Want to learn to swing dance?

Groups of people at a Dance event.

Come and join CheltenhamSwing.Dance! We are a friendly group of Lindy Hoppers who will introduce you to the amazing world of partner dancing. We teach Lindy Hop on Wednesdays at Dowty Sports and Social Club in Staverton (just outside Cheltenham) as well as running swing dance events.

No experience? No problem! If you are total novice with two left feet, or Fred and Ginger in disguise, please come and join us. There is always a warm welcome and lots of fun to be had.

What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop is the mother of all the swing dances, sometimes called Jitterbug, it’s the forerunner of Modern Jive, Boogie Woogie, Rock and Roll, Ceroc and much more. Its origins are firmly as an African-American dance, which originated in the 1920s and 30s in Harlem, New York.

With Lindy Hop it’s all about the music – think Duke Ellington, Count Basie, The Rat Pack and Ella Fitzgerald – with a bit of Michael Bublé thrown in. It’s a partner dance which just keeps evolving. Above all, it is full of energy and fun, great exercise and a brilliant way of making new friends. 

Original Lindy Hoppers famous photo
Photo By Gjon Mili – Original publication: Life Magazine, 1943.
Willa Mae Ricker and Leon James, from the original dancers

Learn Lindy Hop with us

We run weekly Lindy Hop classes on a Wednesday at Dowty Sports and Social Club in Staverton, just outside Cheltenham. We follow the local school terms so we are there most weeks. Everyone is welcome, partner or no partner. We rotate people in all our classes so you are never alone. Beginners are always very welcome! Why not check out our newbies page if you are new to dancing?

Class Information

Classes follow school terms.

19:00 – Doors open
19:15 – Beginners’ Class
20:15 – Intermediate/Improvers’ Class

£6 for one class; £8 for two classes. Pay on the door; cash or card. Dowty Sports and Social Club (GL2 9QH). No partner required.

Photo credit: FvA Photography
2 people dancing Lindy Hop

CheltenhamSwing.Dance is a not-for-profit organisation and commits to running Safer Spaces for dancing. CheltenhamSwing.dance commits to honouring the roots of Lindy Hop and all the dances that came from it.

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