Classes are returning!

SOLO JAZZ & CHARLESTON

After our little break for RSX, our Solo Jazz & Charleston classes return to the Rising Sun Arts Centre from Monday 9th September.

Absolute beginners welcome on the 9th as we kick off a new mini-choreo block, starting with the usual core repertoire before moving into the choreography itself. More info about the class on our page and we highly recommend you join the RSJ Solo facebook group for class notifications and announcements.

LINDY HOP WITH RUSDS

Our classes with Reading University Swing Dance Society kick off at the end of the month with two FREE taster classes for absolute beginners on Sunday 29th September and Wednesday 2nd October. As always, no dance experience or dance partner required! If you’ve got friends you’d like to introduce to the wonderful world of swing dancing then these two sessions are for them – please share the lindy love!

Our weekly Level 2 Lindy Hop class also resumes on the 2nd October with our Level 2 Follower Focus sessions returning the following week on the 9th October.

Full details about these classes can be found on our Lindy Hop page and we also recommend joining the RUSDS facebook group for membership/prices, class notifications and announcements.

Post-RSX – Happy but swungover…

We hope you enjoyed the phenomenal weekend that was RSX 2019 last week. Don’t know about you but we’ve just about recovered… Just about…

If you attended the event this year the RSX committee would dearly love to hear what you thought of the event, what you enjoyed and what they can try to improve for next year. The RSX 2019 Feedback Survey is up now and accepting responses and it needn’t take long if you’re short on time. Every response helps make RSX better year on year!

Countdown is on for RSX 2019!

Not long now until the biggest swing dance social event of the Reading calendar is here! With three nights of live music and dancing in the heart of Reading, as well as a range of dance and non-dance taster classes, Reading Swing Exchange is an event not to be missed. Some weekend tickets still available and RSX Ball tickets (Saturday night only) have just gone on sale – but we don’t expect any of these to hang around for long…

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

We’ve got live music from Heather Jayne & the Red Shoes, the Rebop Rebels, the Ma Bessie Duo and the Silver Heels all set to keep you addicted to the dance floor, in fabulous venues including St Luke’s Parish Hall on Erleigh Road and the super grand St Laurence’s Church by the Town Hall.

If all the live music wasn’t enough to tempt you, on Saturday we’ve got dance tasters in balboa, latin-blues and soft shoe tap as well as a Shim Sham crash course so you’re all set to join in at the RSX Ball. If you’d like to try something a little off piste, you can turn your hand to acro-balance and learn a circus trick or two. There’ll also be the chance to continue practicing your newfound circus prop skills in the courtyard garden at the Sunday Tea Dance weather permitting and after all that work pamper yourself with a massage from Express Mobile Spa.

With all this going on it’s going to be a blast – Avoid the FOMO and join us!

RSJ Swing Summer School!

Our Wednesday night classes with Reading University Swing Dance Society are now on break for the summer but due to popular demand we’re hosting an eight-week Swing Summer School on Thursday evenings over July and August. During these weekly classes at St Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, we’ll be teaching our usual variety of Lindy Hop focused repertoire, technique and laughs. As always, you don’t need to come with a partner as we’ll be changing partners regularly throughout the class.

Check out our Lindy Hop classes page for full details!

RSX: Tickets On Sale Soon!

An epic weekend of swing music and dancing is coming to Reading, featuring live music from local favourites Heather Jayne & the Red Shoes, the Silver Heels and much more!

Events, music, hosting and volunteering details are being announced as they’re confirmed so visit the RSX website to find out the latest. You can also get direct notifications of news and updates by following RSX on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

TICKETS ON SALE: SUNDAY 14 APRIL!

Early bird ticket sales go live on the 14th April. There 20 couples tickets, 5 solo follow tickets and 5 solo lead tickets up for grabs if you’re quick!

2019 Ticket Prices

Early Bird £45.00 per person
Standard Tickets £50.00 per person
Late Cat Tickets £55.00 per person

RSX  is encouraging guests to register in lead/follow pairs to help keep the role ratio as even as possible. Note: There will not be a solo waiting list for early bird tickets. If you need some help tracking down a booking partner, you’re welcome to post on the RSX Facebook Event. A followers waiting list is up and running, please see the RSX FAQs page for full details of how that works.

Up Next in Solo Jazz: The Charleston Stroll!

For our next routine rotation we’ll be working through Sing Lim’s Charleston Stroll, performed to the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ ‘Put A Lid On It’. This is a great accessible routine with lots of staple Jazz steps, a good one for building up your repertoire if you’re new to Solo Jazz. All welcome including absolute beginners – No experience necessary! 

Class starts 7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

WEEK 1: 11th March Prep Work – Getting a headstart on the tricky bits!
WEEK 2: 18th March The Routine – Working our way through the choreo!

NOTE: Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet (i.e. with laces or straps) and avoid heels (definitely no high heels/stilletos).  A change of clothes  is recommended especially if you’re staying on for Balboa after our class and especially a drink. A towel or fan may also be useful. 

Next in Solo Jazz: The Tranky Doo

Next up on the routine rotation at RSJ Solo Jazz we’re taking at look at the Tranky Doo. The Tranky Doo is attributed to Pepsi Bethel, who can be seen performing it in Mura Dehn’s documentary The Spirit Moves with Al Minns and Leon James. It’s a fun routine with lots of fundamental jazz steps and contains some super sweet musicality and variations that’s regularly performed at our swing social dances. Check out this contemporary version of the Tranky Stew performed by Remy Kouakou Kouame and Pontus Pearson – a mash up of the Tranky Doo and our last routine Mama Lu Park’s Stew!

All welcome! No experience necessary! Just wear comfy clothes and shoes that stay on your feet and bring a drink – a fan or towel might be useful tool.

WEEK 1:
4 February
Prep-Work – Getting a started by focusing on a couple of the trickier steps!
WEEK 2:
11 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 1!
WEEK 3:
18 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 2!
WEEK 4:
25 February
Finish & Polish – Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
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