Tonight and Tomorrow: Two new venues for Pink Swing Balboa and Lindy Hop classes

Announcing our new Balboa and Lindy Hop classes at our new venues:

Balboa at the King’s Head, Mayfair: Tuesday evenings

Gender-neutral, LGBT* friendly Balboa swing dancing

Learn this most elegant of swing dances with Eleanor.

  • 7pm: Doors open
  • 7.30: Level 2 class
  • 8.30: Level 1 class
  • 9.30: Free swing dance party till 11pm – come and dance for free even if you don’t come to class.

Classes (one or both): £10 including drink at the bar, or pay what you can afford (I want you to have this opportunity, even if you can’t afford to pay).

The King’s Head, 10 Stafford Street, Mayfair, W1S 4RX

What is Balboa?

Elegant swing dance from 1930s, think Fred & Ginger meet Count Basie. Check out these videos:

And if you want even more Balboa, come to the Balboa Cafe tonight in Waterloo! I’ll be there.

Lindy Hop at the Moustache Bar, Dalston: Wednesday Evenings

Gender-neutral, LGBT* friendly Lindy Hop swing dancing

Enjoy this classic swing dance, originating in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City. Come and learn with Eleanor.

  • 7pm: Doors open
  • 7.30: Level 2 class
  • 8.30: Level 1 class
  • 9.30: Free swing dance party till 11pm – come and dance for free even if you don’t come to class.

Classes (one or both): £10 including drink at the bar, or pay what you can afford (I want you to have this opportunity, even if you can’t afford to pay).

The Moustache Bar, 58 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XB

What is Lindy Hop?

Energetic, wild, whacky, fun, all these words and more. It’s a dance to swing-out to the greats of the jazz era: Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Billie Holliday, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington… the list goes on. All the greats played at the Savoy.

But don’t worry, it doesn’t always have to be frenetic: we start easy and there are always slower more graceful tracks to swing-out to as well as the kickin’ tunes for jumpin’ like a crazy cat!

But the best way to appreciate Lindy Hop? First see it, then come and dance with us!

 

Norma Miller (the Queen of Swing), 1919 – present day and Frankie Manning, 1914 – 2009

Two original Lindy Hoppers from the Savoy Ballroom (and from the Hellzapoppin’ clip above) and two of the greatest dancers who ever lived. Frankie, sadly gone but never forgotten. Norma still going strong.

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