Lindy Hop

RSJ Swing Summer School!

Thursday evenings at St Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road

8.00pm – ReGISTRATION/WARM Up Social
8.15pm – General Level Class
9.15pm – SOCIAL/PRACTICE

Due to popular demand, during the RUSDS summer break we’re hosting an eight-week Swing Summer School over July and August. During these weekly classes, we’ll be teaching our usual variety of Lindy Hop focused repertoire, technique and laughs. As always, you don’t need to come with a partner as we’ll be changing partners regularly throughout the class.

Anyone attending our Swing Summer School should be comfortable with 8-count and 6-count and Lindy Charleston footwork patterns. This class is open to anyone, uni-students and general public alike.

Note: This class will not be suitable for absolute beginners as we won’t be covering the basic footwork patterns. Please drop us a message or chat to the teachers before class if you’re joining us for the first time but have some knowledge of Lindy Hop, they’ll be able to advise you if this class is suitable for you.

Venue

St Luke’s Parish Hall (map)
23 Erleigh Rd
Reading, RG1 5LR

Note: The Reading Buses website can assist with local bus services. Free parking is limited. Please respect the signage and do not park in the bays on the right-hand side of the venue as these are not for our use. Parkopedia can assist with finding parking nearby.

CLASS PRICES
CLASS DATES
£7 each on a drop in basis

£25 for a 4-week block booking in advance

Note: Payments by cash only please. The Co-operative two blocks over has a cash point if required. Block bookings are redeemable against 4 consecutive classes.

JULY

4th
11th
18th
25th

AUGUST

1st
8th
15th
22nd

What to bring?
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for dancing and active movement. Please avoid shoes that slip off easily; laces and ankle straps encouraged. NOTE: Please DO NOT WEAR stiletto or sharp heels as they damage the floor in this venue.  
  • Bottle of water
  • Fan, handkerchief or towel
  • Change of shirt/top
  • Deodorant and breath mints
  • Notebook and pen

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

Wednesday evenings at Wessex Hall, on Whiteknights Campus

* Note: Lindy Hop classes with RUSDS are now on summer break after 12th May. We resume again Wednesday 25th September 2019. *

RUSDS hosts fun and informal swing dance classes taught by Reading Swing Jam at the Whiteknights Campus of the University of Reading. Join us on Wednesday evenings to learn partner dances from the 1920’s-50’s: RUSDS classes are open to both students and non-students alike! Read on below for our class schedule and class descriptions.

What is Lindy Hop? Check out this introduction!
New and unsure? Take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to our Lindy Hop classes for more detail about what to expect from our classes.

7.00pm – LEVEL 2 Follower Focus

This mini-class is for any Level 2 dancer who wants to work on their following skills. It’ll include a mixture of rhythm and footwork drills and variations as well as styling options and personal expression. Over the course of the year the class may also look at improving movement quality and turning skills, creativity exercises and self-practice development.

7.45pm – LEVEL 2

Level 2 students should be comfortable with 8-count and 6-count and Lindy Charleston footwork patterns. Join our Level 2 class if you’ve attended our Level 1 class regularly for at least a year already.

Please chat to the teachers before class if you’re joining us for the first time but have some knowledge of Lindy Hop, they’ll be able to advise you if this class is suitable for you.

8.45pm – LEVEL 1

No dance experience of any kind necessary. Join this class to gain a solid introduction to partnered Swing dancing. No prior knowledge will be assumed at the start of the Autumn term when steps will be taught from scratch.

If you’d like to join us beyond Week 6 of the Autumn Term, please attend the next Beginners’ Crash Course workshop (dates TBA) first as this will give you a good introduction to the basic footwork patterns and leading/following mechanics and help you catch up to the rest of the class.

9.40pm – Social/Practice

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, laces and ankle straps encouraged)
Bottle of water
Fan, handkerchief or towel
Change of shirt/top
Deodorant and breath mints
Notebook and pen

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.