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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

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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Tranky Doo Workshop 12th February

There’s a Tranky Doo workshop coming up on Sunday 12th February!  It’s an awesome solo jazz routine that’s a step up from the Shim Sham but not quite as hard as the Big Apple!

Tranky Doo Workshop
Sunday 12th February
12 – 2pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 on the door

We’re also running the Shim Sham and Slip Slop Shim Sham workshops on the following dates:
18th February – Slip Slop Shim Sham
4th March – Shim Sham

Hot Charleston is also running as normal on Saturday 11th February 3.30-5.30pm, so why not make a weekend of it!

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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Learn to do the Charleston in 2017 with Hot Charleston!

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn off a few calories and meet some great people. The next two Hot Charleston sessions are on 12th November and 26th November.

3:30 – 5:30pm
@The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
Solo charleston, no partner required

We have already booked the Hot Charleston dates for the first half of 2017 and these are:

  • 14th Jan
  • 28th Jan
  • 11th Feb
  • 25th Feb
  • 11th Mar
  • 25th Mar
  • 8th Apr
  • 22nd  Apr
  • 6th May
  • 20th May
  • 3rd Jun
  • 17th Jun

The workshop 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.

Check out this video from the last Hot Charleston here and see the fun for yourself:

Did you know you can subscribe to the Swing Dance Leeds Youtube channel and be the first to see these videos?  Just click the red ‘subscribe’ button underneath the video!

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