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

£7 per class or £9 for both

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

Content changes every week.

Tuesday classes

‘The A Train’ – Fast beginners class and social dancing

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

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Fast beginners class
8.30pm onwards – Practice time and social dancing

£7 for class and dancing, £3 entry after 8.30pm

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

Content follows a structured programme, with each month focusing on a different aspect of swing dancing:

  • January: 6-count
  • February: 8-count
  • March: Charleston
  • April: Bringing it all together
  • May: 6-count
  • June: 8 count
  • July: Charleston
  • August: Bringing it all together
  • September: 6-count
  • October: 8-count
  • November: Charleston
  • December: Bringing it all together

 

 

 

Wednesday classes

Beginners class and Intermediates class

Upstairs at The Mesmerist, 1-5 Prince Albert St, Brighton, BN1 1HE

7:30pm – 8.30pm – complete beginners
8.30pm – 9.30pm – intermediates

£7 per class or £9 for both.

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

Content changes every week.

Please note, you should be comfortable with mixing footwork and know how to swing out to attend the intermediate class.

Thursday class

6 week beginners swing dance course

Thursday evenings 8.30pm-9.30pm 

February course – 15th February – 22nd March 2018 buy tickets here.

April/May course – 19th April – 24th May 2018 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.

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.

Workshops

Learn to dance in a day 

24th February 2018 11.15am-4.00pm – Buy tickets here.

10th March 2018 11.30-4.15pm – Buy tickets here.

The Good Companions, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE

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

During the day you’ll learn all the basic moves of the 1930s dance the Lindy Hop.  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 and there are many female leads and male follows on the swing scene, so please feel free to chose which ever 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.

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!

Advanced booking essential.

 

Improvers Plus Lindy Hop Workshop 

3rd March 2018 1.45pm-3.45pm – Buy tickets here.

The Good Companions, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE

This workshop is aimed at those who have been attending Beginners or Improvers lindy hop classes for a while and are ready to push themselves to see if they are ready to move up to the intermediate level.

We ask that you are confident enough to social dance and that you understand the basics of the swing out and Charleston footwork.

In this class, we’ll be looking at improving technique and how to mix together all the footwork. You will be given individual feedback and some exercises to improve connection with your partner.

Solo Jazz

Authentic Vernacular Jazz workshops

 

Saturday 3rd March 2018:

Learn the Shim Sham 1pm-2pm Click here for more information and to book.  

 

Saturday 17th March 2018:

Beginners Solo Charleston  11.30-12.30 Click here for more information and to book.

Learn the Shim Sham 1pm-2pm Click here for more information and to book.

Musicality 2-4pm Click here for more information and to book.

 

Saturday 7th April 2018:

Learn the Tranky Doo 1pm-3pm Click here for more information and to book.

 

All Solo Jazz Workshops are at The Good Companions, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE

Vernacular jazz is the original street dance, with roots in African American everyday dancing to jazz music from 1800s and beyond. In these classes you will learn choreography made up of moves rooted in this historical dance.  Not only can you learn choreography in order to join in with social dances such as the Shim Sham and Tranky Doo, but these classes will also enhance your partner dancing as you better understand how you dance solo and how your body reacts to the moves and music.

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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