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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

21 Aug | 2022

FREE Classes at Bishopsgate

Join Arrianne and Scott for a FREE morning of classes at Bishopsgate Institute! The classes are drop in and FREE and there’s no need to book ahead. NOTE! For the Aerial class, you will need to bring a trusted partner as we won’t be rotating in that class for safety reasons. If you have any […]

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DANCE

12 Aug | 2022

Swinging at Spitalfields

Outdoor swing dancing in the summertime! We’re back at the Spitalfields Market for summer.  These two hours are all about heading outdoors, getting together as a community, and dancing to our heart’s content. Best of all it’s FREE! Everyone is welcome to join in, so bring along any interested friends and get involved. Find us […]

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DANCE

21 Aug | 2022

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 plus a free taster swing lesson at the start of the evening. Plus a […]

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DANCE

28 Aug | 2022

Swinging at the Scoop

Join us for a FREE afternoon of swing dancing on the Thames. Join the free taster classes during the early part of the afternoon and enjoy the lovely back drop while dancing to your heart’s content. Note that our fabulous teachers will be anchoring and DJing the event : )

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 […]

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