South West Lindy Hoppers
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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.
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)
Black Lives Matter. To be clear: There is no room in our community for racism or discrimination of any kind. Lindy Hop is a Black dance. May we never forget that and may we all step up together to do more and to do better. #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLindyHopMatters #LindyHoppersAgainstRacism
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.
(The birth of Lindy Hop on film)
(In full colour)
Frankie Manning and Norma Miller Performing at Roseland Ballroom on Frankies 85th Birthday 1999
If you want to enhance your dancing (be it Jive, Ceroc, Leroc or Rock 'n' Roll) or are a !940's re-enactor and want to add that extra something, to stand out from the crowd then Lindy Hop is the dance for you!
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SOUTH WEST LINDY HOPPERS MONTHLY SOCIALS FOR THE FULL SWING EXPERIENCE WITH LIVE SWING BANDS. IT'S WHAT LINDY HOP IS ALL ABOUT.
In the light of the COVID Pandemic (the virus is still out there), what we have learnt about the spread of the virus and in order to protect the health and safety of all our dancers, teachers, guest teachers, band members, hall staff as much as we can and minimize the spread, we would like you to keep to the Govt. advice (which may change) and stay at home if you:
1. Have symptoms of COVID i.e a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste and have been tested positive
2. Have recently come into contact with someone who has COVID
3 Feel unwell for any reason, even if it's not COVID related
4. Suddenly become unwell during our events, please tell us
5. Remember to wash hands regularly.
Think about others. There will always be another time for dancing.
Our venue in Exeter for classes and social events is well ventilated with doors leading to a large outdoor grassy area (doors will be left open during classes etc).
Hand sanitizer will also be provided at all classes/events.
BANDS FOR 2021.
(This may change if Govt. advice changes)
(Pre-booking and payment in advance essential. No payment on the door.)
FURTHER DETAILS ON OUR CLASSES AND EVENTS PAGE
Saturday 23 Oct: The Drat Pack. With singer Annika Skough. St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd. EXETER EX4 7AH.
Saturday 20 Nov: Ding Dong Daddios. St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd. EXETER EX4 7AH.
Saturday 29 Jan 2022: The Big R Band. America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, EXETER EX4 8PX
CLASSES FOR 2021
(More details on our Classes and Events page)
(This may change if Govt. advice changes)
Thursday. Next 6 week course starts October 21st. Booking esssential.
No need to bring a partner. Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
Venue: St. James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, EXETER EX4 7AH. On site parking. Lots of space for dancing. Great floor.
No need to bring a partner
New Venue: Follaton Community Centre, Whiteley Avenue, Follaton, TOTNES TQ9 5FQ
New Day: Wednesdays. Next 6 week course starts Weds 3 November.
Times: 7.15/30 - 9.45pm. Times may vary.
On-site parking. Great new floor for dancers.
We look forward to dancing with you.
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