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Here’s a selection of some great live music over the summer:

  • 29th July – The Three Belles at Tregenna Castle
  • 7th August – Winter Sunshine at The Smugglers Inn, St Erth Praze
  • 8th August – The Blues Band at Events Square in Falmouth
  • 12th August – Hits from the Blitz, Pencarrow House, Near Wadebridge
  • 20th August – The Golden Eagle Jazz Band at The Union Hotel, Penzance
  • 21st August – The Golden Eagle Jazz Band at The Smugglers Inn, St Erth Praze

As we hear of any other events we will of course advertise them on our Facebook page.

***STOP PRESS… Exciting news!***

Swing Out West has been steadily growing over the past 18 months and we’ve now outgrown our current venue at 5 Degrees Below. From the 12th May we will be using the larger Woodlane Social Club (9 Woodlane, Falmouth TR11 4RG, see map below) near Falmouth University. There are a limited number of parking spaces on site.

The classes will remain on a Thursday and we will be sticking with the same times as before (beginners starting at 7.30pm and improvers at 8.30pm). We’ll then still be able to head to 5 Degrees West to dance with the marvellous Great Western Jazz Company after the classes (a mere 7 minute hop, skip and jump away). The cost of the classes will increase to £5. You can still buy our discount cards which will now be £40 for 10 lessons.

See you all on the dancefloor soon!

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The workshop is almost here!

We can’t wait to dance with Cat. We still have a few spaces for dance couples and single leaders. We may open more single followers spaces nearer the time. Single followers – contact us if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

Event details are here:https://www.facebook.com/events/445134852352698/

The Three Belles plus Swing Out West at the Minack Theatre

The Three Belles

The beautiful and talented Three Belles, an Andrews Sisters style trio, will be performing at the goregous Minack Theatre to celebrate VE Day. Swing Out West dancers will be performing along with them, as well as other artists the Bevin Boys, Makin’ Whoopie, and Local Vocalz.

More details:

May 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Pricing: Adult: £11.50/£9 – Under 16: £6/£5
Tickets available from https://www.minack.com/event/thethreebelles/

Jumpin’ and Jivin’ with Company B in Plymouth, plus a Trankey Doo Class!

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For Mad About Swing’s next Sugar Foot Stomp they have the incredible Company B who are guaranteed to liven up the evening, injecting it with their special blend of high-octane swing and Jump Jive. They’re a seven piece band and, with influences such as Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Bull Moose Jackson and Brian Setzer, the dance floor will be jumpin’.

Party Details:

St Matthias Upper Hall, on the corner of Bedford Park and Clifton Place PL4 8HN
Doors open at 7.15pm
Fun Class at 7.30pm
Dancing begins at 8.15pm

Bring your own drinks; the glasses will be provided!

Early Bird rate £8 (payment received by 11th January)
Advanced rate £10 (payment received by 3rd February)
Full price £12 (thereafter and on the door)

Trankey Doo

During the day you’ll have the option of learning the Trankey Doo with Swing Out West’s Regan and Dani. The Trankey Doo is a jazz dance choreography that first appeared at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem during the 1940s. We dance it to Dipsy Doodle sang by Ella Fitzgerald. Here’s the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud5RvFmSfko and here’s a modern version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXdEMzoA3_Q

Very much en vogue on the Lindy Hop scene at present, this stylish stroll is heaps of fun to learn and a great routine to perform. On Saturday 5th March (the same day as our Sugar Foot Stomp with Company B), we’re delighted to be bringing the Tranky Doo to Plymouth. Regan and Dani of Swing Out West will be leading the workshop during the afternoon. Everyone is welcome, including absolute beginners, but some experience of jazz steps would be advantageous.

The workshop will run from 12.30pm until approximately 4.30pm. The hall will be open early so if you fancy bringing lunch along to munch at the hall beforehand, you’re more than welcome.

St Matthias Upper Hall, North Hill, Plymouth PL4 8HN
Early Bird rate £17 (payment received by 18th February)
Advanced rate £20 (payment received by 3rd March)
Full price £25 (thereafter and on the door)

Spring workshop with Cat Foley, and party with Sandy Acre 7

12650852_1125788750774029_6145101435378409272_nOn Saturday March 19th Swing Out West is hosting a day of classes with the wonderful Cat Foley, followed by an evening of dancing with theSandy Acre 7, and with a Tea Party on Sunday March 20th where you can show off your new moves!

Known for her infectiously fun style, Cat wears her heart on her sleeve and tries to bring fellow dancers into her world. She strives to bring out individuality, positivity and energy from her students, and believes that laughter really is the best medicine.

Cat has been lindy hopping since 2005 and established ‘Mersey Swing’, of which she remains creative director. After being awarded the Eurostar ‘Spirit of Lindy Hop’ award at ESDC 2013, Cat trained for 6 months with Swing Step Heidelberg, and went on to compete in the biggest contests in the USA and Europe. Cat now works with Swing Patrol in London, and travels worldwide to teach. She is also an acting member of ‘Impropriety’ an improvisational theatre company, and brings this creativity and unique style of performing straight into her dance. Read more at http://www.swingpatrol.co.uk/teacher/cat-foley/

The workshop will consist of three hours for leaders and followers of all levels. In this class you’ll perfect the fundamentals of connection and pulse, and move on to snazzy footwork variations and open leading that will allow you to get creative when the music inspires you.

Followers can also choose to be treated to an special additional hour of class, which will have you looking fabulous with tuition in swivels and turns.

The Sandy Acre 7 are fronted by our very own Chris Ryan, who loves nothing more than to get everyone dancing. An eclectic bunch, they will branch out from traditional swing to regale us with soul, funk, jazz, reggae, and northern soul. Read more at http://www.sandyacre7.co.uk/

Costs and and how to buy tickets:

  • Three hours of leads and follows class – £22 per student
  • Special hour of follows-only class – £7 (follows, you can come to this even if you don’t have a partner)

We will be managing numbers of leads and follows to make sure that we have an appropriate ratio. If you sign up with a partner you will be guaranteed a place. If you are a follow signing up by yourself, if we don’t have enough leads to include you in the class we will place you on a waiting list.

Party tickets £8 if you attend one of classes, £10 otherwise.

Tickets can be purchased in classes, or by emailing us atinfo@swingoutwest.com and arranging payment.

Location and times for Saturday classes and evening party:

King Charles the Martyr Church Hall (2 New St, Falmouth, TR11 3HX)

  • 11.00-12.30 Leads and follows class
  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30-15.00 Leads and follows class
  • 15.30-16.30 Follows-only special class
  • 19.30-23.00 Party time!!!

Vintage Tea Party on Sunday:

Falmouth Watersports Centre (The Boat Park Grove Place Falmouth TR11 4AU)
15.00-18.00

Christmas party!!!

11222355_672648502867579_3773192776781345076_nRoll up, roll up, it´s the very first Swing Out West Christmas party! We have one of the best live bands around, Some Like it Hot, mixed up with music from our very own swing DJs, and we have a rocking venue for dancers and non-dancers alike. This is a great night out for all of you who want to strut your stuff on the dance floor, and for those who would like to enjoy the amazing music from a table.

The party will be December olympic-dance-hall_1948the 11th from 7.30pm to 11.00pm at King Charles the Martyr Church Hall (2 New St, Falmouth, TR11 3HX). We’ll start with a taster class for beginners at 7pm. Tickets booked in advance are £10, and on the door tickets are £12. You can buy tickets from us in person at Thursday night classes, or if you can’t make classes you can contact us at info@swingoutwest.com to arrange payment.

Please bring your own drinks, we´ll provide glasses, bottle openers, and water.

Summer Taster Classes

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In August we’re doing something a little different. We’ll be teaching tasters in a variety of dances related to Lindy Hop – some with a partner, some solo. We’ll also have some very special guest teachers! Classes will run on Thursdays from 7.30 – 9.30pm. We will teach during the first hour or so, then have a social dance. The classes will be suitable for all – no experience required. Here’s the schedule:

August 7th* from 7pm to 9pm Balboa and bal-swing with Duncan and Amy Wright of Mad About Swing. 5 Degrees Below
August 13th Blues King Charles the Martyr Church Hall**
August 20th Trankey Doo King Charles the Martyr Church Hall**

*Note that this is a Friday, not our normal Thursday. We’ll go to dance to the Great Western Jazz Band at the Princess Pavilions afterwards.
**The Church Hall is just behind King Charles the Martyr, on New Street – right in the centre of Falmouth near Arwenack Street.

Here’s some information on the different dances we’ll be teaching:

The Trankey Doo is a jazz dance choreography that first appeared at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem during the 1940s. We dance it to Dipsy Doodle sang by Ella Fitzgerald. Here’s the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud5RvFmSfko and here’s a modern version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReBILVZkQJo

Balboa was developed as the dance floors of Southern California became too packed to dance Lindy Hop. It’s danced with partners close together and with small steps, which means it can be danced to very fast  music. Dancing Balboa gives you a wonderful and subtle connection to your partner. See how it’s done here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrwZx2uxQA

Blues dance evolved from African rhythms and movements, and was danced within Black communities in the United States in the early 20th Century. It developed and thrived in smoky juke joints and at Blues house parties and rent parties, giving it a more intimate feel. There aren’t a plethora of ‘steps’ as with other dances we teach, rather it’s more about improvisation and that cool blues style. Here’s a video of our favourite Blues dancers, Gas and Alba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIGzKJNTqRI