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Private Classes

As well as our regular classes and courses, you can hire us for private classes.  So far this year, Swing Dance Leeds has provided over 90 private classes!

Private classes can be for individuals, couples or even small groups.  There is also no restriction on your level of experience as we will tailor the class to your specific needs.  Some of the reasons to take a private class can include:

  • You’re a complete beginner and would like to build your confidence before taking a group class;
  • You’re an experienced dancer wanting to improve a specific element of your dancing;
  • You want to prepare for an event which may include level auditions and/or competitions;
  • First dances for weddings; or
  • Any other reason!

We can offer private classes in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Solo Jazz.  Our prices are reasonable and you can even take the class in the comfort of your own home should you wish.  Alternatively, classes can be taken at our own studio at no extra cost!

Contact swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to enquire about our private classes or fill in our hire form.

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Balboa Basics Course – 12th October!

Learn the basics of Balboa with our course starting 12th October!

Our Balboa Basics course went really well when we first introduced it back in March that we decided to do it again!

Originating in Southern California in the 1920s and 30s, Balboa is part of the family of swing dances and is often danced to faster tempos!

Our Balboa Basics course will give you the basic techniques and a variety of moves to get you successfully dancing Balboa socially.  It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as improvers who might want to solidify what they already know.

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning
– Pre-booking and payment in advance required

Wednesdays 12th October – 2nd November
8:30-9:30pm
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

Interested?  See Nick Williams and Kate Hedin in action in this awesome video!

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Upcoming Courses March – June

We have a variety of exciting courses coming up over the next few months.  Whatever your level of experience, we have something for you!

Wednesday Courses
Fundamentals Course 2nd March – 23rd March
Classic Moves Course 2nd March – 23rd March
Fundamentals Course 30th March – 20th April
Balboa Basics Course 30th March – 20th April
Fundamentals Course 27th April – 18th May
Tandem Charleston Course 27th April – 18th May
Fundamentals Course 25th May – 15th June
Musicality Course 25th May – 15th June
Fundamentals Course 22nd June – 13th July

Thursday Courses
Beginners Collegiate Shag Course 3rd March – 24th March

Interested?  Just email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place on any of these courses.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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New Balboa Basics Course – 30th March!

Learn the basics of Balboa with our new course starting 30th March!

Originating in Southern California in the 1920s and 30s, Balboa is part of the family of swing dances and is often danced to faster tempos!

Our brand new Balboa Basics course will give you the basic techniques and a variety of moves to get you successfully dancing Balboa socially.  It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as improvers who might want to solidify what they already know.

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning
– Pre-booking and payment in advance required

Wednesdays 30th March – 20th April
8:30-9:30pm
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

Interested?  See Nick Williams and Kate Hedin in action in this awesome video!

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Important dates early 2016

If you’re wondering when the regular classes start again in 2016 here’s your handy list:

Monday 4th JanSwingJive
Drop in Lindy Hop class
8pm @Moortown Social Club

Friday 8th JanLindy Fridays
Drop in Lindy Hop class
8pm @The Carriageworks Theatre

Saturday 9th Jan Hot Charleston
Drop in Solo Charleston workshop
3:30pm @The Dance Studio Leeds

Tuesday 12th JanLindy Drop
Drop in Lindy Hop class
8pm @ActivZone in Morley

Thursday 21st Jan Bella Balboa
Drop in Balboa class
8pm @Walker Hall (Trippet Lane Sheffield)

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Sunday Swing Set over the summer

The Sunday Swing Set is a fantastic opportunity to social dance, let loose and practice what you’ve been learning. Leeds Uni Swing Soc set up this night earlier this year it’s ace and we’re looking after it over the summer, so come on down and have a dance!

We’ve set up a page on this website with all the details and an update of whether it’s on this week: https://swingdanceleeds.com/whats-on/sunday-swing-set/
Currently the only date it’s not on is 30th August, when you should all be at Leeds Swing Exchange!
Below are details for this week, see you there!

971022_146983575491226_1614345616_nFREE Entry
Sunday 28th June
6-9pm

Pure Social Dancing
Revolution bar in The Electric press
Discounted food + drinks (with SwingSoc card)

If you like dancing this is a great way to get your fix; it’s free, the floor is fast, there’s plenty of space, local DJs playing, there’s discounts on food + drink. You don’t have to be pro to go, just come down and enjoy yourself. The only Sunday it’s not on will be 30th Aug, when you should all be at Leeds Swing Exchange.
Address:
Revolution
41 Cookridge Street
Leeds
LS2 3AW

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Swing Dance Leeds – Coming Up

There’s a lot of rather special events and workshops coming up, it’s quite good to have all the info in one place. Check out what’s happening in Leeds.

This weekend alone we have:

11th April: Lindy Fridays at the Corn Exchange (7-10pm) @the corn exchange
A very special Lindy Fridays, taster class at 7pm and then lots of social dancing until 10pm. The £2.50 entry includes a free soft drink. Non-dancers welcome to come down and have a look and try it out. Not to be missed.

12th April: Tranky Doo workshop (4-6pm) @the dance studio leeds
At this workshop you’ll learn an authentic jazz choreography, which is mid tempo and good fun Knowledge of some jazz is useful but not required. You’ve probably seen people doing it at social events already. Only £8

13th April: Teapots and Twirls (12-4pm) @interplay in Armley
Free tea, Easter-inspired sweet treats, a charity raffle and egg-strodinarily good live music from The Big Easy! £7 on the door.

Next weekend and beyond

19th April: Hot Charleston (4-6pm) @the dance studio leeds
Two hour solo charleston workshop, fantastic for beginners and more experienced dancers alike. A good work out and good fun. £8 drop in

19th April: Balboa at Heart (7:30-11:30pm) @Heart in Headingley
An evening of balboa in a great venue with perfect music. The first one was amazing, this one will be even better. Get your ticket in advance – £6.

26th April: M&S – Style Glam and Cycling Sam (11am-3pm) @the M&S Archive near Leeds Uni business school
Free drink and cake with plenty of music, taster classes and performances – an afternoon well spent.

10th May: Shim Sham workshop (2:15-3:15pm) @the dance studio leeds
At this workshop you’ll learn another fantastic jazz choreography from Frankie Manning, pretty much every Lindy Hopper knows this routine (and there are world videos to prove it). £5 drop in

10th May: Hot Charleston (3:30-5:30pm) @the dance studio leeds
Two hour solo charleston workshop, fantastic for beginners and more experienced dancers alike. A good work out and good fun. £8 drop in

11th May: Underbeat Blues (1:45-3:45pm) @the dance studio leeds
Whether you are giving it a go for the first time or have already caught the blues bug, we will teach you some fancy new moves and help you continue to develop your connection and musicality. £8 drop in

 

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