Free-style dancing means that you can mix things up if you want to and it’s very popular to take some of the flair and style of Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Charleston, etc and mix it up with the accessibility of authentic Jive. The result is full of fun, variety and playfulness. We use a range of tempos and a mix of swinging musical to ease you into this flexible dance. Our classes are fun-filled and there are no exams to pass. None of the classes are too big and so you will get some personal help from the teachers. To supplement the practice time during the class we organise regular, top-class social events to exercise your new dance skills. You don't have to bring a partner but if you do then you can chose to stay together or to mix in with others - it's up to you.
No previous experience needed - just come ready to have bags of fun. Bring a partner or come alone - it's up to you.
We have regular start dates (roughly monthly) for new beginners and you can pre-book the Level 1 class to enjoy 4 weeks for just £20 per person.
Tuesday class schedule
7.15 to 8.00 pm Swing Jive Level 1 Intro (can be used as a taster class - contact us
8.00 to 8.30 pm Swing Jive Level 1 continues
Try Swing Jive Taster for just £5 per week 7.15 to 8.00.
Take a 4-week Intro for £20 7.15 to 8.30 pm and then pay £5 weekly.
Swing Jive / Lindy Hop COMBO;
Once you have taken a 4-week intro you may choose to stay until 9.00 and more Lindy Hop to your dancing.
£6 from 7.15 to 9.00 pm or £8 from 7.15 10.00 pm.
Full Tuesdays class schedule:
7.15 to 8.00 pm Swing Jive Intro
8.00 to 8.30 pm Level 1 Lindy Hop Intro
8.30 to 9.00 pm Level 1 Lindy Hop continues
9.00 to 10.00 pm Level 2 Lindy Hop
Option 1 There is some off-street parking between the pavement and the hall. It's a little awkward to access and limited. (You may not park beside the church, only beside the hall.)
Option 2 The car park of Pembroke Surgery is on Erleigh Rd just across from the hall and we have permission to park from 6.30 pm to end of class - never overnight.
Option 3 Berkshire Healthcare at 25 Erleigh Rd has a large car park 2 mins walk away at the junction with Alexander Rd and we have permission to use their large car park from 7.00 pm to end of class - never overnight.
Option 4 The Erleigh Rd has on-street parking in the section toward the Royal Berks Hospital (near Option 3).
These classes are held at at St Luke's Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, RG1 5LR. Ths lovely listed building has a wood floor and is maintained to a high standard.
Just off the A4 London Rd, close to the Royal Berks Hospital and Reading School.
From Kings Rd come via Eldon Rd.
From the A4 London Rd take Alexandra Rd.
From Wokingham Rd follow Crescent Rd.
From Shinfield Rd come via Elmhurst Rd.
In addition to regular bus services there are four options for free car parking at the hall and in the immediate area through our local agreements. The Parish Hall is 100 yards from the intersection with Alexandra Rd, between the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Palmer Park. SEE MAP BELOW.