Beginners Solo Jazz & Charleston


Learn the authentic solo dance steps of the swing & jazz age, from the Charleston and beyond!

Learn the authentic solo dance steps of the jazz & swing eras, including The Charleston and beyond, with world renowned jazz champion & dance historian Sharon Davis. For absolute beginners, no experience needed.

Each class is different over a 12-week cycle, so start anytime and drop in when you like. Or book all 12 classes in a term to get a comprehensive education in the vintage jazz dance vocabulary. You can see the lesson plans below.

What is this class about?
Learn famous jazz steps from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Do you know how to Charleston, Suzie Q, Tabby the Cat or Camel Walk? You will! All the most important solo dance steps from the jazz and swing eras, so you can dance solo to hot & swingin’ jazz music! You will learn the history of each step, how to execute it with rhythm and style, and how it connects with other steps in the historic repertoire. Gain experience of both improvising these steps and also learning them in short routine sequences.

Is this a drop-in class or a course? This is a drop-in class, so you can start anytime and drop in when you like. Each class is different over a 12-week cycle, so if you attend all 12 classes in a term you will get a comprehensive Solo Jazz & Charleston introduction. But you are welcome to just drop in to classes whenever you like. You don’t need to take these classes in any particular order and it’s no problem if you miss a week. 

What is the level? This is a Level 1 class for absolute beginners. Zero experience is needed and everyone is welcome! If you are new to Solo Jazz, we recommend you take one or two full cycles of this Beginners level, before moving up to our higher level jazz classes.

When: 7.00pm-8.00pm every Tuesday during term

2020 Term Dates:

  • Term 1: Tuesday 14 January – Tuesday 31 March
  • Term 2: Tuesday 28 April – Tuesday 14 July
  • Term 3: Tuesday 8 September – Tuesday 24 November


On arrival: Press the buzzer to be let in. If you are early, wait in the lounge area on the ground floor. When it is time for class, head up to the top floor studio. There are toilets/changing rooms on the top floor.
Closest tube stations: Camden Town, Camden Road.

Online prices

£15 (or 1 JazzMAD credit) per class

Buy an online class package to get great savings:

  • 5-Class Package: £60 (£12 per class)
  • 10-Class Package: £100 (£10 per class)

(and your class packages credits can be used for all JazzMAD drop-in classes and our end-of-term parties!)

Prices at the door

£15 per class, or discounted to £10 per class if you take more than one class that evening (ie: £20 for two classes, £30 for three classes).

We accept cash, debit/credit card & mobile payments at the door.

Payments accepted

Lesson Plans