Courses

We run a lot of 4 week courses on Wednesdays at The Dance Studio Leeds. Class times are 6.30 – 7.30pm and 8.30 – 9.30pm.  We also run courses on Thursdays at The Dance Studio Leeds 8.30 – 9.30pm.

Questions?  Have a look at our Course FAQs.  To book onto any of our courses please email  swingdanceleeds@gmail.com. We keep our class sizes small so that we can give personal feedback so be sure to book early and secure your place.

Upcoming Courses with Descriptions of the courses below:

5th Jul – 26th Jul: Fundamentals – *FULL*
5th Jul – 26th Jul: Swingout
2nd Aug – 23rd Aug: Fundamentals
2nd Aug – 23rd Aug: Classic Moves
30th Aug – 20th Sep: Fundamentals
30th Aug – 20th Sep: Intro to Partnered Charleston
27th Sep – 18th Oct: Fundamentals
27th Sep – 18th Oct: Tandem Charleston
25th Oct – 15th Nov: Fundamentals
25th Oct – 15th Nov: Swingout
22nd Nov – 13th Dec: Fuundamentals
22nd Nov – 13th Dec: California Routine

Fundamentals Course

Next Course Dates: 5th Jul, 2nd Aug, 30th Aug, 27th Sep, 25th Oct, 22nd Nov

Wednesdays: 6.30-7.30pm. £30

Our fundamentals course is a very popular way to kick start your dancing. This course will help you build your basic skills giving you a solid foundation in fundamental lindy hop moves and techniques. Small class size, Individual feedback, structured learning, appropriate for beginners, improvers, and anyone else who wants to build their basics,

Swingout Course

Next Course Dates:
10th May, 5th Jul, 25th Oct

Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm. £30

The course will go over the basic shape of a swingout and progress to more in depth technique and a couple of variations to spice things up a bit. Appropriate for those who have learnt a swing out shape and want to improve on their technique and learn a variation or two. This course also for people who’ve never learnt a swing out, but have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of Lindy hop  – this is the next step for you.

Musicality Course

Next Course Dates:
10th May

Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm. £30

Once you have a good grasp of the basics and a good handful of moves under your belt, we will give you some tools to help you become more musical in your dancing.  This course will give you a better understanding of the music, it’s common features and how to work with the music when you dance. It will include both how to be musical in and of yourself but also how to work with a partner to inspire and take inspiration from each other and the music. As with all our courses the class size will be small so we can answer any questions and give individual advice and exercises to take home.

Classic Moves Course

Next Course Dates:
2nd Aug

Wednesdays: 8:30-9:30pm. £30

There are so many awesome Lindy Hop moves, we wish we could learn them all. In this four week course we’ll teach you some of the most classic ones. Including the infamous Texas Tommy, Switches and more. The aim of this course is to spend a good amount of time learning how to do these classic moves well so as to lead and follow them smoothly on the social dance floor. You will be required to have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Lindy Hop and swingouts.

Intro to partnered Charleston

Next Course Dates:
30th Aug

Wednesdays: 8:30-9:30pm. £30

This course will get you dancing the fun energetic and fast charleston everywhere you go. Giving you a good number of moves and the technique to social dance them when you’re at a party. Appropriate for beginners but is a great dance to add to your repertoire as a Lindy Hop dancer, so if you’ve taken our Fundamentals course give this a go.

Tandem Charleston

Next Course Dates:
27th Sep

Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm. £30

This course is for those who have a good grasp of basic partnered charleston and are looking for more. Tandem Charleston aka Back to Back’ charleston is awesome fun, looks amazing and you can do it easily to fast music. The course will focus on core tandem charleston entries, exits and fun things to do while you’re there. No prior knowledge of tandem charleston required but 30s / side by side charleston basic is necessary. Check out our tandem charleston course video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV9KC4ROr2Q

Advanced Charleston

Next course dates:
TBC

Wednesdays: 8:30-9:30pm. £30

If you want to push your limits and learn more exciting and intricate steps then look no further. We’ll break down the connection and techniques into small chunks and then reassemble them in new ways giving you tools to be creative and musical. The course will assume that you have a grasp on side by side charleston, various entries and exits to tandem and hand to hand charleston.

We will need you to book in advance, to book email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

California Routine

Next course dates:
22nd Nov

Wednesdays: 8:30-9:30pm £30

The California Routine is a classic lindy hop routine, which draws on all of the fundamentals of lindy hop, including 6 beat, 8 beat and charleston footwork.  It includes some small lifts and is often used as a performance routine.  You will need to have a good grasp of the fundamentals of lindy hop and be comfortable with swingouts for this course.  We won’t be doing any of the big aerials in the routine and have adapted them so that they are achievable for everyone!  As well as providing you with the moves and technique you need to complete this routine, we will also be focusing on its performance aspects.

Beginners Collgiate Shag

Next course dates:
TBC

Thursdays: 8:30-9:30pm. £30

Collegiate Shag is a fun and energetic dance closely related to Lindy Hop.  Suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who already dance Lindy Hop and want to learn something new.  The Course will start from the fundamentals, building the basic technique, and will give you a few basic moves to get you dancing Shag socially.

Balboa Basics

Next course dates:
12th Apr

Wednesdays: 8:30-9:30pm. £30

Balboa is another dance in the swing family! Our Balboa Basics course will help you build your basic skills giving you a solid foundation in Balboa moves and techniques and is suitable for absolute beginners. With small class sizes you will get to meet and know a lovely group of people interested in dancing balboa.

Tranky Doo

Next workshop dates:
TBC

The Tranky Doo is a classic jazz routine from the 1930’s. A step up from the Shim Sham but not as tricky as the Big Apple – this fun and energetic jazz routine is just right!  This course will break down each step but will move quickly onto the next.

Big Apple

Next course dates:
TBC

£30 whole course

The big apple is an awesome Solo Jazz choreography by Frankie Manning! It is done world wide and all the best dancers know it.  It’s notoriously fast and difficult to remember – BUT- we’ve got the perfect solution to remember it. We’ll take it in chunks and have plenty of time to practice at home, and lots of practice each week.  So whether the Big Apple is entirely new to you or you’ve learnt bits of it here and there this six week course will solidify it in your memory.

 

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