What is Swing?
Swing music has been around since the late 1920s and is known for its strong, syncopated rhythm and jazzy feel. Originating on the legendary dance floors of Harlem New York, swing dancing is the collective term for the range of partnered and solo dances that developed alongside this style of music. Swing is best known for the high energy dance styles of Lindy Hop and Charleston, but also encompasses Balboa, Blues, Shag, Solo Jazz…the list goes on! Whatever the style, swing at its heart is a fun and inventive dance that is still going strong around the world today.
What to look forward to with Swing Soc?
Classes are held in LG10 in the Michael Sadler Building on Thursdays 6-7pm (Alternative Class), 7-8pm (Beginners Class), 8-8:45pm (Beginners Plus Class [Stay for the challenge!]), and 8:45-9:15pm (Social Dancing). After that head to the pub with us to unwind.
We welcome all levels of dancers from absolute beginners to those who have been dancing for years. There’s no need to bring a partner as we change partners in class. It’s best to wear comfy clothing and shoes – preferably no heels.
Our weekly classes are relaxed and cater for every level throughout the year, so there is no need to worry about starting midterm. We always leave time for social dancing after our classes, so make sure you stick around for the opportunity to practise those moves!
There is so much more to enjoy with SwingSoc than dancing, even if it’s just a drink after class. As well as putting on social dances to give you a chance to practise, we also regularly head to local gigs (testing the limit of what you can swing to will always be a good game!). Finally, we have a weekly dance every Sunday night at Revolution Call Lane in town with ace local DJs - what more can you want?
Camps and Workshops
We attend the best camps across the UK and always get the best deals and offers for our members. We run various trips throughout the year to camps such as 'Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Hop' in York, 'NottingJam' in Nottingham (go figure), and 'Summer Swing' in Durham!
We also run regular workshops at discounted prices, where you can benefit by learning from first-rate swing teachers with varying styles and techniques.
At Christmas we will be running a mini camp 'Swing Fling' aimed at our beginners in the society. Following that, we hope to run a dance camp in Easter offering a wider range of classes and more hours of dancing fun!
This year we are interested in engaing with more performances both in the union and beyond. From dance comp to performances at camps and are always looking for new people to come and show off their dancing skills!
We are always keen to help, so if you’re planning an event and want dancers, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
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Sign up online as a single lead or follow:
- £35 for the year
- £18 for the term
- £3 a session (paid for at the lesson)
Membership entitles you to ANY class for the duration of the membership! You'll also receive a Revolution Society Card for our Sunday Socials!
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Please be aware that you do not have personal accident insurance cover related to this activity. If you would like any cover, please seek this individually. Here are some providers that you can enquire with:
For further information or queries, please contact the committee:
President: Becca Johnson
Secretary: Abigail Catterall
Treasurer: Simon May
Social Secretary: Tarrion Baird
Camp Secretary: Aaron Barnes