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Tandem Charleston – 29th August

Wednesdays,
29th Aug – 19th Sept
8:30-9:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

This course is for those who have a good grasp of basic partnered Charleston and are looking for more. Tandem Charleston aka Back to Back Charleston” is awesome fun, looks impressive and once you get the hang of it its easy to dance to fast music.

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 grasp of the 30s Charleston basic, some experience with partner dancing is helpful but not required.

– Appropriate for improvers, and anyone looking to brush up on their tandem charleston.

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

 

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What’s Holding You Back?

Have you got something that’s been on your to do list for ages but you just haven’t gotten round to it? We meet a surprising number of people who say they’ve been meaning to try swing dancing for a long time but just never got round to it. If this describes you. 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 1st – 22nd August
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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How to Nail Your Swingout

If you’ve been bitten by the lindy hop bug you’ll definitely want to spend some time on what is probably the most quintessential move–the swingout. You’ll spend the rest of your lindy career trying to perfect this move, learning different styles and techniques and all the variations. Let us start you off on the right track!

Swingout Course
Wednesday, 6th-27th June
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 whole course

The course will go over the basic shape of a swingout and progress to more in-depth technique, styling, and a couple of variations to spice things up a bit. As usual with our courses numbers will be limited so we can give you personal feedback on what you need to make your swingout awesome.

This course is a good follow on from our Fundamentals Course for those who are feeling confident with the basics. It is also appropriate for those who have learnt a swingout shape and want to improve on their technique, learn to dance faster and add some styling.

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Our Next Fundamentals Course starts 9th May!

Lindy Hop is becoming more and more popular and it is showing no signs of slowing down.  It is a fantastic way to get fit, learn a new skill and meet a fabulous bunch of people. For a whole list of reasons why partner dancing is good for you click here or just take our word for it and give it a go–why not?

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

Benefits:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:
Wednesdays 9th – 30th May
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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Musicality Course – 9th May

Learn how to dance to the music with our Musicality Course!

Musicality Course
Wednesdays; 9th – 30th May
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 whole course

Lindy hop wouldn’t be lindy hop without the swung rhythm of the music we dance to.  Once you have a good grasp of the basics and a good handful of moves under your belt, we will give you some tools to help you become more musical in your dancing.  This course will give you a better understanding of the music, it’s common features and how to work with the music when you dance. It will include both how to be musical yourself as well as how to work with a partner to inspire and take inspiration from each other and the music. As with all our courses the class size will be small so we can answer any questions and give individual advice and exercises to take home.

– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Progressive structured learning
– Appropriate for people who are comfortable social dancing
– Pre-booking and payment in advance required

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place

A favourite clip of ours, showing how musicality doesn’t have to be choreographed polished routines but just making it up as you go…

 

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Why You Should Learn Lindy Hop

Here are just a few reasons why we think everyone should learn 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! That’s why you should always go out for a run with the best Vessi waterproof sneakers. This one doesn’t have a link because we all know its true. Exercise that is fun and that you don’t have to think about doing is THE BEST KIND, although if you’re really serious into fitness you could try the rapid tone diet to improve the composition of your body.
  • 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

Benefits:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:

The Fundametals Course is very popular so we run it throughout the year! The next course will be 4th-25th April
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 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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Announcing a brand new course–Frankie’s Moves!

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This spring we’ll be doing something a bit different with our Classic Moves Course. We’ll spend the whole four weeks working on some of Frankie Manning’s signature moves. We’re calling it Frankie’s Moves!

Who was Frankie Manning? He was one of the greatest lindy hoppers of his time (he invented aerials!). He was also hugely instrumental in the swing revival. As a young man he performed all over with Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, in his later years he traveled the world teaching at lindy hop events, large and small, nearly every weekend. He became known as the Ambassador of Swing and even got his own google doodle a couple of years ago. Come along and learn some of Frankie’s classic moves.

The Frankie’s Moves Course is appropriate for dancers who are comfortable with the basics and ready to add some new classic moves to their repertoire.

Wednesdays, 4th-25th April
8:30-9:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

Pre-payment required. To register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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