We have been teaching Lindy Hop since 1986. We started out as the UK's first Swing dance society and have since grown to offer classes in many different swing dance styles, sharing our love and passion for the dance. We would love to be your partner in learning to dance and believe in dancing our way to a better life.
Founder of the London Swing Dance Society & SwingdanceUK,
Online Class Videos
Members area with over 100 class videos - New content added weekly!
For beginner, improver & intermediate dancers!
Classes in Lindy Hop, solo Jazz & Charleston plus tasters in partnered Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Blues & novelty dances.
Also: Learning resources, 3 years worth of Swing Notes, LSDS Dance Memorabilia & Forum
Athens Lindy Hop
Come join Simon as he teaches for Athens Lindy Hop via Zoom.
ABC of Vernacular Jazz
A beginners guide to Jazz dance & the perfect warm up for the intermediate class!
Learn to dance series! Each week we focus on a new step of classic jazz or 20s Charleston vocabulary. The perfect place to build your repertoire. It's fun, friendly and a great workout! Each week you will receive a video recap that will stay up for one month. Price:
Jazz Bundle (4 weeks) £16 per person or £5 per individual class
ABC of Jazz plus Jazz It Up course (4 weeks) £4
Learn to dance series! Each week we focus on a new step of classic jazz or 20s Charleston vocabulary. The perfect place to build your repertoire. It's fun, friendly and a great workout! Each week you will receive a video recap that will stay up for one month.
Jazz It Up!
4th - 25th March - Dean Collins Shim Sham
Learn this classic Dean Collins routine, a variation on the traditional Shim Sham with cool styling variations.
Solo Jazz & Charleston for intermediates & Improvers Learn classic jazz and 20s Charleston vocabulary and how to move well, learning to be creative and developing your own style. 2nd half of the workshop will be a routine using much of the material you've just learnt. The class is aimed at students who have some experience of partnered swing dance or solo jazz and Charleston or other dance experience. We take into account that some of you may not have a perfect space to learn from. Each week you will receive a video recap that will stay up for one month. Price:
March Course (4 weeks) £28 per person or £8 per individual class
March Jazz it Up plus ABC of Jazz course (4 Weeks) £44
Solo Jazz & Charleston for intermediates & Improvers
Learn classic jazz and 20s Charleston vocabulary and how to move well, learning to be creative and developing your own style. 2nd half of the workshop will be a routine using much of the material you've just learnt. The class is aimed at students who have some experience of partnered swing dance or solo jazz and Charleston or other dance experience. We take into account that some of you may not have a perfect space to learn from. Each week you will receive a video recap that will stay up for one month.
What people have said about the Online Classes
"Truly unforgettable times spent during this Pandemic. Never thought that it was possible to join a dancing class only a few steps from my living room! Your ‘Big Apple’ classes have been great." Elizabeth Insley
"I’m loving Simon and Anna’s online Jazz and Charleston classes. I’m actually dancing more now than was before lockdown. It works really well, I’m always at the front of class with Zoom! It’s really relaxed and we can ask questions during the class." Kezia Carter
"...one shows the steps and one watches the screen to give joint and individual guidance and understand what needs working on before moving on. .... they can also demonstrate how the moves get incorporated into lindyhop..... Oh... and of course they are really great dancers, really experienced teachers..." Lucy Frears
"The Live Online Solo Jazz & Charleston Classes with Simon and Anna Selmon are fantastic! Not only are they an absolutely great work-out from home, but I have learnt so much!" Emma Callow
Treat yourself – online private classes
What should I do ahead of the Thursday workshops?
Install Zoom: We will be connecting via Zoom video conference. Please take a moment to download Zoom for FREE at www.zoom.us. You will need to have the application downloaded to your desktop, phone or tablet prior to the start of the class.
Prepare the space: Try to be in a quiet, well-lit place for our video call. Think about how to position the camera before starting the class (we should see all of you if possible). Please be aware of your surroundings: clear a suitable space where you can move freely and safely. Think about your neighbours: let them know you will be doing the class / playing music, or perhaps put sports socks over your shoes to dampen the sound (but be careful if they are slippery on your floor).
Connect early: Click the link a 5-10 minutes before the start of the class so we can let you in and check the sound and video is working.
During the class: We will put everyone on mute except ourselves during most of the class. We will take questions at regular intervals. Use the "Raise Hand” button under the “Participants” tab at the bottom of the window.
If you let us know 8 days or more prior to the workshop starting we will offer you a full refund. 1-8 days a 75% refund. No refunds will be given less than 24 hours before the workshop. However, you can transfer or sell your ticket to someone else as long as they are the same dance level as yourself. You will bear the sole responsibility to exchange monies with the person you sell your ticket to and that they are of an appropriate level and role for the workshop. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance and provide us with any name changes in writing prior to the event.
Please consult your doctor before beginning any dance or exercise program. Dancing is a physical activity, and as such there is the possibility of physical injury. Please be aware of your surroundings and the suitability of the floor. If you engage in this dance or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, and assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge SwingdanceUK from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of SwingdanceUK's negligence.
What past students say
The Mini Booster workshops coached by Simon and Anna pulled me out of my dancing rut, challenged my abilities and broadened my knowledge. Simon and Anna are warm, kind and fiercely talented dancers and teachers. I can confidently say that I have left every workshop a better dancer with more confidence and always, a big smile, having made new friends.
I found Foundations 2.0 and Find your Flow workshop extremely useful. This is the second time I did the workshop and I got much more out of it as I had a better understanding of the “basic building blocks”. Great exercises and drills how to keep your frame and connection. Simon and Anna’s workshops are friendly, supportive and relaxed. I was encouraged to experiment and push myself whilst building up my knowledge and skills to be the best dancer I can be. I would highly recommend to other dancers who want to develop a strong foundation for their dancing.
Such an amazing workshop. Variety of effective exercises to really boost your technique and give you confidence to experiment. Some really useful food for thought for those feeling stuck, sprinkled with practical tips to bring your new ideas to life. Highly recommended! Do not miss the next one. Thanks Simon and Anna for an amazing afternoon. More please.