South West Lindy Hoppers
Lindy Hop - The Original Big Band Swing Dance
We are a group of Lindy Hop enthusiasts founded in 2004, based in the Exeter area who enjoy and promote this unique social dance for all age groups.
Formed in 2004 because there was no Savoy Style Lindy Hop in the area. We attract dancers from the whole of the South West region, holding regular Beginner's & Intermediate classes in EXETER & TOTNES as well as practice sessions, workshops, demonstrations and swing dances that include music from the Big Band era, Jump Jive and Blues.
Guest teachers have included:
Graeme and Ann (Hoppin' Mad), Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas, Gary and Sarah Boon, Andy and Tor from Rock Bottoms, Mel and Jo Calanglang, Russell and Delores from the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Paul and Fae and Christine from Rug-Cutters Lindy Hop. David Zilkha from Swing Dance Bristol. Velody from Manchester. Trisha Sewell from Savoy Hop Hertfordshire. Martyn Nelson from Manchester.
All ages and abilities are welcome. No need to bring a partner. Meet like minded dancers in helpful and friendly surroundings.
You Can't Stop the Lindy Hop
NEW YORK TIMES
(May 23rd 2014)
The Lindy Hop will be danced all over the world to live big band music. Everywhere that Lindy Hop is danced, on the dance floors and off, people of diverse backgrounds will treat each other with respect and warmth. The history of Frankie Manning and the originators of the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom will be well known to dancers and non-dancers everywhere.
Frankie: The ambassador of Lindy hop’s fabulous dancing and radiant smile have served as inspiration to generations of Lindy hop enthusiasts, but Frankie modestly claimed, “I’m not interested in fame and glory. It’s just that I would like others to know what a happy dance this is.”
Top Tips For Lindy Hoppers: A one: SMILE. A two: Be courteous. A we know what to do: Enjoy.
There are many Lindy Hop websites that give advice on how to improve your dancing. Try these:
Swungover California (8 tips)
Swing Dance LA (10 Tips)
Lindy Fridays Leeds (13Tips)
Sharon Davis London (20 Tips)
Shuffle Projects Switzerland (33 Tips)
Rikomatic. What not to do!
If you want to enhance your dancing (be it Jive, Ceroc, Leroc or Rock 'n' Roll) add that extra something, stand out from the crowd then Lindy Hop is the dance for you!
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For further details about our events and other events listed below, go to our Classes & Events page.
SOUTH WEST LINDY HOPPERS FREESTYLES/EVENTS IN EXETER:
Saturday 16th May: 'Lindy In The City'. With South West Lindy Hoppers. Princesshay, Exeter. 1 - 3pm. Free event. Contact us for details.
Saturday 30th May: Ryan Francois. The world famous Choreographer and Lindy Hopper will be teaching a Lindy Hop workshop in Exeter. More details on our Classes & Events page. Followed by:-
Saturday 30th May: Live band - The Paper Moon Band. 1940's Night.
Sunday June 28th: The Jive Aces The UK's No. 1 Jive and Swing Band. £14 in advance. £16 on the door. More details soon.
Saturday 25th July: Live Band - The Roosters.
Saturday 1st August: Lindy In The City. With South West Lindy Hoppers. Princesshay, Exeter. 1 - 3pm. Free event.
Other Events In the Area
Saturday 27 June: AJ's Big Band. Princesshay, EXETER. 1 - 4pm Dance to the Big Band sounds of the 1940's. Free event.
Saturday 11 July: AJ's Big Band. Bow Village Hall, Station Rd. Bow EX17 6HU. Forties Dance in the village hall! Call 01363 82379 for more details.
CLASSES (on-going 6 week courses until July)
Totnes: Every Tues. 7.15pm. New 6 week courses for Beginner's and Intermediates starts Tues. 14 April. (For Tues 7 April, a general class for practice/a few moves for just £6, then down to the 7 Stars for a drink).
Venue: The Mansion (on the first floor in the Old School Hall), Fore Street Totnes, TQ9 5RP
Exeter: Every Thurs. New 6 week courses for Beginner's and Intermediates starts Thurs 16 April. New times. Doors open 7.15 for a 7.30pm start.
Venue: 'First Floor Swing Club' Heavitree Conservative Club, 7 Church Street Heavitree, Exeter, EX2 5EH
We look forward to dancing with you.
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