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Workshop Info

Easy Does It

With Trisha Sewell

10:00-11:00, Blackfriar's Hall

The Lindy Hop incorporates both partnered and solo movements. However, to do so, it must feel good and comfortable in your body. If this causes you anxiety, then this class is for you! Learn patterns from the repertoire of essential jazz steps that every Lindy Hopper should be familiar with. The emphasis is on learning the technique, and rhythm of each move, as well as how to transition between them seamlessly.

The Jitterbug Stroll

With Trisha Sewell

Saturday 11:15-12:15, Blackfriar's Hall

The Jitterbug Stroll is a swing line dance choreographed in 1992 by Ryan Francois, a world-class Lindy Hop dancer and teacher. It is danced to swing music with 12 bar blues structure such as Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball" or Count Basie's "One O’clock Jump". In the 1990s, the dance was very popular among Lindy Hoppers, like the Shim Sham.


With Trisha Sewell

13:30-14:30, Blackfriar's Hall

You feel secure with solo movement, and you wish to expand your repertoire, become more stylish and assert your personality through your movement.  This class will push you to rethink your current approach and educate you on new ways to move your body, which relates to the authenticity, origins, and culture of the dance.

Al and Leon's Shim Sham

With Trisha Sewell

Saturday 14:45-15:45, Blackfriar's Hall

The Shim Sham dance was often used as an encore in shows and all performers could Shim Sham together. Harlem dancer and choreographer Leonard Reed created it together with Willie Bryant in the early 30s and it spread from that moment. Leon James and Al Minns, famous dancers from the Whitey´s Lindy Hoppers as well as famous Savoy dancers, used this dance often. They had a version with some extra steps and variations.

Ragtime and Early Swing Dances

With Sam Gosk

Saturday 13:30 - 14:30, Chantry Hall

The Peabody, The Foxtrot, The Turkey Trot and especially The Bear… Sam’s introduction to the world of ragtime and the animal dance craze of the early C20th always goes down a storm.

Lindy Hop Primer

With Barry Moody and Helen Hart

Saturday 14:45-15:45, Chantry Hall

Barry & Helen’s weekly Lindy hop classes have a growing following, with an emphasis on smooth style and the joy of social dancing. Warm up and get into the groove ready for Sunday’s masterclasses.

Musicality and Play

With Paul Claydon

Saturday 16:00-17:00, Chantry Hall

As a swing dance teacher and DJ of national repute, Paul’s musical expertise is second to none. Explore and enrich the connection between the music and your dancing to open up a world of creativity.

Social Foxtrot

With Claire Grace

Saturday 16:00-17:00, Blackfriar's Hall

As the founder of Rhythm and Grace dance school, the clue to Claire’s style is in the name. Learn how to sweep effortlessly around the floor when those elegant 1930s dance band tracks come on.

Lindy Hop Improvers/

With Bic & Simone

Sunday 10:00-12:00, St Catherine's Church Hall

Session 1: 10:00-10:50 - Being cool with a crossed hand

Session 2: 11:00-12:00 - Playing with circles

Lindy Hop Intermediate/

With Bic & Simone

Sunday 12:30-14:30, St Catherine's Church Hall

Session 1: 12:30-13:20 - Things to do with a side exit swingout

Session 2: 13:30-14:30 - Chilling out with Charleston (Hacksaw, Tandem and Hand to hand)

Collegiate Shag Fancy Feet

With Rob and Ellen Parkinson

Sunday 10:30-11:30, Limelight Studios

When the tempo goes up there is no substitute for the Shag… Ellen and Rob have collected some neat footwork tricks and variations to share so even your basics can  dazzle onlookers.

It's Madison Time

With Hannah Colby

Sunday 12:30-13:30, Limelight Studios

As seen being danced on the Corny Collins Show in Hairspray, this 1960s line dance is super hip, simple to learn and too cool for school. Hannah will fill you in on all the steps just in case our DJ plays it later on…

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