Swing dance workshops - Lindy hop and more

Workshops @ The Bedford

Swingland runs occasional swing dance workshops on Saturday/Sunday mornings at The Bedford in Balham, South 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.

Our Balham workshops are taught by Swingland founder Martin Ellis, with C Jam teaching partner Kim Sheard, or guest teachers on occasion.

The Ballroom at The Bedford

As well as being a friendly and vibrant community pub, The Bedford is a renowned live music venue, and has been home to Swingland's C Jam and other events since mid-2000. Dating back to 1931, the building was subject to a £multi-million renovation in 2018 - sympathetic to the original style, and retaining plenty of period features. During our workshops, the bar downstairs is open for drinks, Brunch and snacks. The ballroom upstairs - where you'll find us via the original marble staircase - is absolutely stunning.

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

No dates found for workshops @ The Bedford after Friday 22-Sep-23

Sorry, nothing in the diary at the moment - watch this space!

Beginners/improvers Lindy hop

Sorry, nothing in the diary at the moment - watch this space!

Intermediates Lindy hop

Sorry, nothing in the diary at the moment - watch this space!

Advanced Lindy hop

Sorry, nothing in the diary at the moment - watch this space!

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

Sorry, nothing in the diary at the moment - watch this space!

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.

The Bedford

How to get to our Balham workshops

Our Balham workshops are held at The Bedford - a stunning period venue (pub, club, restaurant, live music & entertainment venue, and hotel!) in the heart of South London.

The Bedford

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

Entrance is via the pub doors on Bedford Hill, then the door to the right which takes you to the staircase. The ballroom, where you'll find us, is on the first floor.

Marble staircase at The Bedford

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 bus - bus routes 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, some of it free at weekends - or the Sainsbury's car park opposite offers up to 2 hours for free.

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Useful links

Venue website www.thebedford.com

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