Special Events


Coming Up…

Swing Dance Footwork Drills Workshop - Wednesdays 23 & 28 September 2022

Swing dance at Cahoots - Thursday 22nd September 2022

Some Like It Swing at the Genesis Cinema Friday 23rd September 2022

Swing Dance at Royal Albert Hall - Tuesday 27th September 2022

Armistice Ball 2022, Brooklands Museum - Saturday 22nd October 2022

Stompin' at the 100 Club Special featuring the Syd Lawrence Orchestra "Swingshift" - Monday 24th October 2022

Swing at Sway - Monday 7th November 2022

Swing into Winter at Shoreditch Town Hall with King Groovy & the Horn Stars - Friday 25th November 2022

JiveSwing Balboa for Lindy Hoppers Workshop  - Saturday 3rd December 2022

Balboa Workshop at Curzon Centre, Beaconsfield - Saturday 10th December 2022

Saturday Swing Time Christmas Party at Curzon Centre, Beaconsfield - Saturday 10th December 2022

2023:
WGC Vintage Festival - 23-25th June 2023

Swing Dance Footwork Drills & Routines Workshop

Wednesday 23 & 28 September 2022

CLICK HERE for details and bookings

Swing Dance at Cahoots

Thursday 22nd September 2022 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Cahoots are jolly excited to introduce their next 1940s Swing Dance special, downstairs in the Control Room. 

First up, old beans! From 5.30pm, enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail to loosen up those limbs and settle into this hidden speakeasy-style space, once the epicentre of a disused train station. Between 6pm and 8.30pm, resident swing dance teachers from SwingdanceUK will be hosting some spiffingly good dance lessons for those of you keen to learn the art of a good ol’ 40s knees-up. Then, for an extra £10pp, all you scoundrels are invited to stay until late for a roaring after-party, with an incredible DJ set from 9pm until the early hours. The perfect chance to show off your newly-learnt swing dance moves and keep those toes tapping all night long!

Swing Dance Lesson + Welcome Drink: £30pp
Swing Dance After-Party: £10pp
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Location: Control Room, Cahoots, 13 Kingly Ct, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW

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Some Like It Swing Genesis Cinema

Thursday 23rd September 2022 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Learn the steps at the beginners class with Simon Selmon 7.30-8.30pm!
Followed by FREE dancing! Join DJ Simon Selmon and guest DJ Simon Michie for plenty of great dance music from the 30s, 40s & 50s & beyond
for all you Lindy Hoppers, Jitterbugs, Jivers, Shaggers & Balboa dancers!

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 £5 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

 

Genesis Cinema

Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday 27th September 2022

One of London’s biggest Swing Dances returns to the Royal Albert Hall’s iconic auditorium!
You are invited to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous dancers from Carlos Acosta to Sara Baras and take to the dancefloor in the breathtaking surroundings of the Hall.
Dance the Lindy Hop, Jive and Jitterbug as you spend the evening moving and grooving to the sounds of our very own Albert’s Big Band on a specially laid dance floor. They’ll be performing renditions of classics by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Join Simon & Anna from SwingdanceUK to learn the steps at 7pm
Whether you are completely new to swing dance or a seasoned pro, get your glad rags on and join us for a good old-fashioned knees up!

7.00-7.30: Dance Lesson
7.30-8.00: Swing DJ Set
8.00-8.50: Albert's Big Band Set 1
8.50-9.10: Swing DJ Set
9.10-10.00: Albert's Big Band Set 2

Click here to book tickets

Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Armistice Ball 2022

Saturday 22nd October 2022

Party like the Great War is over! Celebrate peace in style, in a recreation of the famous Armistice Balls of the 1920s.

Live music, dancing, and twenties glamour in the Art Deco surroundings of Brooklands Museum, where, after its wartime service as an aerodrome, the fashionable set of the 1920s met for fast cars and cocktails.

Expect to learn a little Foxtrot and Charleston, and maybe even some of the infamous animal dances of the ragtime era with SwingdanceUK.

Sip your complimentary glass of champagne as you flaunt your 1920s finery, and absorb the atmosphere of a lost age of exuberance and elegance, of Tommies in uniform and Bright Young Things in masquerade, of hot jazz and romantic waltzes.

The Armistice Ball operates a strict 1918-1920s dress code.
Location: Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL

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

Monday 24th October 2022

SwingdanceUK & Chris Dean present Stompin' at the 100 Club Special featuring the Syd Lawrence "Swing Shift" 7-piece Swing band! A lively night of hot Swing music and dancing brought to you by two giants on the scene: SwingdanceUK and his founder Simon Selmon have been going since 1986, including a 20-year run of weekly Stompin’ nights at the 100 Club, spreading the love of Lindy Hop far and wide. Chris Dean is one of the foremost band leaders in the land, with an impressive track record of performing for high-profile artists and events, both personally and as a band leader.

Together they created a night which will sweep you off your feet, whether you are a newcomer on the Swing scene or a lifelong afficionado!

7.45pm Beginners & Intermediate Lindy Hop (classes run in parallel; no experience necessary or partner required)
8.30pm The Syd Lawrence Swing Shift 7-piece band
With your host & DJ Simon 'Mr Kicks' Selmon featuring great music from the 30s, 40s & 50s!

Location: 100 Oxford St, London W1D 1LL
Tickets: £20 adv +bf - click here
Limited number of early bird tickets for the first 40 to book - Now sold out!!

Swing at Sway

Monday 7th November 2022

Grab a drink then join Simon Holly for Beginners & Intermediate Lindy Hop Classes at 7.30pm followed by dancing with top London DJs Simon 'Mr Kicks' Selmon & Holly France from 8.30pm!

Location: Sway Cocktail Bar, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5BZ

Swing into Winter at Shoreditch Town Hall

Friday 25th November 2022

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 StompSquad and SwingdanceUKs Diamond Girls while the live band King Groovy & the Horn Stars 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 third 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

Tickets sales open Tuesday 4th October!! Add the date to your diary!

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JiveSwing Balboa for Lindy Hoppers Workshop

Saturday 3rd December 2022

Join Simon Selmon, one of the UK’s early Balboa teachers from London, for JiveSwings new series of Balboa & Bal-Swing workshops in Hertfordshire!

Suitable for Lindy Hoppers that have never done any Balboa before or those looking to improve upon what they already know, by the end of this workshop you’ll have some classic Balboa moves, techniques and styling that you can incorporate into your Lindy Hop the same day. The workshop will be followed by their Harlem Nights band night to practise your new skills!

Location: Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Watford

Cost: Balboa Workshop £19.99 / Balboa Workshop & Harlem Nights £29.99 (early bird) Bookings must be made in advance- there are no drop ins. Spaces are limited.

Book your place here

Saturday Swing Time at the Curzon Centre

Saturday 10th December 2022

Curzon Centre, 43 Maxwell Rd, Beaconsfield, HP9 1RG

WGC Vintage Festival 2023

Saturday 23rd - 25th June 2023

Full details will be released soon but here is the 2022 lineup:

A FREE outdoor festival organised by JiveSwing and Wonderful Welwyn running alongside studio based workshops delivered by international instructors.
Featuring live music from Laura B, Jive Aces, Stolen Moments, Whiskey Sours, Jeff Williams Swing Band, Bray's Jazz Band, Groove Collection, the CB Gatsby Band, Mississppi Swing band and more.
Plus many teachers & DJs including Simon from SwingdanceUK.
Simon will also be DJing between the band sets.
Location: Welwyn Garden City Town Centre
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