The Takeover is a brand new concept from The Swing Era, bringing a weekend of higher level Intermediate/Advanced dance workshops to dancers in Birmingham.
The idea is that other swing dance schools around the UK and beyond will come to Birmingham to Takeover our School for a weekend offering exciting workshops.
For our first Takeover we’re super excited to bring Tina and Rob (& baby Talia) from Swing Dance Leeds to Birmingham on November 10th and 11th 2018 for 2 days of exciting workshops for Intermediate and Advanced Lindy hop dancers.
Intermediate: You have danced Lindy Hop for at least 6 months
Advanced: You have danced Lindy Hop for at least 12 months
SCHEDULE: Saturday 10th November Intermediate Level
12-1.30pm Shake up your Lindy (unusual variations)
1.30 – 2.30pm Lunch
2.30 – 4pm Inspiration and Personality or Playful Lindy (musicality)
4 – 5pm Practice time
Sunday 11th November Advanced Level
12-1.30pm Tandem Madness (cool tandem Charleston moves)
1.30 – 2.30pm Lunch
2.30 – 4pm How to be an Awesome Partner (energy, stretch and connection)
4 – 5pm Practice time
For this event we’re releasing couple tickets only (balanced Lead/follow, non-gender specific as always)
Hot Ginger and The Swing Era have teamed up to bring exciting social dances to Birmingham with internationally experienced DJ’s playing high quality Vintage swing music. We’ll start you off with a swing dance taster workshop (different theme every month!) then we’ll have a great afternoon of social dancing.
12-1pm 1920s Charleston workshop with Millie & Martyn (Open to All Levels)
1-4pm Social dance
1920s Charleston workshop
get stuck in with this decadent pre-decessor of Lindy Hop that was danced during the infamous Prohibition Era. Think Roaring twenties, flapper and speakeasies. Also, 1920s Charleston is another one of those dance styles that is perfect to dance fast music…
Introducing: The tiniest social dance floor in the world!
‘Swing at The Bothy’ is the notorious biweekly swing social dance run by The Swing Era, a swing dance school in Birmingham (United Kingdom). The Bothy is a shed with rustic charm in the beer garden of the beautiful independent Prince of Wales pub in Moseley. ‘ Swing at the Bothy’ is sometimes referred to as Birmingham’s version of Herrang… but then a tiny notch smaller! Ever since The Swing Era started running classes at a nearby dance school in 2014 the students have come to The Bothy for a drink and a dance after class.
We boldly make the claim that THIS IS the tiniest social dance floor in the world! Is there anyone who can beat this?
5×3 meter (15m2)
Record number of 43 swing dancers dancing at the same time (2017)
Record number of 14 swing dance couple dancing at the same time (2018)
A 5 piece swing band performing live (2017) (see video below)
Performances of the Shim Sham, Tranky Do and… even The Big Apple take place regularly (see video below)
Other fun facts:
The DJ booth is the first seat on the bench on the left (everybody knows this)
Dancers have travelled from far and wide to attend this social: USA, Canada, Romania, Lithuania, Portugal, Korea, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Nigeria, Australia, Scotland, France, Wales, Mexico, Greece, Spain and India
Regular visitors are now masters in floor craft
See ‘Swing at The Bothy’ in action!
The Big Apple performed to a 5-piece swing band in The Bothy:
The Shim Sham record in The Bothy:
Visit the tiniest social dance floor in the world!
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
8-9pm Beginners social dance practice
9-11pm social dance
swing dance lessons birmingham west midlands lindy hop
Come and join us for our popular lindy hop taster classes at Cherry Red’s in Birmingham City Centre (88-92 John Bright St, B1 1BN). This taster Lindy hop class at 7pm, which is open to everyone who is interested in trying this exciting vintage dance style for the first time. After the class there will be a change to socialise with a drink at this lovely venue.
For existing dancers: this is a great opportunity to bring a friend along, who is new to lindy hop!
Ticket CLASS: £7 (on door)Check out http://theswingera.co.uk/swing-dancing-at-cherrys/
An amazing opportunity came up for The Swing Era to host a social dance in the Great Western Arcade. This Grade-2 listed Victorian shopping arcade is one of Birmingham’s finest historical landmarks. It is only a short stroll from Birmingham New Street.
We will be dancing for 30 minutes only so be on time!
Date: Saturday 27th of August
Time: 13.40pm – 14.10pm
Location: B2 5HU.