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Swing Dance Day in Barnard Castle

About the Workshop

Find out what it's like to learn the Lindy Hop and Charleston; which originated in Harlem, New York in the 1920s.

Choose from: Level 1 - Beginners/Improvers Level 2 - Improvers/Intermediates

Level 1 - No dance experience needed as this class is suitable for adult beginners and anyone who has had a few lessons but would appreciate having some clear basics

Level 2 - Choose this level if you are able to can carry out Lindy Hop & Charleston basics with confidence, for example, Rock Step, Triple Steps, Passbys, Swing Out, Basic 1920s Charleston

Classes will be taking place in 2 different rooms at The Hub.

These fun, easy-to-follow sessions are great as you can choose to do 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. Before you know it, you’ll be picking up the steps in no time!

Session 1 - 12:00-13:00, Session 2 - 13:15-14:15, Session 3 - 14:30-15:30  High Tea 15:30-16:30, Social Dance 17:00-19:00.

Your teachers are Joo-Lee & Andy from Durham and Helen & Rich from Cumbria.

Joo-Lee & Andy have helped thousands of adult beginners to find their dancing feet through their warm, engaging and entertaining style of teaching. You can expect them to break down the moves into simple steps so that your learning experience is easy and enjoyable.

Helen and Rich make their classes a lot of fun by their sense of humour and they build confidence in their dancers by their attention to detail. They love developing connection, musicality and flow in their dancing; believing simple things done well are beautiful!

Level 1 sessions are aimed at absolute beginners, so you don’t need to worry about not knowing the moves or the lingo, and you can expect a relaxed and informal atmosphere with everything being explained clearly and simply so you never miss a beat.

You don’t need a partner, or any previous experience whatsoever, so whether you sign up with friends, or just by yourself, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you will be taking the first step to learning a brand-new skill!

--How to Book -- Please book in advance as spaces will be limited. To get the most out of the workshops, do book all 3 sessions as the workshops will build up from the first one.

Your ticket includes all classes and evening dance

High Tea wil be served at 16:30 and can be ordered directly from Rachel Tweddle rachel.tweddle80@gmail.com

When and Where?

Saturday, 7 September 2019 at The Hub
12:00-13:00 - Session 1
13:15-14:15 - Session 2
14:30-15:30 - Session 3
15:30-16:30 - High Tea
17:00-19:00 - Social Dance

How Much?

Early Bird
Dance Pass

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!