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Lead, Follow, Swingout!

About the Workshop

A LINDY HOP Intermediate workshop on how to Swing Out with confidence.

So, you’ve been busy learning a whole bunch of moves. Do you remember everything? Do your moves work when you social dance with dancers who haven’t done that exact class and those exact moves? Perhaps what you’ve just learnt doesn’t work because you haven’t had the chance to consolidate anything. Then at social dances, you end up sitting out…. again.

Don't do what I did when I went to Herrang, my first ever swing camp. I wasted a couple of nights hiding behind the curtains when I should have just plucked up the courage and joined in. But I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know how to Swing Out and I couldn’t keep up. That’s why I am now so passionate about teaching workshops that focus on basics.

This is the thing, if you want to social dance ‘properly’, you really need to get to grips with the basics and that includes the SWING OUT…. Don’t worry about the complicated moves for now. Let’s ‘pursue simple’ and ‘get fancy’ later. 

In the ‘Lead, Follow, Swing Out’ workshop, we will be taking you step-by-step and sharing with you our BEST techniques to build up your Swing Out toolkit and take the guesswork out of social dancing. 

We will also help you to fill in any gaps in your technique so you feel that you can dance at top social events such as DJam, which is attended by hundreds of experienced and amazing dancers. 

Social events that are busy with a dance floor full of confident experts dancing to incredibly fast music can be intimidating, but they don’t have to be. We’ll get you ready for DJam, where you will see many familiar faces as well as meet new friends. It’s world renown for being one of the friendliest international swing dance events with some of the best teachers so it’s the perfect event to go to if you’re keen to improve your dancing.

Join Andy and me (Joo-Lee) as we walk you through what it takes to build your Swing Out toolkit and boost your social dancing skills.

In this workshop, you will learn:

1. How to lead followers who respond differently than you'd expect
2. How to follow well when you don’t know what your leaders are leading
3 How to stop looking awkward and stop feeling awkward
4. The BIGGEST mistakes that improver dancers make (that are causing them stress & wasting their time)
5. What you must do if you want to social dance with confidence

Book now as places are limited to 20 dancers only:

When and Where?

Sunday, 8 January 2017 at Healthlands Gym
12:00-15:00 - Workshop

How Much?

Early Bird
Workshop Ticket

About the Teachers

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!