South West Lindy Hoppers

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.

Guest teachers have included:

Graeme and Ann (Hoppin' Mad), Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas, Gary and Sarah Boon, Andy and Tor from Rock Bottoms, Mel and Jo Calanglang, Russell and Delores from the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Paul and Fae and Christine from Rug-Cutters Lindy Hop. David Zilkha from Swing Dance Bristol. Velody from Manchester. Trisha Sewell from Savoy Hop Hertfordshire.

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


(May 23rd 2014)


We are looking for new members all the time

If you want to enhance your dancing (be it Jive, Ceroc, Leroc or Rock 'n' Roll) add that extra something, stand out from the crowd then Lindy Hop is the dance for you!


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look for the couple with the biggest smiles
having the most fun"




For further details about our events and other events listed below, go to our Classes & Events page.


Saturday 25 October: Freestyle. 'Slip Slide & Swing' Dress theme 1950's. Live band - 'Big Buzzard Buzztet' £10 in advance £12 on door. A great night of swinging tunes awaits from this top 5 star band. Andy Williamson/band leader - Sax. Maff Potts - Piano and Organ. Al Swainger - Double Bass. Coach York - Drums. For many years, Andy and Maff played together in the notorious Honkin' Hep Cats. This band was a favourite at the London Swing Dance society sessions on a Monday night at the 100 Club, and up at the Edinburgh Fringe beating out their frenzied 'mellow jive' into the early hours all over town. At the behest of the LSDS's Simon Selmon, it spawned the Big Buzzard Boogie Band, which continues irregularly in various guises, most recently at the 2014 Bristol International Jazz and Blues festival. Al Swainger and Coach York are the cream of the South West's jazz rhythm section players: they'll keep the groove solid and the swing happening.

A band you just can't afford to miss!

The Buzztet goes right back to the roots of swing, boogie and jive playing songs either from, or inspired by, the great bands like Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Bullmoose Jackson, Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Billy Eckstine and many more.

Saturday 29 November: 12 - 5pm Lindy Hop workshop with Trisha Sewell. 'Taint what you do itís the way that you do ití ...and that what gets results!' Trisha is one of the UK's leading classic Jazz & authentic Lindy Hop teacher's and is well known in the European swing scene. (Info).

In the evening it's South West Lindy Hoppers 10 BIRTHDAY PARTY. Don't miss any of it. Fantastic live band 'The Bruce Illett 6'. All welcome. If you're interested in the workshop/evening dance contact us now and we'll put you on a list. More details nearer the date.


BEGINNER'S WORKSHOP  with Derek and Jane

Saturday 8 November: Exeter


Totnes: Every Tues. 7.15pm

Venue: The Mansion (on the first floor in the Old School Hall), Fore Street Totnes, TQ9 5RP

Exeter: Every Thurs. 7.30pm

Venue: 'First Floor Swing Club' Heavitree Conservative Club, 7 Church Street Heavitree, Exeter, EX2 5EH


We look forward to dancing with you.



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