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What Does This Have To Do With Lindy Hop?

So one thing you may not know about me (Tina) is that I love, love, LOVE African Dance! So I was super excited when Nii Kwarty Owoo turned up in Leeds and started running weekly classes! His classes are brilliant and I want more people to know about them so I’ve organised a weekend workshop for him in November and I’m really hoping especially to see lots of Lindy Hoppers there.

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If you’re wondering, “What does West African Dance have to do with Lindy Hop”, the answer is “Basically everything!” Lindy hop is an African-American dance that grew out of earlier dance styles (Charleston, cake walk, tap, etc) that would have been heavily influenced by the traditional dances that came over from West Africa. This blog post does a much better job than I would of breaking down the influences and similarities that you might notice.

For me, personally I find that African Dance feels vibrant and joyful in the same way that lindy hop does and it uses the whole body in ways that feel strong and natural. Its also similarly geeky and challenging. I’ve taken classes all over the world but still struggle to hear the beat of the music correctly and have to work really hard to figure out how to make some movements look right–I love the challenge!

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I hope you can join us in November, either to explore the roots of lindy hop or just to try out a new dance style. There will also be a drumming workshop and Ghanaian lunch but you can pick and choose which bits of the day interest you most.

West African Dance & Drumming Workshop

24th November 2018

at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre, LS7 4NB

10:00-11:30 Drumming Workshop
12:00-13:30 Dance Workshop
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break (Homemade Ghanaian food!)
14:30-16:00 Dance Workshop

 Please book your ticket in advance as it may sell out. You can book from the facebook event in the link above or go directly to the booking form

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We were on the radio

Rob, Tina and Talia were interviewed last night on Georgey Tonight about the Lindy Hop craze that’s sweeping the North. If you didn’t catch it you can listen here on iplayer. We’re on at around the 32 min mark.

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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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Last Classes of 2017 (and social dancing in December)!

The Christmas and New Year period is nearly upon us!  Here are the dates for the last classes of 2017 and when classes will be restarting in 2018:

Swing Jive Leeds (Moortown, Mondays)
Last class: 18th December
Restarting: 8th January

Lindy Drop (Morley, Tuesdays)
Last class: 12th December
Restarting: 16th January

Bella Balboa (Sheffield, Thursdays)
Last class: 7th December
Restarting: 11th January

Lindy Fridays (City Centre, Fridays)
Last class: 8th December
Restarting: 12th January

Hot Charleston (City Centre, fortnightly Saturdays)
Last class: 25th November
Restarting: 6th January

Social dancing in December

Even though the Sunday Swing Set has finished for the year, there are still plenty of social dancing opportunities coming your way this December:

Saturday 2nd December – Shambles Shuffle, York
Saturday 9th December – Balboa at Heart, Leeds (Balboa / Shag)
Saturday 9th December – Swing Fling 2017, Leeds
Wednesday 13th December – Festive Altalena Prestissimo, Sheffield (Balboa)
Saturday 16th December – An evening of Christmas Swing, Leeds
Wednesday 20th December – Free Festive Social in memory of David Emmott, Silsden

Pop these dates in your diary and we hope to see you for a festive dance soon!

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Drop-in Lindy Hop Classes every Tuesday!

Learn to dance, vintage style, at Lindy Drop, Morley!

Now we’re in September with Autumn fast approaching, there’s nothing better than spending your Tuesday evenings learning how to dance this wonderful dance called Lindy Hop!

Beginner classes, every Tuesday 8-9pm
£5 entry
Activzone Texas Street LS27 0JF
Link to facebook event for next class here

The class will be friendly, relaxed and inclusive, no matter how many left feet you have we want you to come down and enjoy yourself!

No previous experience necessary – No need to bring a partner!

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Lindy Drop! Lindy hop classes resume 1st August!

Learn to dance, vintage style, at Lindy Drop, Morley!

After a short summer break, Lindy Drop classes will be restarting in Morley on 1st August.  We’d love to have a big bunch of new faces to join our regulars to learn the wonderfully fun Lindy Hop dance style!

Beginner classes, every Tuesday 8-9pm (starting 1st August)
£5 entry
Activzone Texas Street LS27 0JF

The class will be friendly, relaxed and inclusive, no matter how many left feet you have we want you to come down and enjoy yourself!
No previous experience necessary – No need to bring a partner!

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2017 Courses

Here are the Courses that we have coming up in 2017:

22 Nov – 13 Dec   Fundamentals / California Routine

If you would like to book a place on any of these Courses, email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

 

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