All Posts in

General

General

Scott Cupit on BBC Somerset Radio

On the morning of Saturday 13th July, Scott & Arrianne were driving to Hayley & Adrian’s (our Clapham teachers) wedding in Cornwall. As they drove through Somerset they were tuned into BBC Somerset. The compère asked for anyone who had broken a World Record to phone in. Suddenly Scott found himself on the radio with […]

General

Swing Patrol at i360

Swing Patrol and the fabulous crew at the Brighton BAi360 recently teamed up for a magical morning of swing dancing both up in the Pod and then down on the foreshore. A massive thanks to the many dancers involved and the crew at the BAi360 who not only arrived early to make this happen but […]

General

Aerials for Everyone!

Aerials have been a key part of Lindy Hop since the beginning. When Frankie Manning talked about aerials his eyes would light up as he explained the joy of a well executed aerial with the music. Many of the Swing Patrol team continue this legacy and you will see fabulous aerials in many of our […]

General

6 reasons why every dancer should try blues

Regular blues dancer, Dalvinder, has written about blues dancing and kindly shared it with us: 1) Dance to some awesome music… Muddy Waters, Irma Thomas and Etta James are just some of the artists you might hear when you dance the blues. Whether it’s a just one man and his guitar or a singer backed […]

General

The Benefits of Dance for Kids!

 There are so many benefits of dancing for children and young adults. Jenny Silverstone from MomLovesBest.com, a research-driven parenting blog has put together this awesome article, capturing so many of the reasons that dance is so important at a young age and highlights the value of it as part of a school curriculum. This article […]

General

Swingin’ at the Spiegel

On Saturday 18th May, Swing Patrollers danced up a storm in the Spiegel Tent to the sounds of the Brighton Jazz Mafia Big Band. This amazing All Star 18 piece band, formed from the cream of the Brighton jazz scene, recreated the iconic sounds of the 40s and 50s and we all had a blast! Kicking off […]

General

‘Queen of Swing’ Norma Miller passes away at 99

It is with sadness that we write about the passing of the legendary Norma Miller, the Queen of Swing. On 5th May, at the age of 99 Norma left us, surrounded by family and friends. The last surviving member of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Norma has truly left behind a legacy. This was the […]

General

The Big Practice 2019!

The Big Practice (and other things)…   Each year in February we hold a 2 hour session in the lovely large ballroom at Bishopsgate Institute. It is totally free of charge, and students of all levels are all welcome to come and ask absolutely any (dance-related) questions they have! We also have mini workshops happening […]

General

Swing Patrol’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations!

Swing Patrol celebrated their 10th Birthday party on the evening of the 23rd February. The festivities kicked off with a taster class at 7pm with the amazing Nick & Susie. We then danced the night away until 2am to the sounds of our awesome vintage DJs Ben Cook, Christopher Allen and Vic Araullo Peters! And […]

General

Bishopsgate Swing at the Bishopsgate Institute – The Christmas Edition 2019

Our Christmas ball was a total sellout this year! Kicking off with our usual taster class taught by the lovely Lydia Francis and Luca Zanni, we then danced the night away to live music from Michael McQuaid’s Swing Stars interspersed with sets from our awesome vintage DJs! We had exciting performances starting with the Swing Patrol […]