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Lindy Hop for Beginners, Chisenhale Dance Space


Mondays, 7-8pm | 10 weeks

Instructor: Angela Andrew 

Spring Term 2020: 20 January – 30 March (no class 17 February)

10-week course: £90 per term, £72 Concession, £10 Drop-in

New students can try out any class for £5 on their first visit!


This fun and informative course will teach the basics of Lindy Hop and explore its roots as an African-American partner dance originating in the late 1920s. Angela’s charismatic and uplifting teaching style will transport you back to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York, where everybody was welcome to dance, perform and compete, regardless of skin colour. Students will learn basic 6 count and 8 count steps, breakaway steps (solo jazz) and Charleston moves. There is no need to bring a partner – Lindy hop is a social dance, you will dance with everyone in the group!

Lindy Hop is an energetic partner dance which historically brought dancers together across racial divides. It gained popularity in the big band jazz era, evolving from the Charleston, Breakaway, and Texas Tommy. Over the last 30 years swing dancing has been enjoying a renaissance and there are now thriving swing* dance communities all around the world from Mozambique to Iceland. London is one of the major cities driving this revival and Chisenhale Dance Space was one of the first dance studios to offer workshops in the late 80’s. Now it’s back!

*Swing dance is an umbrella term for dances such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, West Coast Swing, Peabody, Balboa etc.

For questions about our classes, please email or call 020 8981 6617 between 10am and 6pm. 

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