Welcome to SwingdanceUK
SwingdanceUK (formerly the London Swing Dance Society) is one of the world’s longest running Swing dance companies, established in 1986, offering fun and friendly Swing dance tuition, parties and special events and dance performance. Specialising in vintage dances from the 1900s to the 1960s including Cakewalk, Ragtime, early Foxtrot, Charleston, Big Apple, Shim Sham, Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa and Jive. Led by original founder Simon Selmon and his partner Anna Lambrechts.
"We love to dance and we are passionate about sharing the magic that dance can bring into people's lives. Passing on over 30 years’ experience through teaching, running events and cabaret entertainment to the highest possible standard" Simon Selmon.
Now meet the teams:
Simon & Anna
Together, they bring a wealth of experience: they are best known for making difficult things seem easy and for bringing out the spirit and the fun of dance! Simon has over 30 years’ experience in teaching Lindy Hop from London to New York, from Tokyo to Moscow including 20 years at the world-famous Herrang Dance Camp. He founded the London Swing Dance Society in 1986 and became a full-time professional Swing dancer/teacher in 1990. He has choreographed and performed for stage, film & TV including My Week with Marilyn, Swing, Foyles War and has appeared as the specialist expert in shows such as Dancing on Ice, the Apprentice, and the very first series of Strictly Come Dancing. He is a former UK & US Swing dance champion, World Lindy Hop Championship judge and currently writes a regular feature for Dancing Times.
Anna started working with Simon in 2012 and soon became one of the driving forces behind SwingdanceUK. She is a featured dancer in Simon's Journey Through Jazz Show and has performed on ITV’s Paul O’Grady Show and for Prince William at Beating Retreat. She now runs her own all-girl chorus line troupe, the Diamond Girls.
Together, Simon and Anna have performed at hundreds of events from the Goodwood Revival to Swing Out at the Underbelly Festival, private parties to prestigious balls and teach regular weekly classes.
The Sugarfoot Stompers
Professional dancers & teachers.
From atmosphere dancing to a full-on show, a formal dance class to one-on-one teaching, the Sugarfoot Stompers are the perfect ingredient to make your event one to remember. They perform, teach and add a fun vintage touch everywhere they go, as a single couple or a small troupe. Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Rock n Roll, Charleston, Ragtime, Twist and more. See our show: Journey Through Jazz Show.
The Diamond Girls
Chorus Girls Troupe
Add some sparkle and glamour to your event with Swingdance UK's cheekiest girls. From a duet to a Chorus Line they will dazzle you with their Gatsby Charleston, Vintage Kickline, Broadway Jazz and Showgirl numbers. The Diamond Girls have performed at the Southbank Underbelly Festival, Cahoots London, Collectif Clothing, Old Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch Town Hall, 100 Club, and at SwingdanceUK's Black & White Ball.
The Lindy Crew
Semi-professional and amateur performance team
Composed of trainee teachers and enthusiastic students, the Lindy crew loves going out and spreading the joy of Swing dancing. Whether at a charity event or a family festival, they will go around with a big smile, add atmosphere, taxi dance and encourage others on the dance floor! The Lindy Crew is the ideal option to bring extra pizzazz to your event whilst keeping within your budget. They can perform a repertoire of Lindy Hop, Rock n Roll and Charleston and can assist or lead a taster class for your guests.