Swing Dancing Classes

The Archway Tavern

Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to register for class.


Mondays – 6.30-7.45 pm –  £10



Saturdays – 1.30-2.30pm –  £10


Any social dancing after class is FREE if you attended the class

or just £5 if you miss the class.

How they work

Learn to dance. It’ll change your life.

Classes are £10 and last at least 45 minutes. Any social dancing that follows the class is FREE for class attendees and £5 for those that miss the class.

No partner is required and you don’t have to sign up for a course of lessons. Just turn up, learn some swing dancing moves, and start having fun, getting fit and making new friends. By the end of even one class you will have some moves enabling you to go swing dancing anywhere in the world. You’ll rotate partners frequently – which helps your dancing as well as encourages you to meet new people.

We teach Harlem swing – improvised, partnered social dancing styles known by numerous names including jitterbug, lindy hop, east coast swing, Charleston (20s & 30s), jig walks and breakaway. Most of today’s popular street dance steps – whether breakin’, hip hop, shufflin’ and more –  derive from these original styles.

“Social dancing” is dancing you do for fun with someone else at events, parties, bars, clubs, parks, kitchens, pretty much anywhere that has the space. We’re not interested in performance routines or competitions. We love dancing with people as if nobody’s watching, even if everybody’s watching.

Please aim to arrive BEFORE class scheduled start time as this really helps the registration process go smoothly and helps the teachers to start on time, maintain their concentration and to cover as much content as possible.

MONDAYS –  just £10 for both sections

  • 6.30 – 7pm: Beginners: basic footwork and connections. Excellent absolute beginners, relatively new dancers and people who want to be more confident in their connections with dance partners and the combinations of rock steps, triple steps, kicks, pumps and more. If you joined in the Beginners’ class we actively encourage you to stay for the Beginners Plus section the same evening. It won’t cost you a penny more.

  • 7pm – 7.45pm: Beginners Plus: We introduce moves, frames and skills. If you’re already truly confident in your basic footwork and connections, you can skip the Beginners’ section and simply turn up for the Beginners Plus class. We start with a fundamental swing dancing move and introduce variations with the aim of attaining improvers’ level content by the end of the class. If you’re comfortable with the final move of the night, talk to teachers about attending the dedicated improvers’ class on Saturday – as we’ll pursue futher variations on the theme taught in the Beginners’ Plus class.

SATURDAYS – £10 for class + social dancing, £5 for social dancing only

  • 1.30- 2.30pm Improvers: We take dancers beyond the basics in our improvers’ class. Try this class once you truly feel confident in a few Beginners Plus classes. Our aim in improvers classes is to encourage and inspire you with new moves rather than challenge you beyond your abilities.
  • 2.30-4.30pm Social Dancing: After our improvers class we open up the dance floor for two hours of all ability social dancing. We strongly encourage all of our dance students to dance with as many other dancers as possible, and support new and beginner dancers at our social events. Social dancing is free if you took the class immediately proceeding it, or just £5 otherwise.


Standard Pricing Plans

One Class At A Venue

Social Dancing Only

£ 5

per person per lesson

Online Classes

£ 5

per person per lesson

Private Lessons

£ 45

per person per lesson

Bespoke Services

We also offer bespoke services, such as dance lessons or performances for weddings, special events, stag & hen parties, team building and more. 

To discuss pricing and requirement, or if you have any questions about any of our classes, please contact us via the contact page linked below.