Things We Like…

This is the home of resources and links related to local swing dancing and all things vintage that we’d like to share with you!

For Dancing Nearby

Balboa Mondays
Join Lynn Maslen for weekly Balboa classes at the Rising Sun Arts Centre after our Solo Jazz & Charleston class on Monday evenings.

All Jazzed Up
Jean and Shirley host weekly swing dance classes at Watlington House on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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

Hop the Hall
Social dance hosted by Oxford Lindy Hoppers the first Friday evening of each
month in Oxford

SugarPush
Social dance hosted by The Lindy Club in Titchfield. Please see website for
upcoming dates.

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Monthly social dance hosted by the Swing Dance Bristol. Please see website for
upcoming dates.

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.

Swing PlanIt
National and international event registry for exchanges, workshops and weekenders for all swing dance styles.

Local Music

The Silver Heels
Local charleston/swing jazz band, performing every third Thursday evening
at The Global Cafe.

The Ding Dong Daddios
Local swing/jump jive band, performing every other month on the fourth Thursday at The Purple Turtle.

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.

For Dressing Up

Contrariety Rose
Vintage style handmade clothes and accessories by local designer Louise Butland.

Adrienne Henry Millinery
Vintage style hats and headwear by local designer Adrienne Henry.

Dance, Music & History Resources

Audio Podcasts

Swing Stuff Podcast
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.

The Track Podcast
In-depth & candid conversations with swing dancers, musicians, DJs, competitors, and instructors from the world of Lindy Hop with Ryan Swift.

Blogs & Websites

Obsidian Tea
A blog that celebrates Black Culture, context, and history written by Grey Armstrong.

Yehoodi
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.

Swung Over
Dancing/Vintage blog by Bobby White.

Dance World Takeover
Dancing blog by Rebecca Brightly.

Wandering & Pondering
Dancing blog by Jerry Almonte.

Lindy Shopper
Vintage attire and shopping guide by Laura Windley.

FilmS & VIDEO Resources

Alive & Kicking
A documentary about the contemporary swing dance community. [Netlfix]

What Happened Miss Simone?
The story of singer and activist Nina Simone. [Netflix]

Ray
Biopic of singer Ray Charles. [Netflix]

Devil at the Crossroads
Documentary about singer Robert Johnson. [Netflix]

Swing Kids
Fictional film set in Germany in 1939 starring Christian Bale (1993). [Wikipedia]

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

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

Practice Swing: The Swungover* Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide To Improving Your Dancing
by Robert White

Swing Dance
by Scott Cupit

Blues Legacies And Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday 
by Angela Y. Davis

Blues People
by LeRoi Jones

Online Learning

Jenny Thomas
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.

Syncopated City
Online swing dance tuition from Evita Arce and Michael Jagger.

Ksenia Parkhatskaya
Online Solo Jazz and Charleston tuition from Ksenia Parkhatskaya.

iLindy
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.