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What swing events are happening in Leeds

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

As we enter the 20’s expect to see a big come back of everything from moonshine cocktails to frilly flapper dresses and obviously the Charleston! So get with the times and make sure you’re dance floor ready with our Intro to Partnered Charleston Course. Bookings are now open for this beginner friendly course starting this January.

We’ll cover the basic steps and technique for 20’s and 30’s style Charleston and a few flashy moves and have you social dancing in no time. Whether you’re going to a Great Gatsby party or a Big Band Swing Dance–we’ve got you covered! This is a great course for complete beginners or those who have done a bit of lindy hop and are looking for more moves to add to their repertoire.

Intro to Partnered Charleston
Wednesdays, 8th – 29th January 2020
8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

A bit of trivia: Our Charleston dancers were actually featured in the first season of Peaky Blinders (that’s us in the background)

Take a look at this to give you an idea about Partnered Charleston:

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Learn to dance in 2020 with our January Fundamentals Course!

The new year is an excellent time to try something new. If you’re thinking about having a go at partner dancing we’ve got the perfect course for you! Swing dancing is a great way to get active, learn a new skill and meet a fabulous bunch of people. Why not give it a go?

Learn the basics in just four classes with our Lindy Hop Fundamentals Course!

This course will help you build your basic skills giving 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 get to meet and know a lovely group of people interested in dancing. Meaning you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class.

This course is appropriate for beginners, improvers, and anyone else who wants to build their basics. No partner required! But pre-booking is essential.

Wednesdays 8th – 29th January 2020
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

For a full list of course dates visit our courses page

Have a look at this video for a taster of what you can expect on the course:

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2020 Wednesday Courses!

Our 2020 line up is out! 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.

  • 8 Jan – 29 Jan Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 5 Feb – 26 Feb Swingouts
  • 4 Mar – 25 Mar Tandem Madness
  • 1 Apr – 22 Apr Classic Moves (Frankie’s Moves)
  • 29 Apr – 20 May Musicality
  • 27 May – 17 Jun Swingouts
  • 29 Jul – 19 Aug Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 26 Aug – 16 Sept Classic Moves (Tricky Moves)
  • 23 Sept – 14 Oct Swingouts
  • 21 Oct – 11 Nov Tandem Charleston
  • 18 Nov – 9 Dec California Routine    

For a more detailed description of any of these courses visit our Courses Page. Considering revisiting a course that you’ve done before? Great idea! We often cover slightly different material each time we run these courses to suit needs of the group. We think many dancers benefit from doing a course more than once so anytime you take a course that you’ve done before you get it for the discounted price of just £20 per person.

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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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California Routine–Are you up for the challenge?

Our last course of the year is a very special one–we’ll be teaching the California Routine! A classic lindy hop routine, choreographed by the legendary Frankie Manning, it draws on all of the fundamentals of lindy hop, including 6 beat, 8 beat and Charleston footwork. Once you know this routine, you will see it everywhere! Most lindy hoppers learn it at some point so it’s an easy impromptu performance piece. Whether you want to do more performing or you’re just looking to challenge yourself, this course is a great way to do it!

We will need to move quickly to get through the routine in four weeks so there are a few prerequisites. You will need to be familiar with basic 6 beat moves (tuck turn, passby, bring back), swingouts, and tandem Charleston. The version we do on the course will have some flashy moves but no big aerials so that we can focus on the dancing (for those that are interested we’re happy to help you add aerials in later!).

California Routine Course
Wednesdays, 20 November – 11 December
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£32 for the 4 week course

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place

Here’s a sneak peek of what the California Routine looks like (with aerials)

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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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Have a go at Tandem Charleston!

We’ve got an exciting course coming up in October. We’ll be tackling Tandem Charleston. This is a really fantastic set of moves lead from an unusual position. Great for fast music and for impressing your friends! If you’ve encountered Tandem Charleston in a drop in class before you’ll understand why we think it’s worth spending a whole four weeks on it so that you can really get it properly

Wednesdays,
23 Oct – 13 Nov 2019
8:30-9:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

to book email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

The course will focus on core Tandem Charleston repertoire including entries, exits and fun things to do while you’re there.

No prior knowledge of Tandem Charleston required you’ll just need to have a good grasp of the 30s Charleston basic, experience with partner dancing is helpful but not required.

Here’s an idea of what we’ll get up to in the class:

 

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