Solo Jazz & Charleston

Join us Tuesday evenings for solo jazz classes with Reading Swing Jam. These classes are suitable for swing dancers and non-swing dancers alike and no partner required. Improve your fitness, rhythm, styling, body awareness, balance and mood.

TUESDAY EVENINGS

Starting July 2022

Solo jazz and charleston classes at Watlington House Community Hall on Tuesday evenings starting July 2022! Logistics permitting, we’ll also offer an online zoom option for those unable to make it to the venue – TBC.

7.30pm: LEVEL 1 – SOLO JAZZ FUNDAMENTALS

Each session we’ll be exploring a number of solo jazz steps, concentrating on technique, shape/styling, timing/rhythm and transitions with a view to build repertoire over time. This class is suitable for all levels, but will particularly cater for absolute beginners and improvers. It’s aimed at swing dancers and non-swing dancers alike, anyone wanting to build their solo jazz repertoire from scratch or plug in the gaps.

Online Link [via Zoom]: Passcode: 089926 – Log in from 7:20pm

8.30pm: LEVEL 2 – SOLO JAZZ CHOREO & JAM

In this class we’ll be taking your solo jazz to the next level by working on step variations, mash-ups and combos, mini-choreos, classic routines and improvisation. Basic repertoire knowledge will be assumed in this class, so it’s not suitable for absolute beginners.

Online Link [via Zoom]: Passcode: 341596 – Log in from 8:20pm

Prices

£7 per class
£13 for two classes on the same evening
£63 for 10 classes (10th class free)
Cash in person or bank transfer online (drop us an email for payment details readingswingjam@gmail.com)

Venue

Watlington House Community Hall

44 Watlington St
Reading
RG1 4RJ

To access the hall please come via South Street and use the wooden gate. Note: there is no vehicle access to the South St via Watlington Street.

Visit Reading Buses for local travel information and Parkopedia for local parking options.


Class Tips

  • Clothes: Wear comfortable clothes allow you to move.
  • Footwear: Footwear should be comfortable, not too grippy and not to slippy. Please avoid shoes that can come off easily – ideal shoes have laces or ankle straps – or heels for safety and comfort.
  • Hydrate: Please bring water with you. We will not be able to provide any drinks.
  • Self-care: Throughout the class please look out for yourself and others. If you feel any pain, stop. If you need a rest, take a break. Drink as and when you need. Take it at your own pace – there’s no judgement or competition here, we’re all just having fun.

Health & Safety

Please partake in our classes, online and in-person, sensibly and with care for yourselves and others nearby. In participating in our classes, including online classes and any at home practice, you agree that you do so voluntarily and at your own risk, and that you assume all risk of any injury to yourselves and anyone else in your immediate vicinity. Please check your space to ensure it is clear of any potential hazards. 

Please participate in activity that is suitable for your own physical fitness, and if you’re unsure about this you should consult with your doctor/GP, consultant, specialist nurse or other licensed medical practitioner before participating.

Attendees of our events agree to take all reasonable precautions and follow government guidelines to avoid the spread of illness amongst our community. Attendees are encouraged to complete a lateral flow test in advance of attending and are kindly requested to not attend events if they are feeling unwell or have tested positive for Covid. In the event of a guest having to isolate, a refund will be issued (minus booking fees). Good personal hygiene is expected at all events, including regular hand sanitisation. Use of masks is at the individual’s discretion.