Wednesdays Lindy Hop Classes
@ Main Hall at St. Paul's Church, Hills Rd, Cambridge, CB2 1JP
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Beginners class Lindy Hop
8.30pm - 9.00pm
9.00pm – 10.00pm
Intermediate class Lindy Hop
10.00pm - 10.30pm
£7 (non-members) / £6 (members)
£2/£1 for social dancing only
Classes are taught in 4-week blocks and start on the 1st Wednesday of the month but you can join any time.
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
Flat soled trainers are perfect, and it’s not necessary to wear leather soled shoes
Avoid wearing jewellery as it can scratch and get broken
A bottle of water
Cash for the entry
A Smile! We're a friendly bunch :)
Classes are taught in 4-week blocks and start on the first Wednesday of the month.
Where there is a 5th Wednesday in the month look out for special classes – we will often be teaching a routine or other jazz dance style on those nights!
No partner required, we rotate throughout the class.
Never danced before? No problem these classes are for YOU. No previous dance experience is required.
Our beginners curriculum follows a progressive 12 week cycle over three monthly class blocks.
You can start any week, but particularly if you don’t have much dance experience or if you haven’t danced with us before, we recommend trying to attend a whole block from the start of a month, as later classes only do a quick recap of the essential material from past classes.
You will learn 6-count, 8-count and Charleston basic steps and moves in relaxed fun environment.
Class topics for Beginners cycle every three months, you will need to complete the beginners cycle at least twice before progressing to Intermediate class.
January, April, July, October - Six Count Swing
February, May, August, November - Eight Count Swing
March, June, September, December - Charleston
As a guide, you should have at least 6 months’ dance experience and have completed our beginners course at least twice.
You should feel comfortable with both 6- and 8-count basics, including the Charleston, Swing Out (Lindy turn), Circle, and simple footwork variations and that you should be able to comfortably dance for a whole track on the social dance floor, using the moves above.
This class focuses on improving your dancing in a fun and challenging environment and covers fundamental social dancing techniques such as connecting with your partner, improving your footwork, and musicality.
There will be a time for a little social dancing between and after classes.
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.