This is the home of resources and links related to swing dancing and all things vintage that we’d like to share with you!
For Dancing Nearby
Lynn Maslen runs a local Balboa dance group hosting classes and events.
All Jazzed Up
Jean and Shirley run a swing dance group hosting classes and events.
Reading Swing Exchange
An epic weekend of swing dance and related events taking place over the first weekend of September!
Dancing A Little Further Afield
Thames Valley Balboa Festival
An annual weekend of Balboa goodness hosted next door in Henley.
Oxford Swing Festival
A weekend of swing dance learning and fun in lovely Oxford.
Oxford Swing Exchange
Our second favourite exchange, it’s an excellent weekend of swing dancing and live music.
Swing Out London
A great resource for finding classes, socials and events happening in London.
National and international event registry for exchanges, workshops and weekenders for all swing dance styles.
Heather Jayne & The Red Shoes
Berkshire-based band performing swing, blues and soul locally.
Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band
Berkshire-based blues band who perform regularly at venues in Reading.
Dance, Music & History Resources
A deep dive into swing dancing, swing music, and all of the various stuff that intersects with swing dance culture both historically and today hosted by Ruby Bell.
In-depth & candid conversations with swing dancers, musicians, DJs, competitors, and instructors from the world of Lindy Hop with Ryan Swift.
The Michael & Evita Show
A podcast dedicated to discussing topics covering all aspects of swing dance, from community to learning, musicality and teaching, including conversations with guest dance teachers.
Women in Jazz
A podcast dedicated to amplifying the voices of female and non-binary jazz musicians.
Desert Island Jams
DJ, dancer and teacher Sarah Spoon sits down with music nerds from the lindy hop and blues communities to discuss the 10 songs they would want with them if stranded on a desert island.
Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History
Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the height of the jazz age.
Jazzed Up: How Jazz Changed Britain
Kevin Le Gendre explores how the music spread into popular culture after the Original Dixieland Jazz Band first brought the sound of jazz to people’s consciousness.
The Armstrong Tapes
The life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.
When the Levee Breaks
Mark Lamarr looks at the little-known story of Memphis Minnie, known for her guitar skills, her rowdy ways and the song ‘When the Levee Breaks’ a musical celebration of a key moment in Blues history.
Hey Mr Jesse
Music, interviews, listener feedback and news about the music swing dancers love.
The Blues Kitchen
A celebration of everything from1930’s Delta blues, through to gritty southern soul, funk, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and the hottest new releases.
Why does race seem to be the hardest word for white people? In this talk Dr Robin DiAngelo – a renowned anti-racism educator – argues that the underlying cause is environmental.
Teaching Hard History
What we don’t know about American history hurts us all. This podcast covers the long legacy of slavery and reaches through the civil rights movement to the present day. It’s great advice for teachers and good information for everybody.
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
Challenging history podcast that shares stories from well-know US history periods like Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and Native American Removal.
Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on, exploring how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.
You’re Dead to Me
A history podcast for those who don’t like history… Includes episodes about pioneering 1920’s dancer Josephine Baker, the Harlem Renaissance from which blues and jazz emerged, 1920’s US Prohibition and legendary slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Blogs & Websites
Collective Voices for Change
A group that aims to address the issues of racial inequalities and cultural appropriation in the Jazz dance community in Europe and around the world. They have loads of useful resources, webinars, events and education on their website.
A blog that celebrates Black culture, context, and history written by Grey Armstrong.
Swing dance discussion space and home to podcasts SwingFlix Movie Reviews and Hey Mr Jesse (music/DJing) as well as live International Lindy Hop Championships streaming.
Dancing/Vintage blog by Bobby White.
Dance World Takeover
Dancing blog by Rebecca Brightly.
Wandering & Pondering
Dancing blog by Jerry Almonte.
Vintage attire and shopping guide by Laura Windley.
Films & Video Resources
ILHC Legacy Series
Interviews of legacy Lindy Hoppers capturing an honest retelling of their individual stories.
Alive & Kicking
A documentary about the contemporary swing dance community. [Netlfix]
What Happened Miss Simone?
The story of singer and activist Nina Simone. [Netflix]
Biopic of singer Ray Charles. [Netflix]
Devil at the Crossroads
Documentary about singer Robert Johnson. [Netflix]
Fictional film set in Germany in 1939 starring Christian Bale (1993). [Wikipedia]
Black & British: A Forgotten History
Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.
RSJ Youtube Channel
We’ve starting compiling playlists of video clips and dance clips that might be of interest to dancers in e.g. Swing on Film, Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Leon James. Not exhaustive collections but great place to start your own explorations.
Books & Articles
Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop
by Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. Millman
Swingin’ at the Savoy: The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer
by Norma Miller, Evette Jensen
Stompin’ at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller
By Alan Govenar, Martin French (illustrator)
Swing Dancing (The American Dance Floor)
By Tamara Stevens, Erin Stevens
by Scott Cupit
by LeRoi Jones
Online learning with Jenny Thomas is coming soon so keep an eye out on her website and social media for more info.
Vintage Arts Asylum
London-based dance collective supporting swing dance teacher, musicians, performers and artists offer online content and classes.
Online swing dance tuition from Evita Arce and Michael Jagger.
Online Solo Jazz and Charleston tuition from Ksenia Parkhatskaya.
Online classes and resources from Jo Hoffberg and Kevin St Laurent.
Adamo & Vicci
Blues dance classes from Vicci Moore and Adamo Ciarallo.
Kelly & Mickey
Balboa classes online from Kelly Arsenault and Mickey Fortanasce.