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Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the core dances we teach, perform and share come from African American and Black culture, as does the jazz music we love. We acknowledge that we do so without lived experience of this culture and are deeply grateful to be able to experience this amazing art form. We endeavour to continue educating […]

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LEARN

15 Jun | 2024

LEARN TO DANCE IN A DAY…SOLO CHARLESTON

Solo Charleston is back with a vengeance! Join up for a day of great exercise, tremendous fun and dazzlingly joyful music. Starting from scratch, spend a day with one of our team who will get you dancing away like there is no tomorrow. You will have fun, meet some other people and come away with […]

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LEARN

16 Jun | 2024

LEARN TO DANCE IN A DAY… LINDY HOP

Two left feet? No rhythm? That’s where we can help! Learn to dance in a day and dazzle your friends with your new moves. This workshop is ideal for those wanting to start dancing and don’t know where to begin. Throw yourself in and get dancing in one day – places go fast, so book […]

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DANCE

16 Jun | 2024

Bishopsgate Swing

Swing Out at Bishopsgate! Join us at the wonderful Great Hall in the Bishopsgate Institute, a hidden gem with a huge ballroom in the heart of London. Bishopsgate Swing is a monthly event with a live swing band and vintage DJs and a taster swing lesson at the start of the evening. Plus a FREE […]

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DANCE

22 Jun | 2024

Red Rhythm

Come and find your rhythm at our regular Red Rhythm social night. Listed as one of the great swing nights of London by Time Out! Take the beginner taster lesson at 1.15pm-2.00pm, then dance to your heart’s content until 5.00pm. Bring your own drinks. We provide tap water and you are welcome to bring your […]

What we do

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Classes

Are you looking to learn how to tear up the dancefloor? We can help! We run weekly classes across London that cover all the basics of Swing dancing. There’s no need to book ahead for our weekly classes and no need to bring a partner with you.

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Workshops

Do you want to get some intensive learning under your belt? We offer a range of workshops for all levels of dancer whether your taking your first steps or planning to fly!

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Socials & Events

Come dancing with us! We love to party and dance the night away so you'll always find something happening every weekend.

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Hire us for your event

Want your event to go with a swing? We can help, no matter how big or small the event, we can cater for you.

Dance Styles

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Lindy Hop

The mother of Swing dances is Lindy Hop and this is the core dance taught by Swing Patrol. We love to lindy and you can see how joyous it is by the smiles on people’s faces. It originated in Afro-American area of Harlem in the late 1930s and early 1940s. You can read about some of the original Lindy Hoppers in our Swing Stars section.

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Blues

Blues dance is all about interpreting and expressing the music. Many aspects of Blues dancing, such as call and response, emotional intensity, and tension and release, are directly related to the music. If you love blues music you’ll love blues dancing!

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Solo

Solo Jazz is a general term which covers a number of different moves which are danced separately from a partner. It can be improvised or as part a routine, such as the Shim Sham, Tranky Doo or Big Apple.

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Balboa

Balboa originated in the Southern California and evolved as a response to the overcrowded dancefloors of the time. It has a closer embrace than Lindy Hop or partnered Charleston and is often danced to faster music as the tighter embrace allows for quicker movements.

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Shag

Shag's popularity has been increasing steadily in the last few years with Swing scenes all over the world embracing this high-energy vintage dance. Come and have a go!

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What we've been up to

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12 Aug| 2021

Swinging at Spitalfields 2021

After a difficult time for us all, we were finally able to return to dancing and we kicked it all off with one our favourite events – swinging outside at Spitalfields Market.

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10 Jul| 2020

Environment

Swing Patrol is committed to the development of a sustainable future. We recognise that climate justice is social justice, and that our everyday actions are inextricably linked to both. We are taking conscious steps to reduce our dance community’s and our company’s waste and carbon footprints. We acknowledge that if we want to keep swinging […]

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17 Jun| 2020

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the core dances we teach, perform and share come from African American and Black culture, as does the jazz music we love. We acknowledge that we do so without lived experience of this culture and are deeply grateful to be able to experience this amazing art form. We endeavour to continue educating […]