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’ – 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

£7 for class and dancing, £3 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

Intermediates class

One Church Brighton, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA

8.30pm – 9.30pm

£7

Come dance with us in our fun and welcoming intermediates lindy hop dance class. We assume a good grasp of the basic moves in this class – linking swing outs, tuck turns and Charleston will be familiar to you. The focus will be on learning how to lead and follow well; more so than learning moves; with our usual heady mix of laughter and smiles!

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 

1st November – 6th December 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.

Beginners Lindy Hop drop in 

Thursday evening 7.30pm – 8.30pm 

Starting 1st November 2018 – different content every week, suitable for absolute beginners, start anytime! 

Islingword Inn, 175 Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZA

£7 no need to book, just turn up! 

6 week Balboa Course 

Thursday Evening 8.30pm-9.30pm

1st November – 6th December 2018

Islingword Inn, 175 Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZA

£45 pp advanced booking essential, book tickets here.

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 perfect for both beginners and those working on the feeling of pure Balboa.

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

The following workshops will take place at:

Upstairs function room at The Good Companions Pub, 132 Dyke Rd, BN1 3TE.  Please click on the link to buy tickets or pay in any BLH class. 

Beginners Solo Charleston.  Saturday 20th October 2018.  11.30-12.30          This fun and easy dance from the 1920s is great to learn and lots of fun, with emphasis on finding your own style, you can’t go wrong.  No previous experience necessary suitable for absolute beginners. £10

The Shim Sham.  Saturday 10th October 2018, 1pm – 2pm                                 This solo jazz routine is a right of passage for all swing dancers, it’s not too difficult to pick up and suitable for those with no previous dance experience.  £10

The Tranky Doo.  Saturday 10th October 2018.  2.30pm-4.30pm                       This is a slightly more challenging solo jazz routine, but a good one to have a go at, well known with swing dancers and some great moves to add to your solo jazz freestyle repertoire!  Suitable for confident beginners and above.  £15

Learn to dance in a day!  Saturday 10th November 2018.  11am-3.30pm

Learn all the beginners basics in just 4 hours.

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 don’t stick to this tradition 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. £30

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

Solo Jazz Choreography – 6 week Course                        

Pennies from Seven  Wendy Whatling School of Dance, 74-76 Dyke Road, BN1 3JD

The team behind the Pennies from Heaven will be running courses for people to learn or refresh the choreography from some of the past routines.   6 week course starting on 12th September 7.15-8.15pm this course you will be learning the Happy Feet routine. (please arrive at 7pm for a prompt 7.15pm start).

Each week we will teach and explore a series of authentic jazz and Charleston steps that form part of a routine. 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. £45 for the course or £8 per drop in.

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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