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C Jam

Learning at C Jam

C Jam is Swingland's weekly Tuesday night swing dance and music club at renowned venue The Bedford in South London, with swing dance classes for absolute beginners through to intermediates, followed by freestyle dancing to top swing DJs and occasional live bands. C Jam is respected internationally as the must-visit London club for Lindy hoppers.

Next C Jam :-

24 May - C Jam

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

7.45pm - 9.00pm Beginners Lindy hop class + practice - in The Ballroom

8.00pm - 9.00pm Authentic jazz dance class - in The Map Room

9.00pm - 9.30pm Intermediates Lindy hop class - in The Ballroom

9.00pm - 9.30pm Beginners follow-up class - in The Map Room

9.30pm - 11.30pm Dancing - in The Ballroom

What to expect at C Jam

Fun, fun, great music - and more fun! A typical night at C Jam attracts a crowd of between 50 and 100 people from all walks of life, and all age ranges (18+). Swing dancing is an increasingly popular pastime and is probably the most fun you can have keeping in shape! It is very sociable - come with friends, a partner or on your own - everyone is welcome and you'll soon feel at home!

What we teach

We teach the original swing dance - the Lindy hop as danced in the great ballrooms of the Harlem Renaissance, such as The Savoy. Our dedication to the Savoy style of the dance over more than 10 years has given C Jam an international reputation as the home of Savoy style Lindy hop in London.

Who goes to C Jam?

All levels of experience are represented - from complete beginners to experienced dancers. Every week new people come along to learn for the first time but C Jam also attracts the very best dancers - both local and international who come along to strut their stuff after the classes.

The club

After the classes top swing DJs and occasional live bands play the very best swingin' tunes from the past to the present - from the giants of the 1930s and 40s - Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller - through to current favourites such as Lavay Smith, Ray Gelato and Royal Crown Revue.

Our longest-running night

C Jam is Swingland's longest running weekly club night. We started in Clapham Junction in late 1999, quickly moving to The Bedford in mid-2000.

Don't miss our monthly Friday night dance parties at The Bedford!

Classes at C Jam

The evening at C Jam kicks off with swing dance (Lindy hop) classes.

Join any time. No need to book (just turn up). No partner needed.

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  • Beginners
  • 7.45pm - beginners Lindy hop class + practice
    Learn all the basics with simple fun routines aimed at getting you dancing quickly - with plenty of emphasis on good lead/follow technique and connection as with all our classes! No experience required. Absolute beginners always welcome!

    9pm (8.30pm on band nights) - beginners follow-up/Q&A
    During the intermediates class there is a revision session for beginners in a seperate room. This is a chance to go over anything you found tricky, ask questions and consolidate the material you've learnt.

  • Intermediates
  • 8pm - authentic jazz routines
    Learn authentic jazz dance routines like the Shim Sham, Tranky Doo and Big Apple in a separate class next door to the beginners Lindy hop. Jazz is fun and essential to improving your Lindy Hop!

    9pm (8.30pm on band nights) - intermediates Lindy hop class
    Move your dancing to the next level! Expect lots on technique and style as well as steps. You need to have a reasonably good grasp of all the steps regularly taught in the beginners class to take intermediates. So 6-count, some 8-count basics plus basic knowledge of partnered Charleston steps is assumed. At the beginning of the class we will ask everyone to do a selection of basic steps - if you don't feel confident with these you should take the beginners follow-up class instead. In conjunction with our regular workshops this class is designed to set and maintain a really good fundamental level for intermediate-level Lindy hop in London.

Music and dancing at C Jam

After the classes we have dancing til late!

From 9.30pm (9pm on band nights) it's freestyle time - try out the moves you've learnt, or sit down, have a drink and watch what's going on (The Bedford has a fully licensed bar - several actually! - and a lounge area with comfortable chairs and leather sofas adjacent to one of the best dance floors around!!). Resident DJ Martin & occasional guests play "the best swing music in town" and are happy to take requests too.

Occasionally we’ll have a live band and these nights always bring out the best Lindy hoppers, so don’t miss 'em!

On special occasions we'll stay open for dancing til midnight. Usually though we finish around 11.30pm - the bar downstairs is open til midnight.

For live music/late dancing please see Dates.

Class rotation

We rotate partners regularly in the classes so you don't need to bring a partner and you get a chance to dance with everyone. This is the best way to learn and it's a great way to meet people too! Because of the numbers at C Jam it is not practical for couples to stay together - please join in the rotation, you will learn much quicker!

Your teachers

The classes at C Jam are taught by Martin Ellis and Jane Eliot. The follow-up Beginners class is taught by Sean Hall and Sally Young. The authentic jazz dance class is taught by Oli Deans or Ciana Skeete.

Admission to C Jam

Doors are open from 7.30pm and the first class kicks off at 7.45pm.

Payment is by cash on the door (just turn up!). We also take card payments with a small surcharge to cover card fees.

  • Standard admission - £12
  • Includes all classes and social dancing/practice.

    Concessions - £10

    Available to NUS/Equity members with proof - please show your ID at the door.

  • Special rate - £6*
  • Social dancing only.

    *On band nights and other special occasions the admission price for dancing only is higher - the standard admission price unless otherwise stated - please see Dates.

Last admission is 10.30pm.

Block bookings - save money!!

Save money by booking 5 evenings.

  • 5 weeks - £50 (save £10)
  • Includes all classes and social dancing/practice. Purchase on the door or on-line.

How to get to C Jam

C Jam is held at The Bedford in Balham - one of London's best live music and comedy venues and a great community pub too!

The Bedford is an amazing Victorian venue incorporating several fully-licensed bars, a wonderful period Ballroom upstairs (where you'll find C Jam) - and even a Shakespearean Globe Theatre!

The Bedford has won a string of awards in recent years and hosts a number of well-known and not so well-known events - whatever the day of the week you'll find a number of different things going on. An extensive food menu is available in the main bar (on the ground floor) from 6.30pm.

C Jam has been running on Tuesday evenings at The Bedford since August 2000.

Website www.thebedford.co.uk

The Bedford is at 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD.

By tube - Northern Line to Balham, 2 minutes walk. Turn right out of the station and walk up Balham Station Road. The Bedford is easily visible ahead of you.

By train - Balham (10 minutes to Waterloo or Victoria via Clapham Junction), 2 minutes walk as for tube.

By bus - Buses 315 (Bedford Hill), 355, 249 or 155

By car - Just off the South Circular (A205), Balham is easily accessible by car from all directions. There is plenty of parking in local streets, free after 6.30pm - or use the Sainsbury's car park opposite.


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C Jam - Dates

Shown below are dates for the next three months - for dates after that, please see our calendar.

24 May, 31 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug - C Jam

7.45pm - 9.00pm Beginners Lindy hop class + practice - in The Ballroom

8.00pm - 9.00pm Authentic jazz dance class - in The Map Room

9.00pm - 9.30pm Intermediates Lindy hop class - in The Ballroom

9.00pm - 9.30pm Beginners follow-up class - in The Map Room

9.30pm - 11.30pm Dancing - in The Ballroom

Our club nights
C Jam
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On today

Tuesday 24 May

C Jam

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

7.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class + practice

8.00pm Authentic jazz dance class

9.00pm Intermediates Lindy hop class

9.00pm Beginners follow-up class

9.30pm Dancing

Tuesday 24 May

C Jam

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

Thursday 26 May

No A-Train (holiday) - back next Thursday

Friday 27 May

Jumpin'! Vintage Dance Night - DJ Special!

Friday Vintage Dance Night. Includes beginners swing dance class - no partner needed! DJ Special - guest Swing DJs spin 1930s-50s swing & RnB for dancing. £10 on the door, all welcome!

Saturday 28 May

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. Leads needed - lead or lead+follow booking now!

Monday 30 May

No Brixton classes (Bank holiday)

No Windsor classes (Bank holiday)

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