Whether you’ve been dancing for years or are just starting out, we’re thrilled to have you joining us.
If you’re one of our newer members looking to answer some questions, this is the perfect place to begin.
What is Swing?
Originating in Harlem New York, swing not only refers to the toe tapping rhythm found in many forms of Jazz music, but is also a term given to a collection of the most fantastic partner and solo dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa.
The vibrancy of the jazz and swing era was loved by dancers from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, which led to the formation of many exciting new dances and styles. This passion for dance continues to exist in Leeds, the UK, and beyond within the ever-expanding network of swing dance enthusiasts all around the world.
What will I find at Swing Soc?
The core of Swing Soc is our weekly Thursday beginners classes, which will give you the foundations you need to go out confidently on the social dance floor. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can progress to our intermediate lessons and refine your style.
Our Thursday classes are relaxed and cater for every level throughout the year, so there is no need to worry about starting midterm. And it’s not just for students, as they are open to anyone over 18 who wants to dance.
In addition, weekly events for social dancing run by the society and the greater swing community provide lots of opportunity for meeting and dancing with an extraordinary range of swing dance fanatics.
Dance camps are a great opportunity to take your dancing even further by offering lessons from some of the best swing dance teachers from around the world! Camps also feature social dances, allowing you to test your new moves with dancers from all around the UK and hopefully make a few new friends at the same time!
Last year members of the society had a fantastic time at camps in York, Durham, and Edinburgh, as well as hosting our very own camp, Swing Revolution, which attracted dancers from all over the UK and beyond. This year we are looking forward to attending lots more camps, so we hope you will be able to join us!
We run two larger events each year: Swing Fling and Swing Revolution.
Swing Fling is a one day event, with classes during the day and a social dance in the evening. The main aim is to provide a bootcamp for our beginner dancers who are keen to accelerate their lindy learning, by providing a day of intensive classes led by experienced teachers. We usually also put on an alternative set of classes to give more experienced dancers an option to try something new. It’s targeted at Swing Society members but open to all, and we always get some visitors from other scenes such as York, Manchester, and Durham.
Swing Revolution is our showstopper camp: two days of intensive classes from world leading teachers, three evening socials with live music from world class bands, jaw-dropping performances, and incredible competitions including our ever popular 30 second showcase. Last year over 400 people came from far and wide to this event and we are so lucky to have it right on our doorstep. Come along to Swing Revolution 2020 and bask in the warmth and excitement of the global swing dance community!
Charity and Voluntary Performances
Previously, we have performed in ‘Lindy at the Light’, a charity performance run by the local lindy scene which raised money in aid of the NSPCC and we hope to perform at more charity events in the future. Don’t worry if you’re still relatively new, there will be opportunities to perform for dancers of all levels!
There is much, much more to enjoy with Swing Soc; with quizzes, movie nights and a drink in the pub after class every Thursday. We also host a weekly dance social which is great if you want to practice your new skills or just want to chat. We’re a sociable bunch so come and join us!