An evening of Christmas swing

The Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra is holding an evening of Christmas Swing at the Corn Exchange 7.30pm – 10.30pm on Saturday 16th December!

Discounts are available if you are a dancer!  Tickets can be purchased online – select the £10 concession rate and mention on the door that you are a dancer!

You can find further information on the facebook event page.

This promises to be a lovely festive occasion and is a great opportunity to get a last dance in the Corn Exchange this year!

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #49!

This fortnight’s variation is The Scoop!

Style this up with either a straight leg or with a scooping motion!

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Hot Charleston – November 2017 and January 2018

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn calories and meet some great people.  The next one is this Saturday!

Saturday 11th November
3:30 – 5:30pm
@ The Dance Studio Leeds

£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
No partner required

Next dates:
25th November
***no classes in December***
6th January
20th January
27th January

Hot Charleston is open to absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike, starting from the basic step giving you a few showy moves and a good workout. The workshop has two sections; the first section gives you a short fun routine and the second section focuses on developing the steps you’ve learnt in the first section, introducing a freestyle aspect (but in a structured way). This will give you the confidence to Charleston anywhere!

Here’s a video from a recent Hot Charleston as a recap and as inspiration!

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Lindy Fridays at Holy Trinity Church – 10th November!

A special Lindy Fridays will be taking place at Holy Trinity Church on 10th November!  Please note that this is INSTEAD of the Corn Exchange.

Lindy Fridays will take place in the fantastic Holy Trinity Church (often used as the Monday venue for Leeds Swing Exchange) beginning with a short Lindy Hop taster class at 7pm, followed by social dancing until 10pm.  It’s the perfect way to start social dancing if you’ve just started taking classes!

Live music will be provided by the brilliant Martyn Nelson and the Rhythm Remedies, from Birmingham!

There will be a bar available at the venue.

Details of the event are here

Afterwards, you can go for some free blues dancing at Crowd of Favours with Underbeat Blues, just a short walk away!  Facebook event here.

We will also have Lindy Fridays t-shirts for sale, so be sure to bring a bit of extra cash with you!

Lindy Fridays classes will return as normal at The Carriageworks the following week.

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2018 Courses!

It might only be November, but we’re already starting to plan our Courses for 2018!

Here’s a head’s up of the first few Wednesday Courses in the New Year:

10th Jan – 31st Jan: Fundamentals
10th Jan – 31st Jan: Intro to Partnered Charleston
7th Feb – 28th Feb: Fundamentals
7th Feb – 28th Feb: Swingout
7th Mar – 28th Mar: Fundamentals
7th Mar – 28th Mar: Tandem Charleston

All of these Courses are now open for bookings: email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book a place on any of these Courses.

The Fundamentals Course is ideal for absolute beginners.

The Courses section has a few more details of what you can expect from these courses and the other courses that we also run throughout the year.

 

 

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California Routine Course – 22nd November

Learn this classic routine choreographed by Frankie Manning!

California Routine Course
Wednesdays; 22nd November – 13th December
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 whole course

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Progressive structured learning
– Appropriate for people who are comfortable social dancing
– Pre-booking and payment in advance required

The California Routine is a classic lindy hop routine, which draws on all of the fundamentals of lindy hop, including 6 beat, 8 beat and Charleston footwork.  It includes some small lifts and is often used as a performance routine.  You will need to have a good grasp of the fundamentals of lindy hop and be comfortable with swingouts for this course.  We won’t be doing any of the big aerials in the routine and have adapted them so that they are achievable for everyone!  As well as providing you with the moves and technique you need to complete this routine, we will also be focusing on its performance aspects.

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #48!

This fortnight’s variation is the Drum Roll!

The easiest way to achieve this one is to say the rhythm out loud whilst dancing ‘ba-da-da-da-da’!

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