Category Archives: lindy hop

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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There’s Still Time to Learn to Dance!

Did you promise yourself that this would be the year that you would finally get around to signing up for a swing dance class? The clock is ticking but don’t worry you can still make it! Our final Lindy Hop Fundamentals Course starts 20th November. Just in time to get you ready to dance the night away on New Years!

Lindy Hop Fundamentals is our four week beginners course covering all the basic steps of this joyful vintage swing dance. You’ll learn at your own pace alongside a small group of other newbies and you don’t even have to have a partner! We promise you’ll make friends along the way, have a good laugh, and even get a bit of exercise.

Course Details:
Wednesdays 20th Nov to 11th Dec
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 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 #99!

This fortnight’s variation is Truffle Step

A fast variation that needs be calm, grounded, and smooth. You’ve got your work cut out for you

Why have we called it the Truffle Step? Who knows. We’re open to suggestions…

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #98!

This fortnight’s variation is Inverse Footwork

This one might mess with your head a bit but definitely in a good way!

Once you’ve got your swingout down playing with footwork across the whole move is a great way to push your understanding of the connection and momentum

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Discover a New Hobby Today!

Don’t let the darker evenings get you down! Even if you’ve been out of school for years autumn still feels like time for new beginnings. We meet a surprising number of people who say they’ve been meaning to try swing dancing. So what’s holding you back? Fear of the unknown? Just can’t tear yourself  away from your job?–just kidding!

We think we’ve got just the class for you! Lindy Hop Fundamentals is our four week course covering all the basic steps. You’ll learn at your own pace alongside a small group of other newbies and you don’t even have to have a partner! We promise you’ll make friends along the way, have a good laugh, and even get a bit of exercise.

Course Details:
Wednesdays 23rd Oct to 13 Nov
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 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 #97!

This fortnight’s variation is Fast Taps

If you liked last week’s variation here’s a follow on!

…and now we’re all tapped out ;)

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #96!

This fortnight’s variation is Slow Taps Behind

Get those toes tippity tappin!

Master this week’s variation and we’ll build on it with a faster version next week :)

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #95!

This fortnight’s variation is Figure of 8 Version 2

Being able to turn away from your leader without over-stretching is a nice challenge to work on!

Extra Credit: Our first Figure of Eight variation is here. Play spot-the-difference to test your video learning skills!

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Couch to Hellzapoppin’

It’s that time of year again when we ask the dancers of Leeds to show us what you’ve got! It’s time for the Couch to Hellzapoppin’ Challenge and this year we’ve got badges!

Here’s how to play:

  1. Start off with our Fundamentals Course. This is a 4 week introductory course that runs Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 at the Dance Studio Leeds. Take this at your own pace, some people do this course twice, for others once is enough. If you’re starting at the very beginning you’ve still got time to complete the whole challenge if you book onto the next Fundamentals course running 28th Aug – 18 Sept.
  2. Next up is the Swingouts Course. This one works on a quintessential Lindy Hop move and is an excellent follow on from the Fundamentals. Dates: 25 Sept – 16 Oct
  3. After that you’ll need to get some Tandem Charleston under your belt. Date: 23rd Oct – 13th Nov (if you’ve never done any Charleston before you’ll need to pop along to Hot Charleston to learn the basic step first)
  4. Wrap it all up with the California Routinea choreography that incorporates all of the standard lindy repertoire that you can learn in the courses mentioned above as well as a few extra flashy moves. It is easily the most famous lindy hop choreography and a fantastic goal to work towards (see video below)! Course Date: 20 Nov – 11 Dec

Have you got what it takes to go Couch to Hellzapoppin’?

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How to Nail Your Swingout

If you’re just at the start of your lindy hop journey, chances are good that you’ve seen a swingout in videos or on the dance floor and thought “Wow! When will I be able to dance like that?!” Swingouts have that effect on people–two dancers effortlessly whizzing round each other and don’t even get us started on swivels! Whenever you’re ready to take the plunge we’ve got a whole four week course dedicated to swingouts to help you really nail this iconic lindy hop move.

Swingout Course
Wednesday, 25th Sept – 16th Oct
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£32 whole course

The course will go over the basic shape of a swingout and progress to more in-depth technique, styling, and a couple of variations to spice things up a bit. As usual with our courses numbers will be limited so we can give you personal feedback on what you need to make your swingout awesome.

This course is a good follow on from our Fundamentals Course for those who are feeling confident with the basics. It is also appropriate for those who have learnt a swingout before and want to improve on their technique, learn to dance faster and add some styling.

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