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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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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #102!

This fortnight’s variation is The Pause

Tired of the same old rhythms? Here’s one you may not have tried

This variation is a great one for working on control and balance as you exit a swingout

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #101!

This fortnight’s variation is Wrap In

This variation makes any move look extra fancy

The trick to making it pop is to wrap into your arm on the 6.

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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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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #100!

This fortnight’s variation is Sweep Scoot Tap

Stuck in a rock step rut? Try this variation and open up a world of possibilities (you don’t have to rock step on the 1, 2!)

That’s right this is variation number 100 whoop! 100 kick ass variations to shake up your lindy.

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #99!

This fortnight’s variation is Truffle Step

A fast variation that needs be calm, grounded, and smooth. You’ve got your work cut out for you

Why have we called it the Truffle Step? Who knows. We’re open to suggestions…

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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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