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Classes in Leeds over the Summer

Some of the classes in Leeds take a break over the summer.  Here’s what’s happening with the ones we know about, so you know where to get your dancing fix!

Mondays – Swing Jive Leeds
Moortown Social Club
Classes continue every Monday throughout Summer (except August Bank Holiday Monday)

Tuesdays – Balboanorth/Backroom Balboa
Moortown Social Club
Classes continue every Tuesday throughout Summer

Activ Zone, Morley
Last class Tuesday 20th June – classes restart on 1st August

Wednesdays – Swing Dance Leeds Courses
The Dance Studio Leeds
Currently taking a break – classes restart on 5th July (check out our Courses page to find out what’s coming up)

Wednesdays – Wakey Lindy Hoppers
Sandal Methodist Church Hall
Classes continue every Wednesday throughout Summer

Thursdays – Bella Balboa
Trippet Lane, Sheffield
Last class Thursday 22nd June, 3 weeks break with classes restarting on 20th July until 31st August (inclusive), then another 3 week break, returning on 28th September

Fridays – Lindy Fridays
The Carriageworks
Classes continue until 28th July, restarting on 1st September

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Shim Sham & Tranky Doo Workshops!

By popular demand we’re running Shim Sham and Tranky Doo workshops in the coming couple of months!

First up, learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Saturday 15th July
3:30 – 5:30pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is an awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, so no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though.

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

Then, for more awesome vernacular jazz, there will be a Tranky Doo workshop as follows:

Saturday 5th August
1:00 – 3:00pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
Some knowledge of jazz steps preferable but not necessary (give it a go if you’ve tried and enjoyed the Shim Sham)!

Here’s the facebook event for you to join.

Have a look at this video clip of Al Minns, Leon James and Pepsi Bethel performing the Tranky Doo from the Spirit Moves documentary to get you inspired!

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #38!

This fortnight’s variation is the Reverse Triple!

Who says triple steps are boring?!  Change up your footwork with a reverse triple step!

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Booking now for 2nd August Fundamentals Course!

Swing dancing is becoming more and more popular and it is showing no signs of slowing down.  It is a fantastic way to get fit, learn a new skill and meet a fabulous bunch of people.  Why not give it a go?

Learn 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 and anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:
Wednesdays 2nd – 23rd August
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email:

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

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Leeds Swing Exchange 2017

Bookings have now opened for Leeds Swing Exchange 2017!  Click here to visit the website and book now!

Leeds Swing Exchange is an annual weekend of purely social dancing and other activities for swing dancers of any level.

It is happening this year on the August Bank Holiday 25th – 28th August 2017!  For the Early Bird price of £60 (£50 unwaged), you will get four days of dancing in some of Leeds’ most iconic and beautiful venues, four fabulous live bands, two late-night afterparties, a mountain of cake as well as loads of other fun non-dancing activities!

We believe that social dancing with lots of people is definitely the fastest way to improve, so even if you’ve just started, if you’re in Leeds, you should be at Leeds Swing Exchange!

For enquiries, please email

In the meantime, happy hopping!


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Lindy Fridays at the Corn Exchange – 9th June!

Lindy Fridays regular classes are NOT running next week at the Carriageworks.

However, Lindy Fridays at the Corn Exchange is happening instead!  Lindy Fridays will take place in the fantastic Leeds Corn 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!

Not only do you get all that, but this time, we have live music from the wonderful Alligator Gumbo!

For £5 not only will you get entry into the event and the taster class, you’ll get £2 off food and drink at Primo’s Gourmet Hotdogs!

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

Free blues dancing at Crowd of Favours just around the corner afterwards with Underbeat Blues!  Facebook event here.

This is the last Lindy Fridays at the Corn Exchange until October, so don’t miss this fab event!

Details of the event are here and here’s a video of the kind of thing you can expect!

Lindy Fridays classes will return as normal the following week.

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Hot Charleston – June/July 2017

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

Saturday 3rd June
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:
17th June
15th July
22nd July

The workshop 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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