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
9.40pm – 10.30pm – Practice time

£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’ – Improvers class and social dancing

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

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Improvers 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 those who have some experience of Lindy Hop/Swing dancing (we recommend you’ve had about 6 months beginners lessons and/or have had a few dances socially and felt they went well!) or those who are used to dance classes and can pick things up easily.  In this class we recap some of the basic moves and then add either styling or work to improve technique.  

After the class a DJ will play swing music and there is a 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 small room, limited spaces.  *see below for full list of what we will be teaching in these classes                                                                                                                                           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 17th July – The Shim Sham (2 wks), 31st July Tranky Doo (3 wks), 21st August The Fox (2 wks), 4th Sept Mamma’s Stew (2 wks), 18th Sept Solo Jazz Jam and Choreo (2 wks),  October 2nd The Big Apple (5 wks), November 6th Christmas routine and performance (6 wks).

Thursday classes

We have 3 courses running on Thursdays:

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

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6 week beginners swing dance course

Thursday evenings 8.15pm-9.15pm Starts 19th September 2019.

£65pp

Open Space Studios, Unit 7 Rear of 64 Davigdor Road, Hove, BN3 1RF

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 nice new dance studio and you’ll be dancing with the same people each week in a small group to encourage personal development.

Most streets close to the venue have free parking after 8pm, and several buses stop at the venue inbetween 7 dials and Hove Station.

Learn in a small, consistent group. Six week course. Advanced booking essential.  Reserve your space here.

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

Saturday 7th September 2019

Learn to dance in one day! 

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

All the moves, all the fun, all in one day 🙂  11am-4pm No experience or partner needed, but you do need to book tickets in advance here.

Complete Beginners Taster Class

Every first Saturday of the month
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU.

11am.

Free!

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

Everyone welcome.

Lindy Hop Weekend Workshops

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

Learn to dance in one day! 

Saturday 7th September 2019

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

All the moves, all the fun, all in one day 🙂  11am-4pm No experience or partner needed, but you do need to book tickets in advance here.

Advanced Lindy Hop

Friday 13th September 2019

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

For experienced dancers only buy advance  tickets here.

Arials Class

28th September 2019

£40

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

Learn to fly in this fun and energetic class.  We do not swap partners so you need to find someone to do the class with and grab a couples ticket.  You do not need a lot of dance experience as we teach the arials as stand alone moves.

Book tickets here.

Improvers to Intermediates

28th September 2019

£15

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

Not sure if you are ready to take the step up from our improvers class to intermediates?  Why not come along to this workshop and find out?  We will be working on Swing out technique and feeling confident on the dance floor.  After the class you may choose to stick with improvers or move up to intermediates, it’s up to you!  You should have been dancing around 6 months and be able to dance to a full song freestyle in order to take part in this class.

Book tickets here.

Solo Jazz  Workshops

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

Solo Jazz calendar 17th July – The Shim Sham (2 wks), 31st July Tranky Doo (3 wks), 21st August The Fox (2 wks), 4th Sept Mamma’s Stew (2 wks), 18th Sept Solo Jazz Jam and Choreo (2 wks),  October 2nd The Big Apple (5 wks), November 6th Christmas routine and performance (6 wks).

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

Events

Swinging New Orleans themed night every 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday 13th September

Beginners swing dance class 8pm

Live music, Djs and dancing until midnight with the Amazing Swing Ninjas!

Advanced discounted tickets only £10 available here.

Some tickets may be available on the door on the night for £15.

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.

New Orleans Swing Night

Friday 12th July 8.30pm – Midnight
Funk Fish Club Brighton

Join us for our Monthly New Orleans Night at the Fantastic Funky Fish club.

The evening will start with a complete beginners lindy hop class and feature fantastic live music from Bjorn and His Brothers of Rhythm with a New Orleans twist to their set.

This will be a friendly and welcoming evening, where you’ll hear the best in swing music, learn some cool moves, dance and hang out with wonderful people!

Tickets on sale in advance here. Numbers are limited to ensure space to dance, so book in advance and don’t miss out!

We hold this event the 2nd Friday of every month, upcoming dates are:  9th August,  13th September,  11th October,  8th November and our Christmas Special on 13th December.

 

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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