New to social partner dancing? If so it’s best to start with Absolute Beginners SwingJive Courses Click here for the dedicated beginners page including free trial class details.
Already started our SwingJive courses? You can click the link to go to the page for your level, either Intermediate SwingJive or Inters Plus SwingJive, or view all courses in the table below. Sort by level, venue or start date.
If you’re not sure about your level, you can scroll down below the table for more information.
They will take you from being a complete beginner up to a confident and competent partner dancer. You’ll be ready to head out to your next party, join the local Rock’n’Roll night or hit the lindy hop clubs.
“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
Since 2002, over 10,000 people in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey have completed our 10 week absolute beginners Swingjive courses. For many the experience is life-changing as the courses are a perfect introduction to a community who are active, sociable and love to dance to retro music from the 1920s to the 1960s. Completing the beginners course will be enough for you to get up for a jive at your next party and impress.
These courses were designed so that new beginners could get to grips with the basics. Groups are small with everybody at the same level. Our thorough, progressive and well planned courses are led by trained instructors. Participants learn with a regular partner, everybody gets on well so you’ll end up making new friends too. Check out Swingeasy if you don’t have a regular partner.
Start You SwingJive Courses with a Free Trial Lesson
Have a go with a free introductory lesson before you commit. At the end of the first session the instructors demonstrate all the moves that you learn on the course.
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. Everybody joins in the simple warm-up, then we recap the previous week’s move. Every new move is 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 co-ordinate the movement with a regular 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!
You have a new move under your belt! But to make it useful it needs to be linked to others so the teacher creates a 3 move sequence with the new one in the middle. The others are taken from earlier in your current course or from a previous course you have completed.
The essence of jive and swing dance is fun and spontaneity, so it’s important to learn to use your moves together. The teacher will play well known and 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.
Follow the Pathway from Absolute Beginner to Experienced Dancer
The Absolute Beginners Jive Course is just the starting point. Continuation courses designed to carry on seamlessly.
Designed to be taken in either order, Green and Yellow Intermediate level courses follow Absolute Beginners. They contain different moves to each other. Likewise, dancers with three terms behind them move onto Intermediate Plus courses Orange, Purple and Blue.
Get your swing dancing started with our 6 x 10 week SwingJive courses. These draw on moves from a wide range of partner dancing including Rock’n’Roll, Jive, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop and Charleston. 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.