Swing dancing refers to a group of dances, which developed along with the swing style of jazz music in the 1930s. During the swing and big band era there were hundreds of dances but those which have survived include Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Charleston and the best known, Lindy Hop.
Lindy Hop originated in the African American communities of Harlem in 1928 and has evolved and is now just as popular as ever.
Once you have learned a few moves and have more confidence you may want to come along to the regular swing events which are held in Adelaide at venues such as the Arkaba or the Gov. Big band and swing groups such as Eight Count, who also do demonstration dances, ensure that this music and dance is kept authentic.
You will be part of a very active and very friendly global dancing community!
Mel and George. Photo courtesy of Swing that Thing
Where do I start? What is a Sugar Push or a Texas Tommy? Your teachers, Mel and George of Swing That Thing are both dance enthusiasts who make sure you have fun (whilst also keeping fit!)
No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. You don't need to bring a partner.
Cost is $15 per class, but your first beginner class is only $10! Come along to the informal classes at the Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Tce, Norwood, every Tuesday. Level 2 starts dancing at 6.15 pm and Level 1 (Beginners) at 7.30 pm. Wear flat shoes, comfortable clothing and be prepared to become addicted to Swing!