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C Jam

Sean and Sally

C Jam is Swingland's weekly Tuesday night swing dance and music club in South London, with Lindy hop classes for absolute beginners through to intermediate dancers, plus freestyle dancing to top swing DJs and occasional live bands.

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 :-

26 Mar, 2 Apr - C Jam

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

7.30pm - 8.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class

Learn all the basics of swing dancing (Lindy hop) - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed

8.30pm - 8.45pm Dancing/practice

Practise what you've learnt!

8.45pm - 9.30pm Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop class

Moving on from the basics - develop your Lindy hop vocabulary and technique

9.30pm - 11.00pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs

Doors open 7.30pm, last dance 11pm.

See other dates


About C Jam

Expect fun, fun, great music - and more fun! A typical night at C Jam attracts a crowd of between 30 and 80 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 18 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 class.

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, and now The Exhibit after The Bedford closed to undergo a major renovation.

Classes at C Jam

The evening at C Jam kicks off with swing dance (Lindy hop) classes.

Join any week. No need to book (just turn up). No partner needed.

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  • Beginners

    7.30pm - beginners 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!

    8.30pm - practice
    Practise what you've learnt! Social dancing to recorded music.

  • New for 2019! Improvers/intermediates

    Please do come along early and join in with the 8.30pm practice session.

    8.45pm - improvers/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 class to take intermediates. So 6-count, some 8-count basics plus some basic knowledge of partnered Charleston steps is assumed. 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 class we have dancing til 11pm!

  • Social dancing

    From 9.30pm-11pm it's freestyle time - try out the moves you've learnt, or grab a drink and watch what's going on (The Exhibit has a fully licensed bar downstairs). Resident DJ Martin & occasional guests play "the best swing music in town" and are happy to take requests too.


Class rotation

We rotate partners regularly in the class 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 class at C Jam is currently taught by Martin Ellis (Swingland and C Jam founder and director) and dance guru Rowan McLelland.

Admission to C Jam

Doors are open from 7.15pm and the first class kicks off at 7.30pm.

There is no need to book - just turn up.

  • Standard admission - £12

    Includes either/both classes and social dancing/practice.

    Concessions - £10 - available to NUS/Equity members with proof - please show your ID at the door.

  • Special rate - £5*

    Social dancing only (after 9.30pm).

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

Last admission is 10pm.


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 has moved to The Exhibit - a thriving bar, restaurant and club - just across the road from The Bedford!

The Exhibit is at 12 Balham Station Road, Balham, London SW12 9SG.

By tube - Northern Line to Balham, 1 minute walk. Turn right out of the station and walk up Balham Station Road. The Exhibit is on your left next to the Sainsbury's car park.

By train - Balham (10 minutes to Waterloo or Victoria via Clapham Junction), 1 minute 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, either metered or some free during the day and most free after 6.30pm - or use the Sainsbury's car park (2 hours max during the day, free all evening).

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C Jam - Dates

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

26 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 16 Apr, 23 Apr, 30 Apr, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun - C Jam

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

7.30pm - 8.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class

Learn all the basics of swing dancing (Lindy hop) - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed

8.30pm - 8.45pm Dancing/practice

Practise what you've learnt!

8.45pm - 9.30pm Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop class

Moving on from the basics - develop your Lindy hop vocabulary and technique

9.30pm - 11.00pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs

Tuesday 26 March

C Jam

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

7.30-8.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class

8.30-8.45pm Dancing/practice

8.45-9.30pm Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop class

9.30-11.00pm Music and dancing

Wednesday 27 March

Swingland Windsor

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

Thursday 28 March

A-Train

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

Sunday 31 March

Swingland Twickenham

Learn to swing dance in Twickenham, Middx - every Sunday

Monday 1 April

Swingland Brixton

Learn to swing dance in Brixton - every Monday

Tuesday 2 April

C Jam

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

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