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How to Nail Your Swingout

If you’ve been bitten by the lindy hop bug you’ll definitely want to spend some time on what is probably the most quintessential move–the swingout. You’ll spend the rest of your lindy career trying to perfect this move, learning different styles and techniques and all the variations. Let us start you off on the right track!

Swingout Course
Wednesday, 6th-27th June
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 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 shape and want to improve on their technique, learn to dance faster and add some styling.

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Course Schedule

We’ve just updated our course list through December! Here’s what we have in store for the rest of the year!

Fundamentals Course (Wednesdays 6:30-7:30): Our very popular Fundamentals Course runs back to back with a new course starting each month! Appropriate for complete beginners or anyone who wants to really solidify their basics. You can find more information about this course series here.

Wednesday Courses (Wednesdays 8:30-9:30): These courses change each month. Most are Improver-Intermediate Advanced but there are a few beginner level courses. Here’s what we have coming up. Full course descriptions can be found here:

Musicality                                          9th May – 30th May
Swingouts                                          6th Jun – 27th Jun
Intro to Partnered Charleston    1st Aug – 22nd Aug
Tandem Charleston                        29th Aug – 19 Sept
Classic Move                                      26th Sept – 17th Oct
Swingouts                                          24th Oct – 14th Nov
California Routine                           21st Nov – 12th Dec

All of these Courses are now open for bookings: email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book a place on any of these courses.

 

 

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Couch to Hellzapoppin’

You’ve probably heard of “Couch to 5k” right? Here at Swing Dance Leeds we have our own version with dancing instead of running. This will be the second year we’ve done it. We think it’s a bit special so we wanted to shout about it a bit this time!

Maybe you’ve got a wedding coming up, maybe you want a fun way to get fit or wow your friends, or maybe you just like a good challenge. Whatever your reason we’ve got the perfect challenge for you. Here’s how to do it:

  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.
  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: 6-27 June or 24 Oct-11 Nov
  3. After that you’ll need to get some Tandem Charleston under your belt. Date: 29 Aug-19 Sept (if you’ve never done Charleston before it would be wise to do the Intro class first 1-22 Aug)
  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: 21 Nov – 12 Dec

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

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Our Next Fundamentals Course starts 9th May!

Lindy Hop 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. For a whole list of reasons why partner dancing is good for you click here or just take our word for it and give it a go–why not?

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

Benefits:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:
Wednesdays 9th – 30th May
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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Musicality Course – 9th May

Learn how to dance to the music with our Musicality Course!

Musicality Course
Wednesdays; 9th – 30th May
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 whole course

Lindy hop wouldn’t be lindy hop without the swung rhythm of the music we dance to.  Once you have a good grasp of the basics and a good handful of moves under your belt, we will give you some tools to help you become more musical in your dancing.  This course will give you a better understanding of the music, it’s common features and how to work with the music when you dance. It will include both how to be musical yourself as well as how to work with a partner to inspire and take inspiration from each other and the music. As with all our courses the class size will be small so we can answer any questions and give individual advice and exercises to take home.

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Progressive structured learning
– Appropriate for people who are comfortable social dancing
– Pre-booking and payment in advance required

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place

A favourite clip of ours, showing how musicality doesn’t have to be choreographed polished routines but just making it up as you go…

 

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Why You Should Learn Lindy Hop

Here are just a few reasons why we think everyone should learn Lindy Hop:

  • Partner dancing is good for your brain! Studies have shown that partner dancing can reverse the signs of ageing in your brain and help prevent dementia.
  • Physical touch is good for mental health Apparently we are living through a crisis of touch. If that’s news to you its probably because you’re already a dancer ;)
  • Exercise is good for you! This one doesn’t have a link because we all know its true. Exercise that is fun and that you don’t have to think about doing is THE BEST KIND
  • Making friends as an adult is hard. Taking up a sociable hobby is a great way to expand your social circle and the lindy hop community is an extremely friendly bunch!

Take the plunge its totally worth it!

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

Benefits:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:

The Fundametals Course is very popular so we run it throughout the year! The next course will be 4th-25th April
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

For a full list of course dates visit our courses page

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:

 

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Announcing a brand new course–Frankie’s Moves!

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This spring we’ll be doing something a bit different with our Classic Moves Course. We’ll spend the whole four weeks working on some of Frankie Manning’s signature moves. We’re calling it Frankie’s Moves!

Who was Frankie Manning? He was one of the greatest lindy hoppers of his time (he invented aerials!). He was also hugely instrumental in the swing revival. As a young man he performed all over with Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, in his later years he traveled the world teaching at lindy hop events, large and small, nearly every weekend. He became known as the Ambassador of Swing and even got his own google doodle a couple of years ago. Come along and learn some of Frankie’s classic moves.

The Frankie’s Moves Course is appropriate for dancers who are comfortable with the basics and ready to add some new classic moves to their repertoire.

Wednesdays, 4th-25th April
8:30-9:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

Pre-payment required. To register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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