Swing Patrol Brighton class details

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Swing Patrol have classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – read on to learn about all our plans.  Make sure to join our mailing list here and like our Brighton Facebook page to keep up to date with any new developments!

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 **Start any week!**
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 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


For press enquiries, check out our press release here.


The teachers

We will have many guest teachers running our swing dance classes in Brighton, but here are bios for two of the teachers who will be front and centre of the Swing Patrol Brighton team.

Scott Cupit
While travelling in America with his brother, Scott stumbled upon Swing dancing. He was instantly drawn to the energy of the dance, the music and the people. Scott made a New Year’s resolution to learn how to swing dance. Soon after, he began teaching classes and things took off from there. Along with his business partner Claudia, he started Swing Patrol, often called the world’s largest swing dancing school. Scott’s love for swing dancing was contagious — his classes grew from 23 people on the first night to over 200 people after eight weeks.

Many years later Swing Patrol run weekly classes in Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Berlin and London. Scott moved to London in 2009 to open Swing Patrol London which now has over 1000 students a week through its many venues and weekly social dances. In 2009 Scott gained an amazing amount of media attention with his interactive and swinging hour on the “empty Plinth” in Trafalgar Square. Voted one of the top ten hours of the whole project by the Evening Standard Scott bought 100 of his London dancers to be involved and the footage is spectacular. The story gained global attention with articles popping up in Texas, all over Australia, Germany and Britain. Even the Fiji Times ran a story.

Scott still teaches weekly as well as running the business. He is often invited to teach abroad and at local scenes around the UK. After 17 years he still thinks he has the best job in the world.

Scott Cupit

Faraday Loughlin
With her roots in Irish dancing, Faraday has 20 years of dance experience. In 2013 she discovered her passion for swing. Taking her first rock step in Toronto, she has since travelled around the UK competing in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues and Solo Jazz. She was also a winner of the Team Showcase at the London Jump as a member of the Seaside Sweethearts. Faraday has been teaching for the past year and is excited and looking forward to taking this to the next level. You will find Faraday at the swing dance classes at the Revolution Bar in Brighton and every Tuesday night teaching blues at the Richmond Bar.

Faraday Loughlin
Tim Crawford
Tim took his first Lindy Hop class in Brighton in 2013 and was instantly hooked. His obsession swiftly took him to dozens of national dance events and European swing dance festivals, learning and competing as he went. In 2016, Tim started teaching regularly in Guildford and Brighton, and is delighted to be teaching regularly with Swing Patrol Brighton in 2018 and beyond.

Tim Crawford

Greta Leipute
Greta is one of the fabulous social dancers that you will meet on the Brighton dance floors and we are very excited that Greta will be joining Jeff at the King & Queen on Sunday afternoons. Greta started dancing in Lithuania a while ago but after moving to England started Lindy Hopping in her new home Brighton. Greta is passionate about her dancing but also the the friendly community, how inclusive it is and of course, the music. A key member of the award winning Seaside Sweethearts performance troupe and excited about introducing this beautiful dance thing that lindy hop is with Jeff in 2018.

Greta

Emma Claydon
Emma Claydon got into Lindy Hop through a friend who loved the music and was keen to try. Emma wasn’t sure partner dancing was for her as she’s done tap, ballet and modern dancing since she was a child, but she went along just to give it a go. After her first lesson she was completely hooked. Not long after starting, she signed up to learn routines and go to festivals. Then she started training with a dance partner and entering competitions. Working full time and studying means that Emma isn’t able to go to as many events as she’d like but she still enjoys local events.


Emma Claydon

Arrianne O’shea
Arrianne Oshea teaches weekly at our Hollingbury Park venue. A web developer by day and a talented teacher and dancer, Arrianne took her first ever swing class in Bristol and then spent many years in Swing Patrol classes around London. Arrianne has had an incredible swing dancing adventure in recent gigs. As an original and key member of our award winning troupe Brat Pack Arrianne has won European titles with her team at events such as Savoy Cup and the European Swing Dance Championships. Arrianne has also performed for Swing Patrol at spectacular events like the occasion we performed at 10 Downing Street. She has recently been teaching at all manner of Lindy Hop weekenders in Leiden, Netherlands, Swing Mazo in Spain and was one of the teachers at the first ever Lindy Hop workshop on the Isle of Man. Arrianne is probably best known for her aerials and teaches aerials regularly in London and Brighton. You won’t find Arrianne on Facebook but you will find her often at a Pokemon battle.

Jerry Marble
Jerry is one of the great personalities on the Brighton swing scene and has a unique passion for social dancing. Always out dancing and always smiling.
Jerry is also the choreographer of the Britney “ Toxic” Shim Sham that people have loved. You will find Jerry teaching for Swing Patrol on Sunday afternoons and we love having Jerry on the team.

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Media and blogs

Some recent media interest in Swing Patrol and the Brighton classes:
–  The Argus, 23rd July 2017
Q&A with Scott Cupit in Vintage Brighton, 20th August 2017