Our Classes

Lindy Hop Classes with Reading University Swing Dance Society (RUSDS)

Wednesday Evenings at Wessex Hall, on Whiteknights Campus
Level 2 from 7:30pm | Level 1 from 8:30pm | Social dancing from 9.30pm

NOTE: No class on Wednesday 1st November 2017 

RUSDS hosts fun and informal swing dance classes taught by Reading Swing Jam at the Whiteknights Campus of the University of Reading. Join us to learn partner dances from the 1920’s-50’s: RUSDS classes are open to both students and non-students alike! Not sure what lindy hop is? Check out this cute introduction! Also check out our Beginner’s Guide to our Lindy Hop classes.

LEVEL 2

Join our Level 2  Class if you’ve attended our Level 1 Class regularly for at least a year already or have joined us with some knowledge of lindy hop. Level 2 students should be comfortable dancing both 8-count and 6-count basic rhythms as well as familiar with Swing Outs, Lindy Circles and side-by-side Charleston.

LEVEL 1

No dance experience of any kind necessary. Join us to gain a solid introduction to partnered Swing dancing. No prior knowledge will be assumed and steps will be taught from scratch.

Social Dancing

After announcements from the Reading University Swing Dance Society committee, we social dance! The perfect opportunity to practice what you’ve learn in class, ask your teachers any questions and get to know each other. We *highly recommend* staying for this portion of the evening because it’s on the dance floor where most of your learning will happen and practice is the only way to improve!

What to bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for dancing and active movement (please avoid wearing high heels or shoes that slip off easily)
Bottle of water
Fan or towel
Change of shirt/top
Deodorant and breath mints
Notebook

PLEASE NOTE: No partner necessary! Partners are rotated regularly throughout the class.  These classes run weekly on Wednesday evenings during term-time only.  Please visit the RUSDS webpage or Facebook Group for full details about classes, prices, venues and how to contact the group.

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Blues Partnered Dancing

Thursday Evenings at the The Purple Turtle
9 Gun St, Reading, RG1 2JR | Class £5, Social Only £3

*** BEGINNER COURSES START ON THE 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH! ***
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Blues dancing was born out of African rhythm and movement during colonial America. Like swing dancing, it is a social dance that is created on the fly, improvised by the relationship between the lead, the follow and the music. Often characterised by it’s closed or close hold, Blues is a dance of grounded movement and danced to blues music of varying tempos. When informed by other dances such as swing and tango or danced to non-blues music such as electronica it is often termed Blues Fusion or Alt Blues.

LEVEL 2 CLASS  starts at 7:00pm.
This class is for students who’ve attended at least two beginners courses as class content will assume good knowledge of the fundamentals covered in Level 1. Attendees for this class can stay on for the Level 1 class and social at no extra cost. Please arrive a little before to get your name tag, grab a drink and settle in so that we can start on time.

LEVEL 1 CLASS  starts at 7:30pm. *Courses start on the first Thursday of each month*
Absolute beginners welcome! No partner needed, we’ll rotate partners in class. Level 1 classes are taught in 4 week courses that start on the 1st Thursday of each month. Please arrive a little before to get your name tag, grab a drink and settle in so that we can start on time.

SOCIAL DANCING from 8:30pm.
An excellent opportunity to practice what you learnt in class, ask us any questions and socialise together! On 4th Thursdays of the month we’ll take the social upstairs and enjoy live swing music from the Ding Dong Daddios.

What to bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothes for dancing . PLEASE: No high or sharp heals.
Fan or towel
Change of shirt/top
Deodorant

Don’t forget your Class Card to get your 6th class half price and your 12th for free!

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* CLASS RETURNS ON MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER! *
Monday Evenings at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST | from 7:15pm | £5 per class

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This fun and informal weekly class will work through a series of jazz strolls and choreographed routines including the Charleston Stroll, Shim Sham and Tranky Doo and more! These classes are great for both complete newbies to vintage dancing and those already learning partnered swing dances such as the Lindy Hop.  You’ll also have a chance to join in and perform what you learn when strolls are played at Reading Swing Jam!

NEXT UP: Caribbean Shim Sham!
We’re heating things up with Remy Kouakou Kouame’s Caribbean Shim Sham. 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 this year. 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.

 

What to bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothes for dancing and active movement (wear heels and shoes that slip off easily at your own peril)
Bottle of water
Fan or towel
Change of shirt/top
Deodorant
Notebook

Don’t forget your Class Card to get your 6th class half price and your 12th for free!

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Also in the neighbourhood…
All Jazzed Up
Balboa Mondays
3R’s Club & Jive Cats Classes

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