Welcome to Swingland!

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

Video: Sophie Teasdale. Song: Wynonie Harris - Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well

What we do

Swingland teaches Lindy hop and related dances, including East Coast ("6-count") swing, Charleston and authentic jazz dance. We provide weekly swing dance classes and dance parties as well as courses and workshops, live music nights and glamorous swing dance balls, choreography, private lessons, demos and performances and more!

New to swing dancing?

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 (courses and workshops do require pre-booking). 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 (although you may stay together if preferred). If you have any questions please do contact us - we'll be glad to help - and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Lindy hop

Lindy hop (also known as "jitterbug" or "jive") is the original style of swing dancing. Originating in the dance halls of 1920s and 30s Harlem, New York City, it developed into the worldwide swing dancing craze of the 1940s and subsequently the rock 'n' roll dancing of the 1950s. Over the last 20-30 years Lindy hop has enjoyed a huge renaissance - and London has been one of the major cities driving this revival.

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

Jump in!

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!