E7 Now & Then: Forest Gate Swings

Forest Gate is proud to have Swing Patrol as part of its community, and Swing Patrol are proud to be a part of it as well! Historian John Walker runs local blog E7 Now & Then and wrote a feature about Swing Patrol after attending one of our classes.


“The founder lives in E7. The operation is very much – now.  And the dance and music is from – then. So, what’s not for this website to like?

Scottie Cupit lives in Clova Road and is the driving force behind Swing Patrol, the dance school teaching Charleston, Lindy Hop and related dance to 1200 students, in over 30 venues in London.

Swing Patrol is probably the biggest swing dance company in the world and featured in a recent edition of BBC’s Dragons Den. “Dragon” Deborah Meaden showed her faith in Scott and his project to invest £65,000 in it, for a 20% stake in its equity.

The company and  founder have rapidly become part of the Forest Gate fabric. Scottie is a regular breakfaster at CoffeE7, put on a short performance at the recent Women’s Institute sale and is working with the Forest Tavern, and the Woodgrange Market, to put on events and displays with them. The Australian-born, ex-banker feels very much at home in Forest Gate, since his move here a couple of years ago.

He came to London six years ago, and has danced his socks off ever since, to establish his highly successful company…”


Click here to read the full article.

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