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Swing Patrol Brighton

CLASSES:

Swing Patrol will be offering range of swing dance classes at six venues. We’ll have beginner dance classes at all venues listed below:

Classes

Mondays at Revolution Bar ** Start any week!**
Final night for 2018 will be Monday 17th December where we will have one 7pm general class and then a Christmas drink/dance.  Classes will start again on Monday Jan 7th
77 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RA
7pm – Level 1 Absolute beginners class
8pm – Level 1.5 Improvers class

Tuesdays at Hollingbury Park Golf Course ** Start any week!**
Final night for 2018 will be Tuesday 11th December with one general class at 7.00pm and then a social/dance after class. Classes will start again on Tuesday Jan 22nd.
Ditchling Rd, Brighton BN1 7HS
7pm – Level 1  Absolute Beginners class
8pm – Level 2 Intermediate class

Tuesdays at The Venue **NEW CLASS from 8th January 2019**
Western Esplanade, Kingsway, Hove, BN3 4FA
7pm – Level 1 Absolute Beginners class (followed by 20 minutes social dance practice)

Wednesdays at The Quadrant **NEW CLASS from 9th January 2019**
12-13 North St, Quadrant, Brighton BN1 3GJ
7pm Level 1 Absolute Beginners class (followed by 20 minutes social dance practice)

Thursdays at Back Beat Bar **NEW CLASS from 10th January 2019**
5-6 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1AE
7pm – Level 1 Beginners class

Thursdays at Middle Street Primary School
Final class will be Thursday 13th December 
7 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL, UK
7:30pm – Level 1 Absolute beginners class
8:30pm – Level 1.5 Improvers class

Sundays at The King and Queen ** Start any week!**
Final night for 2018 will be Sunday 16th December and classes will start again on Sunday January 20th.
14-16 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB
2:30pm – Level 1 Absolute beginners class
3:30pm – Level 1.5 Improvers class
This class works on the same rhythm from our Level 1 class and introduces some new and fun things too. It’s perfect for those who want to learn some more moves and technique and get social dancing – if you were comfortable in Level 1 why not stick around?

All Brighton classes are £7, or £10 for two classes on the same night. For full time university students this is £5, or £7 for two classes on the same night when you bring a valid student card.

SOCIALS:

Monday 17th December – Casual Christmas Party at Revolution Bar.  More details here.

Thursday 27th December – Swing at the Back Beat Bar. More details here.

Friday 11th January 2019 – Swing at the Latest Music Bar. More details here.

Sunday 24th March 2019 – Revenge of the Big Band! More details here.

Saturday 18th May – Big Band: Swingin’ At The Spiegel! More details here. See our Facebook event here.

Sunday 30th June 2019 – Free Social Dancing at I360! More details here.

WORKSHOPS:

Swing out clinic with Scott & Arianne – 26th January 2019
Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton, BN1 5PG
Check out all the details here.

Beginner Aerials workshop – 26th January 2019
Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton, BN1 5PG
Check out all the details here.

Dance in a Day- Lindy Hop – 27th January 2019
Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton, BN1 5PG
Check out all the details here. Get all the latest updates on out Facebook page.

Jenny Thomas & Scott Cupit Swing dance workshop – 9th & 10th March 2019 Details TBA. 
Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton, BN1 5PG
Check out all the details here.

Social media

Keep up to date with Swing Patrol Brighton on social media! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow our individual classes on Facebook here:

Mondays at the Revolution Bar

Tuesdays at Hollingbury Park Golf Course

Tuesdays at The Venue in Hove *opening 8th January 2019*

Wednesdays at The Quadrant *opening 9th January 2019*

Thursdays at Middle Street Primary School

Sundays at the King and Queen

Swing Patrol Brighton in the media
Read about our first ever gig as Swing Patrol Brighton in The Argus.


Save money with a class card

A 10 class card offers you a great way to save cash on your swing dance classes! Simply present your card at any Swing Patrol venue and a circle gets filled in for each class you do. They are convenient and cheaper than paying as you go.

  • A great gift
  • Valid for any London Swing Patrol dance class (does not include courses)
  • Valid for 12 months and transferrable
  • Can be shared between two people
Find out more

Which level am I?

Our handy little guide explains all…

LEVEL 1

This is the class for you if you have never danced before or if you have done some dancing but have never done a swing dance class.

Two primary rhythms are covered in these classes:

  • Charleston (both side-by-side and tandem) and
  • 6 beat Lindy Hop.

Lots of different combinations are covered each week and all taught at a beginner level. With lots of revision and combinations these classes are huge fun. Someone who has never danced before would expect to remain in a beginners class for at least 3 or 4 months. These classes are all about sharing some fun steps to fabulous music, starting to touch on the skill in controlling your body and the connection with your partner, which can sometimes feel weird and kooky at this stage.

If you have done solo dancing before (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, etc) but not partner dancing, the steps will be easier and you’ll sometimes be able to fast track to other classes once you have the basic rhythms. If you have done other partner dances before (ballroom, latin, R&R) it’s a matter of picking up the basic steps and styling (which can be quite different!) and further developing and applying your partner dance knowledge.

8 beat Lindy Hop is sometimes taught in these classes also, as a transition into the Level 2 classes. Alternatively, you can check out the current ‘Learn to Dance in a Day’ workshops that have a session on the 8 beat Lindy Hop from scratch.

LEVEL 2

In general for these classes you need to know the basic swing rhythms taught in Level 1:

  • 6 Beat Lindy Hop (kicks/pump and triple steps)
  • Charleston (Side-by-side and tandem)
  • and the basics of 8 beat Lindy Hop (swing outs!)

These are the classes where you start to really learn and integrate the 8 beat Lindy Hop. This is the mainstay of material for this level of class, building simple moves, variations and combinations as well as developing your skills of lead-follow and fine tuning body control and technique for the dance. You’ll start combining Charleston, 6 beat and 8 beat Lindy basics together and will be venturing out onto the social dance floor regularly. Your head will spin with all the combinations then one day the flow will “click”!

These classes will continue to provide classic moves and solid technique even if you’ve been swing dancing for some time. It’s a great idea to continue with Level 2 classes even if also progressing to Level 3.

LEVEL 3

There are no technical requirements for this level other than being confident in all your basic swing rhythms, and having a good basic technique. The description below is an example of what a level 3 dancer would be like!

You know the basic swing rhythms without having to think about them and can lead/follow the transitions between them all in the one dance. You will have been dancing on the social floor for a while, and can easily dance with leads/follows of any level. Lead/follow skills are refined, smooth and confident, and connection through your body to your partner lets you lead and follow new or improvised steps. You should always be in control of your own body (and your partner if leading), and surprises are starting to flow. You’re thinking beyond the steps to the styling, musicality and feel, and are ready to really develop HOW you dance; the technique that makes the good dancers look good. This is the level where you’re trying things outside the box, while building solid foundations so even the most basic of steps feel great.

LEVEL 4

Aimed at what is called the “lost group” of London. We have had many emails from experienced swing dancers seeking a class that caters for them.

This class will assume you have been through the “moves” phase and want to work on all the great technical issues such as pulse, stretch, connection and movement. The class will of course still be about having fun but will have quality dancing in the class where dancers of a similar standard can be pushed.  Many of our trainee teachers will be in class, troupe members and social dancing who really love being pushed. You have probably danced at least a few years and been to international swing festivals and learnt from a range of different teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?

We recommend anything comfortable that you can move around in. We would also suggest wearing layers as it can get quite hot swing dancing.

For footwear, we recommend flat shoes or plimsolls; high heels can be very difficult to swing dance in! Keds are the footwear of choice for all our instructors as they offer a comfortable and stylish collection to suit all. Click here to purchase yours. We recommend shoes with hard-leather or suede soles for dancing Balboa in. Most people come straight from work and do not bother changing. As long as you are comfortable and can move freely.

Do I need a partner?

Absolutely not! We rotate the class right through the lesson, so bringing a partner is not necessary.

When can I start?

You can join in at any time. There is no need to book or register — just turn up.

Level 1 (Beginner Swing Dance) classes are like pieces of Lego and over time all the building blocks come together. Attend one of these classes until you’ve really got it under your belt (about 3-4 months). If you miss a few it won’t matter as you will be learning a new piece of “swing Lego” each week that no one else knows either. The only dance classes which cannot be attended on a casual basis are the specialised workshops we run throughout the year which need to be pre-booked. We have a big range of workshops and are aimed at a variety of different levels.

What if I miss a week?

Attendance is on a casual basis. If you miss a class it doesn’t matter at all. If you miss a few weeks and you feel concerned, you may like to book yourself in for a one-on-one private lesson. Please speak to your teachers about private classes or email info@swingpatol.co.uk

What do you teach?

We mainly teach Lindy Hop, a dance done to big band sounds. Lindy Hop is an African American dance which developed at the Savoy Ballroom in New York in the 1920s.

We have a weekly Blues dance class — check out the Stompin’ the Blues page for a description of Blues dancing.

While “Lindy Hop” is the flagship of most swing dancing, we will also introduce you to a range of other great swing dances such as Balboa, Collegiate Shag and 1920s solo and partnered Charleston.

What is the average age group?

We have all ages of people learning and enjoying swing dancing. Basically high 20s / early 30s seems to be the average age, but swing dancing is for everyone. The age range across the classes is 18-78yrs!

Where do you all go swing dancing?

There are swing dance events all around town and each week groups of swing dancers can be found at a variety of social dancing venues around town. Check out our social dancing page for our regulars dance nights. There are many one-off events like balls and random dance happenings, so keep an eye on the front page for details. We also regularly update our Facebook page with dance news.

What exactly is 'Swing'?

If you have watched “Swing Kids”, “Swingers” or “Malcolm X” you will know what swing is. Swing is a sound AND a dance.

Swing music comes under the overall music umbrella of jazz and even though there is a lot of great modern swing played these days it all has that wonderful upbeat swinging dotted or “galloping” rhythm that you may remember from “In the Mood” or any other Glenn Miller golden oldie that your parents or grandparents played for you!

Swing dancing is a style of dance that suits swing music. Swing dancing can be upbeat and flashy or slow and sensual. Whatever the pace, the dancing is always an expression of the music that it relates to!

Chances are you are reading this page because a friend told you about swing dancing. They will be able to tell you more about the great steps and styling that is taught in swing dancing and how it is hard to swing without grinning.