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Learn the Tranky Doo Thursdays in September!

Get these dates in your diary because we are excited to announce a series of Thursday night classes on the Tranky Doo, 6th, 13th and 20th September! The Tranky Doo is a classic vintage jazz solo routine from the 1940s. For some interesting factoids about the history of the routine and clips of a variety of performances of it go here.

We wanted to feature this little video because this simple class recap has long been the most popular video on our Youtube Channel. Dancers around the world are still finding it really useful for learning this great classic routine. Here’s your chance to learn this fabulous routine from Rob IRL (in real life) over the course of three weeks!

This will be offered as a short course of 3 classes. If you haven’t done much solo jazz before don’t worry–book on for all 3 classes and we’ll go at an easy pace with lots of repetition. If you’ve learnt the Tranky Doo before and want a quick refresher feel free to just drop-in for one or two classes.

Learn the Tranky Doo 

Thursdays, 6th, 13th & 20th Sept 2018
8:30-9:30pm

at Dance Studio Leeds

Cost: £15 for all 3 classes (pre-booking required)
or drop-in for £7 per class

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place!

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Brand New Class: Hot Charleston Weekly!

We’re really excited to announce that there’s a new class in town! Spinning off from our fortnightly Hot Charleston Workshops in Leeds City Centre, this will be an hour long solo Charleston and vernacular jazz class!

Absolute beginners welcome.  No need to book, no experience required, no partner needed, just turn up for a great workout!

Tuesdays 8-9pm
£5 entry
Activzone Texas Street LS27 0JF

Please note that Hot Charleston Weekly will replace the existing Lindy Hop class that currently runs at this time.  However, there are still TWO more Lindy Drop classes to go before the end of 2017 and everyone is welcome to attend these!  These are Tuesdays 5th and 12th December, so please do come along and give Lindy Drop the great send-off that it deserves!

Our regular Hot Charleston Workshops at the Dance Studio Leeds, will continue as normal on Saturdays, the first one of 2018 being 6th January.

Here’s a video of the most recent Hot Charleston Saturday workshop to give you an idea of the kinds of things we’ll be doing at the new Hot Charleston Weekly!  We can’t wait!

 

 

 

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Hot Charleston – November 2017 and January 2018

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn calories and meet some great people.  The next one is this Saturday!

Saturday 11th November
3:30 – 5:30pm
@ The Dance Studio Leeds

£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
No partner required

Next dates:
25th November
***no classes in December***
6th January
20th January
27th January

Hot Charleston is open to absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike, starting from the basic step giving you a few showy moves and a good workout. The workshop has two sections; the first section gives you a short fun routine and the second section focuses on developing the steps you’ve learnt in the first section, introducing a freestyle aspect (but in a structured way). This will give you the confidence to Charleston anywhere!

Here’s a video from a recent Hot Charleston as a recap and as inspiration!

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Hot Charleston – October/November 2017 and 2018 dates!

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn calories and meet some great people.  The next one is tomorrow!

Saturday 14th October
3:30 – 5:30pm
@ The Dance Studio Leeds

£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
No partner required

Next dates:
28th October
11th November
25th November

Hot Charleston is open to absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike, starting from the basic step giving you a few showy moves and a good workout. The workshop has two sections; the first section gives you a short fun routine and the second section focuses on developing the steps you’ve learnt in the first section, introducing a freestyle aspect (but in a structured way). This will give you the confidence to Charleston anywhere!

We have also booked in some dates for 2018, so make sure to get these in your diary now!

2018 dates:
6th January
20th January
27th January
10th February
17th February
10th March
17th March
7th April
21st April

Here’s a video from a recent Hot Charleston as a recap and as inspiration!

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Hot Charleston – September/October 2017

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn calories and meet some great people.  The next one is on:

Saturday 9th September
3:30 – 5:30pm
@ The Dance Studio Leeds

£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
No partner required

Next dates:
16th September
30th September
14th October
28th October

Hot Charleston is open to absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike, starting from the basic step giving you a few showy moves and a good workout. The workshop has two sections; the first section gives you a short fun routine and the second section focuses on developing the steps you’ve learnt in the first section, introducing a freestyle aspect (but in a structured way). This will give you the confidence to Charleston anywhere!

Here’s a video from a recent Hot Charleston as a recap and as inspiration!

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Hot Charleston – July/August 2017

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn calories and meet some great people.  The next one is on:

Saturday 22nd July
3:30 – 5:30pm
@ The Dance Studio Leeds

£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
No partner required

Next dates:
5th August – Tranky Doo Workshop (instead of Hot Charleston)
This is an intermediate level solo jazz routine – if you’ve done the Shim Sham or been to a few Hot Charleston workshops, you should be fine for this!

Hot Charleston is open to absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike, starting from the basic step giving you a few showy moves and a good workout. The workshop has two sections; the first section gives you a short fun routine and the second section focuses on developing the steps you’ve learnt in the first section, introducing a freestyle aspect (but in a structured way). This will give you the confidence to Charleston anywhere!

Here’s a video from a recent Hot Charleston as a recap and as inspiration!

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Shim Sham & Tranky Doo Workshops!

By popular demand we’re running Shim Sham and Tranky Doo workshops in the coming couple of months!

First up, learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Saturday 15th July
3:30 – 5:30pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is an awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, so no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though.

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

Then, for more awesome vernacular jazz, there will be a Tranky Doo workshop as follows:

Saturday 5th August
1:00 – 3:00pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
Some knowledge of jazz steps preferable but not necessary (give it a go if you’ve tried and enjoyed the Shim Sham)!

Here’s the facebook event for you to join.

Have a look at this video clip of Al Minns, Leon James and Pepsi Bethel performing the Tranky Doo from the Spirit Moves documentary to get you inspired!

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