Swing Jam Returns!

Our monthly Swing Jam social is returning to Watlington House and we can not wait to dance with you all again!

Please note: Our event times have changed slightly. For the time being numbers will be limited and we’re going cashless so advance tickets are required. We also won’t be supplying snacks but you’re welcome to bring your own. Visit our social dances page to find out more and book your tickets.

End of Term

Classes with RSJ

On Wednesday 16 March we’re hosting out last classes of term with Reading University Swing Dance Society (RUSDS). Please note: We’ll be in the Gymnasium again this week as the Great Hall is unavailable. See you there!

Upcoming Socials

Sunday 20 March – Our friends at All Jazzed Up are hosting a Fundraising Swing Tea Dance in aid of Pancreatic Cancer. Tickets on sale now, see link for full details.

Wednesday 23 March – RUSDS are hosting a Spring Formal 2022 so there’ll be no classes on that evening but instead we’re heading over to St Laurence’s Church for live music and dancing. Tickets on sale now, see link for full details.

RSJ Community Picnic

Sunday 18 July, 1pm // Christchurch Meadows

It was such a blast seeing your faces the other week that we couldn’t resist hosting another picnic! Like last time, it’ll be at Christchurch Meadows and we’ll aim for the same spot opposite the pedestrian bridge by the trees. BYO food, picnic blanket and drop by for as little or as long as you like.

As the weather has been somewhat changeable of late, we’re aiming for Sunday 18 July but like before we may postpone if the forecast looks wet. Please RSVP to our facebook event and pop RSJ notifications to “See first” to receive notifications about any changes to the date.

Christchurch Meadows are just over the river from train station, so easily accessible for any folks wanting to visit from further afield, wanting to pick up a coffee or picnic munchies en route or those needing to run errands in the town centre.

Note: Team RSJ will not be in attendance due to precautionary Covid self-isolation.

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.

Learn to fly this February

Aerials with Michaela & Rupert

SATURDAY  8 FEBRUARY

Learn to fly this February with special guest teachers Michaela Delmonte & Rupert Sanford-Scutt from London. Aerials are an iconic part of Lindy Hop and this three hour workshop is the perfect introduction!

Over the course of the afternoon we’ll work through warm ups, jumping technique before starting with some simple air steps and increasing complexity as we build confidence and practice before finishing off with some Jam Circle work.

Bookings open now – Tickets include cake and refreshments + free entry to our Reading Swing Jam social in the evening. Check out full details on our webpage.

Learn to swing dance with us!

We teach weekly swing dance classes on Wednesday evenings with Reading University Swing Dance Society, during term time. Our classes are fun, friendly and inclusive, an excellent way to meet new people and exercise your body and mind. Classes are followed by social dancing, a time to practice what you’ve learnt and get to know the community.

If you’ve ever wanted to give swing dancing a go, we’ve got two events this week that are just for you!

  • Absolutely no dance experience necessary for either event.
  • No need to come with a partner – we change partners frequently, so you’ll get to meet and dance with a variety of people.
  • Students and non-students welcome.

Free Swing Dance Taster

8.30pm, Wednesday 22nd January

Join us to find out what all the fuss is about and dip your toe in the wonderful world of swing dancing. This is a free taster, so why not just come along and give it a go!
Join the facebook event for notifications and updates.

Swing Dance Crash Course

11am, Sunday 26th January

We’re hosting this workshop for ANYONE wanting to join our Wednesday night beginner classes. It’ll be a crash course to get you up to speed and ready to join our Level 1 class part-way through the year. This 3-hour workshop is suitable for absolute beginners who are willing to dive in at the deep end or current students wanting to consolidate their fundamentals.
Join the facebook event for notifications and updates.

PRICE

Workshop is £10 for student/£15 for non-students.
Pay on the door (cash only please).

 

Both events will be taking place at the following venue:
Wessex Hall
Whiteknights Campus
University of Reading 
Whiteknights Road
Reading
RG6 6BQ

Nervous? Not sure? Need a little convincing? Check out these links:

December Swing Jam in support of Mind

In case you missed the announcement at our November Jam, we’re dedicating our next Reading Swing Jam on Saturday 14th December to raising awareness for mental health and donating our profits to the charity Mind.

We had enormous support last time we did this (check out the massive turnout for the survivor’s photo below!) and we’re hoping you’ll join us to make this year’s fundraiser even better!

Winter Meal

This year we’re celebrating our local swing dance community and the winter season with a cosy meal at Las Iguanas in partnership with Reading University Swing Dance Society!

If you’d like to join us, check out the details below and be sure to book your place before this Friday 22 November!

1.00pm, Sunday 8th December 2019
Las Iguanas Reading, Riverside, The Oracle

BOOK YOUR PLACE

  1. Email your name and preferred contact email address to readingswingjam@gmail.com – subject: Winter Meal
  2. Send us a £10 deposit via paypal to readingswingjam@gmail.com
  3. Pre-order your meal via the email we send to you after receive your deposit.

Note: To confirm our table we need to place a deposit of £10 per person by Friday 22nd November. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of the meal.

Upcoming Workshop: Solo Jazz with Nancy Hitzig

Join us this Saturday 9 November to level up your dancing with our Solo Jazz workshop with Nancy Hitzig, one of the most inspirational teachers in the UK!

It’s no secret that Solo Jazz can improve your partner dancing and over the course of the afternoon, Nancy will be guiding us through a a number of drills, moves, and exercises aimed at expanding your repertoire, improving your technique, increasing your knowledge of music structure and developing your improvisation skills! For full details and ticket link visit our workshops page.

BONUS:
Workshop entry includes free admittance to our Swing Jam social in the evening!