Every Thursday we have an evening dedicated to the original swing dance – the Lindy Hop from the 1930s and 40s! The evening begins with a beginners swing dance class, followed by a free swing social.
There will be Lindy Hoppers’ favourite jazz tunes on the jukebox, cool drinks available at the bar and space to dance. Expect a fun and friendly atmosphere in a gorgeous speakeasy-style jazz bar in Southeast London. Come to swing dance, or just have a drink and soak in the 1940s vibes.
About the Class
The evening begins with a Lindy Hop lesson for adult beginners. Learn how to Lindy Hop from scratch with award-winning swing dancer Sharon Davis. Lindy Hop is the original swing dance from the 1930s and 40s – it’s the happiest dance on earth! This is a 1-hour beginner level dance class, no experience needed. You don’t need to bring a partner because we will rotate partners in class, so you will dance with lots of people. It’s a great way to make friends.
This is a drop-in class, not a course, so these classes can be taken in any order. Start any time and drop in to these classes whenever you want. It doesn’t matter if you miss a week or attend irregularly. Walk-ins are very welcome.
The class costs £15 per person or 1 class credit.
Buy a prepaid package of class credits on our website to get great discounts (like 4 classes for £40). To use your class credits, book your place in class on the website and a credit will be deducted from your account.
If you only come for the social after class, it is free. Please buy drinks to support the venue!
|6.30pm||Doors open for class registrations|
|7pm to 8pm||Beginners Lindy Hop class (book here or pay at the door)|
|8pm-ish to 11pm||Free swing social! Last alcoholic drinks are served at 10.30pm.|
Closest tube stations: New Cross, Deptford Bridge, Deptford, New Cross Gate.
- Jazzbourne is a cashless venue – card and contactless payments only please.
- Jazzbourne is an 18+ venue. If you are lucky enough to look under 25, please be prepared to show valid photo ID to prove you are over 18 when buying alcohol.
- For more information on visiting Jazzbourne, including transport and accessibility, visit the venue’s website at jazzbourne.com/visit
Frequently Asked Questions
What level is the class?
This class is for absolute beginners, learning to Lindy Hop from scratch. No experience needed.
What will we be learning in the class?
The style of dance we will be learning is called Lindy Hop. This is the original swing dance from the 1930s and 40s. If you hear someone say “I’m a swing dancer” they probably mean they are a Lindy Hopper.
The exact steps and moves we learn each week changes and rotates, covering all the fundamentals of Lindy Hop: 6-count, 8-count and Lindy Charleston. In each class you will learn the basic footwork and a handful of moves.
What should I wear/bring?
Clothes: Casual or smart casual is fine! Just wear comfortable clothes that allow for unrestricted movement. Some people like to get into the 1930s/1940s spirit by dressing in vintage style, some might come in jeans and a T-shirt, and others will be dressed like you would, say, to go out to a bar.
Shoes: If you plan on dancing, please no high heels or shoes that will scratch or mark Jazzbourne’s beautiful dancefloor. Swing dancers usually wear flat, closed shoes like trainers, brogues or plimsolls. Once you really get into it, you’ll probably want to invest in some shoes with leather or suede soles – but street shoes like trainers will be absolutely fine to get started with. We love talking about shoes, so feel free to ask your teacher for the lowdown on the best shoes for swing dancing.
What else to bring: Remember that Jazzbourne is a cashless venue, so be prepared to pay by card or contactless. If you are lucky enough to look under 25, please be prepared to show valid photo ID to prove you are over 18 when buying alcohol. Please bring minimal possessions as it is a small venue and the cloakroom may not be operating.
What time should I arrive?
Coming to the class? Doors open at 6.30pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins to register or check-in. Come early so you can grab a drink from the bar before class begins.
Just coming for the social? The class will finish around 8pm-ish. If you arrive earlier, there may still be a class going on.
Last drinks will be served by the bar at 10.30pm, and the venue closes at 11pm.
I don't have a partner, can I still take the class?
Yes! You don’t need a partner to attend. You will be rotating partners in class, so you get to dance with lots of different people.
Do I need to book?
Walk-ins are very welcome.
If attending the class, you can pay at the door (as long as we’re not full). Card/contactless payments only please.
The social after the class is free and no booking is needed. Just show up!
We don't want to change partners. Can we attend as a couple and only dance together?
Yes, no problem. Just let the teacher know before the class begins. They will tell you where to stand, so that you don’t get mixed up in the partner rotation.
Who teaches the class?
This class is taught by Sharon Davis. Sharon is a world renowned and award-winning swing dancer. Sharon has been dancing swing for over 20 years and studied with some of the original creators and legends of the dance including Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton, Jean Veloz, Sonny Allen, Sugar Sullivan and Mabel Lee. Her teaching style is energetic, supportive and uplifting.
Why should I learn to swing dance with JazzMAD?
Here at JazzMAD we teach friendly and inspiring swing dance classes focussing on the original swing dance of the 1930s, the Lindy Hop. We seek to honour both the history of swing, as well its ever-changing landscape as a living, evolving dance.
We are a boutique dance school and our goal is to offer London’s highest quality swing dance lessons. We’re not the cheapest, because we focus on quality over quantity. We never compromise on our dance spaces – all our classes are held in professional quality dance studios and beautiful spaces. Our world-class, internationally recognised teachers offer high level, focused learning.
And finally, we aim to create a learning environment that is warm and welcoming to all. Our classes are safe spaces and our lessons are always gender-neutral. We hope to dispel the myths surrounding who can be a dancer, because truly it is for everyone. We encourage and guide our students to find their own unique style in the dance and be themselves. We create good-vibe environments filled with happy music, happy dancing and happy people.
What is the cancellation policy?
All bookings are non-refundable. If you cancel your booking more than 48 hours before the class or event, we can give you a credit to use for a future booking. Or if you wish to pass your booking or credit on to another person, that is fine with us. No-shows and cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded and no credit given. This is because our events have limited capacity and we will probably have turned away other people for the place you booked. Thank you for understanding. If you can’t make it to your booking, please cancel with us as soon as possible, so we can offer your place to someone else.