New Year New Term!

Happy New Year everyone! We sincerely hope 2022 brings light and joy to you all. This month we’re restarting our lindy hop classes with Reading University Swing Dance Society as follows:

Starting: Wednesday 12 January

7:30pm // Level 2 – Improvers & Returners

All those who were with us last term as welcome to level up to our improver class where we’ll be continuing to develop upon the foundations we established last year. Returning dancers are also welcome to refresh their memories in this class.

Starting: Wednesday 26 January

8:30pm // Level 1 – Absolute Beginners

Our Level 1 class will be restarting from scratch again, so if you’re an absolute beginner or perhaps a returning student wishing to try out develop your non-dominant role join us! All welcome, no previous experience required.

September: Online Classes Return

Our online classes are return this month with an initial 3-week run from 6th September until 23 September.

Join us for LEVEL 1 – Solo Jazz Fundamentals on Mondays at 7pm and LEVEL 2 – Solo Jazz Choreography on Thursdays at 7pm. More information about these classes can be found on our solo classes page.

Both classes are £5 per person per class and will be hosted on zoom. Join our RSJ Solo Jazz & Charleston Class facebook group for zoom links, updates and notifications.

Online classes resume this week!

Happy New Year everyone! The sad news is we still can’t partner dance in person together yet… The good news is we can meet online to solo jam! We’ve got two weekly online classes for you:

MONDAYS: LEVEL 1 – SOLO JAZZ STEPS & VARIATIONS

Fundamental Solo Jazz steps and variations broken down from scratch – All welcome, absolute beginners encouraged! Starting 11 January.

THURSDAYS: LEVEL 2 – SOLO JAZZ MINICHOREOS

We’ll be taking our Solo Jazz repertoire and putting it together into fun mini-choreos and interesting step combos. All welcome but as some previous experience is assumed this class will move faster than the Level 1 class.

Visit our class page for full details and zoom links, and please join our RSJ Solo Jazz & Charleston Class facebook group to be notified of any class updates.

Online Classes – Solo Jazz & Charleston

Our Solo Jazz classes are still going strong online. We’ve got two levels to choose from,  Level 1 for beginners and Level 2 for intermediate dancers:

In Level 1 on Mondays at 7pm we’ll be focusing on particular steps and breaking them down from scratch. This class will be pitched to absolute beginners and those wanting to plug in the gaps in their repertoire.

In Level 2 on Thursdays at 7pm we’ll be taking our existing Solo Jazz knowledge to the next level with variations, step combos, mini-choreographies and improvisation. This class will be pitched to those who already have some Solo Jazz experience and have already learnt routines such as the Shim Sham, Tranky Doo, etc.

To join us for either class you’ll need to download/register for Zoom. Full details about these online classes, including prices and registration etc, are on our class webpage as well as class events on our facebook page and dedicated class facebook group. Look forward to seeing you there!

Coronavirus & Our Community [Updated]

Socials

Given the current situation with COVID-19 and the close-contact nature of our partner dances, we’ve made the decision to cancel our monthly social, Reading Swing Jam, for the time being..

We have taken this decision in order to help limit risk of infection amongst our dancing and local community but also to safe guard vulnerable folks in the wider community and limit our impact on our beloved National Health Service.

We will reassess the situation at the start of each month going forward, so please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates regarding any changes there.

Classes

SOLO JAZZ & Charleston

Solo Jazz will be suspended until further notice. We are looking into the possibility and logistics of virtual sessions so please make sure you check our RSJ Solo Jazz & Charleston class facebook group for notifications and updates if we get these up and running.

LINDY HOP

Our Wednesday Lindy Hop classes have now been suspended until further notice. Please keep an eye on this website and the RUSDS facebook group for updates and possible future restart dates.

Coronavirus & Our Community

Socials

Given the current situation with COVID-19 and the close-contact nature of our partner dances, we’ve made the decision to cancel our monthly social, Reading Swing Jam, on Saturday 14th March.

We have taken this decision in order to help limit risk of infection amongst our dancing and local community but also to safe guard vulnerable folks in the wider community and limit our impact on our beloved National Health Service.

We will reassess the situation for our April social nearer the time, so please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates regarding any changes there.

Classes

SOLO JAZZ & Charleston

Solo Jazz will be continuing as normal for the time being. Once our current routine course finishes after Monday 16th March, classes will be taught individually (as opposed to in courses of multiple classes) much like our usual Summer Jazz A-Z classes with a mixture of repertoire, mini-choreography and improvisation classes. We will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly, so please make sure you check our RSJ Solo Jazz & Charleston class facebook group for notifications and updates.

LINDY HOP

Our Wednesday Lindy Hop classes will be continuing for the time being as there are only two more classes left in the Spring Term before we break over the Easter holidays. That said we will be monitoring the situation closely for developments and will follow any guidance received from Reading University Swing Dance Society, the University of Reading or Reading University Students’ Union. Please keep an eye on the RUSDS facebook group for class updates.

General Precautions

We sincerely hope that there will be minimal impact to our classes and events but in order for this to be the case we need your help! Please help us limit the risk of infection among our dance community and beyond by following these guidelines:

  • If you are at all ill (particularly if you have a cough or a high temperature) or have been in contact with someone who has been ill please refrain from attending classes and socials and consider self-isolating for the recommended 7 days minimum.
  • If you have been travelling recently (particularly to a high-risk location) please refrain from attending classes and socials and self-isolate for the recommended 7 days minimum.
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after classes with soap and water ideally or hand sanitiser with 60%+ alcohol content if the former is not available.
  • Please keep tissues on hand at all times. At classes/events where possible cough or sneeze into a tissue and not into your hand or elbow as these are common contact points in dance. If you do use your hand or elbow to cover a cough/sneeze please wash your hand/elbow before resuming dancing.
  • Please visit the NHS website for more information about Coronavirus.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this period.