About Swingland dance company - our history and the team | Swingland Dance co.

About Swingland

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.

Over the years 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.

Swingland Ltd.

Swing Dance School & Events Company

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

We provide weekly swing dance classes and dance parties as well as courses and worksops, live music nights and glamorous swing dance balls, choreography, private lessons, demos and performances and more!

We teach Lindy hop and related dances, including East Coast swing, Charleston and authentic jazz dance.

Swingland is a professional organisation and is fully insured.

Learn to swing dance - Lindy hop (Jitterbug, Jive), Jazz and Charleston

Regular weekly classes and monthly 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 and A-Train. We also run seasonal swing dance balls - as well as supporting larger annual events including 1920s/30s/40s vintage dances such as the glamorous and very grand Savoy Ball, and festivals such as South London SwingFest.


Swingland is run by Martin Ellis who also choreographs and trains his own Lindy hop performance company, Fireflies. 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.

What people say

"We went to the summer ball last night as part of a hen do. The beginner class was great and the people were all so welcoming and helped us newbies along all throughout the night. The band were great, the show dances were excellent and the bar was reasonably priced. All had a great time and would love to come back again! Thank you!"

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday's ball, it was fabulous! Very well organised, great music and wonderful cabaret. Even the beginners could join in :)"

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Intermediate workshop yesterday. It was lots to learn but it was an enjoyable challenge, it was good to mix partnered moves with solo moves, and the four hours seemed to fly by. I thought you complemented each other well as teachers, and the students in the class were friendly and good to dance with. I enjoyed my first experience of The Bedford. Thank you!"

"Fun and friendly, with fantastic teaching"

"Thanks so much for another fantastic workshop Martin. I got a lot out of going over the previous sections, even if we didn't quite finish the routine in its entirety. G and I were saying we'd love to practice it more and then perform it, so sign me up for that if it's your aim. Thanks!"

"High quality high standard dance classes and club night. Second to none."

"Excellent teaching of savoy style Lindy hop. Lovely venue too"

"Good fun and even those like myself with two left feet can achieve something that looks similar to a dance."

"Really great class and lots of fun!"