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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 in the following 12 months!
    £45/£35 (conc.) per person

    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  
     

    Courses January - June 2018
    We run courses most months with the dates below are now open for booking. We have vouchers available for a couple place (i.e. one leader & one follower) if you want to offer one as a present:

    13-14th January with David & Kira
    (SOLD OUT. Waiting list for cancellations only)

    10-11th February with Max & Frankie
    (SOLD OUT. Waiting list for cancellations only)

    3rd-4th March with Mithi/Kira & David
    12.30-4.30pm both days
    (3 couple places up for grabs due to cancellations because of the bad weather. If you're local, sign up!)

    28-29th April with (teachers tbc) 
    11am - 3pm both days
    (Spaces for couples and solo leaders. Solo follows going on waiting list)

    2nd-3rd June with (teachers tbc)
    11am - 3pm both days
    (Spaces for couples and solo leaders. Solo follows going on waiting list)

    All courses are both Saturday & Sunday in the upstairs studio at:
    Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bristol BS3 1DB

    Email bookings@swingdancebristol.com now to reserve a place or for vouchers (vouchers are valid for any course in 2018).
     

    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 



    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:

    - Sat 10th March: Not our event, but you can try a taster class at Ed's Folk House Swing
    - Fri 16th March: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Fri 16th March: we'll be teaching a taster class at The Big Swing, part of the Jazz & Blues Festival 
    - Fri 20th April: 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.