Solo Jazz & Charleston

Solo Jazz & Charleston

Mondays from 7.15pm at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST | £5 per class

Scroll down for what we’re teaching next and join our facebook group for regular class updates!

Throughout the year we work explore classic jazz strolls such as the Shim Sham and Tranky Doo, as well as original choreographies and more! These fun and informal weekly classes are great for both complete newbies to vintage dancing and those already learning partnered swing dances such as the Lindy Hop. By coming to these classes you’ll develop your step and variation repertoire, improve your dance and rhythm technique as well as improvisation and creative skills. You’ll also have a chance to join in and perform what you learn when strolls are played at Reading Swing Jam!

We often teach our classes in short courses or blocks of 2-6 weeks in length. Joining our facebook group is the best way to receive notifications about class news and it’s where we’ll provide more detailed information about what we’re teaching each week and when’s the best time to join the group.

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
Notebook – highly recommended!

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

Coming Up at Solo Jazz!

For our next routine rotation we’ll be working through Sing Lim’s Charleston Stroll, performed to the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ ‘Put A Lid On It’. This is a great accessible routine with lots of staple Jazz steps, a good one for building up your repertoire if you’re new to Solo Jazz. All welcome including absolute beginners – No experience necessary! 

Class starts 7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

WEEK 1: 13th January Prep Work – Getting a headstart on the tricky bits!
WEEK 2: 20th January The Routine – Working our way through the choreo!

NOTE: Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet (i.e. with laces or straps) and avoid heels (definitely no high heels/stilettos).  A change of clothes  is recommended especially if you’re staying on for Balboa after our class and especially a drink. A towel or fan may also be useful.


Next up on the routine rotation at RSJ Solo Jazz we’re taking at look at the Tranky Doo. The Tranky Doo is attributed to Pepsi Bethel, who can be seen performing a version of it in Mura Dehn’s documentary The Spirit Moves with Al Minns and Leon James. It’s a fun routine with lots of fundamental jazz steps and contains some super sweet musicality and variations that’s regularly performed at our swing social dances. Check out this contemporary version of the Tranky Stew performed by Remy Kouakou Kouame and Pontus Pearson – a mash up of the Tranky Doo and Mama Lu Park’s Stew (also coming up soon)!

All welcome! No experience necessary! Just wear comfy clothes and shoes that stay on your feet and bring a drink – a fan or towel might be useful tool.

27 January
Prep-Work – Getting a started by focusing on a couple of the trickier bits!
3 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 1!
10 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 2!
17 February
Finish & Polish – Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!