Learn to dance with Swingland

Classes, courses & workshops

Swingland teaches swing dancing - Lindy hop (also known as "jitterbug" or "jive") and related dances (including East Coast "6-count" swing, Charleston, authentic jazz dance and more). We've been teaching professionally since 1998.

We teach regular drop-in classes where you can just turn up, as well as courses and workshops which require pre-booking. We are also available for private classes (eg to help you prepare for your wedding dance).

Weekly drop-in classes

Drop-in classes are where most people start learning to swing dance - they're fun, friendly and accessible. You don't need to be there every week, you don't need a partner (although if you do have a partner, you may stay together if preferred), and all our drop-in classes include essential practice time. Often our drop-in classes are part of an evening where you can dance and practise afterwards to live or recorded music.

Weekly drop-in classes with Swingland

Mondays - at A-Train @ The Hammersmith Club, London W6

A-Train is Swingland's weekly Monday night swing dance and music club at The Hammersmith Club in West London, with Lindy hop classes for absolute beginners through to intermediate/advanced dancers, plus freestyle dancing to top swing DJs and occasional live bands.

Book on-line or just turn up

Tuesdays - at C Jam @ The Bedford, Balham, London SW12

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. C Jam is London's longest running weekly Lindy hop club night - we've been at The Bedford on Tuesday nights since mid-2000!

Book on-line or just turn up

Wednesdays - Swingland Windsor @ The Old Court, Windsor SL4

Swingland's Windsor classes take place on Wednesday evenings, downstairs at The Old Court Arts Centre. Swing dance (Lindy hop) classes for absolute beginners and up.

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Our courses provide a slightly more structured learning environment when compared to our drop-in classes. We'll cover a specific topic (eg, a set of fundamental moves using a particular rhythm) over a number of sessions. Numbers are limited and courses must be booked in advance to ensure that we can progress each course group as a whole.

Swingland courses

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


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!

Monthly workshops in Acton, West London

Swing dance workshops @ Act One (The Old Library), Acton, London W3

Sunday 29-May-22 - Tranky Doo (1930s/40s jazz dance routine) workshop, 11:00am to 1:45pm

Learn the "Tranky Doo" jazz routine. Tricky in places, but lots of fun! Usually performed to "Tuxedo Junction" (Erskine Hawkins) or "The Dipsy Doodle" (Chick Webb), but works with most swing tunes... Some knowledge of jazz steps (eg fall-off-the-log, trickeration break) in a Lindy hop environment, or previous dance experience is recommended. Teacher - Martin Ellis (Swingland)

Advance booking required

Occasional workshops in Balham, South London

Swing dance workshops @ The Bedford, Balham, London SW12

Saturday 28-May-22 - Levelling-up (Beginners/Improvers) Lindy hop workshop, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Aimed at our regular beginners & improvers (especially at C Jam, but everyone welcome), in this workshop we will be looking to give you the confidence to start joining in our intermediates classes. No partner needed - all attendees will rotate partners throughout. You will need to be able to do a basic Swing out, Lindy turn and Circle. Teachers - Martin & Kim (C Jam) Expect to have lots of fun - and a few challenges!

Advance booking required