Learn to dance – 1930s style!

Brighton Lindyhoppers offer fun and friendly beginner, improver and intermediate swing dance classes.

Having learned from original dancers from the 1930s Savoy Ballroom, we continue to teach in their style, promoting inclusivity, freedom of expression and enjoyment of swing music. Having a social night out and meeting new people is just as important as learning the steps in our classes.

We love introducing people to Lindy Hop and can’t wait to meet you. Check out our video to see what we’re all about.

Classes

Classes have such a great atmosphere and always end with everyone laughing.

Tallulah, 19

Monday classes

Beginners class, Improvers class and Practice time

Upstairs function room at The Good Companions Pub, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE.

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Complete Beginners
8.40pm – 9.40pm – Improvers
There is also time to  practice after class for half an hour or so

£8 per class or £10 for both

No need to book – no partner needed – wear flat, comfy shoes.

Content changes every week.

Tuesday classes

‘The A Train’ – Beginners plus extra tips for improvers and social dancing

The Railway Social Club, 4 Belmont, Brighton, BN1 3TF.

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Beginners+ class
8.30pm onwards – Practice time and social dancing

£8 for class and dancing, £4 entry after 8.30pm

No need to book – no partner needed – wear flat, comfy shoes.

This class is aimed at beginners with extra tips and styling for improvers. THE best way to improve your lindyhop is to get out there and dance.  The A-train provides a really supportive and nuturing environment for those who want to get from class to the dance floor with their beginner friendly social every week.   In this class we teach the basic moves and then add either styling or  technique tips which you can add in, or remember for later.

After the class a DJ will play swing music and there is a cheap bar in the venue, ideal for practicing and getting to know your fellow dancers.

Wednesday classes

Solo Jazz, Beginners and Intermediates Lindy Hop Classes

Funky Fish, 19-23 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Solo Jazz* (advance booking essential)  in the side room
7.30pm-8.30pm – Beginners Lindy Hop Class
8.40pm – 9.40pm – Intermediates Lindy Hop Class

£8 for one class £10 for both Lindy Hop Classes, Solo jazz pre-book only. 

Absolute beginners suitable for those who have never danced before or those who want to nail the basics.

Intermediate class for those who have been dancing around a year and are comfortable on the social dance floor, these classes improve and perfect your dancing and we do not teach the beginners moves in this class.

*Solo Jazz calendar:
6th November Christmas routine and performance (6 wks) – 8th Jan 2020 A-Z of solo jazz for beginners (4 wks) – 5th Feb 2020 The Shim Sham (2 wks) – 19th Feb 2020 The Tranky Doo (3 wks) – 11th March Spiegletent performance rehearsals (8 wks)

Thursday classes

We have 2 classes running on Thursdays:

  • 6 week beginners swing dance course
  • Beginners Lindy Hop drop in

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6 week beginners swing dance course

Thursday evenings 8.15pm-9.15pm starts Thrusday 27th February 2020  Open Space Studios, Unit 7 Rear of 64 Davigdor Road, Hove, BN3 1RF

Advanced booking essential  Book the Brighton Course here.

Thursday evenings 7.30-8.30pm starts 27th February 2020                     Libertine Social, 46-56 Portland Road, Worthing, BN11 1QN 

Advance booking essential  Book the Worthing course here.

Learn to Lindy Hop, the Daddy of all swing dances! In this 6 week course you’ll learn all the basic moves in a small group. You don’t need a partner and you don’t need any experience as we’ll be teaching from the absolute basics.  We recommend you wear flat shoes and layers, as the class can get hot as we start to dance.

Traditionally in Lindy Hop the Men lead and the Women follow, however we DO NOT stick to this tradition there are many female leads and male follows in the scene so please feel free to chose which ever role you prefer.

These fun and friendly classes take place in a friendly environement and you’ll be dancing with the same people each week in a small group to encourage personal development.

Learn in a small, consistent group. Six week course. Advanced booking essential.  

Beginners Lindy Hop drop in 

Thursday evening 7.30pm – 8.30pm 
Islingword Inn, 175 Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZA

Different content every week, suitable for absolute beginners, start anytime! 

£8 no need to book, just turn up! 

Saturday classes

The Shim Sham

Beginners Solos Jazz routine – 25th January 12-2, Escape Bar and Grill, Worthing – CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Tranky Doo

Improvers Solo Jazz routine, beginners welcome to come and give it a go! – 25th January 1pm-3pm – The Good Companions, Brighton – CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Ragtime Partner Dances

Guest teacher Nikki Santilli will be in Brighton teaching some Ragtime dances such as foxtrot, turkey trot and one step. – 2nd February 12-4pm,  St Martin’s Church, Lewes Rd, Brighton. CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Trickeration

Advanced Solo Jazz Routine – beginner and intermediates welcome to come and give it a go, but it’s tricky! 15th February 11.30pm-3pm (inc breaks), The Grand Central Brighton.  CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Laurel and Hardy Routine from the film Way out West

Beginners solo jazz fun routine, if you like you can join in the performance at the Spiegletent on 2nd May, but this is not mandatory, just come and learn it if you like 🙂 18th and 28th April 11am-12.30, The Good Companions, Brighton.  CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Lindy Hop Weekend Workshops

Please join our Facebook page or email us for details of upcoming workshops

Learn to dance in one day! 

Sunday 12th January 2020 – 12-3.30pm – Escape bar and Grill, 37-39 Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QA.

All the moves, all the fun, all in one day! No experience or partner needed, but you do need to book tickets in advance book here for Worthing.

Learn the Shim Sham

Saturday 25th January 2020 12-1.30pm

Escape bar and Grill, 37-39 Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QA.

A great introduction to Solo Jazz of the Swing Era, choreographed by Frankie Manning, this dance is known to all Lindyhoppers accross the world.  Annie will make this accessible for beginners and anyone who wants to learn this historic bit of choreography.  Book here.

Swivels, switches and styling for follows

Saturday 25th January 2020 11am-12.30

Upstairs function room at The Good Companions Pub, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE.

Join Amanda to learn a bit more about how to find your own style on the dance floor as a Lindy Hop Follow, this workshop is very popular and sold out in 20 minutes last time it was on, so don’t delay, get your tickets here now!

Learn the Tranky Doo

Saturday 25th January 2020 1pm-3.30pm

Upstairs function room at The Good Companions Pub, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE.

Learn this classic lindy hop solo jazz routine, suitable for those with a bit of solo jazz knowledge or those who are willing to give it a go!  For more information and to book click here.

Advanced Lindy Hop

Will return in January – join our facebook page or email info@brightonlindyhoppers.co.uk for updates.

Ragtime-era partner dances with Nikki Santilli

Sunday 2nd February 2019

St Martin’s Church,  Lewes Road, BN2 3HQ

Everyone welcome, to learn some fun dances from the early 1900s.

Advance bookings only, get your tickets here!

Trickeration

Advanced Solo Jazz Routine – beginner and intermediates welcome to come and give it a go, but it’s tricky! 15th February 11.30pm-3pm (inc breaks), The Grand Central Brighton.  CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Laurel and Hardy Routine from the film Way out West

Beginners solo jazz fun routine, if you like you can join in the performance at the Spiegletent on 2nd May, but this is not mandatory, just come and learn it if you like 🙂 18th and 28th April 11am-12.30, The Good Companions, Brighton.  CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Solo Jazz  Workshops

Funky Fish, 19-23 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL

Solo Jazz Calendar
8th Jan 2020 A-Z of solo jazz for beginners (4 wks) – 5th Feb 2020 The Shim Sham (2 wks) – 19th Feb 2020 The Tranky Doo (3 wks) – 11th March Spiegletent performance rehearsals (8 wks)

Tranky Doo

Improvers Solo Jazz routine, beginners welcome to come and give it a go! – 25th January 1pm-3pm – The Good Companions, Brighton – CLICK HERE to book and for all the details

Trickeration

Advanced Solo Jazz Routine – beginner and intermediates welcome to come and give it a go, but it’s tricky! 15th February 11.30pm-3pm (inc breaks), The Grand Central Brighton.  CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Laurel and Hardy Routine from the film Way out West

Beginners solo jazz fun routine, if you like you can join in the performance at the Spiegletent on 2nd May, but this is not mandatory, just come and learn it if you like 🙂 18th and 28th April 11am-12.30, The Good Companions, Brighton.  CLICK HERE to book and for all the details.

Please join our Facebook page or email us for details of upcoming workshops

Events

A-train social

Brighton Railway Club, Belmont, BN1 3TF

The A-train – swing dance night.

Every Tuesday after improvers class we have a social dance from 8.30pm-10.30pm, it’s only £4 to come along, meet your fellow lindyhoppers and practice what you’ve been learning in class.

Cheap bar, air conditioning and a nice friendly atmosphere, everyone welcome, no need to book, just turn up.

Don’t miss 17th December – Christmas Party Special!

New Orleans Swing Night

New Orleans Swing Night
Funk Fish Club Brighton

Join us for this fun and friendly New Orleans themed event.

The night starts with a quick absolute beginners swing dance class followed by a New Orleans themed band and Swing DJ.

A great night for dancers and non dancers alike, lovely friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

These run on the second Friday of the month.  Stay tuned for our next date.

Numbers are limited to ensure space to dance, so book in advance and don’t miss out!

What is Lindy Hop?

I never thought I’d enjoy dancing this much.

Ben, 25

The Lindy Hop is a social dance from the swing dance family, also known as the jitterbug. It evolved in Harlem in New York City in the 1920s and 30s along with the jazz music of that time.

The 1980s saw a revival in America and Sweden which quickly spread to the UK. Lindy Hop is a fun dance and classes are popular in all major cities.

The ultimate Lindy Hop dance scene can be viewed below…whilst we won’t be teaching this in beginners class, we look forward to trying some of the moves with the more adventurous and daring students!

About us

The A-Train is like going to a party with all your friends every week.

June, 58

Brighton Lindyhoppers was established in 2011 by dance partners Graeme and Amanda.

Together with their team of skilled, friendly and enthusiastic teachers, they create a relaxed and entertaining learning environment to help build confidence and enjoy Lindy Hopping.

They regularly welcome over 100 students a week.

See some of them performing here in a video made as a tribute to original Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning.

Hire us

The dancing was the highlight of the evening and everyone was talking about it.

Catherine

Brighton Lindyhoppers are available for hen parties and weddings, performances, private classes, swing DJs and bands. Contact us for more information.

brighton lindyhoppers at wedding

Weddings

We can help you with your first dance or provide entertainment for guests with performances or classes.

Hen parties

An afternoon of vintage dancing is a great way to add fun to your hen party. We book the venue and teachers. All you need to do is turn up!

Brighton Lindyhoppers performance

Private classes and performances

We can provide teachers and dancers for any occasion – birthdays, corporate events or festivals. Our dancers will ensure the dance floor is full all night.

Hire Brighton Lindyhoppers or our 1920s Charleston troupe, the Pennies From Heaven.

We are also available for private lessons.

Brighton Lindyhoppers swing DJ

Swing DJs and bands

Let us take the hassle out of event organisation by providing the best swing DJs and bands.

Contact us

I hadn’t had this much fun in years. Or maybe ever!

Ce, 43

We’re very friendly – feel free to email us for more information about our classes or to inquire about hiring us for an event.

You can also speak to us before or after any of our classes.

Alternatively, just give us a call.

Amanda: 07753 443632

Graeme: 07533 423456

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