Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

As we enter the 20’s expect to see a big come back of everything from moonshine cocktails to frilly flapper dresses and obviously the Charleston! So get with the times and make sure you’re dance floor ready with our Intro to Partnered Charleston Course. Bookings are now open for this beginner friendly course starting this January.

We’ll cover the basic steps and technique for 20’s and 30’s style Charleston and a few flashy moves and have you social dancing in no time. Whether you’re going to a Great Gatsby party or a Big Band Swing Dance–we’ve got you covered! This is a great course for complete beginners or those who have done a bit of lindy hop and are looking for more moves to add to their repertoire.

Intro to Partnered Charleston
Wednesdays, 8th – 29th January 2020
8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

A bit of trivia: Our Charleston dancers were actually featured in the first season of Peaky Blinders (that’s us in the background)

Take a look at this to give you an idea about Partnered Charleston:

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #102!

This fortnight’s variation is The Pause

Tired of the same old rhythms? Here’s one you may not have tried

This variation is a great one for working on control and balance as you exit a swingout

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Learn to dance in 2020 with our January Fundamentals Course!

The new year is an excellent time to try something new. If you’re thinking about having a go at partner dancing we’ve got the perfect course for you! Swing dancing is a great way to get active, learn a new skill and meet a fabulous bunch of people. Why not give it a go?

Learn the basics in just four classes with our Lindy Hop Fundamentals Course!

This course will help you build your basic skills giving 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 get to meet and know a lovely group of people interested in dancing. Meaning you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class.

This course is appropriate for beginners, improvers, and anyone else who wants to build their basics. No partner required! But pre-booking is essential.

Wednesdays 8th – 29th January 2020
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

For a full list of course dates visit our courses page

Have a look at this video for a taster of what you can expect on the course:

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #101!

This fortnight’s variation is Wrap In

This variation makes any move look extra fancy

The trick to making it pop is to wrap into your arm on the 6.

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2020 Wednesday Courses!

Our 2020 line up is out! 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.

  • 8 Jan – 29 Jan Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 5 Feb – 26 Feb Swingouts
  • 4 Mar – 25 Mar Tandem Madness
  • 1 Apr – 22 Apr Classic Moves (Frankie’s Moves)
  • 29 Apr – 20 May Musicality
  • 27 May – 17 Jun Swingouts
  • 29 Jul – 19 Aug Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 26 Aug – 16 Sept Classic Moves (Tricky Moves)
  • 23 Sept – 14 Oct Swingouts
  • 21 Oct – 11 Nov Tandem Charleston
  • 18 Nov – 9 Dec California Routine    

For a more detailed description of any of these courses visit our Courses Page. Considering revisiting a course that you’ve done before? Great idea! We often cover slightly different material each time we run these courses to suit needs of the group. We think many dancers benefit from doing a course more than once so anytime you take a course that you’ve done before you get it for the discounted price of just £20 per person.

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift

Have you asked for experiences instead of things this year? Do you want your Christmas shopping to support local businesses instead of corporate greed? Then look no further!

Swing Dance Leeds Gift Vouchers tick all the boxes!

  • Locally Sourced
  • All Natural
  • Zero waste
  • Carbon Neutral
  • Family Friendly
  • Gluten Free

We can do gift vouchers for Wednesday Courses, Hot Charleston workshops or private classes. A private lesson is an especially lovely treat–like a spa day for dancers. These can also be a nice low stress experience for someone who really wants to have a go at dancing but can’t work up the confidence to go to a class

To purchase a gift voucher simply email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com or send a request through our web form. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll do the rest!

Christmas voucher

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #100!

This fortnight’s variation is Sweep Scoot Tap

Stuck in a rock step rut? Try this variation and open up a world of possibilities (you don’t have to rock step on the 1, 2!)

That’s right this is variation number 100 whoop! 100 kick ass variations to shake up your lindy.

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