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C Jam

Martin and Lisa

C Jam is Swingland's weekly Tuesday night swing dance and music club at renowned venue The Bedford in South London, with Lindy hop 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.

New to swing dancing? Our classes are fun and friendly, you don't need a partner and you can start any week - no need to book, just turn up!

Next at C Jam :-

29 May, 5 Jun - C Jam

Classes and dancing at South London's renowned - and longest running - Swing Dance Night! Every Tuesday

7.45pm - 8.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class - in The Ballroom

Learn all the basics of swing dancing - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed. 60mins including practice time.

8.00pm - 8.45pm Authentic 1930s/40s jazz dance class - in The Map Room

An alternative to the beginners class, learn some authentic jazz steps

8.45pm - 9.30pm Intermediates Lindy hop class - in The Ballroom

Move your dancing to the next level - good Lindy hop fundamentals required!

8.45pm - 9.30pm Beginners follow-up class - in The Map Room

A chance to go over the beginners class and maybe add a little more

9.30pm - 11.15pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs

Doors open 7.30pm, last dance 11.15pm (later on band nights).

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About C Jam

Expect 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.

Please do join our regulars on our C Jam Facebook page!

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, Jimmie Lunceford, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller to name but a few - through to modern arrangements of standards and new songs. As long as it really swings for dancers we're happy to play it!

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 and dancing 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/improvers

    7.45pm - beginners/improvers class (Lindy hop fundamentals)
    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! Includes practice time.

    8.45pm - follow-up class/Q&A
    During the intermediates class there is a revision session for beginners/improvers in a seperate room. This is a chance to go over anything you found tricky, ask questions and consolidate the material you've learnt.

    Beginners are encouraged to stay for the entire evening - if you're not taking the follow-up class, you are welcome to sit and watch the intermediates class or head downstairs to the bar and come back for the dancing at 9.30pm!

  • 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/improvers Lindy hop. Jazz is fun and essential to improving your Lindy Hop!

    8.45pm - 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/improvers 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/improvers 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!

  • Social dancing

    From 9.30pm 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 11.15pm - 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 teaching team at C Jam is lead by Martin Ellis with Rowan McLelland and Oli Deans plus Romayne Etwaroo, Ciana Skeete, Lesta Woo, Emily Duncombe and Sean Hall.

Admission to C Jam

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

There is no need to book - just turn up.

  • 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.

Cash or debit/credit card - please pay on the door.

Last admission is 10.30pm.


Block bookings - save money!!

Save money by booking 5 evenings.

  • 5 weeks - £50 (save £10)

    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.


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 - 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, free after 6.30pm - or use the Sainsbury's car park opposite.

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The Bedford, Balham

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C Jam - Dates

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

29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug - C Jam

Classes and dancing at South London's renowned - and longest running - Swing Dance Night! Every Tuesday

7.45pm - 8.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class - in The Ballroom

Learn all the basics of swing dancing - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed. 60mins including practice time.

8.00pm - 8.45pm Authentic 1930s/40s jazz dance class - in The Map Room

An alternative to the beginners class, learn some authentic jazz steps

8.45pm - 9.30pm Intermediates Lindy hop class - in The Ballroom

Move your dancing to the next level - good Lindy hop fundamentals required!

8.45pm - 9.30pm Beginners follow-up class - in The Map Room

A chance to go over the beginners class and maybe add a little more

9.30pm - 11.15pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs

Monday 28 May

Swingland Brixton

Learn to swing dance in Brixton - every Monday

Tuesday 29 May

C Jam

Classes and dancing at South London's renowned - and longest running - Swing Dance Night! Every Tuesday

Wednesday 30 May

Swingland Windsor

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

Thursday 31 May

A-Train

Classes and dancing at West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night! Every Thursday

Sunday 3 June

Swingland Twickenham

Learn to swing dance in Twickenham, Middx - every Sunday

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