SwingJive Courses

Get your dancing started on The Swing Dance Company's SwingJive courses! This page provides an overview of our series of courses and our teaching methods. You can follow the links within the article to find out more detail.

Our company is best known for its popular series of 6 x 10 week Swing Jive Courses; 1 x Absolute Beginners, 2 x Intermediate and 3 x Inters Plus level courses.

These draw on moves from a wide range of social partner dance styles including Rock’n’Roll, Jive, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop and Charleston.

Progressive Pathway

These courses have been carefully crafted to allow you to follow a progressive pathway. They were designed as a route for non-dancers to start learning jive and swing without being overwhelmed by the technical challenges that other styles, such as lindy hop, presents for new beginners. These courses are a perfect entry to social partner dancing for adults.

Follow the core series of 6 x 10-week SwingJive courses from one term to the next and you will be taken from a complete beginner to a confident and competent partner dancer over an enjoyable couple of years.

Structured Lessons For All Learning Styles

Our instructors follow a carefully planned teaching framework. This caters for you whether you learn by watching, doing, counting or whether it’s all about the rhythm.

In a typical class, everybody joins in the simple warm-up, then the previous week’s move is recapped and added to a routine. Tuition of the new move of the week then follows. New moves are generally taught with this format;

– teacher & assistant demonstrate the move, so you can see what’s coming!

step-by-step instruction from the beginning, do the steps – you won’t be left standing.

the teacher adds a rhythm, using trigger words relevant to the move. These words remind you what step is coming next, helping you coordinate the movement with rhythmical timing.

teacher adds a count, numbers can play a big part in dancing. Many dancers find it helpful to do the move to a count.

movement becomes fluid when music is introduced, now you feel like you are dancing!

Applied Dancing

You can celebrate each time you learn a new move, but to make it useful it needs to be linked to others you have learned. The teachers create 3 move sequences, including the new move, so you can practice linking other moves to it. The other moves in the routine are taken from earlier in your current course or from a previous course.

The essence of jive and swing dance is fun and spontaneity, so it’s important to learn to use your moves as a toolset, being able to draw on your moves in any order when dancing freestyle. During classes, the teacher will play carefully selected swing, rock’n’roll or rhythm’n’blues music for dancing so that you can try adding your new move into your existing repertoire. This will prepare you for taking your dancing out into the wild.

“Best thing i ever did was to learn to swing jive, i just love it. Thank you for all the great courses, events and swingeasy nights you arrange, keep up the good work.” Denise MacDonald, Fareham classes

“Best thing i ever did was to learn to swing jive, i just love it. Thank you for all the great courses, events and swingeasy nights you arrange, keep up the good work.” Denise MacDonald, Fareham classes

Learn at Home, in a Community Venue, or Both

There are different benefits to learning online compared to a local community venue.

Venue-based classes allow you to start with a group made up of between 6 to 20 dancing couples, so everybody starts learning at the same level of experience. Our thorough, progressive and well-planned courses are led by instructors who have lots of dancing experience and who have trained to teach using our proven teacher training programme. Everybody gets on well in the classes so you’ll make new friends too. Participants learn with the partner they bring, there is no partner rotation on these courses.

Online courses can be taken from anywhere in the world where you have internet access, including the privacy of your own home.  These are delivered by our lead teachers for the highest standard of tuition. Online lessons are released on a weekly basis, similar to attending a weekly course, but they are available for up to 12 months after joining. This means you can enjoy them at a time of your choosing and refer back to them when it suits you.

Start Your SwingJive Courses with a Free Trial Lesson

Have a go with a free introductory lesson before you commit to your Absolute Beginners Course. The free trial is just the starting point of an exciting journey.

New starters don't require any previous dancing knowledge. The Absolute Beginners course was designed so that you can easily get to grips with the basics. It includes simple course moves and minimal footwork.

At the end of the first session the instructors demonstrate all the moves that you learn on the course - you can also see videos of the course moves.

Then Join Your Absolute Beginners

For many, joining our 10-week Absolute Beginners SwingJive course is life-changing. The courses are a perfect introduction to a community that are active, sociable and love to dance to retro music from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Completing the beginner's course will give you the moves and the confidence to get up for a jive at your next party and impress your friends!

Continuation Courses To Keep You Dancing

Our series of courses are designed to carry you through a seamless learning experience. After your Absolute Beginners Course, you can progress onto the Intermediate level. Building up your repertoire will mean you can walk into the local Rock’n’Roll night or hit the lindy hop clubs with all the tools you need to have a great time.

Intermediate Courses

Our intermediate level offers similar, but slightly more challenging moves. Simple new footwork rhythms are introduced too.

By the Intermediate level, our dancers often ask, "Can we learn the moves that help make dancing to faster music easier?". Our Intermediate course achieves this; the 6-beat basic rhythm has a quick-quick-slow-slow pattern.

Everybody's favourite, the Charleston is also added towards the end of the Intermediate course. These rhythms help give leaders "thinking time", really important to help plan the next move!

Designed to be taken in either order, Green and Yellow Intermediate level courses follow Absolute Beginners. They contain different moves to each other and build on knowledge learned at the Beginner level.

Intermediates Plus Courses

Dancers can then move onto Intermediate Plus courses, named Orange, Purple and Blue, which contain fresh content at a higher level.

These courses take you further, with more Charleston and 6-beat based moves, more complex variations on Beginner and Intermediate course moves and a few flashy moves, such as seducers, dips and tricks.

Follow the Pathway from Absolute Beginner to Experienced Dancer

Enjoy your social dancing and look out for more specialized courses, mini-courses and workshops run by The Swing Dance Company to add to your repertoire.

We also offer Individual Tuition regardless of your ability.