Beginners Solo Jazz & Charleston


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

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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.

When: 7.00pm-8.00pm every Tuesday during our terms. Here are our 2022 term dates (click the + sign to see the exact list of dates):

Spring Term: 2 January – 2 April (Spring Half Term Break 13-19 February)

Tuesday 4 January 2022
Tuesday 11 January 2022
Tuesday 18 January 2022
Tuesday 25 January 2022
Tuesday 1 February 2022
Tuesday 8 February 2022

(Half-term Break:  no session on Tuesday 15 February 2022)

Tuesday 22 February 2022
Tuesday 1 March 2022
Tuesday 8 March 2022
Tuesday 15 March 2022
Tuesday 22 March 2022
Tuesday 29 March 2022

Summer Term : 17 April – 16 July (Summer Half Term Break 12–18 June)

Tuesday 19 April 2022
Tuesday 26 April 2022
Tuesday 3 May 2022
Tuesday 10 May 2022
Tuesday 17 May 2022
Tuesday 24 May 2022
Tuesday 31 May 2022
Tuesday 7 June 2022

(Mid-term Break:  no session on Tuesday 14 June 2022)

Tuesday 21 June 2022
Tuesday 28 June 2022
Tuesday 5 July 2022
Tuesday 12 July 2022

Winter Term: 11 Sept – 10 Dec (Winter Half Term Break 23-29 October)

Tuesday 13 September 2022
Tuesday 20 September 2022
Tuesday 27 September 2022
Tuesday 4 October 2022
Tuesday 11 October 2022
Tuesday 18 October 2022

(Half-term Break:  no session on Tuesday 25 October 2022)

Tuesday 1 November 2022
Tuesday 8 November 2022
Tuesday 15 November 2022
Tuesday 22 November 2022
Tuesday 29 November2022
Tuesday 6 December 2022

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. 

Sharon Davis, Vintage Jazz Dancer

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.

Jazzbourne Location Map


Address: Jazzbourne, 443 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TA

On arrival: venue doors open from 6pm. Come early and have a drink before class!

Closest tube stations: New Cross, Deptford Bridge, Deptford, New Cross Gate.

For more information on visiting the venue Jazzbourne, check out their website here.

Online Prices

We encourage you to book online to secure your place and help us know how many people to expect. Classes booked online cost:

£15 per class

Special Deal: there are 12 Beginners classes per term. If you book all 12 Beginners classes in a term, in one online booking, the price drops to £120 (that’s just £10 per class!)

Prices at the Door

Booking is not essential, walk-ins are very welcome (if we’re not full up).

At the door the price is £15 per class, or discounted to £12.50 per class if you take both that evening (ie: £25 for two classes).

We are cashless, so card and contactless payments only please. Sorry, we can’t accept cash.

Payments accepted

2022 Lesson Plans

Beginners Solo Jazz 2022 Lesson Schedule