South West Lindy Hoppers
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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.
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
NEW YORK TIMES
(May 23rd 2014)
Black Lives Matter. To be clear: There is no room in our community for racism or discrimination of any kind. Lindy Hop is a Black dance. May we never forget that and may we all step up together to do more and to do better. #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLindyHopMatters #LindyHoppersAgainstRacism
The Lindy Hop will be danced all over the world to live big band music. Everywhere that Lindy Hop is danced, on the dance floors and off, people of diverse backgrounds will treat each other with respect and warmth. The history of Frankie Manning and the originators of the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom will be well known to dancers and non-dancers everywhere.
Frankie: The ambassador of Lindy hop’s fabulous dancing and radiant smile have served as inspiration to generations of Lindy hop enthusiasts, but Frankie modestly claimed, “I’m not interested in fame and glory. It’s just that I would like others to know what a happy dance this is.”
Top Tips For Lindy Hoppers: A one: SMILE. A two: Be courteous. A we know what to do: Enjoy.
(The birth of Lindy Hop on film)
(In full colour)
Frankie Manning and Norma Miller Performing at Roseland Ballroom on Frankies 85th Birthday 1999
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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For further details about our events and other events listed below, go to our Classes & Events page.
SOUTH WEST LINDY HOPPERS MONTHLY SOCIALS FOR THE FULL SWING EXPERIENCE WITH LIVE SWING BANDS. IT'S WHAT LINDY HOP IS ALL ABOUT.
Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation our monthly socials and weekly classes have been postponed until further notice.
BANDS FOR 2020.
Saturday 28 March: POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE. Miss Annie and the Midnight Shifters. St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd. Exeter EX4 7AH.
Saturday 25 April: POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE. Katies Crooked Swing Band. St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd. EXETER EX4 7AH. 8 - 11.30pm.
Saturday 30 May: POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE. January 2021. T.B.C. The Big R Band. America Hall, de la Rue Way Pinhoe, EXETER T.B.C.
Saturday 27 June: POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE. The Ding Dong Daddios. St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd. EXETER EX4 7AH. 8 - 11.30pm.
Saturday 25 July: POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE. Carlton Swing Band. St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd. EXETER EX4 7AH. 8 - 11.30pm.
CLASSES FOR 2020
(No need to bring a partner)
(on-going 6 week courses except where indicated).
Tuesday. ALL CLASSES HAVE NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Come along and have a go. Complete beginners welcome. No need to bring a partner. Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30 start. Venue: The Mansion (on the first floor in the Old School Hall), Fore Street Totnes, TQ9 5RP. More details on our Classes & Events page.
Thursday. ALL CLASSES HAVE NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
No need to bring a partner. Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
Venue: 'First Floor Swing Club' Heavitree Conservative Club, 7 Church Street Heavitree, Exeter, EX2 5EH. Now with BIGGER DANCE FLOOR. More room to try out those new fantastic Lindy Hop moves. More details on our Classes & Events page.
We look forward to dancing with you.
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