Weekly Classes

Our new courses starting 7 September will focus on ‘Getting Ready to Social Dance’. These 6-week courses will give you the skills to enjoy social dance events through:

·      Mastering your own movement

·      Improving your dance vocabulary

·      Improving your leading and following skills

6-week courses from 7 September 19:30-21:00

  • Tuesday classes will be on Zoom
  • Wednesday classes will be at St Aidan's Church Hall DH1 5BL 

Click here to book your spot.

The most effective ways to hone your partner dancing skills are:

Mastering your own movement- if you’re not in control of your own movement and coordination, this affects your dance partner.

Improving your dance vocabulary-this means learning as many moves as you can BEFORE you partner up. That way, you’ll have the confidence to dance with dancers of different levels when social dancing is back again.

Improving your leading and following skills-this can be done with ‘shadow dancing,’ where no physical contact is needed. Often, dancers over-rely on physical contact to help them lead or follow and this can affect the flow of the dance.

Do you want to be confident with all of this and more?

Get yourself back into the swing of things for the social dancing come back with our next course which starts 7th September. Click here to book your spot.

Here’s What You Get:

·      Get warmed up and ready with the Shim Sham as you start sprinkling in variations and building your improv skills

·      Polish one chunk of the Big Apple and start using the vocabulary for social dancing

·      Enjoy Andy’s Music Talk and see how easy it is to dance with more musical understanding with a little push in the right direction

·      Have fun with an engaging quiz and makes dancing to new swing tracks easier than ever before 

Who is this course suitable for?

·      If you have some experience of the Big Apple but your memory of some of the moves or some of the sections is a bit inconsistent, this course is designed for you.

·      If you want to find out how your skills developed through the Shim Sham & Big Apple can be used for social dancing and improvising, this course is designed for you.

·      If you want to take the guesswork out of dancing to swing music so that you can social dance with confidence when there are irregular patterns in the music such as breaks, solos, bridges, intros, endings, instrumentals, and general ‘twiddly’ bits, this course is designed for you.

Got a Question?

Do email info@lindy-jazz.co.uk if you have any questions. Here are some questions and answers which we hope you find helpful.

Qs 1 - Are your September lessons going to be face to face?

Ans - The Wednesday classes are face to face at St Aidan's Church Hall, Durham DH1 5BL

Qs 2 - Do I have to bring a partner, or can I come as a solo dancer?

Ans - You can come on your own, come with friends or bring a partner

Qs 3 - Can you drop into classes or do you have to block book them?

Ans - The classes are designed to make a real difference to your skills and confidence in social dancing. Therefore, attending the classes as part of a progressive course will help you to enjoy the experience more.

Qs 4 - What happens if you miss a week?

Ans - The course gives you much more than an hour's class. In addition to step-by-step tuition each week, you will get access to videos of the lesson material so that you can practise in between the classes as well as catch up with any lessons you may miss. All course members will also be added to a Messenger group so that you can ask questions or get help with the moves you're practising. You can choose to get as much or as little as you want from this course.

Qs 5 - How many courses are being offered in September?

Ans - Two courses. Tuesday classes will be on Zoom

Wednesday classes will be at St Aidan's Church Hall DH1 5BL

Click here to book your spot in our adult dance classes.

What People Say

Woodhorn booked Lindy-Jazz to perform on August Bank Holiday Monday as our major exhibition at the time was about Northumberland during WWII. The period music and dancing displays brought the exhibition theme and the museum site to life in a fun, friendly and accessible way. Lindy-Jazz were very professional to work with, and I would recommend them wholeheartedly. We were particularly impressed with how the group engaged with our visitors, spending time chatting with them about the music and dancing alongside their impressive performances.

Liz RitsonExhibitions and Events Officer, Woodhorn QEII Country Park

“It gave me time to develop an alternative understanding of lindy away from step patterns and moves”

Having a private lesson meant I had a consistent partner and therefore the opportunity to try different approaches to the same move. We were able to discuss what worked better, worse, or just differently.

Appreciating common "ideas" like triple step, pulse, stretch, kick down, and beginning to feel comfortable with them helped by allowing me to focus on other ideas, whilst maintaining communication with my partner.

I now have a better understanding that communication between dance partners improves with a good connection. Non-visual communication adds to the dance and is something that watching a demonstration can’t teach; I don’t get it until I feel it.

It’s fun to dance with the teacher; they love dancing too. 

If you know what you want but are looking for a way to get there; Or if you do not know what you want but know you want to learn, I would recommend a private lesson with Joo-Lee.

Dave AnonLindy Jazz member

As always, Lindy Jazz are always a pleasure to work with. It's always impressive to see how organised the operation is - a well oiled machine. It was especially good seeing how the tempo of the evening was kept at a great pace, the atmosphere was held throughout and the hosting skills were impeccable - genuinely impressive stuff.

Carlo ViglianisiDirector, Emptyshop & Brass Festival Fringe

Just a note to say thanks to you and your dancers for Friday night - all the feedback tells me it was rockin' in there!

Lisa VickersEvents and Communications Manager, Women Into the Network (WIN)

Many many thanks to you and Andy for running such a superb day and night of events!  I know that those participating really enjoyed themselves and I have had a lot of good comments about the Friday night.   I appreciated all your efficient management of everything and hope that we can work together again.

Louise ButlerExfactor Limited

Having danced for a year now, I find that Lindy Jazz beginner lessons are still useful due to their emphasis on technique, which can always be improved by dancers of any level. Lindy Jazz is unique in its beginner lesson content, which inspires people to be creative.  Rather than giving a set routine of moves, they teach a strong foundation of moves and encourage people to use them in any order, and to go further by coming up with their own variations. This ensures that all dances are kept fun and interesting for both leads and follows.

I would undoubtedly recommend a private lesson with Joo-Lee due to her in-depth focus on fundamental technique, which underpins everything about lindy hop. The advice I was given has long since stuck with me and I have seen a marked improvement in my dancing abilities since.

Michael Wall

I would like to thank you and Andy for your wonderful presentation of the Lindy Hop Blues dance at our Equality Awards on Friday. The dance, which was beautifully executed, lent atmosphere to the occasion and was extremely well received.  I would certainly be more than pleased to recommend you for any such event, thank you again. 

Liz ReayChief Executive, Equality North East