RSX IS ALMOST HERE!

Have you bought your ticket for the biggest Swing dance social event in Reading?  Some weekend tickets are available and Saturday evening tickets go on sale Wednesday 15th August.
Note: Saturday tickets include the RSX Ball and the late night Blues Jam but only where venue capacity allows and with priority given to weekend ticket holders.

Want a snazzy RSX T-shirt or tote bag?
You’ll need to get your ticket by Wednesday 15th August to register your order in time!

What’s the music line up?

Friday Welcome Dance – Heather Jayne & the Red Shoes.
Saturday RSX Ball – Sitcky Wicket & his Swing Band.
Saturday Blues Jam – Ma Bessie Duo
Sunday Tea Dance – The Silver Heels

What’s happening Saturday daytime?

Dance Tasters: Afro-Caribbean, St. Louis Shag, Balboa, Shim Sham Crash Course and Blues.
Non-Dance Activities: Ukulele taster, Real Ale Tour, History Tour and more!
Note: These are only available to Weekend ticket holders!

Want to part of the RSX magic?

Volunteering is a great way to get to know new people and comes with the super warm and fuzzies of knowing that you were a key contributor to the RSX experience! Volunteer duties may include event setup or set down, greeting and assisting guests, keeping the water containers filled and snacks topped up, shepherding guests between venues and DJing at the events.

Want to join the team?
You will be able to express your interest in volunteering at RSX when you register. Register now on Eventbrite!

Already booked but still want to volunteer? 
Drop us an email at readingswingexchange@gmail.com and let us know!

Want to DJ but got those newbie nerves?
We can give you some pointers about how to get started as well as setting you up with a practice run at the August Swing Jam or Alley Cat Blues. If you’d like to give it a shot drop us an email at readingswingexchange@gmail.com

 

Lindy Hop Workshop with Richard & Michaela

We’re delighted to be hosting this Lindy Hop workshop with these wonderful Londoners, Richard Pucci from Up Town Swing and Michaela Delmonte from Swing Patrol! Full details to come but for now find your booking partner and save the date!

Workshop tickets also include entry to our Swing Jam social in the evening at the same venue. Tickets go on sale 6pm, 15 January. For more info, check out the Workshops page and join the facebook event for event updates.

Learn the Shim Sham with RSJ!

Possibly *the most* performed stroll in the contemporary Swing Dance community, the Shim Sham is a *must-know*.

Join us for this 2.5hour workshop where we’ll be teaching it from scratch, making sure you have plenty of time to practice with us so you can nail this routine in one afternoon!

Here’s a clip of Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning leading the Shim Sham at Lindy Fest 2007:

LEVEL: All welcome – No experience necessary! We’ll be breaking down every step from scratch so no previous Solo Jazz knowledge required!

WHAT TO BRING: Wear comfy clothes and shoes that stay on your feet. Bring a notebook, pen and plent of water – a fan or towel might be useful too.

TICKETS: £10 each, pay on the door.

VENUE: Downstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.

Full details on our Workshops page. Be sure to join the facebook event for updates and notifications!

Alive & Kicking: Charity Film Screening

EVENT UPDATE!

A massive thanks to everyone that came to the film showing! It was great to enjoy the film with you all.

We raised £32.62 on the day and more importantly raised awareness and sparked many conversations about mental health.

11am, Sunday 15th October 2017
Art Department Lecture Theatre, UoR

In conjunction with World Mental Health Day this month, Reading University Swing Dance Society and Reading Swing Jam are hosting a special charity screening of the recently released Swing dance documentary, Alive and Kicking.

Alive and Kicking is a feature-length film that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely African-American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.

Join us for this special screening from 11am at the Art Department Lecture Theatre on the Whiteknights Campus of the University of Reading (map). Street-side entry via Earley Gate and best bus route is the Number 17.

Entry to the film is £2. No advance booking required just turn up an pay on the door. Correct change is appreciated. All money raised from this event will be donated to mental health charity Mind, who provide advice and support as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Further donations on the day are also gratefully received.

After the screening we’ll be walking down together to Sunday Swing at the Oakford Social Club to enjoy an afternoon of dining and dancing.

Blues MiniWorkshop with Eve & Zane

We’re delighted to be hosting this mini-workshop at the end of the August with the wonderful Eve Trim and Zane Payer, who are visiting us from the USA!

Fusion dancing draws technique from many styles of dance: swing, blues, tango, and more, into a wholly new aesthetic. In this workshop we’ll be exploring different tools to highlight the musicality, connection, and creativity, which make this dance so unique and fun.

This workshop is for all levels, starts at 7pm and is at our usual class venue, downstairs at the Purple Turtle. Pop over to our workshops page for the full rundown.

BIG YELLA: Live Blues Festival in Reading!

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 28th May

The Purple Turtle, home of RSJ’s Thursday Blues classes, is hosting a phenomenal weekend of live blues music for the late May Bank Holiday weekend – two whole days of live blues music that ranges from the old school traditional blues to the latest modern blues. Did we mention that it’s FREE!!! There are £0 tickets available for purchase to guarantee entry should the venue hit capacity over the weekend.

To celebrate this wonderful event, Reading Swing Jam will be offering two Blues Dance tasters, at 12noon upstairs at the Turtle on both Saturday and Sunday, £5 per person each. These tasters are just the thing for dipping your toe into the wonderful world of partnered Blues Dancing and we’ll be giving you a crash course in the basics, just the right amount to get you going on the dance floor for the weekend.

RSX 2017: Tickets On Sale!

 

The first weekend of September is set to be an epic weekend of swing music and dancing at Reading Swing Exchange 2017! Featuring live music from the Ding Dong Daddios, Heather Jayne & the Blue Shoes, The Silver Heels and more in some of the most beautiful venues in the city including last year’s favourites St Lawrence’s Church and Hardcastle Hall at the Abbey School!

Venues, 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 ARE ON SALE NOW!

Early Bird Tickets are now on sale but they won’t last long – Last year’s event sold out and we expect this year to be no different!

Where possible please register in lead/follow pairs to help keep the role ratio as even as possible. 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 will be up and running for solo followers, please see the RSX FAQs page for full details of how that works.

Blues MiniWorkshop with Pete Hetherington

To complement our weekly Blues classes and further enrich our Blues scene we’re hosting a mini-workshops with special guest teachers on 5th Thursdays of the month. Our first one of 2017 is this month and we have the wonderful Pete Hetherington from London visiting us to broaden our musicality skills.

This workshop is for all levels, starts at 7pm and is at our usual class venue, downstairs at the Purple Turtle. Pop over to our workshops page for the full rundown.

Alley Cat Blues – March Venue Change

Due to a double booking at our usual venue, Alley Cat Blues will be moving to The Rising Sun Arts Centre for our March edition on the 17th. Besides the change in location, you can still expect our usual relaxed and friendly atmosphere, delightful company and great tunes!

Venue Address
30 Silver Street
Reading
RG1 2ST
[Walking directions from the station]

For those wanting to pick up some dinner en route, we highly recommend Tutu’s Ethiopian Table at the Global Cafe or the Bakery House, Lebanese restaurant/takeaway, both on London Street.

*NEW* Alley Cat Blues

alley-cat-blues-banner-master

RSJ is thrilled to announce our new monthly Blues social, Alley Cat Blues! Join us every third Friday of the month upstairs at Smokin’ Billy’s BBQ Restaurant for an evening of Blues and Fusion music and dancing from 8pm. Our first Alley Cat Blues will be taking place on Friday 17th February. Entry is £5 or 2-for-1 for students.

With cosy sofas and soft lamp light, Alley Cat Blues will be a great way to wind down from the working week and warm up for your weekend. The upstairs Speakeasy where we’ll be hosting Alley Cat Blues is accessed via the restaurant so you can grab a drink from the fully licensed bar on your way up. Hungry? Smokin’ Billy’s serves a mean meal so why not join us for dinner from 7pm too.

This social is an excellent complement to our weekly partnered Blues dance class held downstairs at the Purple Turtle. Interested in learning to Blues dance? Our 4-week beginner courses start each first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. Check out our classes page for full details.