- Week 1
Most people book a free trial. The course fee is discounted when paid before or directly after the 1st session.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
- Week 2
Week 2 trials are only available if you are unable to attend on Week1.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
- Week 3 (then weekly until Wk10)
The course continues weekly until Week 10.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
If you landed here you've heard about our amazing Absolute Beginners Jive Course, including a free trial class. Look through the content below to find out what to expect.
Absolute Beginners SwingJive Course
The Absolute Beginners SwingJive Course is designed for you if you have never done any jive or swing dance before. In fact, most new starters have never done any kind of dance class at all. These courses are a perfect starting point for a weekly adult, evening partner dance class and they lead into an exciting, fun and sociable new world. You'll stay with the partner you bring throughout the course.
"Hi, Just wanted to say how much my husband and I enjoyed our first dance session last night and what a fun night we had and to thank you." Kind Regards, Angela, Farnham
"They made the course fun and gave lots of encouragement. We thought the method of teaching, concentrating on and perfecting one move at a time, worked." (Anita & Mike, Farnborough)
“The best thing I ever did was to learn to swing jive, I just love it. Thank you for all the great courses, keep up the good work.” Denise, Fareham
Limited Spaces in COVID-safe Venues... or Learn Online!
Dancing provides a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. Our COVID-safe plan means we have just a limited number of spaces, and venue-based learning will be supported by free online, pre-recorded on-demand learning. Our courses are already designed so that you stay with your partner throughout. If venue-based learning doesn't suit you, then join our online school to learn exactly the same content anywhere in the world!
See What You Can Learn on The Free Trial
Whether you attend one of our venue based classes, or trial online, you should be able to dance the following moves by the end of our free trial class.
Open To All Adult Ages and Levels of Fitness
As long as you can walk you should be able to take part. The beauty of this style of dancing is that you can push yourself to whatever energy level you are comfortable with. Dancing is a great form of exercise, you'll be having so much fun that you won't notice all those calories you are burning!
Who Typically Attends Venue-Based Classes?
Our classes are popular with couples keen to share a hobby, spend quality time together and rebuild a social life, often at the end of the child-rearing years. We also welcome many couples preparing for wedding receptions, other celebrations and holidays.
Pairings include parent/offspring, sibling/sibling, friend/friend pairings as well as couples who are life partners.
Most attendees are in the 40-65 age range. These are adult-only classes, so all participants must be at least 18. There is no upper limit.
Book Your Free Trial Space in Advance with a Dance Partner
When joining our venue-based classes, please ensure you are attending with a dance partner. We set a 2 person minimum booking for our location-based courses so please book both places at the same time using our online booking system. Simply book your spaces on our free trial class at the class that suits you best. Our system will send a registration email to confirm the venue, date and time details - please check your spam filter if these don't arrive in your inbox within an hour of booking.
Some people are lucky enough to find a dance partner easily. For those without an obvious dance partner, asking within their own network of friends, family, colleagues and neighbours can reveal somebody who is interested to give the class a go.
Get a Head Start!
If you would like to get a head start before attending a trial, you can take our online free trial, which contains the same content, or even book a private lesson first before your trial class, either in-person or online!
What to Expect on Free Trial Day
Arrive just before the advertised start time for your lesson so the teachers can greet you. Groups are typically between 12 and 30 people, everybody is an absolute beginner so everybody will be experiencing similar nerves and excitement. Once it's time to start we do a gentle warm-up and teach a couple of simple moves which you can dance on a loop. Before the end of the session, the teachers will demonstrate all the moves coming up on the course.
Paying For The Course
Most people pay for the full course directly at the end of the beginners' trial session. To make our admin and planning easier we always offer a discounted price if you pay on or before the night of your trial. If you wait until the following day or week the full price is charged.
If you are committed to joining the course regardless of the free trial on the first week you can pay in advance via the relevant course booking page. Payment secures your place on the course.
See What You Can Learn on The Full Course
Building Your Abilities Week-By-Week
The Absolute Beginners SwingJive Course continues on the same day, time and place for 9 further one hour sessions after the free trial week. The course builds week by week, recapping the move from the previous lesson as part of the standard format, and drawing on moves from earlier in the term as you start to build sequences.
For this reason, we don't want any participants to get left behind, so we are looking for people who can commit to attending most weeks (or can catch up via online learning). This ensures a higher quality learning experience for the whole group. For this reason, we only accept payment for the full course. Most customers understand the benefit of attending every week and pre-payment is a great incentive.
Each evening we run 2 or 3 x 1-hour classes. There is normally a 15-minute handover between classes. During this interval, (either before or after your lesson) we will leave music running, you are welcome to practice and chat with the team.
Beyond Absolute Beginners
Once you've completed the Absolute Beginner SwingJive Course, you'll be able to follow on to the natural continuation course, either Intermediate Yellow or Intermediate Green, which can be taken in either order. Teachers will demonstrate moves for the continuation course, or you can view them on this link. There are a series of 6 x 10-week courses, each progressing along a pathway that you can follow, explained on this link.
You'll Love The Music
You'll recognise most of the music we play. At the beginner level we use big songs from big artists of the swing and rock'n'roll eras of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
As you progress to higher levels we'll introduce you to more amazing music for dancing, some you may not have heard before! This includes original music from current jive, swing and rock'n'roll bands and less well-known retro music too.
Check out some of the typical music we use on this Spotify playlist below!
Can't Make Free Trial Day?
As location-based courses run over a set 10 week period, the free trial evening is on 1 specific date each term for each beginners course. If you are unable to attend that date then other options could be open to you:
- Take an online free trial - simply click on this link and take a trial on-demand
- Take a "late" free trial on Week 2 - use the "Free Trial Wk2" ticket option when booking your preferred course
- Take a free trial at an alternative venue - book your free trial at the alternative venue and notify us of the switch when paying
- Book the course without taking a free trial - use the "Course Fee" ticket option when booking your preferred course
- Wait for a future course - click here to join our mailing list for notifications
Have Any Queries? Send Us a Message!
Making our classes COVID-safe is a high priority and we have a plan in place to help achieve this. Please check over our plan, by booking we understand that you are happy to go ahead with classes on the basis of the plan. This course is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and numbers will be limited in line with our COVID-safe plan. Everybody signing up for location-based classes will have access to our online courses this term.
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Parking & Access
During the evenings, access is restricted to entrances on the Leisure Centre side of the site. Please drive to the Dorchester Leisure Centre entrance, DT1 2HR, and park in the parking areas around the leisure centre.
Finding The Upper Sports Hall
For classes in the Upper Sports Hall, it is best to park in the top car park to the left as you enter the Leisure Centre entrance from the main road. Follow the car park to the end, where you will find large main gates into the school grounds. Go through the double gates and bear right. The Upper Sports Hall is on your right-hand side (running parallel with the top car park).
Finding The Lower Sports Hall
Once parked, please walk onto the school site via the large double gates to the school slightly down the driveway and on the opposite side to the Leisure Centre. From the entrance gates, follow a U-shaped walk along the main driveway into the school to a central pedestrian square. After reaching the square turn right, go to the end of the square and then turn right again. From the square, you can then follow a pathway straight ahead to the Lower Sports Hall building. Enter the building and the Sports Hall is on the right-hand side.
Classes may take place in other spaces, such as the Dance Studio 2.