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How to Survive Your First Dance Class

We run a few different classes that are open to complete beginners so we see a lot of folks coming through the door who have never taken a dance class before. If you’re considering having a go at dancing here are some handy tips to help you breeze through your first class like a pro.

Know That You Aren’t Alone If you’ve booked onto a class that is open to beginners it’s very unlikely that you’ll be the only newbie. Go in assuming that everyone else is starting from square one just like you. If you arrive a bit early chat to other students. See if they are feeling as nervous as you.

Dress for Success There’s nothing worse than turning up to a class in a leotard and tights when everyone else is in street clothes! Try to find out ahead of time what kind of shoes and clothing people usually wear to class so that you know you’ll be appropriately dressed. For most lindy hop or solo charleston/vintage jazz classes its a good idea to wear comfortable casual clothes and flat shoes that aren’t too grippy (plimsoles are a good cheap option)

Listen to the Teacher This might seem obvious but as adults we aren’t always as good at listening as we’d like to think. Some instructors might come round to give everyone individual tips, some may not so it’s really important to listen to what is being said to the class especially if you don’t think you’re “getting it”. Trust that the teacher has noticed your struggle and is about to tell you exactly what you need to do to fix it.

Have Reasonable Expectations for Yourself Everyone learns at a different rate and different aspects of the dance may be easier or harder for you than they appear to be for others. No matter what your background is try to go into a new class with the expectation that it will be a learning process that will take a little time. Expect that you might understand something intellectually but still take a bit longer to get your feet to do it. If you feel like you aren’t getting something but the teacher hasn’t swooped in to help, keep trying, you’re probably doing just fine and just need to try it a couple more times to nail it.

Dance Like No One is Watching Because they aren’t. No one is looking at you thinking that you’re the worst dancer in the class, they’re all focusing on trying to get the steps themselves. Whatever new steps you’re trying just go for it and if you are going to fail, fail BIG. No one will notice. Except the teacher and then they’ll know what you might need help with.

Practice Makes Perfect With most dance classes you get out what you put in. Practicing between sessions is a great way to solidify your learning and help you feel ready to keep adding new material. How do you practice a partner dance if you don’t have a partner? You can still practice the footwork, commit that to muscle memory and you’ll have one less thing to think about at the next lesson.

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Book now for our next Lindy Hop Fundamentals Course!

Get out on the Dance Floor

Our Lindy Hop Fundamentals Course is by far our most popular course. It’s your gateway drug to the world of Swing Dancing! After just four weeks you’ll be able to join in with other Lindy Hoppers at a social dance or wow your friends at weddings.

We’ll teach you the basics of Lindy Hop in over the course of four weeks. Each week builds on the last with plenty of time for review and repetition to give you a solid foundation in basic moves and techniques. We often have people in class who’ve never tired partner dancing before–so if this is you don’t worry. Our small class sizes help you get to know a lovely group of people so that you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class.  The course is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as anyone who wants to brush up on their basics.

Course Features:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:
Wednesdays 3rd – 24th April 
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4 week 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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Learn the Fundamentals of Lindy Hop

We love introducing newcomers to our favourite dance. If you’ve been meaning to have a go at partner dancing our Lindy Hop Fundamentals course is a great place to start!

The course will give you a solid foundation of basic lindy hop moves and techniques so that you’ll be ready to strut your stuff on the social dance floor! The course is ideal for people who’ve never danced before or those who’ve tried other styles of dance but are new to swing dancing.

We keep these classes small so that you will get to know a lovely group of other new dancers. This way you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class.  Appropriate for absolute beginners and anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics

–Course Details–

The Fundamentals Course is very popular so we run it throughout the year!

The next course will be 6th to 27th March
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 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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Learn to Dance in 2019

The new year is a great time to try new things. Here are some compelling scientific reasons to have a go at 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 exercise 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

Course Details:

The Fundametals Course is very popular so we run it throughout the year! The next course will be 6th to 27th February
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 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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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #78 Joy Jump!

Jump for joy this Christmas with this weeks footwork variation of the fortnight – the joy jump!

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by | December 24, 2018 · 9:30 am

Intro to Partnered Charleston Course–Coming in January!

The 20’s are nearly upon us again and Peaky Blinders parties seem to be all the rage lately! Learn how to dance the Charleston with a partner just like they did back in the day. Bookings are now open for this beginner friendly course starting this January. Its likely to sell out quickly so get in touch to book your place now!

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

A course that will get you dancing this energetic dance everywhere you go. We’ll give you a good number of moves and the technique to social dance 20s and 30s style Charleston. So 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.

A bit of trivia: Our Charleston dancers were actually featured in the first season of Peaky Blinders (that’s us on the left) and we got to teach the Cillian Murphy and Annabelle Wallis how to dance!

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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

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As seen on Strictly…

Join the Lindy Hop Revolution

Lindy Hop is really growing in the UK. Originating from the 1930’s we wouldn’t really call it a “new” dance craze but it does seem like more and more people are having a go these days. Lindy Hop will even be featured on Strictly Come Dancing this week. If you want to find out what this fantastic partner dance is all about then look no further!

We’ll teach you 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’ll get to know a lovely group of other new dancers, meaning you’ll have friends to go with once you’re brave enough to head out to your first social dance or drop in class. The course is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics

Course Features:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:

We’ll be taking a short break over the holidays so the next course will run
Wednesdays 9th – 30th January, 2019
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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