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What's In Your Dancebag?

Alain Wong

Gram 383g

This is my favorite dance shoe, and has been for the past three years. I bring these shoes to a local cobbler who sands the original rubber sole and then glues on suede one, allowing me to spin and also prevent too much strain on my ankles and knees.

Stacy Adams brown dress shoes

These are my “fancier” shoes, with a leather heel for slides and tricks.

Water bottle

Keeping hydrated is a must in swing dancing! Colored opaque water bottles are also popular for the alcohol lovers.

Gum/mints or toothbrush and toothpaste

I always carry something to keep my breath fresh for those moments of close contact with a partner. 


Extra t-shirt

My favorite t-shirt/undershirt for dancing is from Mountain Equipment Co-op and is made of merino wool, which is naturally anti-odour and wicks moisture for a more comfortable experience.


For reaching other dancers and also for watching dance clips on YouTube.

Moleskin and athletic tape

In case of blisters, moleskin and blister kits can save an evening or dance trip.


Alain Wong has been swing dancing for over a decade. Initially helping to grow his hometown Montreal scene with the McGill Swing Kids, he later joined the Cat’s Corner Swing Dance School where he still teaches today. His students describe him as being funny, creative and spontaneous, and that he has the talent to make complex dance concepts simple to understand. Winner of many prizes, including 1st place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Jack and Jill at the Canadian Swing Championships 2012 and in the Advanced Strictly Lindy Hop at the International Lindy Hop Championships 2011,Wong is known both for his improvisational and choreography skills.
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