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…


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!

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.


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.


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 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


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


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.