Getting Started

Want to learn to swing dance from scratch? Just getting started? The Wednesday Club offers a class for Absolute Beginners at 6.30pm. You don’t need any dance experience whatsoever and you don’t need a partner. Come alone or with friends. You don’t even need to book, just show up! You can take these Beginners classes in any order and you can start at any time.

Class time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Dates: Most but not all Wednesdays. Check here for dates.
Level: for absolute beginners
Price: £15 for one class, or buy a multi-class card £40 for 4 classes!
Payment: Cash or card at the door. No pre-booking needed.

 


Free Class Offer

Want to try one of our Beginners classes for free? Well you can! Just print out this voucher, fill it in and bring to The Wednesday Club to take your first Beginners Swing Dance class completely free! Offer only valid to first-time students.

Free Swing Dance Class Voucher

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is swing dancing?
It’s a partner dance that is upbeat, social and a lot of fun! We teach the original swing dance from the 1930s and 1940s, called the Lindy Hop! Lindy Hop was born in New York in the late 1920s and became a worldwide dance craze during the swing era. It’s having a huge revival around the world now, and London is one of the best cities in the world to dance it. Swing dancing is done to big band swing music and it’s irresistibly toe-tapping!

What is the level of this class?
This course is for absolute beginners, no experience needed. All ages are welcome.

When can I start?
You can start any time! There are new students starting every week, so we will always teach the basics from scratch.

Who are the teachers?
The Wednesday Club teachers are Josh & Sharon:

Josh Harvey-Gomez hails from Los Angeles where he grew up dancing pure LA style Lindy Hop, learning directly from swing dance legends Bart Bartello, Hal Takier, Freda Wyckoff and many other original greats. He is internationally renowned for his smooth style, fearless fast feet, historical knowledge and passion for live jazz. Josh is the director of the Vintage Arts Asylum.

Sharon Davis is a world champion Lindy Hopper and the director of the European Swing Dance Championships. She has taught Lindy Hop all around the world, from Australia to Sweden, Argentina to Korea. She is a passionate teacher and her enthusiasm is infectious. You are guaranteed to leave her classes addicted to swing! Sharon’s teaching style is friendly and fun. Sharon runs the Jazz Music & Dance Co (affectionately known as JazzMAD).

What will I learn?
There are three footwork patterns used in swing dancing: the 6-count basic, the 8-count basic, and the Charleston basic. We spend about 4 classes in a row on each of these, so we cycle through all the swing dance fundamentals across roughly 12 classes. You can start at any time, and if you take 12 classes in a row, you’ll get through all the material. But you can also take these classes in any order and drop in when you want to. Most students stay in the Beginners level for 3-6 months.

What should I wear/bring?
Just wear comfortable clothes that allow for unrestricted movement. Jeans and a t-shirt (or anything similar) would be perfect. Swing dancers usually wear flat, closed shoes, so tennis shoes for example are fine. Read a blog article all about swing dance shoes here.

What if I have to miss one of the classes?
Don’t worry! You can drop in to these Beginner classes whenever you can. It doesn’t matter if you miss a class, or don’t come to sequential classes. You can take these classes in any order and start any time.

When I’ve finished, what class can I do next?
When you feel confident that you’ve mastered this level, you can move on to our Swing Dance Intermediate classes at 7.30pm! Most students take 3-6 months of Beginners classes before moving up to Intermediate. Some students like to take both classes together for a while, to transition.