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Welcome to Swing Patrol Waterloo
A big hello from Robyn, Louis, Katie and Kibble!
We run weekly swing dance classes on London’s Southbank. Swing dance is a collection of dances from the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s including the Lindy hop and Charleston. Swing dancing is a great way to meet new people, have fun, get some exercise and challenge yourself! No experience required — absolute beginners always welcome! Also, there’s no need to bring a partner or book in advance. Just come along whenever suits you, and get ready for a fun evening out!
We have two halls, in which we run two consecutive classes throughout the evening. Doors open at 6:50pm, where you will be welcomed by our wonderful door people, who will inform you of the evening and how it all works.
- In the Main Hall, we kick the evening off with a beginners class at 7pm, followed by an improvers class at 8:15pm.
- Mean while in the Rotunda Hall, we have an intermediate class at 7pm, followed by an advanced class at 8:15pm.
- Last classes both finish at 9:15pm, where we vacate the building by 9:30pm, and we invite you to join us for drinks and a chat till about 10pm.
We run the following classes every Thursday:
|Times / Rooms||Main Hall||Rotunda Hall|
|19:00 – 20:00||Level 1 (Beginners)||Level 2 & Classics (Intermediate)|
|20:15 – 21:15||Level 1.5 (Improvers)||Level 3 (Intermediate to Advanced – Level 3 Entry Card Required)|
|21:15 – 21:30||Pack Down – Head for Drinks / Home Time|
Class Level Descriptions & Running Order of the Evening
- Doors Open – 6:50pm
Welcoming people in, a chance to say hello to your fellow students and friends
- – First Set of Classes –
- 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Level 1 in the “Main Hall” – Beginners swing dance class / Improvers
You don’t need to know ANY swing dancing for this class, you can come whenever you like, as we teach the basics every week as well as some fun things to do with it! There’s no need to book in advance either, just turn up when it suits you! We cover all the basics from scratch including 20s Charleston, 30s Charleston, 6 and 8 count Lindy Hop and we give you everything you need to start social dancing. If you are comfortable in this class, we highly recommend that you stick around for our equally as fun level 1.5 class that starts at 8:15pm.
- 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Level 2 in the “Rotunda Hall” – Intermediate Class
A class for improving dancers who have started their social dancing journey and are wanting to move on and learn about musicality, lead/follow technique, rhythm, etc… Requirements: You should have experience of 20s Charleston, 30s Charleston, 6 and 8 count Lindy Hop including your swing out, and you can social dance to a song. If you’re starting to social dance regularly (or have been for a while) and want a little more lead/follow clarity in your life, this is the place to be!
- – Interval –
- 8:00pm – 8:15pm: Practice time
We will also use this time for students who wish to attend the level 3 class to be assessed. And as classes can run a little over or under time, we have a few minutes to practice to a song or two or just take this moment to grab some water and chat to the other dancers in your class.
- – Second Set of Classes –
- 8:15pm – 9:15pm: Level 1.5 in the “Main Hall” – Improvers Class
Interested in taking it that step further? If you were comfortable in the first level 1 class, then we encourage you to stick around. This class will generally build from the footwork learnt in the level 1 class from the same evening. We will also start you on your journey towards the social dance floor, the etiquette and floor-craft that is involved. Together, we’ll guide you step-by-triple-step to your first social dance.
- 8:15pm – 9:15pm: Level 3 in the “Rotunda Hall” – Intermediate to Advanced Classes
If you have not attended a level three class before at Waterloo, we invite you to take part in the class where we assess if your level of dancing is competent enough. Before the class, please make yourself known to the teachers so we can explain the process to you as a group with others who are also being assessed at that time. We do this to ensure that the learning in the classes can move at the desired pace. We expect you to be able to follow or lead small pieces of choreography on demand, to a reasonable level of competency and to tempos above 150-160bpm. Understanding and being able to dance a musical phrase will be beneficial. At the start of the class, we will be inspecting the levels of all the dancers as individuals through means of rotating partners, and then tailoring the class material to the students who attend. Higher the level of students who attend, the higher level of learning we can provide. In this class, we will cover more technique and revisit your basics.
- 9:15pm – 9:30pm: Pack Down – Head for Drinks / Home Time
Taking more than one class on the same evening? Your second class is half price — just £5!
A kind reminder to note we only accept cash. All the nearest cash machines are located within the Waterloo train station.
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We have also posted our class recaps on our Facebook page!
Walk down Waterloo Road, past the junction with The Cut (which is the road that leads to Southwark tube station). Keep walking past the green space on the right, and the entrance is to the right, on Waterloo Road. The venue is the ‘Living Space’.