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!

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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Start dates for classes in 2019

Welcome back to everyone, we hope you had a wonderful festive holiday. Check out below for details of our class start dates and times. We recommend that you visit the individual class pages linked below for more details about each class as well as links to these classes on social media for notifications.

SOLO JAZZ Monday 14th January
7:15pm
LINDY HOP Wednesday 16th January
7.00pm  Level 2: Followers Focus
7:30pm  Level 2
8:30pm  Level 1
9:30pm  Social dancing
BLUES Thursday 17th January – *NOTE: NEW SCHEDULE*
7:30pm  Level 2
8:30pm  Level 1
9.00pm  Social dancing

Next at Solo Jazz: The Stew!

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We’ll once again be warming up the Rising Sun Arts Centre this winter with one of our favourite endorphine-rushes, The Stew. This choreography is attributed to Mama Lu Parks, a woman who grew up in the swing heyday and was instrumental in teaching the next generations and keeping Swing dancing alive in the 50s-70’s.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline hit, this routine is for you! All welcome! We’ll be teaching it from scratch starting on Monday 14th January and gradually building up the pace over three weeks. Visit our Solo Jazz page for more details

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

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

Next at Solo Jazz: Remy’s Caribbean Shim Sham

RSJ Solo Jazz  is heating things up with Remy Kouakou Kouame’s Caribbean Shim Sham for our final routine rotation of 2018. A full body workout, this Shim Sham is guaranteed to make you sweat and a smile in equal measure! Check out Remy leading the Caribbean Shim Sham at Lindy Focus.

All welcome! No previous jazz experience necessary!
Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham will be an advantage not necessary as we’ll be teaching it from scratch.

IMPORTANT: This is a high energy class. Please bring with you a drink, a towel/fan, deodorant and a change of clothes if you’re staying on for the Balboa class after!

WEEK 1:
3 December
The Routine – Getting a started from the top!
WEEK 2:
10 December
Polish & Practice – Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!

Mondays at 7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
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Next at Solo Jazz: Remy’s Caribbean Shim Sham!

The Caribbean Shim Sham

Starting Monday 3 December

It’s getting cold outside so we’re heating things up with Remy Kouakou Kouame’s Caribbean Shim Sham. A cardio workout, this Shim Sham is guaranteed to make you sweat and smile in equal measure! Check out Remy leading the Caribbean Shim Sham at Lindy Focus.

All welcome! No previous jazz experience necessary!
Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham is an advantage but not necessary as we’ll be teaching it from scratch.

IMPORTANT: This is a high energy class. Please bring with you a drink, a towel/fan, deodorant and a change of clothes if you’re staying on for the Balboa class after!

WEEK 1:
3 DECEMBER
The Routine
Getting a started from the top!
WEEK 2:
10 DECEMBER
Finish & Practice
Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!

 

Up Next in Solo Jazz: Al & Leon’s Shim Sham

On the next routine rotation at RSJ Solo Jazz we’re taking a look at an alternative Shim Sham created by Al Minns and Leon James. Sometimes called The Savoy Shim Sham, this routine starts off feeling like deja vu before striking out on a complete tangent. It’s a great one for rhythm and jazz step combinations. Check out Al & Leon performing their Shim Sham.

All welcome! Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham will be an advantage but we’ll be teaching it from scratch over three weeks so no experience necessary.

WEEK 1:
12 November
The Routine – Getting a started from the top!
WEEK 2:
19 November
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo!
WEEK 3:
26 November
Practice & Polish – Revisiting any tricky bits then practice, practice, practice!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
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Up Next in Solo Jazz: The Shim Sham

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Starting Monday 29 October 2018

Possibly *the most* performed stroll in the modern swing dance community, the Shim Sham is a *must-know* solo jazz choreography. The Shim Sham has it’s roots in tap and it’s origins on the 1920’s stage.

Originally attributed to Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant but made famous by Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, the Shim Sham is now performed at social dances and events all over the world! Check out Frankie Manning leading the Shim Sham at Lindy Fest 2007.

All welcome – no experience necessary for Week 1! We’ll be working on the Shim Sham over two weeks. Where’s what you can expect each week:

WEEK 1:
29 OCTOBER
Prep-Work
Getting a handle on the trickier steps and transitions!
WEEK 2:
5 NOVEMBER
Finishing Touches
Putting it together and finishing off the choreo!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Join our Solo Jazz Class facebook group for regular class updates and helpful links.