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    Learn to swing dance!

    Learn in an intensive course in a single weekend, 4 hrs per day. You can sign up either on your own or with a partner and the course is guaranteed: you can repeat it once for free! (We sometimes run 8 hr courses over 4 weeks in the evening but don't have any dates planned at the moment.)

    Not sure what it's like? Come and try one of our taster classes first - scroll down for upcoming dates.  


    BEGINNER COURSES
    What to expect:
    - the courses are lively, you'll be dancing most of the time
    - we rotate partners all through the course
    - 'leader' refers to the traditional male role and 'follower' refers to the traditional female role, although many dancers learn and dance both parts.

    Book as early as you can, as courses usually sell out. To book please email: bookings@swingdancebristol.com  

     
    Weekend 26-27th August - CANCELLED
    Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm both days.
    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Weekend 9th-10th September (Southville)
    (Update 6th August: Spaces for Couples and Solo leads. Solo Follows going on waiting list)
    Saturday & Sunday, 12.30-4.30pm both days.
    with (teachers tbc)
    £45/£35 concessions per person 
    Venue: The Southbank Club (upstairs), Dean Lane, BS3 1DB
    Tea/coffee will be available both days. Please bring your own lunch & water bottle.

    Weekend 30th Sept & 1st Oct (Southville)
    Saturday & Sunday, 12.30-4.30pm both days.
    with (teachers tbc)
    £45/£35 concessions per person
    Venue: The Southbank Club (upstairs), Dean Lane, BS3 1DB
    Tea/coffee will be available both days. Please bring your own lunch & water bottle.
     
    Weekend 25th-26th November (Southville)
    Saturday & Sunday, 12.30-4.30pm both days.
    with (teachers tbc)
    £45/£35 concessions per person 
    Venue: The Southbank Club (upstairs), Dean Lane, BS3 1DB
    Tea/coffee will be available both days. Please bring your own lunch & water bottle. 

     

    Booking a place
    The beginner courses always sell out and need to be booked in advance, but it's always worth checking as we sometimes get late cancellations. To book please email:
                                             bookings@swingdancebristol.com 

    Courses in 2018
    We usually hold courses every month, and will confirm dates for 2018 later this year. You are welcome to get in touch now and then we'll email you when we have dates & venues confirmed. 



    TASTER CLASSES
    We sometimes do short taster classes at the beginning of our dance nights, or at other people's events. You won't be able to progress your dancing at these but it's a great introduction if you're not sure, or to invite friends along to. The next ones coming up are:

    - Fri 21st July: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Weekend 22-23 July: we're expecting to have some classes at the Harbour Festival, we're just waiting to hear times.
    - Fri 18th Aug: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm 
    - Fri 15th Sept: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Sat 7th Oct: Not our event, but you can try a taster class at Ed's Folk House Swing
    - Fri 20th Oct: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Fri 17th Nov: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Sat 25th Nov: Not our event, but you can try a taster class at Ed's Folk House Swing
    - Fri 15th Dec: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm

     

    What is Swing dancing/Lindy Hop?

    Swing dancing or 'Lindy Hop' dates back to the great jazz era of the 20s, 30s and 40s in the USA. It developed among the African American community – most famously in Harlem – and was danced to the big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others. It was 'rediscovered' in recent times and  has grown  massively since and there are now swing dances being held all over the world, with established swing dance scenes in several UK cities.