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Join the Lindy Hop Revolution

Lindy Hop is really growing in the UK. Originating from the 1930’s we wouldn’t really call it a “new” dance craze but it does seem like more and more people are having a go these days. Lindy Hop will even be featured on Strictly Come Dancing this week. If you want to find out what this fantastic partner dance is all about then look no further!

We’ll 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’ll get to know a lovely group of other new dancers, meaning you’ll have friends to go with once you’re brave enough to head out to your first social dance or drop in class. The course is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics

Course Features:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:

We’ll be taking a short break over the holidays so the next course will run
Wednesdays 9th – 30th January, 2019
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.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

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #75!

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!

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All I Want for Christmas is MORE DANCING!

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 swingdanceleeds@gmail.com 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!

Christmas voucher

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2019 Wednesday Courses!

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.

  • 9 Jan – 30 Jan Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 6 Feb – 27 Feb Swingouts
  • 6 Mar – 27 Mar Advanced Charleston
  • 3 Apr – 24 Apr Classic Moves (Frankie’s Moves)
  • 1 May – 22 May Musicality
  • 29 May – 19 Jun Swingouts
  • 31 Jul – 21 Aug Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 28 Aug – 18 Sept Classic Moves (Tricky Moves)
  • 25 Sept – 16 Oct Swingouts
  • 23 Oct – 13 Nov Tandem Charleston
  • 20 Nov – 11 Dec California Routine    

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.

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #74!

This fortnight’s variation is Gather Steps!

A lovely understated balboa inspired variation

and <gasp!> new shoes!

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There’s Still Time to Learn to Dance!

What did you hope to accomplish in 2018

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

Course Features:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:
Wednesdays 21st Nov – 12th Dec
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.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

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What Does This Have To Do With Lindy Hop?

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.

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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!

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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.

West African Dance & Drumming Workshop

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

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