There is no set answer – but the best piece of advice is to stick with it! Take as many of the Hepcats Lindy Hop and Balboa classes/workshops you can to increase your technique and skill level. Attend Hepcats swing dance events and put into practice what you’ve learned. But don’t over think on the dance floor: have fun with the music and dancing!
Practice. Depending on the person, it could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get comfortable with dancing. But one thing is for sure: dancing is a “use it” or “lose it” skill. We normally recommend you try to practice 30-45 minutes a week to go over new material and/or material you may not be totally comfortable with.
Once you feel comfortable with the basics and you want to really expand your horizons, travel to high quality workshops like the All Balboa Weekend (ABW), Lindy Focus, etc. And if possible join a performance group – that is one of the best ways to really take your swing dancing to the next level.
Swing dancing is a journey, not a destination – make it a great trip!