What is Swing?
Say the word swing and most people think of the music genre. 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 Thursdays 6-7pm (Alternative Class) 7-8pm (Beginner Lindy Hop), 8-9pm (Beginner + Lindy Hop [Stay for the challenge!]), and 9-9.30pm (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 an hour 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 in the Union bar 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 Electric Press in town with ace local DJs and half price drinks - 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.
On 13th - 15th April, we’ll be running our now famous dance camp, Swing Revolution. From humble beginnings 5 years ago, this camp is now one of the most successful and well known in the north of England with over 400 attendees last year! Three days packed with classes taught by some of the finest teachers worldwide and three nights filled with music and performances from the best swing bands and DJs around. All coming to you from Leeds University Union!
Charity and Voluntary Performances
As well as performing each year in the LUU Dance Show and Competitions, we also take part in numerous other performances outside of the union.
We are involved in ‘Lindy at the Light’ every year. LATL is a charity performance run by the local swing scene which raises funds in aid of the NSPCC, and includes dancers from across Yorkshire. In the past we have also collaborated with LUU Mind Matters Society to run the 'Swingathon' to raise money for the charity 'Mind', as well as working with LUU’s Action doing performances to entertain schools and nursing homes across Leeds.
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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- £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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For further information or queries, please contact the committee:
President: Gabriele Virbasiute
Secretary: Vincent Pettavel
Treasurer: Polly Clare-Hudson
Social Secretary: Jane Eccles
Performance Secretary: Bridie Smith
Camp Secretary: Hannah Matthews