess with our online experience. Here are the standard issues that we’ve seen users face:
- Browser Cache – your browsers cache is meant to save some website information so that next time you hop onto the site it is faster. Most of the time, this is great. But sometimes, it collects too much information and stops working. You occasionally should clear your cache to ensure good browser health.
- Browser Cookies – not all cookies are evil 😉 if you block all cookies from a website, a lot of the features (like videos) stop working. You should regularly clear your cookies to make sure you don’t collect unwanted cookies, but it also helps you have a better internet experience. So, if you have a cookie blocker, you need to pause that on our site. Try clearing your cookies and try to disable anything that is blocking cookies from being used on our site.
- Browser plugins – some browser plugins such as ad-blockers do more than just block ads. They sometimes also block useful cookies from being used on your browser. If you are still having problems with our videos, try pausing or disabling your browser plugins on our site.
Test 4 – Is your computer hard disk full?
Another tricky possibility is that the hard-disk space on your actual computer can block you from even opening internet pages if it is completely full. This is extremely rare, but worth looking for in case nothing else helps.
Here are some specific cases that have happened to other members and how we were able to help them. Check to see if one of these applies to you too…
Problem: “I had a total error with the site. I could sign in at the beginning but when I checked the course and I clicked ‘completed’ it broke down and I can’t sign in anymore at the moment.”
Explanation of the issue: Today, many services add information to your browser search. Sometimes, after browsing the web for a while, you have so much information added to your browser that it exceeds the amount of information that can be transferred over the http headers. In this case for example, the information “course completed” was the drop that made the bucket spill over.
Solution: Try clearing your cache and your cookies. On a mobile device, this may mean that you need a browser cold-restart. (Unfortunately, every phone does this a little differently; to find out how yours works, perform an internet search using keywords like “How To Force Quit Apps” or “how to cold start” and include your phone model.)
If you’ve tried all the above options and our site is still not working for you, it is very possible that the problem is on our side. Please let us know and we will troubleshoot on our side to fix it. And, of course, If we’ve fixed it from our side but it is still not working for you, please let us know so that we can troubleshoot together. Send us an email at [email protected].
Videos from the Dis-Tanzen Project
In our Dis-Tanzen videos (part of a German government initiative) we collaborated with various experts, to share information and help teachers and dance professionals with their online classes.
The full playlist is available here. Or, check out the video below for an example.
Ableton setup file for perfectly synchronised sound for zoom sessions
In the videos, Ali and Paul walk you through a detailed description of a high-quality audio/video set-up for live dance classes with perfectly synchronised audio, voice and video. If you want to use our Ableton settings, you can download the file here:
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