Thinking of joining one of our courses?

Congratulations! You’ve found the ONLY dance organisation teaching this authentic style on the South Coast as a ten week structured beginners course!

If you’re considering enrolling on one of our highly acclaimed Beginners Swing Jive Courses, here are some answers to common questions:

Why choose Swing Jive?

Perhaps you've already tried Lindy-Hop and found this too energetic?  If you prefer the slightly faster Rhythm & Blues or Rock & Roll music this may be harder to dance Lindy-Hop to. Or maybe you've learned Modern Jive or Ceroc/Leroc. Whilst these styles are suitable for slower modern tempo music, you may struggle to dance to tunes from the 40's and 50's in this style. It just doesn't look or feel 'right'.

Even if you've never danced a step in your life, as long as you can tap your feet to the great vintage sounds of Glenn Miller, Chuck Berry or Jerry Lee Lewis [to name just a few] we're sure you'll be dancing this style after just one course!

Swing Jive, along with East Coast Swing are the original dance styles that were around when Rock and Roll, Swing and Rhythm and Blues was most popular, and they were the 'dance styles' of that era. So if you like the Big Band sounds of the 40's, or Rhythm & Blues or Rock & Roll of the 50's and early 60's this is the style to learn!

Covid-19 Safe

Our venues have provided us with Covid-19 guidelines to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience at our courses. The following changes will be made for your safety.

Hand sanitizers will be made available at the entrance to the venue and must also be used just prior to the class commencing.

A class register of those attending will be completed at every class so we have full contact details for those attending each class.

We will not be rotating during our lessons for the forseeable future, and single students will remain with the same partner throughout the course.

Our instructors will maintain a safe distance from students. Unfortunately this means we can't actively envolve ourselves with each students learning experience, however we'll do our very best to ensure you get the best instructing possible under these difficult circumstances.

Our class sizes are reduced to ensure 2m spacing between couples.

Do we need to bring a partner to learn with?

No!  Although we have many couples joining our courses, it’s not essential to bring a partner.

We have a crew of experienced dancers who very kindly donate their time on class nights to partner students who come on their own. However we only have so many at each location, so it's a good idea to reserve your place if you're planning on joining a course.

It’s not uncommon for ladies to learn the mens steps and moves so that they can dance with other ladies [follows] at dances. If you are a lady considering joining one of our courses, you may want to ask a friend to join you to learn with. You could then go to social dances and dance with each other.

Do we have to enrol straight away?

No. You can come along and try your first week free of charge! We’re so confident that you’ll want to join us that we’ll give you a chance to try out this great dance first! If you’d like to join us you can pay by Debit Card or cash after your lesson. If not, then you’ve had an hours tuition free of charge!

What do we wear?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing, perhaps multi layers in case you get too hot. The ladies should wear comfortable slip on flat shoes with a non stick sole to ease turning and spinning. Please ask us for advice on where to by some suitable footwear.