Classes run as per the timetable below, except bank holidays
Complete Beginners Class and Improvers Class plus practice time
7.30pm - 8.40pm - Complete Beginners
8.30pm - 9.40pm - Improvers
9.40pm - 10.30pm - Practice time
£6 per class or £8 for both
£2 for Practice time from 9.40pm only
Description: We teach Complete Beginners and Improvers Classes every Monday (except Bank Holidays) and lots of time for practicing after class. There is a 10 minute crossover between Beginners and Improvers for a bit more practice, meeting new people and any questions. The content of the Improvers Class leads on from the Beginners Class. Our Improvers Class is great if you want to go a step further than what we teach in our Beginners classes. The Good Companions is a conveniently located friendly and cosy pub that is very welcoming to dancers. It serves a good selection of beers, real ale, wine and soft drinks and also cheap bar snacks and lovely food until 10pm.
The A Train
Venue: The Railway Social Club, 4 Belmont, Brighton, BN1 3TF, in the 7 Dials area of Brighton.
7.30pm - 8.30pm - Fast Beginners Class
8.30pm onwards - Practice time and Social Dancing
£7 for class and dancing, £3 entry after 8.30pm
FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Improving Improvers Class
Venue: West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue, Brighton, BN1 3PS in the 7 Dials area of Brighton.
7.30pm - 8.30pm - Improving Improvers
Description: This monthly class is for anyone who has been coming to beginners or improvers for a while and wants to get ready for intermediates. We teach this class on the first Tuesday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at West Hill Hall conveniently located in the Seven Dials area of Brighton. West Hill Hall is found at the Buckingham Place end of Compton Avenue, just opposite the street corner.
Beginners and Intermediates
Venue: The Mesmerist (upstairs),1-5 Prince Albert St, Brighton, BN1 1HE
7:30pm - 8.30pm - Complete Beginners
8.30pm - 9.30pm - Intermediates
£7 per class or £9 for both
Description: Beginners and Intermediates class every Wednesday at The Mesmerist. Intermediate dancers should be confident social dancers and be able to put moves together without instruction. In these classes we focus on technique and styling. After the dance class the Mesmerist has a live swing band playing, so we all stay for a drink and a dance, a great way to practice what you are learning.
INTENSIVE BEGINNERS LINDY HOP WORKSHOP STARTING 5th January 2017
Venue: Open Space, Unit 7, rear of 64 Davigdor Road, Hove
Time: 8.30 - 9.30pm
Dates: 5th January - 9th February 2017 - Every Thursday
You do not need a partner in order to book onto the class.
Description: We will be offering the chance to learn in smaller groups so you will receive more attention from the teachers. We will cover all the basic moves of Lindy Hop and partner dancing. This 6 week course is ideal for those who really want to get some of the basics and like to learn in small structured groups.
EVERY FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH - COMPLETE BEGINNERS TASTER CLASS
Venue: Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton and Hove, BN1 4JU
Description: A brand new Complete Beginners Taster Class every first Saturday of the month at Brighton Open Market. Come along and join us at this fab location ... explore the market and learn some cool moves for the dance floor!
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Lindy hop dance classes are the perfect way to meet new people, listen to some great swing music and build confidence on the dance floor.
We all have to start somewhere and the Beginners class is the perfect place! No partner needed. We make these classes fun and relaxed. By the end of just one lesson you will be able to pull out a couple of moves. But if you want to be the envy of all on the dance floor we recommend you attend around 8-10 classes to be able to really swing! For anyone who has never danced before, who has danced for a short while or who would like to refresh some of the skills they've already learnt. Everyone welcome!
For those of you who can either already dance, or beginners who just can't get enough and are hungry for more tips! We will be teaching dance routines such as the Shim Sham and the Jitterbug stroll, Jazz steps and Charleston. All mixed in with tips about momentum, connection, musicality and all the technical bits about Lindy Hop. You'll need to have a bit of confidence on the dance floor to get the most out of the lessons, but everyone's welcome!
Improving Improvers Classes:
Perhaps not the most imaginatively named class, but this is one to attend if you've been coming to beginners or improvers for a while and want to get ready for intermediates. We focus on those basic tips that help you to take your dancing to the next level.
For those who have been lindy hopping for a little while, are familiar with swing outs, partnered charleston and are ready for more! We will get a bit more technical, teach new moves and jazz steps. If you're wondering if this is for you, talk to us in class or give us a call. No booking necessary, we look forward to seeing you there!
This is our next level class after Intermediates. We assume that you are comfortable leading and following the basic swing rhythms and that your connection with your partner often leads to improvisation. We’ll talk about things like pulse, momentum and body engagement. Your learning will be just as much about making basic moves feel great as it is about the fancy pants stuff. As with all our classes, the emphasis remains on having fun and dancing to great music.
Partner dancing is a lost art form, there is nothing better than sharing a random few minutes with someone on the dance floor. Lindy Hop is about having fun, how well you dance is not as important as how much you enjoy dancing! We understand that the idea of social dancing can be a little scary at first, so we organise practice sessions at every dance class. Hang around for social dancing as this is an essential part of the learning to dance experience and a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Lindy Hoppers. Out teachers will be on standby to answer any questions you have about what you are learning in lessons or lindy hop in general. We also organise regular outings to introduce students to the wider swing dance scene. Dance and be happy - everyone welcome.
Come and see what all the fuss is about, we guarantee you will leave this class wanting more! For anyone wishing to find out a little bit more about lindy hop and wanting to learn a few basic moves to do on the dance floor. We usually teach taster classes at the beginning of a dance event, such as the Brighton Swing Thing. Everyone welcome!
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We recommend flat shoes (not flip flops), with a smooth sole. If you like the idea of dressing in clothing of the era, Amanda is available to give tips of what to wear and where to buy it either online or in Brighton - just ask!
Example Fast Beginners Timetable:
January - basic moves, February - Swing out and variations, March - Partnered Charleston, April - Confident social dancing and musicality, May - Basics, June - Swing out and variations, July - Partnered Charleston, August - Confident social dancing and musicality, September - Basics, October- Swing out and variations, November - Partnered Charleston, December - Confident social dancing and musicality.
Amanda - 07753 443632 Graeme - 07533 423456