Join The Swing Era community and learn how to dance authentic Lindy Hop on drop-in Monday evenings in Digbeth and Wednesday evenings in Harborne. Whether you are a complete beginner, improver or intermediate lindy hop dancer, join us fo a chance to learn and social dance to authentic vintage music.
- Fantastic style & moves
- The best vintage music from the 20’s 30’s 40’s 50’s
- Passionate, knowledgeable teachers
- Fun, friendly environment
- No partner required
- A brilliant way to get active
- A great night for socializing
St Anne’s Parish Centre, Alcester Street, B12 0PH, Birmingham (click for directions)
Level 1 7pm – 7.45pm
Social dance 7.45 – 8pm (L1/L2 practice)
Level 2 8pm – 8.45pm
Social dance 8.45 – 9pm (L2/L3 practice)
Level 3 9pm – 9.45pm
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Vivian Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0DN (Click for directions)
Level 1 8pm – 9pm
We’ve just started new classes in Harborne! Come to our Level 1 drop-in classes at St Mary’s Parish Centre every Wednesday from 8-9pm. We will then go to the Arco Lounge for a drink and to socialise afterwards. Teachers Jack and Carissa will introduce you to this exciting vintage dance!
First class started on 28th March.
There will be no class on 11th July because of England being in the Semi Finals of the World cup!
Join Jack for our last class and Summer drinks on Wednesday 18th July.
He will be teaching the Shim Sham. We will then have a break for the summer and start our Wednesday night classes back up on 5th September.
Level descriptions Drop-ins
We offer our drop-in classes on three levels. These levels are not the same as the levels in our courses, since these are progressive courses and you will work through the material faster.
Level 1 (Monday, Wednesday). This is the class for people who have never danced lindy hop before. Drop-in Level 1 is for people who want to give the lindy hop a go to see if it is something for them. During Level 1 drop-ins you will learn 6 count lindy hop, 8 count lindy hop and Charleston. We teach a different rhythm every month, and we recommend that you do at least three months before you consider starting in Level 2. You will learn to have good connection with your partner, how to dance at a different range of tempos, musicality and have lots of fun.
Level 2 (Monday). In this level you will learn to combine the basic rhythms that you have learned in Level 1 (6 count, 8 count and Charleston). Plus you will be learning lots of authentic lindy hop moves (including the swing out) and really strengthen your technique and skills in lead-follow. We recommend this class for dancers who have progressed from Level 1, and also dancers who have been dancing for longer and are looking to strengthen their overall technique.
Note: If you are thinking of attending our Level 2 Drop-ins then please contact your teachers before doing so. We recommend all dancers who want to progress to a next level to come and have a chat with us as well. You might be asked to have a dance with your teacher, and they will really help you to understand what would be the right level for your development.
Level 3 (Monday). In this level you will build on your solid foundation from level 1 and 2, and learn more complex authentic jazz moves, variations and musicality.
Note: If you are thinking of attending our Level 3 Drop-ins then please contact your teachers before doing so. We recommend all dancers who want to progress to a next level to come and have a chat with us as well. You might be asked to have a dance with your teacher, and they will really help you to understand what would be the right level for your development.
Socialising on the night
We run free socials between classes for you to practice and socialise with your fellow students. On Mondays we often go to the nearby Spotted Dog pub for some drinks, to play a few tunes and have a dance. On Wednesdays we invite you to stay around at the Arco Lounge for a drink (and perhaps a tune) after class. You are welcome to join us!
£7.50 a class
£6 for students (show valid student card)
£14 for two classes (Monday only. Level 1 and 2, or Level 2 and 3)
£14 couple drop-in
£25 couple drop-in same night (Monday only)
£60 for a 10 Classes card (Buy on Monday/Wednesday night at desk. To be used for drop-ins only, within 6 months after purchase, not transferrable to others)
£40 for a Students 10 class card