York Lindy

Swing dance lessons and socials in York

Classes and Workshops


1930s Charleston (Beginners and Level 2)

Want to learn to swing dance? York Lindy welcomes you to our Beginners' and Level 2 courses in the centre of York! 

Beginners (3-week course)

Our beginners course is the perfect place to start your journey with swing dancing! You don’t need a partner, any previous dance experience or special equipment - just sign up and our experienced teachers will get you dancing! Our beginners courses start from the very beginning, introducing you to dances from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Our friendly teachers will break down the footwork before introducing you to some fun moves! Focusing on 1930s Charleston, this 3-week course will build up your moves with dancers of a similar level. 

Come along to the pub (Ye Olde Starre Inne) after class to socialise with fellow beginners and our teachers!

Level 2 (3-week course)

Level 2 is all about giving you the confidence to social dance! It is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about either lead or follow technique, and who feels ready to tackle some more challenging moves, variations and footwork.

Our expectation is that you feel comfortable with the 1930s Charleston footwork pattern you learnt in Beginners, as we will build on these. Participants are asked to sign up for one role for the duration of the course.

Dancers that are new to Level 2 classes may wish to also attend the beginners course to solidify the basic footwork - beginners courses run in the previous hour. We offer a discount if you are signing up for both Beginners and Level 2. Prices to do both courses are £27, or £21 for concessions.


Location: The Belfrey Hall, 52A Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

Price: Beginners - £18 (£14 concessions), Level 2 - £18 (£14 concessions), Both - £27 (£21 concessions)

Dates: Thursday 18th, 25th April, 2nd May 2024

7:30pm-8.30pm (Beginners) 

8.45pm-9.45pm (Level 2)

Six Count Lindy Hop (Beginners and Level 2)

Want to learn to swing dance? York Lindy welcomes you to our Beginners' and Level 2 courses in the centre of York! 

Beginners (3-week course)

Our beginners course is the perfect place to start your journey with swing dancing! You don’t need a partner, any previous dance experience or special equipment - just sign up and our experienced teachers will get you dancing! Our beginners courses start from the very beginning, introducing you to dances from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Our friendly teachers will break down the footwork before introducing you to some fun moves! Focusing on 6 Count Lindy Hop, this 3-week course will build up your moves with dancers of a similar level. 

Come along to the pub (Ye Olde Starre Inne) after class to socialise with fellow beginners and our teachers!

Level 2 (3-week course)

Level 2 is all about giving you the confidence to social dance! It is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about either lead or follow technique, and who feels ready to tackle some more challenging moves, variations and footwork.

Our expectation is that you feel comfortable with the 6 Count Lindy Hop footwork pattern you learnt in Beginners, as we will build on these. Participants are asked to sign up for one role for the duration of the course.

Dancers that are new to Level 2 classes may wish to also attend the beginners course to solidify the basic footwork - beginners courses run in the previous hour. We offer a discount if you are signing up for both Beginners and Level 2. Prices to do both courses are £27, or £21 for concessions.


Location: The Belfrey Hall, 52A Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

Price: Beginners - £18 (£14 concessions), Level 2 - £18 (£14 concessions), Both - £27 (£21 concessions)

Dates: Thursday 23rd, 30th May, 6th June 2024

7:30pm-8.30pm (Beginners) 

8.45pm-9.45pm (Level 2)

Learn the California Routine - Level 3 Workshop

Calling all experienced swing dancers! Learn the iconic California routine, made famous in the Hellzapoppin clip, and enduring to this day! The California routine is a staple performance piece and a rite of passage for many Lindy Hoppers. Attendees will be invited to perform the routine at the World Lindy Hop Day event later in May.

The routine is structured around a series of moves that can be adapted or modified by dancers, making it both a structured choreography and a flexible framework for improvisation. Key elements often include:

The event will take place in the historic city of York on Saturday 11 May. It will comprise 3 hours of teaching followed by an evening social dance, open to dancers of all levels. For workshop attendees, the evening social comes free with your ticket!

Difficulty level

To attend this workshop you should be a fluent social dancer, able to switch seamlessly between footworks. The material will assume knowledge of many standard moves including swing outs and tandem charleston.

The evening social dance is open to dancers of all levels!


Location: The Belfrey Hall, 52A Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

Price: Workshop + Social Pass £19 (£15 concessions), Social Pass only - £6 (£4 concessions)

Dates: Saturday 11th May 2024

11.30am-3.30pm (Workshop, including one hour for lunch

7pm-10pm (Social Dance at the Priory Street Centre)

Social Dances


Anniversary Tea Dance

Step back in time and join us for an unforgettable afternoon of rhythm and swing. We're joining with David and Eleanor, two of our longest-standing members, to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. Forty years!

So, we're having a tea dance that promises to whisk you away to the golden era of dance. Let David Broad and The Meanwood Valley Stompers serenade you with melodies that'll make your feet tap and heart sing.

Whether you're a seasoned dancer or just looking for a delightful afternoon out, this is the event for you. Dress in your finest, sip on tea, and let's swing the day away!

Please reserve your ticket online in advance; we are not currently able to admit attendees on the door.

Please Note: Ticket price is heavily subsidised by York Lindy for this extra special event at the wonderful De Grey Rooms in York city centre.


Location: De Grey Rooms, St Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HB

Price: £8 (concessions £5)

Dates: Saturday 20th April 2024

1pm-5pm

Weekly classes

Learn to dance to the swinging sounds of the '20s, '30s and '40s at our Thursday night Lindy Hop classes.

Everybody's welcome, from experienced dancers to complete beginners.

Please note, we are currently running courses rather than weekly drop in classes. Check our dancecloud page for upcoming events.

Socials

We hold social dances around once per month. Please check our dancecloud page for upcoming socials.

We especially encourage everyone who has attended the beginners' courses to come, meet and dance with more of our lovely York Lindy community. 

Please reserve your ticket online in advance; we are not currently able to admit attendees on the door.

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