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

Beginners class, Improvers Class and occasional swing band

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

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Beginners Class
8.40pm – 9.40pm – Intermediates Class

£8 for one class £10 for both. 

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.

LIVE BAND NIGHT – Wedensday 27th March! 

We will have a live band after class, great floor,  great atmosphere,  great music,  no need to book,  just turn up!  Entry for just the band is £6, but if you come to class it’s only an extra £3 to stay for the band.

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 8pm-9pm 
28th February – 4th April 2019 – Buy tickets here.

£65pp

Wendy Whatling School of Dance, 74-76 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3JD

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 7 dials.

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! 

Balboa Drop in

Thursday Evening 8.30pm-9.30pm
7th March – 11th April 2019
Islingword Inn, 175 Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZA

£8 per class drop in.

Balboa is a beautiful dance, more subtle than Lindy Hop and allows you to dance to fast music without getting out of breath.  Focus is on the connection with your partner and we are so excited to be working with International competition winning teacher Natasha Hall and her partner Jay.   This class is  for people who know the basic Balboa footwork and want to feel more confident with their dancing. 

Saturday class

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

Learn to Swing Dance in One Day!

Good Companions, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE
Saturday 6th April 2019 11am-3.30pm – buy tickets here.

Learn to Lindy Hop, the Daddy of all swing dances!

During the day you’ll learn all the basic moves of the 1930s dance Lindy Hop. You don’t need a partner and you don’t need any experience as we’ll be teaching from the absolute basics.

Traditionally in Lindy Hop the men lead and the women follow. However we don’t stick to this tradition so please feel free to choose whichever role you prefer.

This fun and friendly class is designed to start you off on your swing dance journey. You’ll learn all the basic moves and be able to lead or follow moves by the end of the class.

We recommend you wear flat shoes and layers, as the class can get hot as we start to dance.

Tickets available in class or online, advance booking essential.

SPECIAL OFFER – everyone attending this workshop will receive a voucher for one free Brighton Lindyhoppers weekday class, meaning you won’t have to wait long to continue your new passion!

£30 per person 

Tickets available here.

Aerials!

Good Companions, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE
Saturday 27th April 2019,  10.30-1.30pm

Are you ready to fly?

Amanda and Graeme will teach you three aerials during this workshop. You dont need to know how to dance in and out of them as only the aerials will be taught on the day so suitable for all levels!

You’ll start off by learning a basic aerial and then progress to more technical lifts. We’ll make sure you feel comfortable and have a great time throughout.

You’ll need to book on with someone, as we won’t be changing partners during the workshop, so find someone you like and ask them if they want to fly with you!

Tickets £40 – get them in any class or online here

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

Solo Jazz  Workshops

Pennies from Seven, performance at the Spiegletent on 4th May!                      For the past 4 years we have been performing at Brighton Swing Thing as part of the Brighton Fringe.  This year we are back with our solo jazz routine to impress!  We spend 7 weeks practicing the  routine and then we get our costumes ready and perform!  It’s so much fun and we ensure everyone feels confident before hitting the stage.  Everyone is welcome, so come and join us!

The Funky Fish,  19 -23 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL
20th March – 1st May 2019,  7pm-8.15pm (performance at 3pm on 4th May).

By the end of the course, you will know the whole routine, and have an (optional) opportunity to perform it at a friendly local event. £70 for the course and you will also need to buy a ticket for the Spiegletent event.  Buy tickets in class or online here.

Solo Jazz – The Fox

The Good Companions Pub, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE.
Saturday 27th April 2019,  2.30-4.30pm

Come and learn this solo Jazz routine with Simon and Marta.  Choreographed by Joris Focquaert, Simon and Marta learnt this routine at the Jats festival and have loved it so much they want to share it with the people of Brighton. Suitable for those who want to try something new or anyone keen to improve their solo jazz.

Tickets £16 – get them in class or online here.

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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