Swing out!

Welcome to Swingland

"Being a great coffee-lover, I much prefer the independent coffee shops where quality and attention to detail - and a little quirkiness! - is everything. This is my philosophy with regard to our classes and nights. You'll have fun, learn a life skill and have the chance to do it your way!" - Martin Ellis, founder Swingland

Learn to Lindy hop and swing dance in London!

Lindy hop (also known as Jitterbug or Jive) is the original style of swing dancing - from the dance halls of 1920s and 30s Harlem to the worldwide swing craze of the 1940s and the rock'n'roll of the 1950s. Over the last 20-30 years swing dancing has been enjoying a renaissance - and London is one of the major cities driving this revival!

Established in 1998, Swingland is a leading and well-respected swing dancing school and swing dance and music promoter based in the London area.

We teach Lindy hop and related dances, including East Coast ("6-count") Swing, Charleston and authentic Jazz dance.

We provide weekly swing dance classes, events and live music nights, dance parties; choreography, private lessons, demos and performances; glamorous Swing Balls and more!

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Swing dance London... and now Windsor!

  • Classes & workshops
  • - regular weekly classes and workshops where you can learn and practise in a fun and friendly environment.

  • Clubs/events/dance parties
  • - after the classes, our club nights feature dancing to top swing DJs and regular live bands. Swingland is the team behind renowned London Lindy hop clubs C Jam, A-Train and our newest night Southside Strutters. We also run monthly social dance parties (This Joint Is Jumpin' and Friday Night Jive) - as well as supporting larger annual events including 1920s/30s/40s Vintage dances such as the glamorous and very grand Savoy Ball.

  • Choreography
  • - Swingland is run by Martin Ellis who also choreographs the Attic Cats Lindy hop performance group. Martin and the Swingland team are available for private/group classes (eg wedding "first dance"), demos, performances (eg corporate events) and for video, film and TV work.


Swingland is very much dedicated to the original "Savoy" style of Lindy hop, from the ballrooms of 1930s Harlem and we pride ourselves on teaching great technique throughout our classes, believing this to be the key to becoming an accomplished swing dancer.

Swing dancing can be cool and laid-back or fast and high-energy. It's a great way to get - and stay - fit, and meet people from all walks of life. It's also highly addictive - mostly because it's so much fun!

So get "hep to the jive" - and get the swing thing with Swingland!


If you're new to our website or are thinking of taking up swing dancing for the first time, we hope you'll find everything you need here. You can start any of our drop-in classes at any time - you don't need to book or commit to turning up every week - just turn up as and when you can. You don't need a partner either - plenty of people turn up on their own or with friends - and we rotate people in the classes as it's the best way to learn. If you have any questions please do contact us - we'll be glad to help - and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Why choose Swingland?

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Don't miss!
On today

Wednesday 23 July

Southside Strutters

7.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class + practice

9.00pm Improvers Lindy hop class

9.30pm Dancing

This week

Wednesday 23 July

Southside Strutters

7.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class + practice

9.00pm Improvers Lindy hop class

9.30pm Dancing


Thursday 24 July

A-Train

West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night!

Saturday 26 July

One-day workshop - Beginners/Improvers

Lindy hop fundamentals - master the 8-count basics - Swing Out, Lindy Turn and Circle, Texas Tommy, partnered Charleston - plus essential variations. Advance booking required.

Monday 28 July

Swing & Jive in Windsor

Lindy hop in Brixton

Tuesday 29 July

C Jam

The home of Savoy style Lindy hop in London. 2 rooms!

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