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    Learn to swing dance!

    There are 2 options: a 4 week evening course (2 hrs per week) or in 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! 

    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.
    - currently cost £45 (£35 concessions) per person

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

    Weekend 22nd-23rd April (Southville)
    Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm both days.
    with Sophie & Dave B
    £45/£35 concessions per person 
    Venue: St Francis Centre, St Francis Road, BS3 2AN
    Tea/coffee will be available both days. Please bring your own lunch & water bottle. 

    Monday nights in May (Easton)

    3 weeks, 8th-22nd May, 7.00-9.30pm
    with Max & Federica
    £45/£35 concessions per person
    Venue: The City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, BS5 9JH (the red/green building near the cycle track)
    There is no food/drink available on site, please bring a water bottle with you. 

    Weekend 1st-2nd July (Southville)
    Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm both days.
    with (teachers tbc)
    £45/£35 concessions per person 
    Venue: The Southbank Club (upstairs), Dean Lane, BS3 1DB
    TBC: Tea/coffee will be available both days. Please bring your own lunch & water bottle. 
     
    Weekend 26th-27th August (Southville)
    Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm both days.
    with (teachers tbc)
    £45/£35 concessions per person 
    Venue: St Francis Centre, St Francis Road, BS3 2AN
    Tea/coffee will be available both days. Please bring your own lunch & water bottle. 
     

    Later in 2017
    We usually hold courses every month. Dates for Autumn/Winter 2017 will be confirmed nearer the time. 


    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:

    - Fri 21st April: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Fri 19th May: Our monthly dance at the Southbank Club in Southville. £7/£5 concessions. Class 7.45pm
    - Fri 16th June: 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.