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Last Classes of 2017 (and social dancing in December)!

The Christmas and New Year period is nearly upon us!  Here are the dates for the last classes of 2017 and when classes will be restarting in 2018:

Swing Jive Leeds (Moortown, Mondays)
Last class: 18th December
Restarting: 8th January

Lindy Drop (Morley, Tuesdays)
Last class: 12th December
Restarting: 16th January

Bella Balboa (Sheffield, Thursdays)
Last class: 7th December
Restarting: 11th January

Lindy Fridays (City Centre, Fridays)
Last class: 8th December
Restarting: 12th January

Hot Charleston (City Centre, fortnightly Saturdays)
Last class: 25th November
Restarting: 6th January

Social dancing in December

Even though the Sunday Swing Set has finished for the year, there are still plenty of social dancing opportunities coming your way this December:

Saturday 2nd December – Shambles Shuffle, York
Saturday 9th December – Balboa at Heart, Leeds (Balboa / Shag)
Saturday 9th December – Swing Fling 2017, Leeds
Wednesday 13th December – Festive Altalena Prestissimo, Sheffield (Balboa)
Saturday 16th December – An evening of Christmas Swing, Leeds
Wednesday 20th December – Free Festive Social in memory of David Emmott, Silsden

Pop these dates in your diary and we hope to see you for a festive dance soon!

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #50!

This fortnight’s variation is the Foot Slap!

Slam that foot down (carefully, of course) and be ready to step again on 1!

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Make 2018 your year of dance with our Lindy Hop Courses!

If learning to dance is your New Year’s Resolution, here’s a great opportunity!  Our final Courses of 2017 have just commenced and now we’re looking ahead to the New Year!

Our popular Fundamentals Course is ideal for absolute beginners and we already have the dates for the first few Courses of 2018:

  • 10th Jan – 31st Jan
  • 7th Feb – 28th Feb
  • 7th Mar – 28th Mar

Each Fundamentals Course lasts for 4 weeks and runs on consecutive Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 7.30pm.  These Courses are run back to back, so there’s always another one just around the corner!

Courses must be pre-booked and we’re now taking bookings, so email us at to secure your place.  The cost is just £30 for the 4-week Course.

Here’s a short video showing you the kinds of things you can expect to learn on our Fundamentals Course.

The Courses section has a few more details of what you can expect on the Fundamental Course and the other courses that we also run throughout the year. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


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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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