Events

31 August 2022 – Confidence class: coming back to dancing

Did you stop dancing during the pandemic or are you just feeling a bit rusty or nervous? Have you forgotten those shapes you once knew? Need a bit of reassurance about your leading/following?

This first lesson of the Autumn Term is aimed at you. We’ll keep it simple, remind you of the basics, and build up your confidence to get out dancing. One off price of £6 for as many classes as you want to join during the evening.

19:15 – 6-count rhythm and shapes
20:15 – 8-count rhythm and shapes
21:15 – social dancing confidence, and having fun

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Jenny Thomas on Strictly Come Dancing

10 September 2022 – Jenny Thomas

JENNY THOMAS IS COMING BACK TO TOWN!

BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing & UK’s leading Charleston & Lindy Hop Choreographer, Jenny Thomas, is coming back to Cheltenham to teach a Lindy Hop workshop.

Saturday 10 September 2022, Dowty Sports & Social Club.
Limited tickets. £35 per person.

Jenny Thomas

With more than 33 years’ professional dance experience, Jenny has worked in almost every genre of dance from Classical Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre. She is now one of the world’s top choreographers in Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston and Authentic Jazz Dances from 1920s to 1950s.

Whether you’re an improver or advanced dancer, we know from first-hand experience that Jenny will bring something for you and we’ll have a lot of fun learning with her.

This is a mixed level class and we ask that you can comfortably social dance your way through a song in Lindy Hop. Sign-up via form only (when released), we will do our best to balance leads and follows, and it will be on a first come, first served basis.

TIMETABLE:
11:10 – Hall opens
11:30 to 15:30 – THREE HOURS of teaching with one hour split into breaks over the session. The breaks will include a 30 minute rest for lunch – please bring your own lunch with you.
15:40-17:00 – Tea-dance and practice session. There will be free tea and coffee available (please bring your own mug), or you can purchase drinks from the bar. We are hoping for a few volunteers to bring a homemade cake to be shared at the tea dance.

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30 September 2022 – Social Dance

One of our fantastic social dances. Tickets in advance – £6.50. On the door, cash or card if there are any left. 20:00 – 23:00 at Dowty.

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15-16 October 2022 – Big Apple Weekend

There are some key routines that every Lindy Hopper should know about, and have a go at. This is one of the best. THE BIG APPLE ROUTINE.

We are talking here about the version seen in the 1939 film ‘Keep Punching’. We would absolutely love to have some local dancers who would run to the floor and join in when the Big Apple music started playing. There is no escape, it’s a long routine with plenty of content but it’s a whole lot of fun. Keeping these classic routines alive, relies on us all learning and loving them.

We will do our very best to teach you as close to the historic choreography as we are able. Because it’s such an impressive routine, we want to teach it over a weekend: 13:00 – 16:30 on Saturday and Sunday. It will be 3 hours of teaching with half an hour split into rest breaks.

To make it as accessible as possible, we will also be teaching the jazz steps used in the routine in our bonus classes on a Wednesday night through September and the start of October. You don’t need to do these to do the weekend, but it will help you be more confident with your Jazz when it comes to putting together the routine.

See the original amazing dancers here:

No partner required! £20 for both days, payable in card or cash at the workshop.

To book your spot, drop us an email: info@cheltenhamswing.dance

Venue: ANDOVERSFORD VILLAGE HALL, Andoversford, Cheltenham. There’s plenty of parking and pub just down the road for afterwards! If there’s an appetite for it, those who want to will have the option to perform it at the Christmas Dance.

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28 October 2022 – Hallowe’en Social Dance

It’s never too soon to think about fancy dress! The Hallowe’en Dance at Dowty has a fantastic reputation for plenty of spooooky costumes and is sure to be a fabulously fun night. We can’t wait

Tickets: £6.50 These will go on sale in advance, and on the door – if available.

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23 December 2022 – Christmas Social Dance

What better way to prepare for Christmas? £10 in advance. On the door, cash or card if available. 20:00 – 23:00 at Dowty.

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Other aims for 2022 – how are we doing? We promised to try to arrange.

  • More socials. Maybe at Dowty, maybe somewhere in town, maybe a band.
  • Guest teachers. Hopefully three weekend events, or so, over the year. Great teachers brought to us, so we don’t have to go to them.
  • Lindy bombing. For instance, finding somewhere we dance in town, just for fun
  • Frankie’s Shim Sham. One that everyone in our scene can learn and join in with when the music starts.
  • The Big Apple workshop. That is the routine from Keep Punching. We’d love to have dancers on our scene that are confident to dance this when the music comes on (we’re thinking over a weekend 3 hours each day).