If you’ve never been before, drop us an email to let us know you’ll be coming (, then just turn up and pay with a card on the door!

Why learn to dance The Lindy Hop? Our top three reasons:

Picture of Frankie Manning
Frankie Manning  17/02/08 by Rich Werden
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Have fun.

To quote Frankie Manning, one of the original dancers: “I’ve never seen a Lindy Hopper who wasn’t smiling. It’s a happy dance. It makes you feel good”.

Get active.

Swap your sofa for the dance floor. Having fun and moving you body can only be a good thing!

Make friends.

You’ll meet lots of new, friendly people, and can join our social dance nights.

Where and when?
Wednesdays at 19:00 (for 19:15 start) at Dowty Social Club, near Staverton, just outside Cheltenham. See the booking link for term dates.

Do I need a partner?
No! You can book as a single dancer and join the class rotation, or you can come along with a partner. Everyone is welcome!

Can I really just start even though I can’t dance AT ALL?
Yes! Let us know you’re coming and then turn up!

What should I wear?
Anything that feels comfortable! No special clothing required. Footwear needs to be reasonably sturdy (ie no flipflops or very high heels). Other than that – whatever you like!

Does it matter if I miss a lesson?
Not at all. No teacher will mind if you can’t make it every week.

What if I have a question?
Ask us – any question at all. We are happy to help. We can be found on:

Anything else?
Sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Facebook!

What will we learn?
Our main dance is Lindy Hop. See the video at the top of the page for a taste of some of the common moves danced by Lindy Hoppers all over the world.

Lindy Hop is an African-American dance, which originated in the 1920s and 30s in Harlem, New York. It is full of energy and fun.  The Lindy Hop led to dances such as Shag, Balboa, Jitterbug, Jive, Western Swing, West Coast Swing, East Cost Swing, Rock and Roll, Ballroom Jive, Boogie Woogie, Acrobatic Rock and Roll, Modern Jive and much much more.

We are committed to honouring these roots of Lindy Hop and all the dances that came from it.   We know we are very lucky to have been invited into the world of Lindy Hop and so now promise to act as ambassadors for, and guests in, the Lindy Hop scene.