Special Events


Forthcoming Swing dance events including Swing dance classes, live band parties and special events featuring SwingdanceUK!

Coming Up…

Saturday 25 May - Lindy Hop Swing! with the Denmark Street Big Band at the Spice of Life Soho

Monday 27 May - Bank Holiday Swing Dance at Cahoots

Friday 31 May - Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June - D-Day Commemorative Weekend RAF Hendon 

Saturday 8 June - ELCBFest

Saturday 15 June - D-Day Dance at the National Army Museum 

Friday 28 June - Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema

Sunday 7 July - Swing Sunday at Regents Park Bandstand with the MOJO Big Band 

Friday 19 July - Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema

Sunday 28 July - Swing Sunday at Regents Park Bandstand with the Sid Bolen Big Band 

Friday 30 August - Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema

Sat 31 August - Sun 1 September - Richard Powers (US) Weekend Workshops & Social Dances

Sunday 1 September - Swing Sunday at Regents Park Bandstand with the Graham Pike Big Band

Sunday 8 September - Lindy Hop at Hyde Park Bandstand with South London Jazz Orchestra 

Sunday 22 September - Swing Sunday at Regents Park Bandstand with the Duke Street Big Band

Monday 25 November - Stompin' at the 100 Club featuring Chris Deans Swing Shift

Sunday 8 December - Jingle Bell Jive at the National Army Museum

Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve Dance with Five Go Jiving 

 

Outside London:

Tuesday's - Beginners & intermediate Lindy Hop classes & dancing at Curzon Centre, Beaconsfield 

Saturday's - Small Group Balboa Workshops with Simon, Ruislip

Tuesday's 2-23 July - Small Group Lindy Hop classes, Ruislip  

Wednesday's - Beginners & intermediate Lindy Hop classes & dancing with Niall, Penge

21-23 June 2024 - WGC Vintage Festival 

Sunday 21 July 2024 - Summertime Swing

Tuesday's 10 September 2024 - Learn to Swing dance - Beginners & Intermediate Lindy Hop classes & dancing at the Curzon Centre, Beaconsfield  

 

Date tbc - Swing into Winter at Shoreditch Town Hall

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Lindy Hop Swing!

Saturday 25 May 2024

DJ & Swing Dance taster class with Simon Selmon: 1pm-2pm.
Denmark Street Big Band starts at 2.30 -4.30pm
Location: Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NA - Google Maps

Bank Holiday Swing Dance at Cahoots

Next date: Monday 27 May 2024 3-7pm

All Aboard! Join us at Cahoots Underground Station this Bank Holiday Monday 27 May! Dust off your dancing shoes and step back in time to the spirit of post-war London at our exclusive underground shindig filled with the charm and energy of the 1940s for an unforgettable afternoon of dancing and merriment! 

Complimentary welcome cocktail plus Swing, Foxtrot and Big Apple dance classes and dancing with Simon & Loretta from SwingdanceUK!

Swing Dance Lessons + Welcome Drink: £33pp

Swing Dance Schedule:

– Enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail
– Lindy Hop Swing Class
– Music for Practise
– 40s Style Foxtrot Swing Class
Location: The Underground, Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B - Google Maps

Some Like It Swing Genesis Cinema

Friday 31 May 2024 7.30pm - 11.15pm 

Learn the steps at the beginners class with 7.30-8.30pm with Simon! Followed by FREE dancing led by resident DJ Simon Selmon & special guest DJ playing great dance music of the 30s, 40s & 50s & beyond for Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Shag & Balboa dancers!

A chilled atmosphere where you can meet friends, relax, enjoy a drink or a tasty pie and dance the night away!

Full Bar, Cocktails, Cinema Snacks available - popcorn, ice cream, Nacho's etc and then Lindy Hop ’til you drop!

7.30pm Beginners Lindy Hop Class(only £9 (£8 Students/NHS) pre-booking recommended)
8.30pm FREE dancing - all welcome!

Bar Paragon, Upstairs @ Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, Whitechapel, London, E1 4UJ.
Tubes: Stepney Green, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green Map

For more information or to book see the Genesis website HERE or call the Box Office on 0207 780 2000

Future Dates: Fridays
31 May - Guest DJ Holly France
28 June - Guest DJ Kibble
19 July - Guest DJ Holly France
30 August - 1950s Rock n Roll Swing Class with dance historian Richard Powers (US)

Genesis Cinema

ELCBFest

Saturday 8 June 2024

A mini-Glastonbury! FREE festival for all.
A packed programme of music from ELCB groups plus special guests. Food and drink + kids' activities.
St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney High Street, London E1 0NR - Google Maps

Commemorative D-Day Weekend at RAF Museum, Hendon

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June 2024

2024 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day. RAF Museum London will be marking this significant anniversary with a weekend long celebration on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2024 with a weekend of 1940s-themed music with outdoor music and fun.

Come and join us for FREE swing dance classes & dancing throughout the weekend in Hangar 1.

Location: H1, under the Sunderland.

When?: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2024
11.00am Swing dance
12.00pm Big Apple
1.00pm Swing dance
2.00pm Big Apple

Location: RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL - Google Map
Tickets: Free and drop-in!

D-Day Dance at the National Army Museum

Saturday 15 June 2024 6-10pm

Put on your dancing shoes and Swing & jive back in time to the 1940s at this special after-hours dance event at the National Army Museum

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or already know your way around the floor, our friends from SwingdanceUK will show you how it’s done. From Lindy Hop to Jitterbug, they’ll soon have you stepping out with their lessons for both new and improving dancers.

With live music from South London Jazz Orchestra and cabaret from the Diamond Girls, you’ll be shaking and shimmying to the best sounds of the ‘40s.

Hair and make-up artists Pretty Me Vintage will also be on hand (6.00pm to 9.30pm) to keep you looking the part.

Schedule
6.00pm – Doors open
6.30pm – Lessons begin
7.30pm – South London Jazz Orchestra (first set)
8.15pm – DJ and Cabaret
9.15pm – South London Jazz Orchestra (second set)
10.00pm – Event ends

Book Tickets here

Location: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HT - Google Map

Swing Sunday’s at Regents Park Bandstand

Sunday's 7 & 28 July,1 & 22 September 2024 

Swing dance class with Simon Selmon 2-3pm plus dancing to live Swing bands 3-5pm at Regents Park Band stand.

Dates:
Sunday 7 July with the MOJO Big Band
Sunday 28 July with the Sid Bolen Big Band
Sunday 1 September with the Graham Pike Big Band
Sunday 22 September with the Duke Street Big Band
Location: Regents Park Band Stand - Google Map

Scan Appeal’s Summertime Swing

Sunday 21 July 2024

Featuring 16 piece Stellar Big Band & class with Simon & Anna from SwingdanceUK!

Grab your dancing shoes for some Jive, Lindy Hop & Ballroom or relax and enjoy some foot-tapping favourties! Join us for an afternoon of music and dancing in a marquee in the beautiful surroundings of The Lee Manor Park Ground. This event promises to be full of fun, music and laughter, a date to not be missed! Dance the afternoon away with a mix of Jive, Ballroom, Lindy Hop and much more. If dancing is not your thing, simply enjoy listening to the renowned 16 piece Stellar Big Band. The afternoon will also feature music from Vanessa Radcliffe, Jazz vocalist.

In addition, Simon Selmon from Swingdanceuk.com will be teaching a swing dance class from 2.30pm-3pm, then a second shorter fun class before the band starts their second set. If you would like to take advantage of Simon’s fantastic offer, then please arrive for approx 2.15pm for a prompt 2.30pm start.

No experience necessary or partner required!

Bring your picnic hampers full of all that you wish to enjoy at your table – sandwiches and scones or canapes and champagne – you can make the table yours and relish the chance to kick back and relax.

Tickets £20 each or two tickets for £36 - Book tickets

Lee Cricket Club, Chiltern Manor Park, Great Missenden, HP16 9NA - Google Map
Plenty of free parking.

 

 

Swing Dancing at Hyde Park Bandstand

Sunday 8 September 2024 

Swing dance class with Simon Selmon 2-2.30pm followed by dancing with South London Jazz Orchestra.

Location: Hyde Park Band Stand - Google Map

WGC Vintage Festival 2024

21-23 June 2024

A FREE outdoor Jazz Festival with live music & DJs between 11am-5pm surrounded by vintage stalls, classic cars etc with 2 live stages, one of which will be hosted by Simon Selmon of SwingdanceUK.  Running alongside the WGCVF international dance camp. For details and tickets of the dance camp click here.

Location: Welwyn Garden City Town Centre

Workshops & Social Dances with guest international teacher Richard Powers (US)

Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September

Richard Powers (US) is a full-time instructor in dance history and contemporary social dance forms at Stanford University Dance Division, Department of Theater and Performance Studies.  His principal focus since 1975 has been social dance forms, from the Renaissance to today. Specializations include 19th century American and European social dance, dances of the Ragtime Era and Jazz Ages, and currently evolving vernacular dance forms.

We are excited to have two daytime workshops and two evening parties including taster classes! Book early to reserve your spot! 

  • Friday 30 August 2024 7.30pm - Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema
  • Saturday 31 August 2024 10.30am-1.30pm - Ragtime Era Workshop including One Step & Animal Dances
  • Saturday 31 August 2024 6.30-10pm - Texas Tommy Workshop followed by Social Dance
  • Sunday 1 September 2024 10am-1pm - Historical Blues & Foxtrot Workshop

Daytime Workshops at City Sport
Studio 1, City Sport Studio, 124 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DP - Google Map. Tubes: Barbican, Old Street

Saturday 31 August 2024 10.30am-1.30pm - Ragtime Era Workshop including One Step & Animal Dances
More bands these days who are incorporating Ragtime music into their repertoire so why not learn dances that go with the music! They were one of the forerunners of the Lindy Hop.

Sunday 1 September 2024 10am-1pm - Historical Blues & Foxtrot Workshop
What do you do when slower songs come on?  Let's find out!

Both workshops: £55 +bf per person (advanced bookings only)
Individual workshops: £30 +bf / £35 on the day (subject to availability). Advanced bookings close 29 August.

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Evening Social Dances

Friday 30 August 2024 7.30pm - Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema
1950s Rock n Roll Swing class with Richard Powers (US) followed by FREE dancing with Simon 'Mr Kicks' Selmon & Richard DJing.
Bookings for this event are through the Genesis Cinema and will be open nearer the time - click here for details

Saturday 31 August 2024 6.30-10pm - Texas Tommy Workshop followed by Social Dance
6.45-7.45pm Learn the original Texas Tommy from pre Lindy 1900s. Read all about the Texas Tommy in Simon's Swing Notes article here
7.45-10pm Social dance music from Ragtime to Rock n Roll and everything in between with DJs Simon & Richard.
Location: Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust, 17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT - Google Map
Limited numbers, advanced bookings only.
Cost: £15 +bf per person

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Daytime Workshops

Saturday Evening Workshop & Social Dance

Stompin’ at the 100 Club featuring the Syd Lawrence “Swingshift” 7 piece band!

Monday 25th November 2024

A lively night of hot Swing music and dancing brought to you by SwingdanceUK and Chris Dean's Swing Shift!

Your host DJ and dance teacher, Simon Selmon, will be joined by Holly France and together with Chris Dean, one of the foremost Swing band leaders in the land, have created a night which will sweep you off your feet, whether you are a newcomer on the Swing scene or a lifelong afficionado!

7.30pm Doors open
7.45pm Beginners & Intermediate Lindy Hop classes (classes run in parallel; no experience necessary or partner required)
8.30pm DJ's - great music from the 30s, 40s & 50s & beyond with Simon 'Mr Kicks' Selmon & Holly France!
9pm Chris Dean's Swing Shift
9.45pm DJ's 
10.15pm Chris Dean's Swing Shift

Location: 100 Oxford St, London W1D 1LL - Google Map
Tickets: Early bird (first 50 tickets) £18 / Advanced £20 + bf - Click here for full details & to book

Jingle Bell Jive at the National Army Museum

Sunday 8 December 2024

Put on your dancing shoes and jive back in time to the 1940s at this special after-hours dance event at the National Army Museum.
Whether you’re a beginner or already know your way around the floor, SwingdanceUK will show how it’s done. From Lindy Hop to Jitterbug, they’ll soon have you jiving onto the dance floor with their beginner and intermediate lessons.
With live music from South London Jazz Orchestra and cabaret from the Diamond Girls, you’ll be shaking and shimmying to the best sounds of the ‘40s.
Hair and makeup artists Pretty Me Vintage will be on hand (7.00pm to 10.00pm) to keep you looking the part.

Tickets available soon!

Location: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HT - Google Map

Christmas Eve Dance with Five Go Jiving at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

24 December 2023 1-4pm

Kick off your festive holiday in style with a free dancing extravaganza from Five Go Jiving & SwingdanceUK at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre!

Presenting a mixture of short, fun dance classes and live music to get you up and swingin' around the dance floor!

1 - 1.45pm: Dance class with SwingdanceUK
1.45 - 2pm: DJ Simon'Mr Kicks' Selmon
2- 3pm: Five Go Jiving Live Set
3 - 3.15pm: DJ Simon'Mr Kicks' Selmon
3.15 - 4pm: Five Go Jiving Live Set

Click here for details

Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX - Google map

 

 

Swing Dance Workshops at the Curzon Centre

Lindy Hop Classes - Tuesday's

Curzon Centre, 43 Maxwell Rd, Beaconsfield, HP9 1RG - Google Map
Free car park or 34 mins from London: Take Chiltern Railways train from Marylebone Station to Beaconsfield Station then it's a 0.4 mile 8 minute walk to the Curzon Centre

Click here for full details

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Live Online Zoom Workshops

Suitable for solo or couples!

FREE Pop-up Swing Dance with SwingdanceUK & Collectif

Next date tbc

Ladies and gents, it's time to dust off those dancing shoes and show off your vintage-inspired style!  Our friends at Collectif clothing, the Vintage inspired clothing store for ladies & gents, have invited us to come and join them for a FREE pop-up dance outside their Collectif Outlet store in the heart of Old Spitalfields Market!

From 2-5pm, the incredible swing dance maestro and DJ Simon will be spinning tunes that'll have you tapping your toes and moving to the rhythm. Plus, Simon will be on hand to share a few dance moves for those ready to take their dance floor game to the next level!

The dance floor is under cover, boasts a fantastic wood floor, and is surrounded by mouthwatering food and drinks to keep you fuelled and fabulous.

Details:
FREE ENTRY!
2-5pm next date tbc
Old Spitalfields Market, Unit SP1E, Mezzanine Floor, London, E1 6EW (Up the stairs next to The Loft Bar, and above Tiger!)
Nearest Stations: Liverpool St, Shoreditch High St

Prohibition 1923 Party

Next date tbc

Escape everyday life and join Prohibition 1923 on a journey 100 years back in time to the Prohibition Era and the wild parties of the Great Gatsby!  For one night only our friends at Prohibition 1923 will be turning London into a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy filled with 1920s style hot jazz and Charleston dancing!

Details:
Location: Lafayette, London - Google Map
Doors open: 20:00
Dress code: Dress in your finest 1920s attire
Tickets: Early Bird/Student: £15 (+bf) / Regular: £25 (+bf)
SwingdanceUK have been given a special link to get discounted tickets at £12.50 (+bf) - Click here

Swing into Spring at Shoreditch Town Hall

Next date tbc
7.30-11.30pm

Don your sharpest threads and head to Shoreditch Town Hall as we Swing into Winter! 

Get in the groove with the beginner and intermediate swing dance classes to kick off the evening where you can learn some NEW hot moves that will keep you dancing all night long to live swing band.

There'll be great vintage tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s courtesy of DJ Simon "Mr Kicks" Selmon, cabaret performances from SwingdanceUKs Diamond Girls while the live band will have the joint jumpin' as you jive, jitterbug, hoochie coochie and shim sham shimmy your way through the evening.

Plus this year we are holding the Swing Into Spring Shoreditch Town Hall Swing Dance Championships, a fun competition to find this Winter's champs: enter on the night with a partner - any Swing or Authentic Jazz style welcome. Finals judged by audience applause.

Presented by SwingdanceUK and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, EC1V 9LT - Google Map

Click here to book

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