The Hideaway Hop
Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag and Social Dancing
@ University Social Club: Entrance Mill Lane, CB2 1RX
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Taster Classes: Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag
(both suitable for complete beginners)
8.30pm – 10.30pm
Social dance (with band or DJ, see calendar)
Entry band-night: £8 (non-members) / £7 (members)
Entry DJ-night: £7 (non-members) / £6 (members)
Beginners are welcome and encouraged to stay for the social
No partner needed! You'll get to dance with everyone
No need to sign up in advance. Just join us on the day
What to bring?
Comfy, loose fitting clothing (+ maybe a change of clothes?) Be warned: Lindy Hop is a decent physical workout, so you will get warm in most classes.
Flat soled trainers are perfect, and it’s not necessary to wear leather soled shoes. We generally advise students to avoid open-topped, split-soled or high-heeled shoes for Lindy Hop.
Avoid wearing jewellery as it can scratch and get broken
Cash for the entry
A Smile! We're a friendly bunch :)
About Lindy Hop
What is Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop was born in the 1920s in Harlem, New York City and danced to the swing jazz music of the era. It was a fusion of jazz dances, charleston, breakaway and tap.
Ever wondered what it would be like to dance how they do in the movies in the 1930s and 40s? Like those old black and white films where you hear the sounds of some unbelievable jazz band, and then the camera pans from the band to the crowd and everyone’s swinging out like crazy? How do they actually learn how to do that?
Then you think to yourself, ‘Where has this lost art gone? Nobody in this day and age seems to dance like that. Or, do they?’ So you Google it, and you find out they do, and that it’s right here in Cambridge. You find out that old dance style is called Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, or sometimes just Swing Dancing. Cool.
The story goes that Shorty George Snowden and Mattie Purnell invented the dance in 1928 during a dance marathon at the Rockland Palace Ballroom in New York. Snowden later christened it the “Lindy Hop”, possibly as a variation on the earlier (unrelated) “Lindbergh Hop”, named in honour of aviator Charles Lindbergh. During the 1980s and 90s there was a huge revival in interest in Lindy Hop, and today it is again danced by thousands of people all over the world.
Lindy Hop taster classes are on Tuesdays, courses and Intermediate classes are on Wednesdays.
About Collegiate Shag
Collegiate Shag Performance
What is Collegiate Shag?
Collegiate Shag is a swing dance originating from United States in the 1920s and 1930s. It has seen a revival in recent years, particularly across Europe.
It’s known for it’s nimble footwork, and is great for uptempo music. Shag can be danced in many styles: from gliding serenely and gracefully across the social floor, through to frantic and wild, perfect for showing off in a jam circle!
Above all, Shag is a dance with a smile on its face, and often with its tongue firmly in it cheek!