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Let Yourself Go!

How do you go from executing moves to really inspiring others with your dancing? How do you know when to throw in cool variations? How do you dance to a song you’ve never heard before? How do you hit a break? How do develop your own style? We’ll tackle all these questions and more in our upcoming Musicality Course. This is a really special one that only comes around once a year!

Musicality Course
Wednesdays; 29th April – 20th May
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£32 whole course

Once you have a solid grasp of the basics and a good handful of moves under your belt its time to start taking the moves and steps you learn in class and turning them into a three way conversation between you, your partner, and the music.

We take a practical and structured approach to musicality. We’ll help you break out of your defaults and bring more of your own personality into the dance. We’ll also look at how to work with a partner, and take inspiration from the music and those around you.

As with all our courses the class size will be small so we can answer any questions and give individual attention. No partner required but pre-booking is essential.

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place

Here’s 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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Our Frankie’s Moves Course is Back!

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One of our most popular courses is back again featuring signature moves from lindy hop legend Frankie Manning.

Who was Frankie Manning? He was one of the greatest lindy hoppers of his time (he was the first to add air steps to the dance!). 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 favourite 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, 1st-22nd April
8:30-9:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

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

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Time for Tandem Madness!

Attention Tandem Charleston fans: this is the course for you! Do you run out of ideas after you’ve gotten into tandem position and done a few basics? Have you ever wondered if there’s more out there to learn? There is–loads more in fact! It’s just hard to teach in a drop in class.

In this course we’ll go beyond the basics and look at all sorts of fun moves and variations you can do in this style.

Wednesdays 4th – 25th March 8:30pm-9:30pm at the Dance Studio Leeds £32 for the 4 week course

For this course we’ll assume that everyone is familiar with the Tandem Charleston basic (so that we can move on to the fun stuff!). 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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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #105

This fortnight’s variation is Unnecessary!

Can you believe it’s 4 been years since we started? We’re going to be taking a break from making FVF videos for a little while, so we made this one unnecessarily complicated. Let us know how you got on! Hopefully there’s still plenty of things for you to work on in the playlist of 105 variations. 

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #104!

This fortnight’s variation is Reverse Kick Kick Ball Change Step

 

Have a fanastic Christmas Break everyone, keep doing kick ball changes though!

 

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Our popular Swingout Course is back this February!

If you’re feeling confident with your Lindy Hop fundamentals, a swingout is the next move you’ll want to conquer!

Swingouts are the quintessential move of Lindy Hop and so important that we’ve dedicated an entire four week course to teaching them.

Swingout Course

Wednesday, 5th-26th February
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£32 whole course

No partner required but pre-booking is essential. Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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.

Appropriate for those who have learnt a swingout shape and want to improve on their technique and learn a variation or two. This course is also for people who’ve never learnt a swingout, but have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of Lindy hop  – this is the next step for you.

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #103!

This fortnight’s variation is Rhythmic Pause

Don’t be fooled by the lackluster name this is quite a fun little variation!

We’ll cut them some slack it’s tricky coming up with names for over a hundred footwork variations :D

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