Big Apple & Shim Sham - Performance Skills

Get more out of your Big Apple  than ever before, see friends, and have fun all at the same time. How can you do it? By signing up for the new courses starting 1st June!

Imagine being able to dance through a whole routine from beginning to end with confidence, style, and flair like never before. Not only that, but because you’ll get advanced techniques from Joo-Lee & Andy, you will feel more natural and relaxed. By the end of this course, you’ll find that your dancing is more dynamic, expressive, and creative than you could ever imagine.

There’ll be no more over-thinking, stiff movements, or feeling like you just need to sit any of this out. Instead, you’ll be to have fun and improvise no matter where the music takes you.

When & Where

Big Apple and Shim Sham - Tuesdays at 19:30 On Zoom

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Is this really possible?

Yes, this is possible with a few ‘ifs’……

  1. If you show up every week or catch up by dancing along to the recorded lessons every week
  2. If you practise for 5 minutes every day or at least 30 minutes a week
  3. If you follow our recommended practice techniques
  4. If you ask questions
  5. If you record & watch yourself at least once a week

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 the Big Apple and start embracing the new confidence and freedom you now have
  • 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 current experience of the Big Apple but your memory of some of the moves or some of the sections are 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 guess work 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.

The Big Apple - as performed by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers!

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What People Say

I was skeptical of dancing lessons and didn’t know what to expect as there are so many different types however to be honest my first taster to Lindy hop at Procter & Gamble Sports & Social Club was great! It’s fun, energetic and I couldn’t stop smiling even when trying to remember some of my moves. The instructors were fantastic and this was obvious with the enthusiasm of the followers & leaders participating.
It was a nice end to the working day and I am already looking forward to next week’s lessons

Stuart PeacockHewlett-Packard

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

“You can pick up advice and pointers a lot more quickly in a private lesson”

Everyone has their own rate of learning and people pick up things in different ways/methods. Joo-Lee has a way of making the student relax and feel at ease… even me, who sometimes feels a bit awkward!

The detail you can go down to in a private lesson is far more than in a class full of students. When trying to focus on one particular area you find other things that may need looking at more closely.

It's not just dance practice but also the explanations behind it that I found interesting, I can't think of one thing that wasn't helpful about the advice that was given. 

I would recommend Joo-Lee to anyone. Her passion and real care for her student is always evident - she cares about the needs of the student. 

Graeme FlatmanLindy Jazz member

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

Joo-Lee has in depth knowledge of dance with fantastic people skills. However you are feeling at the beginning of a session you always feel happier at the end with a sense of achievement.
I would recommend Joo-Lee as an excellent team builder getting people to interact and working together towards a common goal.

Wayne MonkPartner, Gelders Bakery, Sunderland

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

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

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

I thought your interactive dance session was fabulous. It was new, innovative, enjoyable, broke down barriers very quickly and got people talking. However, my initial thoughts were very negative, it was not something that I wanted to get involved in and I could not see any value in “dancing”. Oh, how quickly I changed my mind! I believe that this is something that you should be promoting.

Bryan BurkeBKB-Consultancy

“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

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)