RSJ Swing Summer School!

Our Wednesday night classes with Reading University Swing Dance Society are now on break for the summer but due to popular demand we’re hosting an eight-week Swing Summer School on Thursday evenings over July and August. During these weekly classes at St Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, 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.

Check out our Lindy Hop classes page for full details!

RSX: Tickets On Sale Soon!

An epic weekend of swing music and dancing is coming to Reading, featuring live music from local favourites Heather Jayne & the Red Shoes, the Silver Heels and much more!

Events, music, hosting and volunteering details are being announced as they’re confirmed so visit the RSX website to find out the latest. You can also get direct notifications of news and updates by following RSX on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Early bird ticket sales go live on the 14th April. There 20 couples tickets, 5 solo follow tickets and 5 solo lead tickets up for grabs if you’re quick!

2019 Ticket Prices

Early Bird £45.00 per person
Standard Tickets £50.00 per person
Late Cat Tickets £55.00 per person

RSX  is encouraging guests to register in lead/follow pairs to help keep the role ratio as even as possible. Note: There will not be a solo waiting list for early bird tickets. If you need some help tracking down a booking partner, you’re welcome to post on the RSX Facebook Event. A followers waiting list is up and running, please see the RSX FAQs page for full details of how that works.

Up Next in Solo Jazz: The Charleston Stroll!

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: 11th March Prep Work – Getting a headstart on the tricky bits!
WEEK 2: 18th March 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/stilletos).  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 in Solo Jazz: The Tranky Doo

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 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 our last routine Mama Lu Park’s Stew!

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.

4 February
Prep-Work – Getting a started by focusing on a couple of the trickier steps!
11 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 1!
18 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 2!
25 February
Finish & Polish – Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
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New timetable for Blues!

We’re shaking things up at our weekly Blues class with a change to the schedule and class prices in 2019, summarised below. Full details can be found on our Blues page.

7:30pm – 8:30pm   LEVEL 2 CLASS    (60mins) // £7
8:30pm – 9:00pm   LEVEL 1 CLASS    (30mins) // £5
9.00pm – 9:30pm   SOCIAL DANCING/PRACTICE  (30mins) // Free

We ask all attendees to please arrive a little before class to get your name tag, grab a drink from the bar and settle in so that we can start on time.

Start dates for classes in 2019

Welcome back to everyone, we hope you had a wonderful festive holiday. Check out below for details of our class start dates and times. We recommend that you visit the individual class pages linked below for more details about each class as well as links to these classes on social media for notifications.

SOLO JAZZ Monday 14th January
LINDY HOP Wednesday 16th January
7.00pm  Level 2: Followers Focus
7:30pm  Level 2
8:30pm  Level 1
9:30pm  Social dancing
BLUES Thursday 17th January – *NOTE: NEW SCHEDULE*
7:30pm  Level 2
8:30pm  Level 1
9.00pm  Social dancing

Next at Solo Jazz: The Stew!

The Stew Facebook Cover Image

We’ll once again be warming up the Rising Sun Arts Centre this winter with one of our favourite endorphine-rushes, The Stew. This choreography is attributed to Mama Lu Parks, a woman who grew up in the swing heyday and was instrumental in teaching the next generations and keeping Swing dancing alive in the 50s-70’s.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline hit, this routine is for you! All welcome! We’ll be teaching it from scratch starting on Monday 14th January and gradually building up the pace over three weeks. Visit our Solo Jazz page for more details

NOTE: Please come prepared to sweat! Bring a change of clothes (especially if you’re staying on for Balboa after our class) and especially a drink – a towel or fan may also be useful. Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet (i.e. with laces or straps) and avoid any heels (definitely no high heels/stilletos).

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