Wednesday - Lindy Hop

 
Wednesdays

@ St Paul's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP

See "getting there" below for directions and parking information.

Book in advance if possible, but card payment also taken on the door.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Beginners Lindy Hop Class

 

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Improvers+ Lindy Hop Class

Cost: £8 per person for one class

Cost: £12 per person for two classes

**Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19**

Join us!

  • Partner dancing is back!

  • Beginners: These beginner friendly classes will be taught in monthly blocks with progression throughout the month. For the best experience join us every week throughout the calendar month, but the teachers will recap the key points from the previous session at the start of each class.

  • Improvers+: Our improvers+ classes are for dancers who would like to take their basics a little further or who already know the basics but have not had a class for a long time. Each class will follow on from the beginners so if you have been coming to the beginners class for a little while and would like to challenge yourself further, you can stay on for a second class. 

  • In our lessons, there’s no need to bring a partner as we rotate partners during the lesson. However, if you bring a partner you want to stay with rather than rotating, that’s also fine.

  • Please follow our guidelines on COVID-19, in particular:

    • If you have cold symptoms or the classic COVID symptoms or receive a positive test result, do not attend our classes or events.​

    • If you are able, please take a lateral flow test (LFT) on the day of any class or event you attend.

 
Getting there

The entrance to the venue is via the Centre at St Paul's entrance, on the right of the church as you look at it from Hills Road. If you're late and it's locked, ring the bell or use the door code from our newsletter.

There's cycle parking at the front of the church.

Car parking is free on St Paul's Road and Gresham Road from 5 pm. Note that there are some residents only bays which apply until 8 pm further down St Paul's Road.

More details on how we're returning to partner dancing.

 

About Lindy Hop

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Swing Fever!

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.