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Swing dance, first seen in the Big Band era of the
and 1940s, has come back to Scotland! A whole new generation is now
the fun of partner dance to wonderful music in the friendly atmosphere
of the country's various swing clubs and classes. This page is
to provide a quick 'directory' of what is on offer; if you know of
I should have included but have not, please let me know.
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Classes and clubs for
Hop/ Jitterbug (click here for history, step guides etc)
(Lindy Hop is the original swing jive, dating from the 1920s; smooth
sophisticated when slow, it can become wild and energetic when the
picks up. This dance is ancestral to all other forms of jive, and is
considered by many to be 'the' dance of the swing era).
Coast Swing (a 1940s Californian derivative of Lindy
that combines strong latin influences with swing dance. It is elegant
romantic by the standards of most jives)
- Balboa An American
swing dance from the 1930s (or the 1940s, depending on who you
Shag An American swing dance from the 1930s,
by a close and compact form
- St Louis Shag (aka
- Glasgow Jive (the dance hall
in the 1950s never died in Glasgow as it did in most other places, so
social jive of that period survives as a living tradition. The dance is
similar to and fairly compatible with ballroom jive, but Glasgow jive
an authentic dance form that has escaped ballroom formalism. Visitors
the USA find it very similar to East Coast Swing).
- Ballroom Jive
- Edinburgh: Classes by Marina Delicta: to book contact Dance
- Modern Jive (aka 'French
Jive'/ 'Jazzjive'; not strictly a swing dance, but can be danced to
music as well as to Rock'n'Roll music and contemporary 'pop'. The dance
has been constructed to be very easy to learn).
- Swing Line Dances
based in Scotland (alphabetical order)
- The Swingdoctors
(teaching, performance etc)
- Edinburgh (1)
Dance Society teaches some classic swing line dance routines (The
Jitterbug Stroll, The Madison, The Electric Slide etc) in 'warm-up'
before the main Thursday night classes in Lindy Hop. The ESDS website
summaries of these routines
Please e-mail me if you know of another group that should be here.
- Edinburgh Swing
(amateur: occasional performances for charity fetes etc, and
Swing Dance Society . (amateur: occasional performances usually at
- Fly Right Dance
company offering performance opportunities for amateur talent: also
performances for charities etc; educational programme in community and
schools; often operate with Fat Sam's Band, and went with them in 1998
to perform in the USA to present the first dance show ever to be
at the world's biggest jazz festival" - quote supplied by Fly
Please note that this company has no connection to the swing band King
Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys.
- Glasgow: Glasgow Jitterbugs
- Strictly Swing (professional: 'cabaret'
performances in West
Coast Swing and also Latin American styles. Phone 0141-770-9180).
This diary covers Scottish events only, and is restricted to those
centre on swing music and dance (which is why most Modern Jive
are not listed - for details on these, click on the websites
above). If you want your events to be listed, you have to tell me
These events run regularly, but for bank holidays or times during the
or times outside term for the University classes, please ask before
NB - While I make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this
I cannot be responsible for losses caused by any errors. Please check
the organisers before travelling.
If you want any more information about Swing Dance in Scotland,
don't hesitate to contact me. Either click here
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