Events

26 April 2024 – Social Dance

A social dance and live music event with a Buddy Holly Experience twist.

Get ready to push your limits and follow us into the 50s. Step into a night filled with the timeless, danceable, tunes of Buddy Holly, expertly delivered by the incredible singer-songwriter and guitarist Sunjay and band!

Dowty Sports and Social, 20:00 – 23:00. Tickets are £10.

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We will contact you if a return becomes available.

For this event we’re venturing into an early rock and roll, high energy vibe. Embrace the change, put on your dancing shoes, and join us for a social with live music from the Buddy Holly Experience. Swing DJ music between band sets.

In the spring of 2017, talented folk and blues guitarist Sunjay was invited to play Buddy Holly in the touring theatre show Buddy Holly & the Cricketers. UK wide, Sunjay wore the horn-rimmed frames, the dinner suit, bow tie, talked Texan and traded in his acoustic guitar for a Fender Stratocaster!

It’s So Easy to sing along to this wonderful collection of songs, Buddy’s music will Not Fade Away. Some might say That’ll Be The Day, Sunjay thinks that It Doesn’t Matter Anymore. Oh Boy!, you know you want to Rock Around With Ollie Vee and Rave On with Sunjay! Got the idea yet? Get your tickets now before they sell out, you don’t want to be Crying, Waiting, Hoping! Stop it with all the cheesy puns?

Well All Right…

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18 May 2024 – Workshop: Swing Out Family

Following the success of this workshop the last couple of years, we’re running it again for all our dancers. How do you fancy taking your Swing Outs to the next level? We know that dancing Lindy Hop is amazing fun and we’ve also experienced how, with just a little improvement to fundamental technique, the amount of fun you can have goes up and up!

If you would like to improve your connection and positioning so your leading is crystal-clear and smooth, or your following is flowing and responsive, this workshop is definitely for you.

Matt Jane

In this workshop Matt and Jane will be giving you a framework on which you can build all the moves that use the ‘face-off’; you’ll be swinging out forwards, sideways, reverse, with and without a turn and more. If you can social dance Lindy Hop at any level then you are ready for this workshop.

Matt and Jane say, “We are very lucky to have attended many Lindy training camps and have brought back tips, techniques and training methods that we found really improved our enjoyment of the dance. We would absolutely love to share this with as many dancers on our local scene as we can.”

Workshop times are 10:30 to 14:30. Tickets are £20 for three hours of teaching and then time for breaks – bring your own lunch! Please note the location is: ANDOVERSFORD VILLAGE HALL, just outside Cheltenham (GL54 4LE). Plenty of easy parking on site.

If you’d like to reserve a place please email us at [email protected] indicating if you would like to lead or follow. If you are booking for 2 people, please give us both names. No need to pay in advance, we will ask you to pay on the day.

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21 June 2024 – Social Dance

Social Dance at Dowty Sports and Social. 20:00 – 23:00. Our Summer Social! We’re bringing back our Juke Box Jump!

Before purchasing a ticket for this dance you will need to complete a simple form telling us what your favourite swing song is. We will then build a playlist for the evening based solely around your music selection. Are you ready? Nothing like a technical challenge to book a dance!

This was so successful last year we just had to do it again! Lots of songs we wouldn’t normally have played – but you certainly danced to them!

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5 July 2024 – Pepper Pot Hot Club

We’re excited to announce a new addition to our local swing scene: the Pepper Pot Hot Club! We wanted to support more opportunities to dance and keep the swing spirit alive and thriving.

Teaming up with Nettie and Steve Pepperell, passionate dance enthusiasts, they’re bringing you an evening of swing dance joy in Highnam.  The Pepper Pot Hot Club is a commitment to keeping the rhythm alive and ensuring there’s another place for dancers to come together in our community.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to swing at Nettie and Steve’s Pepper Pot Hot Club!

Tickets on sale nearer the time.

Pepper Pot Flyer
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Back to School: Lindy Hop Teacher Training

Back to School: A fantastic opportunity! Teaching Lindy Hop, or thinking about it? If you’d like to learn from a world class teacher, apply here:

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7 September 2024 – Pepper Pot Hot Club

Nettie and Steve Pepperell bring you an evening of swing dance joy in Highnam: The Pepper Pot Hot Club. Peppered with a selection of Hot Tunes to dance Balboa, Shag, Slow Bal, Lindy, Bal Swing. Dance through the decades to songs carefully selected by our resident DJ with each event featuring a special guest DJ.

Proceeds from these events will go to Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

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21-22 September 2024 – CSD Weekender

CheltenhamSwing.Dance Weekender with Lisa Clarke and Fabien Vrillon.

Each day has 4 hours of teaching, an hour for lunch and short water breaks.  Lessons start at 10:30 and finish at 16:00. All classes at Andoversford Village Hall.  Free tea and coffee if you bring your own mug.  Please bring your own lunch and water bottle.

The Saturday Ticket: improver and above.  The expectation is that you can social dance to a whole song in Lindy Hop at whatever level you are.

The Sunday Ticket: intermediate and above.  The expectation is that you are: confident on the social dance floor with a variety of partners; demonstrate good technique and musicality; and competent in the quintessential moves.

There will be a Saturday night social dance (20:00 – 23:00) at Dowty Sports and Social Club

Ticket details to follow.

Lindy Hop Teachers

Fabien and Lisa met in Herrang, Sweden in 2010 and have been teaching and dancing together ever since. Coming from different backgrounds they both bring their own particular expertise, talents, and enthusiasm to the partnership.

Fabien comes from France and has been teaching swing dancing since 2004, specializing in lindy hop and blues. His love of choreography has led to him to choreograph a number of successful showcases performed at ILHC and other events, as well as the recent ‘French Connection’ Team that placed 2nd at ILHC and ESDC.

Lisa is a professional dancer from London, now living in France. Classically trained from the age of 6 she discovered her love for all styles of dance whilst studying for her degree in Theatre Dance at London Studio Centre. After leaving college she worked professionally in the commercial dance world. She then discovered and fell in love with lindy hop and blues and has immersed herself in all things swing ever since.

Together and separately they have competed and placed in many competitions. (recently 3rd place in the pro showcase 2017 and winning 1st place in the open showcase at ILHC, 3rd place in the Classic Open at ILHC, 3rd place in showcase at Camp Hollywood in LA in 2016. They were also European Swing dance Champions in the slow lindy division in 2013, 2nd place in 2015).

Their fun natured teaching style, yet ability to breakdown a movement, means their classes are a perfect mix for those wanting to progress their dancing. Constantly pushing themselves in their own dancing means they understand the work that goes into becoming a better dancer and are passionate about sharing their experiences and helping others to achieve their goals.

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21 September 2024 – Social Dance

As part of the CSD Weekender with Fabien & Lisa there will be a Saturday evening social dance, with fabulous live music from the Shirt Tail Stompers!

Shirttail stompers

London’s top vintage band, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home, and internationally, playing Harlem Swing and the Hot Jazz of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Featuring music from composers such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

We are opening this dance to a limited number of people who are not attending the workshops. (A social dance ticket is included if you book onto one or both of the workshops.)

Dowty Sports and Social. 20:00 – 23:00.

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25 October 2024 – Hallowe’en Social Dance

The (In)famous Hallowe’en Dowty Dance!!!

Join us for great music for all swing dancing at Dowty Sports & Social Club (GL2 9QH), 20:00 – 23:00. Plenty of parking, and the bar will be open. Tickets will be on sale here, nearer to the event; for now, save the date.

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3 November 2024 – Pepper Pot Hot Club

Nettie and Steve Pepperell bring you a Mini Balboa workshop with Mel & Jo, followed by an afternoon of swing dance joy in Highnam with a Chilli twist at The Pepper Pot Hot Club at Gambier Parry Hall, Highnam.

Workshop, dance and Chilli – £35
11:30 -14:15. The workshop is for dancers who are comfortable to dance Balboa socially and want to learn some new moves and improve their technique.

Tea Dance and Chili only – £12
14:30 – 17:30. Social dancing and a beef or vegetarian Chilli Con Carne lunch provided.

Peppered with a selection of Hot Tunes to dance Balboa, Shag, Slow Bal, Lindy, Bal Swing. Dance through the decades to songs carefully selected by our resident DJ with each event featuring a special guest DJ. This time it’s DJ Old Man Mo’

Proceeds from these events will go to Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

Poster for the event.
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20 December 2024 – Christmas Social Dance

Join us for great music for all swing dancing at Dowty Sports & Social Club (GL2 9QH), 20:00 – 23:00. Plenty of parking, and the bar will be open. Tickets will be on sale here, nearer to the event; for now, save the date.

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