This is your chance to learn the Swingout - from SCRATCH!
The Swing Out is the exciting dynamic move that started it all, and without which we wouldn’t have Lindy Hop, Rock and Roll, Jive, or any number of other dances! People spend a lifetime mastering this incredible move - so come, get started, and learn how the old-timers did it.
Not aimed at absolute beginners as a basic understanding of basic rhythms would be useful. So, if you have been to at least 6 Lindy Hop classes and you can rock step and triple step for 30 seconds, then this class will be perfect for you!
Sunday 7 January
12:00 Session 1 – Building Blocks
Let’s build the foundation for an exciting and dynamic Swingout. To do this, we’ll learn about the best way to move our feet, our legs, our arms – well, let’s get our body to move with ease before asking it to multi-task with those amazing variations.
12:45 Session 2 - Get the rhythm.
No rhythm? No worries! We’ll show you the simple secrets to get you feeling the beat and dancing to the rhythm.
13:30 Session 3 – Perfect Connection
Connection is key to the incredible feeling of a great Swing out so let’s discover the little things that make it easy to lead or follow as partners.
14:15 Session 4 – Dynamic and stylish variations
Once you have a good understanding of the basics, you will be able to spice it up more easily and confidently.
15:00 - 16:00 - Swing Out Practice (Optional)
If you have booked for at least one of these sessions, you're welcome to join in the Practice for free. It's included in your ticket.
The legendary Dawn Hampton once said that if you want to improve your dancing, there is no better way than to dance all forms of dance. This, in many ways, has been Joo-Lee’s own philosophy and experience. Joo-Lee danced ballet as a child, was inspired and taught by the Jiving Lindy Hoppers since 1993 and has trained and gained social dance experience in Lindy Hop, Contemporary, Street, Salsa, Jive and Tap, all of which have influenced Joo-Lee’s own individual creative style.
Joo-Lee has a contagious enthusiasm for both dancing and teaching, ensuring an energy and buzz to any class or event she’s involved with. Highly qualified, Joo-Lee’s background is as a former director of performing arts, as well as having had formal training in music and, most recently, life coaching, all of which combine to produce a highly effective, ever inspiring talent and expertise for building dance confidence and improving skills, performance and techniques in dancers of all levels. Above all, Joo-Lee advocates that those who enjoy learning will in turn learn more and will learn more quickly. Given the thousands of people she has worked with, together with her warm, relaxed nature, it is no surprise that Joo-Lee has successfully demonstrated that this is very much the case!
Andy is very much our music man! His overt passion for jazz, swing and blues has inevitably led to an extensive, ever growing music collection to be proud of and this, together with his innate musicality and dance knowledge has ensured Andy’s reputation as a highly acclaimed Swing and Blues DJ, invited to play at numerous events all over the world! Lindy Jazz are thrilled to claim Andy as our own resident DJ and it goes without saying that each event is guaranteed to offer the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable dance experience, with a carefully managed atmosphere through music sensitive to the dancer’s every mood.
This instinctive understanding of music has leant itself to Andy’s trademark smooth, connected and highly musical dance style!
Andy’s dance background began in the world of ballroom in 1990, followed by a growing passion for Modern Jive and an increasing devotion to blues dance and Lindy Hop, further fuelling his enthusiasm for social dance. Andy can boast a most impressive foundation for his dance training, having studied with top teachers such as Frankie Manning, Steven Mitchell, Peter Loggins and Russell Sargeant. Other influences include Salsa, Ballroom and Argentine Tango and his extensive experience, combined with Andy’s friendly, easy-going attitude have resulted in an accessible, motivational and connection-based teaching style which encourages everyone to feel welcome and included, promotes a relaxed environment and delivers positive responses from all our Lindy Hoppers!