Swing Dance Beginners Course

learn to swing dance from scratch with our intensive 12-week beginners program
Want to learn to swing dance from scratch? This is the course for you! No experience needed, no partner needed. The ultimate 12-week beginners program created by champion dancer Sharon Davis.

Course Length: 12-class intensive course, 90 minute classes

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

Cost: £185

 

2022 courses

  • Starting 27 January 2022: 7.00pm-8.30pm every Thursday from 27 January to 14 April 2022
  • Starting 21 April 2022: 7.00pm – 8.30pm every Thursday from 21 April 2022 to 14 July 2022 (no class on 2 June for Queen’s Jubilee public holiday)
  • We currently don’t plan to run this course again in 2022. Please check out our Drop-in Beginners classes instead or email info@jazzmad.co.uk if you would like to register your interest for future 12-week courses.

4 ways our course is special

  1. Learn Sharon Davis’s unique swing dance system. This course is the culmination of Sharon’s 20 years of experience, studying with the legends &  masters, and dancing all over the world teaching and sharing her passion. This course has a carefully planned curriculum designed to fast track your dance learning, while giving you the best possible foundations.
  2. Unique to this course, you will learn both roles of the dance – how to be the leader and the follower! Later you might choose to specialise in just one role, as many dancers do, but having fundamentals in both will make you the best possible dancer. You will rotate partners in class, dancing with both men and women – a great way to make friends. This course is gender neutral. Old school dance for new school people!
  3. Extra long 90 minute classes mean you get tonnes of material and plenty of practice time in class.
  4. You will get lots of bonus materials throughout the course. Each week Sharon will give you class videos, music playlists for practicing, information sheets, and more.

what is swing dancing?

It’s a partner dance that is upbeat, social and a lot of fun! We teach the original swing dance from the 1930s and 1940s, called the Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop was born in New York in the late 1920s and became a worldwide dance craze during the swing era. It’s having a huge revival around the world now, and London is one of the best cities in the world to dance it.  Swing dancing is done to big band swing music and it’s irresistibly toe-tapping.

what will I learn?

Over 12 weeks you will learn the most important footwork patterns and classic dance moves of the Lindy Hop. You will learn both the lead and follow roles. By the end of the course you will also know all about the history of swing dancing and the wonderful swing & jazz music it is danced to. You will be ready to step out on the dance floor at any of London’s exciting swing parties and social dances.

Learn to Lindy Hop

who is this course for? what are the prerequisites?

  • No dance experience needed, this course is for absolute beginners
  • No partner needed, you will be changing partners in class.
  • Please only register for this course if you are happy to dance with everyone in class – men, women, in between and beyond. You will be learning to lead and follow – both dance roles – in this course, and partnering with every other student. You’ll love it, it’s great fun! 
  • This is an adult dance class, all attendees must be 18+
  • Swing dancing is a physical pursuit and classes may at times involve rigorous activity. A good level of basic fitness and range of movement is needed. If in doubt please consult your GP before participating.
  • Please read about our current Covid-19 safety policies here.

 

Photographs by Eric Bobrie.

about the course creator

Sharon Davis is a world-renowned, champion swing dancer who has taught Lindy Hop in 30+ countries. She has created this ultimate 12-week beginners course to give you the best possible introduction to the dance. Sharon learned by studying with the original creators and legends of this dance – many of her mentors were aged in their 80s and 90s when she was studying with them! Sharon’s life mission is to pass on what she learned from them and keep the flame of this wonderful dance alive!

2022 Course Dates

We are running this course three times this year. It is a 12-class course (sometimes there is a mid-course break, so the course may run over 13 weeks). Check the exact dates of each course below:

Spring Course: January to April 2022
Thursday 27 January 2022
Thursday 3 February 2022
Thursday 10 February 2022
Thursday 17 February 2022
Thursday 24 February 2022
Thursday 3 March 2022
Thursday 10 March 2022
Thursday 17 March 2022
Thursday 24 March 2022
Thursday 31 March 2022
Thursday 7 April 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022
Summer Course: April to July 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022
Thursday 28 April 2022
Thursday 5 May 2022
Thursday 12 May 2022
Thursday 19 May 2022
Thursday 26 May 2022

(No session on Thursday 2nd June 2022 for the Queen’s Jubilee public holiday)

Thursday 9 June 2022
Thursday 16 June 2022
Thursday 23 June 2022
Thursday 30 June 2022
Thursday 7 July 2022
Thursday 14 July 2022

hang out after class

Lindy Hop is a social dance and by taking this course you are joining the wonderful London swing dance community! Making friends & connections is one of the best things about being a swing dancer, plus having fun on the social dancefloor is actually the best way to get good at the dance.

Luckily after this class on Thursday nights, we have our Thursday Speakeasy with plenty of time to socialise, practice, social dance or just have a chat & drink at the bar from 8.30pm – 11pm.  There is beginner-friendly swing music and space to dance. This is entirely optional, but if you have the time, all students in the course are invited to stay on and hang out!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear/bring?
Smart casual is fine! Just wear comfortable clothes that allow for unrestricted movement.  Many students are in casual jeans-and-a-T-shirt (or similar), some like to get into the 1930s/1940s spirit in vintage style.

Swing dancers usually wear flat, closed shoes (like trainers, Oxfords, tennis shoes or plimsolls). Please no high heels or shoes that will scratch or mark the dancefloor. You can definitely dance happily in street shoes, but most dancers eventually like to buy leather- or suede-soled dance shoes. Advice on swing shoes is given in the first class of the 12-week course.

Bring a bottle of water.  Please bring minimal possessions as the cloakroom may not be operating and it is a small venue.

What is the level of this course?
This course is for absolute beginners, no experience needed.

This course is also suitable for people with some swing dance experience, but who are interested in learning the JazzMAD method or learning both roles of the dance.

Can I drop-in to this course?
No, this is a progressive 12-week course. You must sign up for the whole program.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes, if you are unable to pay the course fee in full now, then email info@jazzmad.co.uk to arrange a payment plan of three instalments instead.
What if I have to miss one of the classes?
Don’t worry! If you miss a class, you will still get the practice videos from that week, which you can use to catchup. The teacher will also help you catch up in the next class if you need help.
I can't make the first class! Is it ok to start from week 2?
Yes, no problem! Register for the course online, and just show up to Week 2. We will get you up to speed, as in Week 2 we revise everything we did in Week 1 before moving on.
Why should I take this 12-week course, instead of a drop-in class or taster?
Drop-in classes are wonderful because they are cheap, flexible and fun. But by their nature you will not learn as much nor as quickly as you will in our 12-week course.  This course is a progressive, structured and intensive program. You’ll meet the same students in class every week, which is a great way to make friends, but also means we can make the material progressive and move faster. You’ll also learn both dance roles in this class.  In this course we also send you a weekly email with supporting videos and other resources, plus you get a course handbook with lots of helpful information, and there’s a mid-course presentation on swing dance history too! So the course has a lot of extra value packed into it!
Can I take the course with my partner/date/buddy/mum and dance only with them for the whole class? We don't want to change partners.
Yes! If you would like to attend with a particular partner and not rotate/change partners in class, that is absolutely fine! Please just speak to the teacher before class and they will get you situated in the room where you are comfortable and won’t disrupt the partner-rotation flow for the rest of the class.
I don't want to learn both dance roles. Can I still take the course?
Everyone who is rotating partners in class must learn both dance roles.

However, if you attend the course with a fixed partner, and stay together during class instead of swapping partners, then yes. Then you can choose to focus on just one role each (one person the leader, and one person the follower).  You will have extra time to practice, while the other students are learning how to do each step in the other role.

What time should I arrive at the venue?
The venue doors open at 6pm. Come have a drink and warm up before class!

The class will start at 7pm, so we would recommend arriving at least 10 minutes early to check in and get settled before class.

Is there time to practice & socialise after class?
Yes! The schedule of the evening is:

6.00pm-7.00pm Doors open 6pm. Come have a drink and warm up before class!
7.00pm-8.30pm Swing Dance Beginners Course (12-week intensive £185, booking required)
8.30pm-11.00pm Thursday Speakeasy: beginner-friendly social dancing & practice time (free! no booking needed, all welcome)

If you want to grab a bite to eat after class, there are a number of restaurants nearby, including an excellent pizzeria next door!

When I've finished, what class can I do next?
After this course you can move on to our Swing Dance Improvers classes.

Or if you want to take this course a second time, we’ll give you a £50 discount!