Lindy Hop


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

Wednesday evenings

* In-person classes have been suspended until further notice in response to the Covid-19. Until these resume again we’re offering online Solo Jazz classes – more info to be announced soon! *

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.

7.45pm – 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.