This fortnight’s variation is Big Kick!
Wow your audience with this power move
Sometimes our variations are inspired by other dancers. This one is classic Helen. Check out those high kicks!
Not sure what to ask Father Christmas for this year? Tired of your family bugging you for gift ideas? Tired of getting novelty socks and fancy soap? This year why not ask for a gift voucher from Swing Dance Leeds!
We do gift vouchers for Wednesday Courses as well as private classes. We’ve just announced our course schedule for 2019 so you check the dates on the courses you don’t want to miss. If you haven’t taken a private class before, it’s a lovely treat for any dancer–a whole hour focused on just what you need.
To purchase a gift voucher simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a request through our web form. We’ll do the rest! We can send the voucher by post or by email so they make a great last minute gift!
Drum roll please! Rattatat-rattatat-rattatat! Now announcing our Wednesday Courses schedule for 2019! Put these dates in your diary folks. All of these courses are 8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds. We’ll also have Lindy Hop Fundamentals running alongside these courses on the same dates in the 6:30-7:30pm slot.
If you put in a request for something that don’t see here don’t worry we’ll be adding in a few weekend workshops as well at some point for those things. For a more detailed description of any of these courses visit our Courses Page.
Exercise More, Learn a new skill, Get a new Hobby, Make new friends. Did you make a promise to yourself to do one of those things by the end of 2018? If so, you’re in good company. According to the Evening Standard all of these appeared in the top ten for most popular New Years Resolutions for 2018. If you haven’t yet got round to it. Don’t worry, there’s still time! We’ve got one more Lindy Hop Fundamentals Course scheduled before the end of the year and at the moment there are still places available!
We will teach you the basics of Lindy Hop in just one 4-week course! This course will give you a solid foundation in fundamental lindy hop moves and techniques, ideal for people who’ve never danced before. With small class sizes you will meet a lovely group of people, meaning you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class. It is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning
Wednesdays 21st Nov – 12th Dec
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course
Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: email@example.com
Have a look at this video for a taster of what you can expect on the course:
For a full list of course dates visit our courses page
So one thing you may not know about me (Tina) is that I love, love, LOVE African Dance! So I was super excited when Nii Kwarty Owoo turned up in Leeds and started running weekly classes! His classes are brilliant and I want more people to know about them so I’ve organised a weekend workshop for him in November and I’m really hoping especially to see lots of Lindy Hoppers there.
If you’re wondering, “What does West African Dance have to do with Lindy Hop”, the answer is “Basically everything!” Lindy hop is an African-American dance that grew out of earlier dance styles (Charleston, cake walk, tap, etc) that would have been heavily influenced by the traditional dances that came over from West Africa. This blog post does a much better job than I would of breaking down the influences and similarities that you might notice.
For me, personally I find that African Dance feels vibrant and joyful in the same way that lindy hop does and it uses the whole body in ways that feel strong and natural. Its also similarly geeky and challenging. I’ve taken classes all over the world but still struggle to hear the beat of the music correctly and have to work really hard to figure out how to make some movements look right–I love the challenge!
I hope you can join us in November, either to explore the roots of lindy hop or just to try out a new dance style. There will also be a drumming workshop and Ghanaian lunch but you can pick and choose which bits of the day interest you most.
24th November 2018
at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre, LS7 4NB
10:00-11:30 Drumming Workshop
12:00-13:30 Dance Workshop
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break (Homemade Ghanaian food!)
14:30-16:00 Dance Workshop
Please book your ticket in advance as it may sell out. You can book from the facebook event in the link above or go directly to the booking form
Whether you’re going for maximum performance and comfort or authentic vintage style shoes are a very important part of any dancers wardrobe. We’ll have a look at what options are out there, some popular brands, and how to find your perfect shoe!
One of the most important features of your dance shoe is what’s on the bottom! You want a shoe that will allow your feet to slide around on the floor a bit but there’s a lot of room for personal preference here–some dancers like just enough slip to be able to spin easily while others want to glide through every move frictionlessly. At some point you will probably end up with a variety of shoes for dancing on different types of floors so that you can always achieve the perfect combination of shoe and dancefloor to create your desired amount of slippiness. Here’s a rundown of the basic options:
If you want to go for an authentic vintage look. Here is a rundown of authentic swing era shoe styles.
For Men: Leather suit shoes are your best bet, two toned brogues are an authentic 30s style. Plimsolls are also an authentic vintage style for men and women as revealed in our last style feature.
For Women: Women’s shoes came in lots of styles in the 20s-40s. Heels were the norm for going out but flats are not inauthentic as there were sports shoes available with a very small heel. Iconic styles from the swing era include mary janes, oxfords, brogues, T-straps and wedges.
The Vintage Dancer website is a great resource with lots of photos of clothes and shoes from different eras.
First Shoes: If you’re just starting out we highly recommend picking up a pair of cheap plimsolls from Primark. They are an excellent first dance shoe! If you want something a bit fancier Keds and Toms and also great for this style.
Shoe retailers popular with lindy hoppers in the UK:
The DIY Option: In our experience, even some of the more reputable brands of dance shoes can be very pricey and at the same time not very well made so another good option is to make your own bespoke dance shoes. Find a pair of shoes that are comfortable and have the look you want on the high street or wherever you normally shop for shoes. If the sole is already appropriately slippy then you’re done! If not, take your shoes to a cobbler who will be able to grind them flat if they are too textured, or resole them with suede, leather, or whatever you want (Cobblers are awesome). Voila the perfect dance shoe!