Tag Archives: 2015

Learn the Shim Sham 8th May

Learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Sunday 8th May
1:00 – 3:00pm
@The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is a awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though: https://www.facebook.com/events/956019284514627/

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

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Last Classes of 2015

The Christmas and New Year period is nearly upon us!  Here are the dates for the last classes of 2015 and when classes will be restarting in 2016:

Swing Jive Leeds (Moortown, Mondays)
Last class: 14th December
Restarting: 4th January

Lindy Drop (Morley, Tuesdays)
Last class: 8th December
Restarting: 12th January

Wakey Lindy Hoppers (Wakefield, Wednesdays)
Last class: 16th December
Restarting: 6th January

Bella Balboa (Sheffield, Thursdays)
Last class: 10th December
Restarting: 21st January

Lindy Fridays (City Centre, Fridays)
Last class: 11th December
Restarting: 8th January

Hot Charleston (City Centre, fortnightly Saturdays)
Last class: 5th December
Restarting: 9th January

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

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Lindy at the Light 2015

On Saturday 12th December, teams of dancers from Leeds, York and Hull will be performing routines at The Light Shopping Centre in order to raise money for the NSPCC!

Many of the dancers involved are new to dancing and have never performed in public before so this is a huge challenge for them.  They have all worked really hard to learn their routines and will be performing at least 5 times between 12 noon and 5.30pm, so please do come along on the day to support them.

The first Lindy at the Light took place in 2005.  Since that time, we have raised over £44,000 for the NSPCC!  We have a target of £4,000 this year and you can help us get to that target by:

  • Coming on the day, watching the routines and putting money in our buckets;
  • Sponsoring someone you know who is taking part; or
  • Visiting our Just Giving page and donating online.

If you’re donating online, you can use the following hashtags in your message to show your support for a specific group:

#LF for Lindy Fridays
#SwSoc for Leeds Uni Swing Soc
#KS for Kingston Swing
#York for York
#Tap for Dance Studio Leeds Tappers

Check out Lindy at the Light on Facebook for updates about the event.

Here’s a video from 2014 which shows Leeds Uni Swing Soc’s great routine:

Let’s smash our target for this fantastic charity this Christmas!

Thank you for your support.

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Next Fundamentals Course starts 25th November!

Learn to swing dance in four classes!

Our fundamentals course is a very popular way to kick start your dancing. 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.

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning
– Appropriate for beginners, improvers, and anyone else who wants to build their basics
– Pre-booking and payment in advance required

We run this course back to back. The next course is on the following dates:

Wednesdays 25th November – 16th December
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

For a full list of course dates visit our courses page


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Hot Charleston Practice Session 21st November

Hot Charleston on 21st November will be a Practice Session!  This Practice Session will be self-guided (i.e. there will not be anyone ‘in charge’).  The session will be at The Dance Studio Leeds as usual, at the normal time of 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

Music and a way to watch videos will be provided so that you can get together and practice those moves you know (and even those you find tricky!). Please feel free to make use of the space however you would like. For example, have a Charleston Jam or two and maybe even put together your own routine!

There is no charge for this session, but donations to the cost of the room hire are welcome.

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Big Apple Course 5th November

The Big Apple is an awesome Solo Jazz choreography by Frankie Manning! It is done world wide and all the best dancers know it.

It’s notoriously fast and difficult to remember – BUT- we’ve got the perfect solution to remember it. We’ll take it in chunks and have plenty of time to practice at home, and lots of practice each week.

So whether the Big Apple is entirely new to you or you’ve learnt bits of it here and there this six week course will solidify it in your memory.

Every Thursday
5th November – 10th December
8.30 – 9.30pm
@the Dance Studio Leeds
Whole Course: £30
Do not have to attend whole course (see individual prices below)
Email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book



5th + 12th November
Big Apple Part 1

19th November
Revision of big apple part 1

26th November + 3rd December
Big Apple Part 2

10th December
Revision of Big Apple

Whole course: £30 (£14 savings)

So if you’ve learnt it before and just want a refresher you can do just weeks 19th November + 10th December.

Check out this video of the Harlem Hot Shots performing the Big Apple here:

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book

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Hot Charleston

Charleston is a fun and exciting dance full of self-expression.  We run Hot Charleston Workshops every two weeks on a Saturday afternoon 3.30pm – 5.30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds.

The workshops are open to complete beginners as well as more experienced dancers.  Each week we start with the basics, introduce a few showy moves and provide a structured way to freestyle what you’ve learnt.

As well as being great fun to do, it is also a great workout and you’ll meet some awesome people along the way.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up and pay £8 on the door for the full two hours.  Full details, including dates can be found here.

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