C Jam is Swingland’s weekly Tuesday night swing dance and music club at renowned venue The Bedford in South London, with swing dance classes for absolute beginners through to intermediates, followed by freestyle dancing to top swing DJs and occasional live bands. C Jam is respected internationally as the must-visit London club for Lindy hoppers.
The evening at C Jam kicks off with swing dance (Lindy hop) classes.
Join any time. No need to book (just turn up). No partner needed.
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7.45pm – beginners Lindy hop class + practice
Learn all the basics with simple fun routines aimed at getting you dancing quickly – with plenty of emphasis on good lead/follow technique and connection as with all our classes! No experience required. Absolute beginners always welcome!
9pm (8.30pm on band nights) – beginners follow-up/Q&A
During the intermediates class there is a revision session for beginners in a seperate room. This is a chance to go over anything you found tricky, ask questions and consolidate the material you’ve learnt.
8pm – authentic jazz routines
Learn authentic jazz dance routines like the Shim Sham, Tranky Doo and Big Apple in a separate class next door to the beginners Lindy hop. Jazz is fun and essential to improving your Lindy Hop!
9pm (8.30pm on band nights) – intermediates Lindy hop class
Move your dancing to the next level! Expect lots on technique and style as well as steps. You need to have a reasonably good grasp of all the steps regularly taught in the beginners class to take intermediates. So 6-count, some 8-count basics plus basic knowledge of partnered Charleston steps is assumed. At the beginning of the class we will ask everyone to do a selection of basic steps – if you don’t feel confident with these you should take the beginners follow-up class instead. In conjunction with our regular workshops this class is designed to set and maintain a really good fundamental level for intermediate-level Lindy hop in London.
After the classes we have dancing til late!
From 9.30pm (9pm on band nights) it’s freestyle time – try out the moves you’ve learnt, or sit down, have a drink and watch what’s going on (The Bedford has a fully licensed bar – several actually! – and a lounge area with comfortable chairs and leather sofas adjacent to one of the best dance floors around!!). Resident DJ Martin & occasional guests play “the best swing music in town” and are happy to take requests too.
Occasionally we’ll have a live band and these nights always bring out the best Lindy hoppers, so don’t miss ’em!
On special occasions we’ll stay open for dancing til midnight. Usually though we finish around 11.30pm – the bar downstairs is open til midnight.
For live music/late dancing please see Dates.
We rotate partners regularly in the classes so you don’t need to bring a partner and you get a chance to dance with everyone. This is the best way to learn and it’s a great way to meet people too! Because of the numbers at C Jam it is not practical for couples to stay together – please join in the rotation, you will learn much quicker!
The classes at C Jam are taught by Martin Ellis and Jane Eliot. The follow-up Beginners class is taught by Sean Hall and Sally Young. The authentic jazz dance class is taught by Oli Deans or Ciana Skeete.
12 Apr, 19 Apr, 26 Apr, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 31 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul – C Jam
7.45pm – 9.00pm Beginners Lindy hop class + practice – in The Ballroom
8.00pm – 9.00pm Authentic jazz dance class – in The Map Room
9.00pm – 9.30pm Intermediates Lindy hop class – in The Ballroom
9.00pm – 9.30pm Beginners follow-up class – in The Map Room
(9.30pm – 11.30pm Dancing)
3 May – C Jam – LIVE MUSIC!
7.45pm – 8.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class – in The Ballroom
7.45pm – 8.30pm Authentic jazz dance class – in The Map Room
8.30pm – 9.00pm Intermediates Lindy hop class – in The Ballroom
8.30pm – 9.00pm Beginners follow-up class – in The Map Room
(9.00pm – 11.30pm Live band + dancing)