It’s the first week in August, it’s a super busy time of year so we’ve decided to do something a little bit special this coming week. We’ve had lots of requests for this so I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be working on some solo jazz taught by Suzanne Grubham! Not only will this improve our styling and musicality when dancing Lindy Hop but we’ll get to work on those amazing routines – Tranky Doo and Shim Sham.
So if you get frustrated that you can’t join in when you see people flood to the dancefloor for these routines, or you want to add that bit of extra styling, then make sure you join us.
Wednesday at Alfie Bird’s we’re teaching one Shim Sham class at7.30pm followed by social dancing instead of our usual 2 classes. The following week (12th August) we’ll go back to our Improvers Lindy Hop class at7.15pm and Beginners Lindy Hop class at 8.15pm with social dancing after classes from9.15pm.
Thursday at the Dance Workshopwe’ll start work on the Tranky Doo in Improvers class at 6.45pm, and we’ll be working on some fun solo jazz in Beginners class at8pm. We’ll head to The Prince after classes for a drink and some social dancing.
Only £15 for a really fun 2 hour workshop for all levels!
11am – 12pm: First class
– short break –
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Second class
Have a nice lunch at The Dark Horse and then head into town for all the marvelous Jazz bands playing around the city for the Birmingham Jazz Festival.Places will be limited though, only 25 places so get your spot quick!
We’re also very excited about teaching taster classes there too, so don’t miss it! Check out the line-up and buy tickets for Mostly Jazz Festival here.
Katie has been swing dancing since 2007, but has danced her whole life. She spent 4 years living in Madrid where she taught Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa and Blues. Now back in her hometown, Birmingham, Katie is excited about helping to grow the burgeoning West Midlands scene.
Taking up swing dance classes with The Swing Era was the best decision I made in 2016. What started out as a fun way to get fit has since developed into a passion which I have every reason to believe will last for years.
Martyn and Suzanne are friendly, supportive, encouraging and a great team!
They are also great at working with people of all levels and experience, whilst always paying attention to the individual needs of each and every person. What I really enjoy about The Swing Era classes is that each lesson is really well structured, thought through and designed to continually improve your dancing with each and every class.
Classes with The Swing Era are always the most enjoyable and stimulating time of my week, I always look forward to them and always leave smiling wishing that I could just stay there the whole day.
I can hardly express in words just how grateful I am and how lucky I feel to have discovered The Swing Era; swing dancing has truly been the most fun, rewarding and motivating thing I have done in years.
Absolutely Superb! The Swing Era are absolutely amazing and their musicians and dance teachers added a fantastic element to what was an outstanding night held at Birmingham Town Hall for a graduation ball. The atmosphere throughout the night was spot on and was undoubtedly due to the professionalism and flexibility of Martyn and his team. Thank you so much for a fabulous night!
Before I started lessons with The Swing Era, I'd never danced before. I would always make an excuse and avoid it whenever possible. I assumed I couldn't! But Martyn, Suzanne and the team have helped me find confidence! They are great dancers, and great teachers! Lessons are well delivered, challenging and always incredibly fun! I would highly recommend you try a beginners class this year!
The Swing Era offer exciting, progressive Lindy Hop and Charleston lessons, as well as workshops, individual tuition and social dances. The classes are taught by teachers that clearly love what they do, and can accommodate the full range of skill sets presented in a single class so that each student comes away having learnt something new. Martyn and Suzanne have really helped me improve both my confidence and my dancing by providing such intensive, and supportive classes. Everyone should give The Swing Era a try!
I stared dance with Suzanne doing contemporary for about 6 months before discovering swing. She was such a fantastic teacher and when we discovered swing at Swingamajig and realised that she teaches with Martyn (who is an incredibly warm, welcoming and knowledgeable guy) we joined their classes and fell in love with the dance. On top of the incredible music and movement I enjoy in the classes, I think the best thing that has come out of this group is the community that has grown around it. Some of the friendliest and most down to earth people I've met have been through swing. It's such an open and welcoming community. I would recommend anyone thinking of trying it to check out The Swing Era!