Swing out!
  • JUMPIN'! @ The Bedford - Vintage Swing Dance Party - Friday 28 April @ The Bedford - JUST TURN UP!
  • ONE-DAY WORKSHOP - BEGINNER/IMPROVER LINDY HOP - Saturday 29 April @ The Bedford - BOOK NOW!
  • LIVE MUSIC at C JAM @ The Bedford - Tuesday 2 May @ The Bedford - JUST TURN UP!
  • JUMPIN'! @ Lost Rivers - Vintage Swing Dance Party - Saturday 10 June @ Lost Rivers Elephant - JUST TURN UP!

Welcome to Swingland

About us

About Swingland - background and the team

Established in 1998, Swingland Ltd. is run by Martin Ellis who has been dancing, teaching, and performing Lindy hop ("Jitterbug" or "Jive") and related Swing Era dances since the early 1990s.

Swingland has grown steadily into a small team of very experienced teachers and event organisers, all driven by our passion for swing music and dancing.

Recently we have opened a couple of small franchises and are always interested in teachers with the right experience and passion.

Swingland is a professional organisation and is fully insured.


Martin Ellis

Swing Dancer, Teacher & Choreographer

Martin Ellis has been dancing Lindy hop and other swing styles since the early 1990s, and has been teaching regularly since 1998.

Martin began performing in the mid-1990s as a member of London-based Lindy hop performance group the Jitterbug Jammers and then moved on to the Illinois Jackets where he studied under world-renowned Lindy hopper Ryan Francois, also travelling extensively to learn from the finest exponents of Lindy hop, including original dancers like Frankie Manning. Martin was a founding member of the group which later became the Lindy Circle. He has also performed with the Cotton Clubbers, and with Zoots and Spangles.

Since then Martin has choreographed and performed many Lindy hop and jazz dance numbers for competitions, Cabarets and demonstrations, and now choreographs and performs regularly with Lindy hop performance company, Fireflies (formerly Attic Cats).

Martin has always been a social dancer at heart, with a keen interest in live music - and in 1998 he set up Swingland as a vehicle to promote swing music and dancing, principally in the London area. Swingland has had a major impact on the current swing dance scene in London and, having taught people from many parts of the world, Martin's influence now stretches far and wide. He has travelled regularly and retains a keen interest in the development of the dance and also its preservation in its original form.

Competition results include:

  • 2004 Swing Jam - Teachers/Performers Invitational Jack & Jill - 1st
  • 2003 UK Lindy hop Championships - Strictly Swing – 1st (partner: Natalie Bateman)
  • 2003 UK Lindy hop Championships - Open - 2nd (partner: Liza Patoux)
  • 2003 Swing Jam - Teachers/Performers Invitational Jack & Jill - 3rd
  • 2002 Swing Jam - Teachers/Performers Invitational Jack & Jill - 1st
  • 2002 Herrang Dance Camp - Fast Feet - 2nd
  • 2001 UK Open Lindy hop Championships - Jack & Jill - 1st
  • 2001 UK Lindy hop Championships - Open - =2nd (partner: Liza Patoux)
  • 2001 UK Lindy hop Championships - Strictly Swing - 3rd (partner: Liza Patoux)
  • 2000 UK Lindy hop Championships - Open - 3rd (partner: Jane Eliot)
  • 1999 British Swing Dance Championships - Up Tempo - 1st
  • 1999 Monsters of Swing (Ventura, California) - Jack & Jill - 3rd
  • 1998 UK Modern Jive Open - Showcase - 2nd (partner: Liza Patoux)
  • 1998 UK Modern Jive Open - Classic - 2nd (partner: Jane Eliot)

Previous clients

Educational/Corporate

Schools/colleges include:

  • London College of Communication – casting, choreography and training actors/dancers for 1920s and 1950s sequences for film commercial as part of Student Skillset
  • William Morris Academy, Hammersmith – taught 1930s-style jazz and Lindy hop to BTec students culminating in a successful performance at the Lyric, Hammersmith
  • British Ballet Organisation; National Youth Theatre; Churchill Museum/Cabinet War Rooms; TeachFirst; Bishop Wand School Sunbury; Merlin School Putney

Corporate clients include:

  • Thomson Holidays (through The Production Suite) – taught 1930s/40s-style jazz and Lindy hop routines to holiday reps to become part of the season’s entertainment in various resorts
  • Abbey National plc (through The Production Suite) – taught 1930s/40s-style jazz and Lindy hop as part of a management day
  • Mr. Motivator (Center Parcs Activities Weekend, Sherwood Forest) – taught Lindy hop as a fitness/motivational exercise
  • BBC Blast; Gately Communication; LBHF; Naked Communications

Dance camps/weekends

Clients include:

  • Rock Bottoms; JiveTime; La Santa Swing; Northampton & Leicester Swing Dance Society

Video/Film/TV/Stage

Appearances include:

  • “Des O'Connor Tonight” (ITV); “2001: A Tap Oddysey” (Bloomsbury Theatre); “Last Of The Blonde Bombshells” (BBC/HBO); “Piccadilly Jim” (Myriad); “What It Is” (Freddy Fresh); “Hold On” (KT Tunstall); “Rewind” (Goldspot)

Our club nights
C Jam
A-Train
JUMPIN'!
Friday Night Swing
Swing Balls/Festivals
On today

Thursday 27 April

A-Train

Classes and dancing at West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night!

7.45pm Beginners class

8.45pm Dancing/Practice

9.15pm Intermediates class

9.15pm Beginners follow-up class

10.00pm Dancing

Thursday 27 April

A-Train

Classes and dancing at West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night!

Friday 28 April

JUMPIN' - Vintage Swing Dance Party

Friday night Vintage Swing Dance Party. Includes beginners swing dance (Lindy hop) class. London's top Swing DJs spin 1920s-50s hot tunes, swing & RnB for dancing. £10/8/6 on the door, all welcome! No partner or previous dance experience needed.

Saturday 29 April

One-day workshop - Beginners/Improvers Lindy hop

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

Sunday 30 April

No Swingin' Sundays (Bank Holiday weekend) - back next week!

Monday 1 May

Swing Kitchen

Learn to Lindy hop in Brixton

No Swing Station (Bank Holiday Monday) - back next week!

Tuesday 2 May

C Jam - with live music tonight from the Shirt Tail Stompers!

Classes and dancing at the home of Savoy style Lindy hop in London. 2 rooms!

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