Workshops

Just as dancing with different partners is important for a swing dancers’ development so is learning from different teachers. They bring with them a wealth of new content, perspectives, style and ideas that help layer and enrich your dancing.

Similarly, our workshops aren’t always about partnered lindy hop either. We hope to also broaden your swing dancing experience with other dance styles, like Charleston, Collegiate  Shag, Balboa and Blues, and push your boundaries as individual dancers with solo workshops too.

Coming Up Next!

– Lindy Hop with Stephanie & Peter Grange –

SATURDAY 12 MAY

We’re stoked to announce that our next special guest workshop in May! We have the wonderful Steph and Pete Grange visiting us from London for an afternoon of classes dedicated to leveling up your Lindy Hop!

TEACHERS: STEPHANIE & PETER GRANGE

Steph and Pete are a swing dancing duo who originally hail from New Zealand and have been dancing and teaching together since 2010.  Having competed all over New Zealand and Australia, these two Kiwis thought it was time for a challenge, and made the move to London in 2014. They are both currently employed as swing dance teachers for Swing Patrol London teaching at King’s Cross on a Wednesday night. They’re big on rhythm and love to teach people about pulse and musicality.

Steph is a full time Music teacher during the day, but by night is totally devoted to all things lindy hop. Her love of dance stems from a very young age when she was introduced to solo jazz dancing early on. Since then, Steph has gone on to develop a real passion for swing dancing, teaching and performing.
Peter is a structural engineer and loves to chat about concrete when he’s not swinging-out on the dance floor. Pete stumbled across swing dancing eight-years ago and has been hooked ever since.

WORKSHOP CONTENT

Class 1: Upgrade Your Lindy!

Leading and following variations on basic shapes to develop repertoire and learn new ways to connect.

Class 2: I Got Rhythm!

Rhythm variations for both leads and follows and how to use them within the context of basic shapes.

Class 3: Hit That Break!

Dancing with an understanding of phrasing and musicality for an improved connection with each other and the music.

TICKETS & BOOKING

*Tickets go on sale now – Book yours online!  *

Workshop is £25 per person and includes cake and refreshments + free entry to our Reading Swing Jam social in the evening! For notifications on updates please join our Facebook event.

WORKSHOP VENUE

This workshop will be held at Watlington House Community Hall (accessed via South Street), the home of Reading Swing Jam.
Address: 44 Watlington Street, RG1 4 Reading, England

WORKSHOP LEVEL

This workshop will be are suitable for all level of dancers from Improvers to those Intermediate/Advanced. There’ll be something for everyone and a new perspective on the dance is always worth investing in!

CLASS SCHEDULE

1:30pm – 1:50pm   Event Registration
1:50pm – 2:00pm    Welcome & Teacher Introductions
2:00pm – 3:00pm   1st Class
3:00pm – 3:15pm   1st Break
3:15pm – 4:15pm   2nd Class
4:15pm – 4:30pm   2nd Break
4:30pm – 5:30pm   3rd Class

8:00pm – 12:00am   Reading Swing Jam Social

EVENING SOCIAL

Reading Swing Jam is our monthly social dance at the Community Hall at Watlington House (accessed via South Street), where we play DJed swing music and dance the night away. It’s a great place to practice, hang out, meet new people from near and afar as well as discover inspiration and new moves! If you come to this workshop you entry to the social is FREE! Visit our webpage for full details.

Check out our handy beginner’s guide to socials for more info on what to expect!


– Blues Workshop with Becky & Alain –

SATURDAY 19 MAY

Join us for our first full day Blues workshop with the brilliant Becky and Alain from London! Full workshop details coming soon but for now, save the date!

TEACHERS: BECKY NORRIS & ALAIN ANDRIEUX

Becky found blues dancing in 2012 and after just one night she was hooked. She went on to discover swing dancing and balboa, but blues has remained her main love. Becky has regularly taught blues since 2016 and has been a part of The Down and Outs and The Dixie Dinahs performance troupes. She’s performed and competed around Europe both alongside troupes and on her own. She’s known for her creativity, isolations and stupid jokes. Becky mainly loves being able to connect with her students and share the thing that she’s most passionate about. Check out this video of Becky dancing to music by by the musician Oscilliard. ..

Alain has always felt a visceral need to move to music. He has studied quite a few partnered dance styles but it’s really Blues that he fell in love with, many years ago.  Alain travels regularly for dance, DJing and performing as part of the Down & Out performance troupe. He has taught in Belgium, Germany and the USA and regularly teaches at Stompin’ The Blues in London. As a dance geek, Alain has a reputation for technical precision. His current interests lie in Blues idiom dance vocabulary, rhythms and music theory, as well as postural improvement for all.  And cheese! Check out Alain dancing during this studio practice…

WORKSHOP CONTENT

Class 1: Choose your own adventure!

A light but challenging introduction on the essentials of leading and following. We’ll use a base movement and teach you multiple endings. By the end you’ll be able to seamlessly move between the different options using your Jedi blues skills.

Class 2: The perfect hug.

Using our freshly practiced leading and following skills we’ll delve into the nitty gritty of close embrace. Expect to move around the floor with grace and experience the delicious sensations it can bring.

Class 3: Turn it up to 11!

Seeing as we’ve worked so hard on our technical skills let’s put them to good use! We will have fun using turns and changes of directions to create dynamic movements that’ll make you go ‘oooooooohhhhhh’.

TICKETS & BOOKING

Tickets go on sale noon Saturday 10th March  *

Workshop is £20 per person and includes cake and refreshments + 2-hour social dance after the workshop! For notifications on updates please join our Facebook event.

WORKSHOP & SOCIAL VENUE

This workshop will be held at Watlington House Community Hall (accessed via South Street). Address: 44 Watlington Street, RG1 4 Reading, England

WORKSHOP LEVEL

This workshop will be are suitable for all level of dancers and will aim to hone fundamental technique and movement quality as well as working up toward more advanced concepts. There’ll be something for everyone and a new perspective on the dance is always worth investing in!

EVENING SOCIAL & GROUP MEAL!

Included with your workshop ticket is a 2-hour social dance after the workshop (same venue) where you can practice workshop material or relax and let your hair down! Check out our handy beginner’s guide to socials for more info on what to expect.

Afterward, we’re all headed for a group meal at Comptoir Libanais at the Oracle Riverside, the perfect way to wind down after the event and get to know our Blues community!

EVENT SCHEDULE

1:30pm – 1:50pm   Event Registration
1:50pm – 2:00pm    Welcome & Teacher Introductions
2:00pm – 3:00pm   1st Class
3:00pm – 3:15pm   1st Break
3:15pm – 4:15pm   2nd Class
4:15pm – 4:30pm   2nd Break
4:30pm – 5:30pm   3rd Class

5:45pm – 7:45pm   Blues Social

8:00pm     Group meal at Comptoir Libanais at the Oracle Riverside.