Swing dance workshops - Lindy hop and more

Workshops @ Act One

Swingland runs monthly swing dance workshops on Sunday mornings at Act One (The Old Library) in Acton, West London. Advance booking is required.

About our workshops

Our workshops are designed to progress and improve your dancing with in-depth technique and styling points. The numbers are limited so that we can give you more individual attention than in our regular group classes. Often as you are learning you will reach a plateau - for example, when moving from beginners to intermediates classes - and this is where a workshop can really help move your dancing to the next level!

Workshops are limited to 40 people maximum and everyone is welcome. No partner is required (we rotate partners throughout the workshop), but if you do have a partner you may stay together if preferred.

Workshops are taught by Swingland founder Martin Ellis, Jess Cameron, and Liza Patoux, with guest teachers on occasion.

Act One (The Old Library)

Act One is a recently-renovated period building which now houses a cinema, cafe/bar, and arts space - all run by Acton Arts Project. The Gallery is a lovely airy space with a nice wooden floor. The cafe and lounge is open for drinks and snacks (pastries, cakes, toasties etc.) throughout the day.

Beginners/improvers workshops - Lindy hop

Covering fundamental Lindy hop steps and rhythms, these workshops are an excellent introduction to the dance, as well as a great way to consolidate your basics.

Intermediates workshops - Lindy hop

For those with good knowledge of Lindy hop fundamentals, these workshops will stretch you. You'll need to be familiar with steps like the swing out, Lindy turn and partnered Lindy hop Charleston.

Advanced workshops - Lindy hop

You'll need to be an experienced swing dancer to take these. Fast routines, advanced techniques and more!

Other swing dance styles

Occasionally we will run a workshop covering another style - Charleston, or an authentic jazz dance routine for example.

Prices and booking

Please see dates/booking for workshop dates and levels coming up, as well as prices and booking. Pre-booking is essential.

Dates/schedule, prices & booking

Sunday 30 January 2022

Concession prices where offered are valid for current NUS or Equity members - please show your membership card at the door.

Beginners/improvers Lindy hop

Beginners/improvers Lindy hop workshop - Sunday 30-Jan-22, 10:30am to 2:00pm
This workshop is aimed at those new to swing dancing, or looking to improve their Lindy hop basics. We will cover 8-count fundamentals including the swing out and partnered Lindy hop Charleston - these are the steps that you need to know well before joining our intermediates classes. You may take either or both parts of the workshop. No partner needed (we rotate throughout) - although you may stay together if you do have a partner. Expect to have lots of fun - and a few challenges!

10.30am - Workshop part I8-count Lindy hop fundamentals - swing out and Lindy turn
12pm - BreakShort break - the venue cafe will be open
12.30pm - Workshop part II8-count Lindy hop fundamentals - partnered tandem Charleston

£25 (£20 concessions) per session or £40 for both sessions.
Advance booking required

Intermediates Lindy hop

Nothing in the diary at the moment - sorry!

Advanced Lindy hop

Nothing in the diary at the moment - sorry!

Other swing dance styles (Charleston, jazz dance etc.)

Nothing in the diary at the moment - sorry!

Workshops start and finish promptly at the advertised times. If you're running a bit late, please do join in and do your best to catch up - but we can't run past the finish time.

Act One (The Old Library) - Acton Arts Project

How to get to our Acton workshop venue

Act One is at The Old Library, High Street, Acton, London W3 6NA.

We are in the spacious, light and airy Gallery space (pictured here set up for an art exhibition).

The Gallery

By overground rail - Acton Central (Overground) is around 7mins walk.

By tube - Acton Town (Piccadilly Line) is around 13mins walk.

By bus - any bus to the Acton Old Town Hall stop, 1min walk from the venue.

By car - Salisbury Street car park is just round the corner, and there are nearby supermarket car parks too, as well as some on-street parking in side-streets off the High Street.

Useful links

Venue website https://www.actonartsproject.com

London Underground & Buses
AA Route Planner

Example videos of previous workshops. Workshop content varies and is always designed for the level of those attending at any particular point in time.