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C Jam

Dancing at C Jam

C Jam is Swingland's weekly Tuesday night swing dance and music club in South London, with a Lindy hop class followed by freestyle dancing to top swing DJs. C Jam is respected internationally as a must-visit London club for Lindy hoppers!

After 18 wonderful years at The Bedford, C Jam is moving! - maybe permantently, but at least whilst The Bedford undergoes a multi-million pound refurbishment. Our last night at The Bedford was on Tuesday 10th July and after a short break we re-open on Tuesday 7th August, just across the road, upstairs at The Exhibit - see you there!

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 :-

24 Jul, 31 Jul - No C Jam (new venue from 7th August)

Re-opens on Tuesday 7th August upstairs at The Exhibit!

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 class 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 as The Bedford undergoes a major renovation.

Classes at C Jam

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

Join any week. 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!

Music and dancing at C Jam

After the class we have dancing til 11pm!

  • Social dancing

    From 8.45pm 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 7.30pm and the class kicks off at 7.45pm.

There is no need to book - just turn up.

  • Standard admission - £12

    Includes the class 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 (after 8.45pm).

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.

24 Jul, 31 Jul - No C Jam (new venue from 7th August)

Re-opens on Tuesday 7th August upstairs at The Exhibit!

7 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 16 Oct - C Jam

Classes and dancing at South London's renowned - and longest running - Swing Dance Night! Every Tuesday except 2nd in the month

7.45pm - 8.45pm Beginners/improvers Lindy hop class

Learn all the basics of swing dancing (Lindy hop) - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed. 60mins

8.45pm - 11.00pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs

14 Aug, 11 Sep, 9 Oct - No C Jam (2nd Tuesday of the month)

C Jam is every Tuesday except the 2nd Tuesday in the month

Wednesday 18 July

Swingland Windsor

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

7.45-8.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class

8.45-9.30pm Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop class

Thursday 19 July


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

Sunday 22 July

Swingland Twickenham

Learn to swing dance in Twickenham, Middx - every Sunday

Elysian Den

Monthly Sunday night swing dance with beginners class and 2 hours of dancing to top vintage DJs and occasional live band!

Monday 23 July

Swingland Brixton

Learn to swing dance in Brixton - every Monday

Wednesday 25 July

Swingland Windsor

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

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