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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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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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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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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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Get Your Peaky Blinders on This July!

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 July. Its likely to sell out quickly so get in touch to book your place now!

Intro to Partnered Charleston
Wednesdays, 31 July -21 August 2019
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!

Book your place by emailing: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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

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Advanced Charleston Challenge!

Are you ready to throw down and take your Tandem Charleston to the next level? If you’re up for the challenge we’ve got a course that will push you. Four weeks of tricky tandem and hand to hand Charleston craziness. This course is not for the faint of heart–you’ll need to come with a good grasp of tandem and hand to hand Charleston and be ready to work hard!

Wednesdays 6th – 27th March 8:30pm-9:30pm at the Dance Studio Leeds £32 for the 4 week course

As with all our courses places will be limited to keep a small class size with personal feedback so that you can get the most out of it.

To book email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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2019 Wednesday Courses!

Drum roll please! Rattatat-rattatat-rattatat! Now announcing our Wednesday Courses schedule for 2019! 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.

  • 9 Jan – 30 Jan Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 6 Feb – 27 Feb Swingouts
  • 6 Mar – 27 Mar Advanced Charleston
  • 3 Apr – 24 Apr Classic Moves (Frankie’s Moves)
  • 1 May – 22 May Musicality
  • 29 May – 19 Jun Swingouts
  • 31 Jul – 21 Aug Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 28 Aug – 18 Sept Classic Moves (Tricky Moves)
  • 25 Sept – 16 Oct Swingouts
  • 23 Oct – 13 Nov Tandem Charleston
  • 20 Nov – 11 Dec California Routine    

If you put in a request for something that don’t see here don’t worry we’ll be adding in a few weekend workshops as well at some point for those things. For a more detailed description of any of these courses visit our Courses Page.

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