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 Jason Foster & Jemima Hewett –

SATURDAY  11 MAY

An afternoon of Lindy Hop classes with the delightful Jemima Hewett and Jason Foster! Read on for more info…

YOUR TEACHERS

Jemima has been a Swing dancer for 10 years, and has more than 7 years of teaching experience, which includes running a vernicular jazz fitness class in Portsmouth. Jemima has travelled across Europe to dance swing, including venturing to Istanbul, Portugal, Belgium and Budapest. She spent three months living in Toulouse, taking classes with International swing dance teachers who have won first, second and third places in the International Lindy Hop Championships.

As well as having a passion for teaching dance, Jemima also loves to perform. In 2019 she will perform at four festivals across the UK, and hopes the list will continue to grow!

Jason has been teaching swing dance lessons in the Portsmouth area for over five years and has been dancing for more than ten. Jason’s first international dance camp was Goodnight Sweetheart, UK, in 2007; since then he has travelled all over Europe, the UK and the USA to learn from some of the world’s most acclaimed swing dancers and instructors.

As well as teaching in the local area, Jason has also instructed at some of the UK’s premier Lindy events including the London Swing Festival, Newcastle Swing Thing and Future Sound of Swing in Leeds. Jason has competed on a number of occasions and has been successful in various categories including Jack & Jills and Strictly Lindy events.

WORKSHOP CONTENT

Time to dance means time to play! Three classes dedicated to playing – with shapes, with connection and with the music.

These lessons will give you the opportunity to think outside of the 8-beat and 6-beat rhythms we use so often in our dancing, explore different ways to connect with your partner and learn a few moves and variations to adapt your dancing to highlight the music.

TICKETS & BOOKING

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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.

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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 Improver dancers 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!