This page is for all the other info that we thought you would want to know about, so have a look and check out some of the links below.
Other places to learn and dance
- Oxford Swing Dance have Balboa lessons on Monday and Lindy Hop lessons on Wednesday evenings in Oxford, check out: http://www.oxfordswingdance.co.uk/
- Last Stop Balboa: Monthly Sunday social at Jericho Tavern, Oxford. https://www.facebook.com/LastStopBalboa
- Reading Swing Jam: Socials and workshops that’ll make you smile. For weeks afterwards. https://www.facebook.com/readingswingjam
- SugarPush – possibly the best Swing event (outside of Oxford! Hee-hee!) Check out http://www.thelindyclub.co.uk/thelindyclub.co.uk/SugarPush.html for details.
- Balboa and Lindy Hop classes in Reading can be found at: http://www.alljazzedup.com/
- Swingrave – a great tea dance where all profits go to charity! Regular workshops and dances at Wingrave Community Centre, Church St. Wingrave, Bucks, HP22 4PS: http://www.swingrave.co.uk/
- Online lindy hop lesson clips: http://lindyhopmoves.com/
- SavoyHop: A friendly and lively community in Hertfordshire, creating opportunities for learning and sharing the Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz through weekly classes, monthly social dancing, and workshops: www.savoyhop.com
- Blues in the UK can be found here: http://www.bluesdancing.co.uk/
- More Swing dances in Reading, see: http://rockinrhythm.org/crazysswing.html
- Check out what Jive Swing are up to in and around Hertfordshire: http://www.jiveswing.com/index.html
- For dancing in Bristol: http://www.swingdancebristol.com/
- Check out http://www.jiveandswing.co.uk/ to see what the Gloucester crowd are up to.
- And there’s always Are You Dancing for everywhere else! http://www.areyoudancing.com/home/default.aspx
How to stretch!
- How to warm up and warm down – a 2 page essential guide especially for aerials written by Dave Riches: Aerials Warmup
You’ll need a proper pair of dance shoes before long! We recommend something that is smooth and slightly slippery. Leather or suede soles are the best for dancing.
Music and swing
Would you like a nice basic little mix to practice to? Ask at Cowley Cotton Club for one of our CDs (£5).
For an overview on all things swing, nothing beats Wikipedia:
- Swing Music
- Musicality (i.e. how to dance to the music):
- Wikibooks also has a growing section on Swing Dancing
Social dancing etiquette
We all need a little advice when going to a dance for the first time. How do you ask someone to dance? What on earth should you bring with you? Fear not, OLH have created a small filmette (and hopefully others will be forthcoming) or you can look at the details here: Elements of Dance Etiquette from Aria Nosratinia