News Release: 4th June 2017
Dragons’ Den Success To Launch Swing Dance Classes in Brighton
Backed by Deborah Meaden, Swing Patrol will offer Brighton residents the chance to learn vintage dances in fun, friendly dance classes.
Swing Patrol is set to bring its unique style of teaching to the south coast from September 2017. Suitable for absolute beginners, the classes will teach vintage dances such as the Lindy Hop and Charleston.
Known for their relaxed and friendly teaching style, Swing Patrol teachers make learning to dance accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience. Their aim is to teach great technique hand-in-hand with the joy of the dance.
Classes will take place across the city, starting at three venues from 4th September 2017. New and existing dancers will be able to join the weekly drop in classes for just £7.
Revolution Bar – Mondays 7pm (Starts 4th September)
Hove Station Studios – Thursdays 7pm (Starts 7th September)
The King and Queen – Sundays 1.30pm (Starts 10th September)
Swing Patrol’s director and celebrated dance teacher, Scott Cupit, will be running many of the classes himself alongside a team of experienced teachers, including senior teacher Faraday Loughlin who has 20 years dance experience. He said: “Our mission is to share the most joyful dance in the world with as many people as we can, which is why we were so excited to be invited to start classes in Brighton. We want to build a really great, inclusive community of dancers. “
At a Swing Patrol class, students can expect a relaxed, inclusive and sociable atmosphere. Classes start with the basics every week so anyone can join at any time and participants swap partners throughout the lesson so there’s no need to bring a partner. By the end of a class, students have the basic steps and moves to get them dancing socially and, importantly, will have met some new people along the way.
Cupit continued: “At the heart of Swing Dancing is the community that forms around it. Students that come to our lessons and events not only learn to dance but forge lasting friendships. It’s that inclusive and friendly community that makes attending our social events so special. A few years ago we broke the record for the World’s Largest Charleston, which really gives you a sense of the community we have built”.
Want to see what all the fuss is about before September? Swing Patrol will appear on Brighton Pier on 19th July for a Charity Tea Dance in aid of South East Hospices. Join the team for free taster classes and an afternoon of dancing. They will also be part of the Pride Community Day on Sunday 30th July in Preston Park.
About Scott Cupit
Dance teacher, entrepreneur and now best-selling author of ‘Swing Dance: Fashion, music, culture and key moves’ Scott Cupit, first discovered Swing dancing while travelling across America and was instantly drawn to the dance, music and the people. With his business partner Claudia Funder, he founded Swing Patrol in 1998 and now runs weekly classes all over the world, including Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, London and of course Brighton! In 2015 Scott was awarded the UK Dance Teacher of the year award at a ceremony at the Blackpool Ballroom and, as well as a stint on the Fourth Plinth, has made many TV appearances alongside Deborah Meaden.
In 2009, Scott moved to the UK and founded Swing Patrol London which has now grown to a community of over 1,500 dancers, a passionate teaching team, four award-winning dance troupes and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Swing Patrol runs classes across 39 venues in London, along with Swing dance events, festivals and workshops. More information about Scott Cupit and Swing Patrol can be found here:
For further information, or to arrange an interview with Scott Cupit, please contact:
Scott Cupit, Director
+44 (0)7597 561 682