The home of Savoy style Lindy hop in London!

C Jam @ The Bedford - Lindy hop classes & dancing

C Jam is Swingland's weekly Tuesday night swing dance and music club at renowned venue The Bedford in Balham, South London - learn with experienced professional teachers and dance to top swing DJs and monthly live bands.

About C Jam

A night at C Jam is a mixture of classes, practice and social dancing. In any of the classes you may join in the partner rotation, or stick with one partner if you prefer. Unless otherwise stated, advance booking is optional and you may just turn up and pay on the door. Come alone, with a partner or a friend, or in a group (sorry, no children or pets).

A typical night at C Jam attracts around 40 people - more when we have live music - from all walks of life, and all age ranges.

The classes are taught by Swingland founder Martin Ellis, partnered by Kim Sheard, and with 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. The bar downstairs is open for drinks, meals and snacks throughout the evening. The ballroom upstairs - where you'll find us via the original marble staircase - is absolutely stunning.

Beginners/improvers classes at C Jam

Covering all the basics of Lindy hop these classes from 7.45pm (6.45pm from January 2022) are fun, social, and informative. Suitable for absolute beginners - join any week.

Improvers/intermediates classes at C Jam

Moving on from beginners these classes from 7.45pm (starting January 2022) are designed to take your dancing to the next level. Knowledge of Lindy hop basics covered in beginners will be presumed. For those who've been regulars at C Jam over the last few months, this class is for you!

Social dancing at C Jam

After the classes it's dancing time - swing out to the very best recorded music from the 1930s, 40s & 50s. Newer recordings are also played - provided that they really do swing!

Live music at C Jam

Once a month - or thereabouts - we have live music at C Jam. These nights are definitely not to be missed - so check the calendar and save the dates!

Prices and booking

Please see dates/booking for prices. Pre-booking is optional unless stated.

Dates/schedule, prices & booking

Tuesday 18 January 2022

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

Swingland Class Cards are accepted for all drop-in classes.

Drop-in classes for all levels, and social dancing at C Jam

C Jam @ The Bedford - Tuesday 18 January 2022, 6:45pm to 11:00pm
Weekly Lindy hop classes and dancing at Swingland's longest running night! No previous experience required. Start any week. No partner needed.

6.45pm - Beginners/improvers Lindy hop classLearn all the basics of Lindy hop! No previous experience required. Start any week.
7.45pm - Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop classMove your dancing up a level!
8.45pm - Social dancingDancing to top swing DJs.

£12 (£10 concessions) per class in advance, or £15 (£12 concessions) on the door - includes practice time and social dancing.
Pre-book or just turn up

Social dancing only at C Jam

Social dancing at C Jam - Tuesday 18 January 2022, 8:45pm to 11:00pm
Social dancing at C Jam!

8.45pm - Social dancingSocial dancing to top swing DJs.

£5 (entry after 8.45pm)
Pre-book or just turn up

Live music nights at C Jam

Nothing in the diary at the moment - sorry!

Classes start and finish promptly at the advertised times. If you're running under 15 minutes late, please do join in and do your best to catch up - but please note that there is strictly no admission between 7pm-7.45pm and 8pm-8.45pm, and we can't run past the finish time.

The Bedford

How to get to C Jam

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

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