Beginners Lindy Hop Courses

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Following advice from Public Health England and the UK Government, we have taken the decision to suspend our regular schedule and all face-to-face teaching with immediate effect from Monday 23rd March.

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Are you looking for a new activity that is fun, helps to keep you fit and where you can meet new people? Our Beginners Lindy Hop 4 week courses at Steel City Swing are for absolute beginners with no or little experience of dancing. 


Over the course of 4 Monday evenings you’ll learn the basics of the Lindy Hop dance, and build a small repertoire of core moves.

The course is structured on a small routine of basic moves, introducing new moves each week but repeating moves from previous weeks so they become familiar. We incorporate some basic jazz steps and free styling elements, too. 

Ultimately we are aiming to teach social dancing, and building confidence and experience so that you feel comfortable to dance freestyle at a casual social event and have a good time. 

We place a big emphasis on having fun with your dancing and not taking it too seriously. This isn’t about winning competitions, but about helping you to become a skilled, confident partner dancer. 

After completing the four week course, if you’ve been bitten by the Lindy Hop bug you can move into the Level 2 classes that run every Monday night where you can begin to expand your technique and repertoire. Alternatively, you can participate in as many beginners courses until you feel comfortable moving up. 

If you already have dance experience in another dance genre this course will help introduce you to the style of Lindy Hop.

How does the class work?

Lindy Hop is a partnered dance made up of a “leader” and a “follower”. Leaders initiate movement and rhythms to your dance partner. Followers tune in to the movements and rhythms being communicated by the leader and respond. 

Both lead and follower can influence the dance and add styling and variations, making each dance unique and fun. 

Everyone can lead and everyone can follow, and many people do both. For the beginners course, we ask that you pick the role that sounds fun to you, and stick with it for the duration of the course.

We will rotate students throughout the class as this helps to build your experience of dancing with new people, refining your technique and helps you to meet new people. However, we will not force you to rotate if you wish to only work with the partner you brought.

You do not need to register with a dance partner, however please note the class sizes are limited so if there is an imbalance of leaders to followers, we will operate a waiting list for solo registrants until the roles are balanced.

Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended and shoes that don’t have extra grip or traction on the bottom. We recommend flat shoes or plimsolls.

We also recommend bringing a water bottle as there is a kitchen where you can refill. Bring a face towel, spare clothing and extra deodorant if necessary.

Time and venue

Class time: 7:00 to 7:50 pm over the course of 4 Monday evenings.

 All classes are held at the Common Ground Community Centre, Machon Bank, Sheffield, S7 1GR.


Payment in full confirms your place on the course. Details on how to pay will be emailed to you following your completion of the registration form – see links below.

Our Refund Policy can be found here.

Course dates and registration

The course runs five times over the course of a year. The 2020 dates are:

  1. 13th January to 3rd February (Booking now closed)
  2. 9th March to 30th March 2020(Booking now closed)

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to run dance classes. Once the situation and government advice changes, we will review and update this page with future beginner course dates.

Before registering, please familiarise yourself with our Policies and Code of Conduct.