Joo-Lee Andy as Your Guest Teachers

Want to bring the fun and energy of Lindy Hop to your community or event? We offer a selection of classes guaranteed to get everyone moving and smiling. 

Got something else in mind? Let's have a chat! Contact us here.

Taster Classes for Beginners

Lindy Hop Level 1

Learn how to Lindy Hop and have fun with this social dancing style. We’ll get your feet moving as you learn to swing out and turn with the music.

Lindy Hop Level 2

Time to get playful with the Lindy Hop as we show you how to hit the music breaks, feel the rhythm and add a real swing style to your dancing.

Hand-to-Hand Charleston Level 1

Learn how to dance the Charleston with a partner – a cheeky dance that gives you plenty of scope to show off your personal style.

Solo Charleston Level 1 --- Joo-Lee

Add some solo jazz steps to your Charleston and boost the style of your partner dancing. Learn how to stretch, twist, and add fancy footwork and arms to you movement. 

Swing & Blues Level 1

Time to slow down the tempo a little and learn how dancing to different parts of the music helps to create a variety of moods.

Shim Sham

AThis group line dance started in Harlem in the 1930s and is now performed at swing dances all over the world. Join in for lots of fun with rhythms and styling.

The Fine Art of DJing --- Andy

Interested in DJing? Or want to know what DJs do? This is a rare chance to learn from one of the UK’s top swing and blues DJs. Andy will share his knowledge of equipment, choosing music, reading the floor, making a set flow and a dancefloor come alive. 

You don’t even need a dance floor for this - just a 6 ft table near a power supply and somewhere for people to sit.


About Joo-Lee & Andy

Joo-Lee & Andy of ‘DJam Swing Dance Festival’ have coached actors to dance in TV dramas including United starring David Tennant. Always engaging and fun, they love to share their joy of the Lindy Hop through their classes and workshops.

Longer Bio

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DJ Andy

Andy is one of the UK’s top swing and blues DJs and much sought after by international swing dance festivals such as Herrang, Chase Festival, Swing Summit & Hullazpoppin to name a few.  

DJ Andy - longer bio

Andy Lewis has been DJing since a magical moment in 2007, when he watched a small change in the energy and tempo of the music galvanise and rejuvenate a dance floor. He has gone on to develop his DJing for Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues, and has a real talent for picking out music that is aimed at dancers. He loves to work the atmosphere of a floor, creating a flow of music and energy that inspires dancers to create extraordinary moments in their dancing. He has DJ’d many times at events in the UK and across Europe, including ESDC, DJam, Herrang, Snowball, ELX, Hullzapoppin, LSF, Spoonful, Blues Baby Blues and Tenhola, amongst many others.


Videos

 

Put a Swing in Your Step & Do a Charleston!

Do a Charleston for an outdoot event

Pactising with beginners after a workshop

A lesson recap after a beginner's class

Workshops for Improvers/Intermediates

 "How to Dance with Confidence”

To dance with confidence, you need control over your basics. To dance with confidence, you need some classic tools in your dance toolkit that you can pull out without having to think. To dance with confidence, you need to know how to respond to the music and to your partners. 
 
This workshop is designed for improver/intermediate dancers. If you already have some basics in place, want to make the most of what you have and take it to the next level, this is the one for you.
 
We'll show you:
How to make the most of Jazz Steps
How to make simple jazz steps look stylish in social dancing 
How to use jazz steps to jazz up our Lindy Hop
How to add jazz steps in musically appropriate parts of our social dancing
 
How to use our arms & other body parts 
How to use our posture to help us to move with ease & improve our connection 
How to use our arms to lead/follow with better connection 
How to create movement & redirect or hijack our partner’s intentions
   
How to dance to music 
How to dance to very slow or very fast music

How to know when the music is about to end & what to do about that

How to know when to do 6 or 8 count triple steps
How to know when to dance Charleston or Lindy Hop or Jazz steps or a combination in one swing track
How to dance to music that has no clear beat or structure
How to use swing phrasing to make your dancing feel and look good
How to dance with a better sense of rhythm
How to stop dancing to just the beat & start add more rhythm to your Lindy Hop
 
How to improvise with style & confidence
How to improvise without feeling lost or confusing our partner
How to improvise without disrupting the flow of the dance
How to improvise using simple rhythm combinations 
How to be free to dance without being stuck to certain footwork patterns
How to dance without having to think or concentrate on our moves