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Swing Patrol 10th Anniversary Weekender!
To celebrate Swing Patrol’s 10th Anniversary, we have a whole weekend of amazing events lined up for you! Check out all the details below:
Friday Evening: Swing Den at the Bishopsgate Institute
Join us for our tenth anniversary edition of Swing Den, right across the road from Liverpool Street Station. Each Swing Den will feature a taster lesson for everyone at the start of the night followed by social dancing until 11pm!
Well, we all know what it’s like when you first venture onto the social dance floor and it can be a bit daunting to see all the experts swinging out all over the shop while you’re still finding your social feet. So we came up with the Swing Den idea, a social dance especially for beginners (though everyone is welcome) where the music is not too fast or slow, a taster lesson at the start and two teachers who will stay all night and answer your questions or to practice your moves with.
Doors open: 7pm
Doors close: 11pm
Tickets in advance will cost £8, with a £5 concession price + booking fee. They will be £10 on the door.
Saturday Morning: The Big Practice
This is the day when the teachers give up their time for free to answer any of your questions (dance-related questions, that is – they can’t help you with general life things!) and help you practice any specific swing things you want to go over. If you’ve got a wonky swing out, a burning question about the Shim Sham, or just want to go over a few moves then come along at any time that suits you and there’ll be a teacher on hand ready to give advice. We will be in the Great Hall at the Bishopsgate Institute, so bring your friends and hone your Charleston, tune up your triple steps, work on your Suzy Qs – whatever you want!
The day is FREE and Swing Patrol teachers will be there throughout the day so come along and have a Big Practice on us!
Saturday Afternoon: Free workshops and talks
After the Big Practice we’re running a few FREE mini workshops to prepare you for the night of dancing ahead.
1.15pm-2.00pm – Hand to Hand Charleston with Scott & Anna
2.00pm-2.45pm – The Swing out with tbc
1.15 – 2.00 Choreo challenge with Jeff and Steph (limited availability)
2.00 – 2.45 Dips & Tricks with Jeff and Rupert (limited availability)
Then we hop downstairs for a series of FREE talks with Scott and the team.
3 – 4pm Pecha Kuccha Talks and Speeches FREE
Saturday Evening: Anniversary Party at the Bishopsgate Institute
Featuring live music from Palace Avenue Swing!
Come and join us for Swing Patrol’s 10th Anniversary Party at the Bishopsgate Institute!Ten years ago Scott, Ben and Tanya stepped off the plane from Australia with the dream of bringing Swing Patrol to London. It’s humbling to see how far we’ve come and all the amazing people we’ve met over the years. We love the Swing community here and the joy that we see every week in class and on the dance floor. Part of our journey involved the opportunity to become the Dancers in Residence at Bishopsgate Institute so where better to hold a party to celebrate 10 years in London than the place that’s made it possible to hold a social dance with live music every month! Join us for performances from our troupes and music from Palace Avenue Swing feat. Cherise Adams-Burnett as we celebrate our birthday. Doors open at 7pm and the evening will kick off with a taster class from 7.30-8pm. Why not make a weekend of it? We’re running our annual free Big Practice event from 11am. Also the evening before we’re running an extra Swing Den so if you’re new to the community, you can practice your moves before the big event.
Plus a FREE cloakroom for your belongings.
Doors open: 7pm
Taster class: 7.30-8pm
Last Entry: 11.30pm
Doors close: 2am
Tickets on sale from Bishopsgate Institute here!
£25 in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
As it is our 10th Anniversary celebration, we have put together a little collection of the our Top 10 Highlights of the last 10 years. It has been the most amazing journey, involving so many inspiring personalities, lifelong friendships, many great moments, swing outs, and a whole lot of laughs along the way. We’re so thrilled you’ve been a part of this incredible adventure and hope you enjoy reminiscing with us 🙂