Poll: When Would You Be Willing to Go Swing Dancing Again?

Swing dancing at Clifton's

In this era of COVID-19, I feel like partner dancing will probably be one of the last activities that will resume in a way that we remember it. It’s hard to imagine a worse activity in a pandemic: physical touch and moderate-to-heavy physical activity with multiple partners in a packed room.

Still, many of us are itching to get back out on the dance floor. No one can say when that will happen, but I thought it would be interesting to get a feel for how dancers feel about this.

This poll is specifically about when you’d return to Swing dancing in a large public venue while dancing with a lot of partners, and potentially some strangers, the same we we used to do before COVID-19.

So here’s how you responded:

When would you be willing go Swing dancing at a large public venue such as Clifton''s, PBDA, Rusty's, or Atomic Ballroom and dance with friends and strangers again?

  • Never (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Only after there's a COVID-19 vaccine, and there's been plenty of time for a lot of people to get it. (31%, 190 Votes)
  • Only after there's a COVID-19 vaccine (22%, 132 Votes)
  • By the end of the year (16%, 95 Votes)
  • In a month or so (6%, 39 Votes)
  • In a few weeks (4%, 23 Votes)
  • I'd go now (20%, 120 Votes)

Total Voters: 604

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Some people have asked if the hypothetical conditions in my poll would include mandatory mask-wearing or not. Since I didn’t specify, please answer with the soonest that you’d go out, and put your mask or no mask conditions in the comments below!

Finally – please do not criticize people for their answers in the comments if you disagree with them. This is just a poll! – Brian


28 thoughts on “Poll: When Would You Be Willing to Go Swing Dancing Again?

  1. I would probably start with line dancing in a huge parking lot with everyone wearing mask and gloves. The gloves could be vintage type not latex. When this is over I will probably still wear a mask and gloves until there is no more infections.
    I’m going to make a mask of half my face! So I still look a little like myself

  2. solo jazz is huge than I ever knew! I like the idea of solo dance outdoors til vaccine.

    maybe forehead temp checks wd help us before then.

    we mostly need more data. who gets it, where? random or patterns? oddly tho I’m seeing zero good new helpful data since the early period when we were in dire times and data was hard to get. now its much quieter. data easy to get. yet nothing. how many outdoor transmissions in the US? zero data on all such questions! if they did their jobs we might see ways we cd safely dance.

  3. Vaccines are not always that effective, especially in the area of colds and viruses, they can’t be relied on as a cure all at this point, some of the manufacturers have said as much. I was dancing with in crowded spaces 4 nights a week, all through the winter and got a strange flu late January, most people I knew got it, it hit the lungs and most people I know ended up with a lingering cough. And then we all got over it. Could this have been the corona virus? Many people think so and a study out of Santa Clara would back that up. If this is true, then maybe many of us could probably just go ahead and dance at some point. The longer we stay sequestered, the more at risk our dance scene is, our beloved bars, hangouts, musicians and venues will go of business permanently. I bring this up as a food for thought because in the act of trying to be “safe”, our culture, our small businesses, people’s livelihoods, the pleasure of living life is being sacrificed. At what point do we draw the line? Whatever decision you all make, you are going to lose something…losing the vibrancy of our swing dance scene is a huge loss to be considered as well. Maybe there is a middle ground…

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