Feb & Mar 2023: New dates for Lindy Hop Classes

Apologies for the delay in posting to the website – I forgot to move the post from the drafts folder! 🤦‍♀️

Anyway, as those of you in our Facebook group or who follow our Facebook page will already know, following the continued fabulous success of our January classes, I have confirmed some new class dates for February and March. Yay!

They’ll be on first and third Sundays of each month (that’s the 5th and 19th of both months). So the first is this Sunday 5 February (and as I’m posting late – that means TODAY!!)

⏰ Classes start at 5pm to 6pm (apx) with practice and natter time after class till 6.30pm

📍At St Christopher’s Church Hall, Trent Road, Sneinton, Nottingham.

🎟️ £7 per person per class on the door (card or cash payments accepted)

❤️ No partner or experience necessary. All welcome.

👋 Hope to see you all there!

(🔥 Oh! And the heating is now fixed 👍)


Here are the links to the Facebook events:

🗓️ 5 Feb: https://facebook.com/events/s/intro-to-lindy-hop-5-feb/735843817813523/

🗓️ 19 Feb: https://facebook.com/events/s/intro-to-lindy-hop-19-feb/1217149232569065/

🗓️ 5 Mar: https://facebook.com/events/s/intro-to-lindy-hop-5-mar/1219091145395509/

🗓️ 19 Mar: https://facebook.com/events/s/intro-to-lindy-hop-19-mar/950970802944308/


In other news – thank you to the Late Night Lindy team who invited me to teach the taster class at the start of their regular monthly social dance at the end of January.

I loved how many of you from our classes came along, included many very new dancers, from the feedback I’ve had I think you had as great a time as I did and the energy in the room was amazing. I hope we continue to see you all there in future.

For those not familiar, Late Night Lindy is Nottingham’s regular monthly social night held at Bunkers Hill (pub), Hockley (upstairs), on the fourth Friday of the month. It’s run by a fabulous bunch of volunteer swing dance enthusiasts and it’s a lovely cosy friendly place to dance your socks off in the heart of town, have a couple of drinks, and meet up with fellow dancers from across Nottingham and further afield. You can find out more here: Late Night Lindy Facebook


See you all on the dance floor soon and thank you for your continued support.

Much love to you all, Lisa x

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Sun 8 & 22 Jan: Happy New Year and more Intro to Lindy Hop classes

Hi everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed our November class and Christmas class and Tea Dance despite the bumps along the road! It was wonderful to see so many of you turn up for both and with such enthusiasm. New faces and old, it filled my heart and I hope you all got as much out of it as I did. The first class back after two and half years was pretty emotional for me.

Best laid plans!

Thank you also all for your patience on the day of the Christmas class and Tea Dance as I battled to get to you after locking my keys in the car with all my equipment and party things inside (aghh!). Not the way I wanted the day to go for any of us but it did perhaps show off the best side of our local community. Fellow Nottingham swing and rock roll dance teachers, Terry and Lynn (Revival Dance), who had turned up to support our event, stepped into the breach with their speakers and ran a spontaneous class for you all. And the wonderful Tim, Debbie, Nina, and more doing their best to keep you all supplied with teas and coffees and meet and greet you all.

Thankfully I made it to you eventually (an hour and half after I’d planned to be there and 30mins after our class should have started!) and as far as I could tell, through my panicked stress haze, you were all having a lovely time, and with help again I got everything set up and soon got to enjoy the evening with you.

The Fuddle was amazing, thanks to all who contributed, you all threw yourself into a party version of the Social Big Apple, chatted, socialised and practiced your moves on the social floor. Those that stayed to the end enjoyed a fab few songs of friendly jam circle dancing that was the perfect end to the day.

I am so grateful to be part of this community and I’m looking forward to more dancing with you all as we head into 2023!

Supporting the Trussell Trust

I’m also really pleased to say that we raised £50 for The Trussell Trust Food Bank Charity which is going to their Emergency Appeal. If anyone wants to support their work, feeding those currently struggling in our unbalanced country, then you can do that here: https://www.trusselltrust.org

January classes

Our next two Introduction to Lindy Hop Classes at St Christopher’s Church Hall will be on:

🗓 Sunday 8 January and Sunday 22 January.

⏰ I’m trying a slightly earlier time of 5pm- 6pm. So doors open at 4:45pm with time to practice after class through to doors close at 6:30pm.

🎟 New price for 2023 is £7 per person per class.

More details on our diary page or on the facebook page or group events.

(Update for 8 January): Please note there is an issue with the heating for the 8 January class so please wear some extra layers to keep warm that you can remove if you get too toasty. We’ll be aiming to keep the side room warm with portable heaters and providing the usual complimentary teas and coffees so hopefully not too bad for you all)

See you all soon and here’s to a great 2023 for us all!!

Love Lisa x

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NOV/DEC 2022: Two Tasters and a Tea Dance :-)

Hello everyone!

Well it’s a bit of an understatement to say that it’s taken me a little longer than I hoped to get to this stage but I think the most important message to say today is that Nottingham Lindy Hop is coming back baby!

I hope that makes you as happy to hear as it makes me to say :-).

For now, I’ll be starting us back gently with a couple of Introduction to Lindy Hop taster classes (Sunday 27 November and Sunday 11 December 2022) and a beginner friendly Christmas Tea Dance and Fuddle following the class on 11 December.

We’ll be taking everything nice and easy. All are suitable for complete beginners, or rusty returners (like me!), no partner is necessary and all adults are welcome.

If the classes go well then I’ll see what we can get going for you all more regularly in the new year.

I’m very excited and also very nervous, as it’s been so long, but really hoping to see familiar faces and meet new ones as we get our bodies moving again and enjoy every step of this expressive, rhythmic, fabulous dance art form.

🌟 Introduction to Lindy Hop Classes (Sun 27 Nov & Sun 11 Dec 2022)

Doors open: 5:20pm,
Class: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Practice time: 6:30 – 6:55pm
Doors close: 7:00pm

🎄 Christmas Tea Dance and Fuddle (Sun 11 Dec 2022)

Social dance and beginner friendly group dances – 6:30pm to 8:30/9pm

📍Location:
St Christopher’s Church Hall, Trent Road, Sneinton, Nottingham

Lots of on street parking available with a few spaces inside the gates.

💷 Cost:
£6 per person, per class
£6 per person, tea dance only
£8 per person, for class and tea dance on 11 Dec

Payments can be made by cash or card but as this will be the first time I’ve used a card machine to take payments it might be helpful to bring cash as well in case of issues 🙏

🎶 Late Night Lindy

I also want to take the opportunity here to shout out and thank you to the amazing crew at Late Night Lindy who have been the volunteer, fabulous people keeping swing dancing alive in Nottingham this year with their end of month Friday night social dances and taster classes at Bunkers Hill, Hockley, Nottingham.

They have their regular social dance on tonight Friday 25 November and very excitingly a special Christmas social dance on Saturday 10 December held at Nottingham University’s Great Hall with live music from the Moonlighters Big Band. I’d hugely recommend getting your tickets for this asap (see links to their events). It’s a lot of work hosting big events like this and so important that we support them so that we can have more in future. Plus it’s set to be so much fun and a great experience. I’m definitely going to be there!

Much love and happy dancing to you all. Hope to see you on the dance floor soon! Lisa x

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A long overdue update …

Dear all

How are you keeping? I hope happy and well despite this difficult time. It’s been so very long!

Thank you for all for the messages enquiring about classes starting up again. It’s great to know there’s still a passion and enthusiasm for this wonderful dance form out there and that you’re all raring to go.

We closed our classes due to the COVID pandemic on the eve of our 10th birthday back in March 2020. What should have been a year of celebration turned in to a year of a very different kind.

This community has meant so much to me over the years and I’ve missed all of you, as well as the dancing, enormously.

These last 2 years have been particularly tough for me personally, working in the NHS, and supporting a close family member and her children through a brain tumour diagnosis and the last years of her life. I know I’m not alone in facing tough times these last couple of years but I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t taken a toll on both my mental and physical health.

It has also been the reason why I’ve been unable to keep up the regular correspondence and online classes/ catch ups over the last year or so that I would otherwise have wanted to do. I’m so very sorry for that but hope you understand and have been able to enjoy some of my occasional posts and links to our Facebook page and group along the way.

Right now I’m taking some time to process my bereavement and heal, though I am starting tentatively to look ahead at when and how our classes could return.

Step one for me will be teaching an intro to Balboa workshop at NottingJam this February!!

My current aim, COVID and life willing, is to be back with Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz in some capacity before we start our 12th (10 again) year, around March 2022. I’ve got lots of ideas and am starting to feel excited about it but please bear with me, I need to take my recovery one step at a time and we all need to be careful through this latest COVID wave.

For those of you with itchy dancing feet, why not look at booking on to NottingJam 2022, a local workshop weekender hosted by The University of Nottingham’s Swing Society. It’s been revived this year and will be held on 18-20 February (hopefully on the other side of this latest omicron wave).

There’s an intense beginners Lindy Hop day, a range of individual taster workshops of other swing styles to try, history talks, and activities around the City. It looks perfect for new comers and those feeling rusty.

Bookings are now open. More details here: https://facebook.com/events/s/nottingjam-2022/1040233296519268/ (which I understand can be accessed with or without Facebook login)

I’ve been assured that they will have good COVID protocols in place, including proof of clear lateral flow tests (and whatever else the guidelines say at the time), but I’d also encourage you to get your booster vaccine if you’re medically able to and haven’t already.

In the meantime I want to wish you all a very wonderful Christmas time and let’s raise a glass to a healthy and happy New Year for us all.

Also if there’s any interest in a zoom catch up over the holiday period let me know.

Thank you again for your continued support and enthusiasm for this dance form, it’s culture, our community, and our classes.

My love to you all and I’ll look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Lisa x

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Sun 11 Dec – Intro Class, Tea Dance & Fuddle

Happy Festive Dancing Everyone!

So, Sunday 27 November actually happened! It was our first class in two and a half years and it was amazing, a little emotional, and so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came. It’s your energy and enthusiasm that make it all so special. I went home with a very full heart 💛 and very tired legs 🤣

Today, Sunday 11 December, we have our second Introduction to Lindy Hop Class and we’re following it with a beginner friendly, relaxed Tea Dance and Fuddle. I hope lots of you are able to join us again.

👉 You don’t need any experience or a partner for either the class or tea dance.

The class will add to the skills you learned last time but you don’t need to have been at that class to join us this time as we’ll start at the basics and build from there.

And, trust me, for the tea dance you’ll have learned enough in our intro class to be able to dance your way through a song, giggling away through missed moments and exploring all you’ve learned together with each partner. It’s the best way to embed your learning. Plus I’ll be running a Social Big Apple that no one needs any dance knowledge or skills to take part in.

Then of course it’s also a Fuddle. We invite you all to (please) bring a donation of food for a collective table for us all to share (it’s a tradition of ours). I provide the usual Tea, Coffee and Squash to drink (it’s really not a NLH class without tea ☕️😁) plus you can also bring your own if you’d like. It’s a great opportunity to sit and chat with everyone and get to know your fellow dance community. We’re a pretty friendly bunch 🥰

Timings

5:10pm – Doors open,
5:30pm Intro to Lindy Hop class,
6:30pm Tea Dance and Fuddle,
8:30pm (ish) wind down and pack up,
9:00pm Doors close

Obviously factor in a little ‘Lisa time’ flexibility to this schedule but pretty much this is the plan 🤣

🎟️ Cost

£6 Class only,
£6 social only,
£8 class and social
(with the £2 top up going to the Trussell Trust to help everyone eat well this Christmas time).

The card reader worked well last week (so 🤞) but we also take cash.

📍Venue

St Christopher’s Church Hall, Trent Road, Sneinton, Nottingham.
(Around the corner from the Church which is on Collwick Road).

Free parking on street with a few spaces inside the gates.

I really hope to see lots of you fabulous people later today but whether you’re able to make it or not, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and fabulously Happy Holidays to you all.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Nottingham Lindy Hop.

Much love, Lisa 😘

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COVID-19 – Classes Suspended (no classes until further notice)

Dear all

I know how important our classes are to the mental and physical health of so many of us (me definitely included) so I’m taking this step with a heavy heart; but with the need to protect our vulnerable people and try to delay spread to help our health service (which I work for) cope, I have taken the decision to suspend all classes for the time being. That means no Sunday Lindy Hop and no Monday Solo Jazz Roots.

I know that local guidance hasn’t asked for this yet and I was hoping it wouldn’t be necessary just yet but the advice around social distancing is pretty convincing plus today I have a mild sore throat and itchy eyes, more likely due to hay fever than COVID-19, but it wouldn’t be right to chance it.

I will keep you all up to date as things progress and I’ll do my best to post interesting videos and information to keep you connected to all things swing in the meantime.

For now please feel free to use our Facebook page and group (search for Nottingham Lindy Hop on FB), our Twitter handle (@nottmlindyhop), and/or our Instagram feed (@nottinghamlindyhop) to keep in touch with NLH and each other to avoid loneliness during what may become an increased period of suspended activities. You can also message me directly whenever you need to 🙂

For now, take care of yourselves and I’ll look forward to seeing you at the earliest opportunity.

Love to you all

Lisa xx

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Mon 9/3: Jazz class cancelled

Please spread the word.!!

I’ve just discovered that the dates I’d be given for the night shelter starting were wrong and it will be there from Mon 9/3 (not Thurs 12/3) therefore tonight.

I will advise as soon as I have an alternate plan in place.

Sadly this means I am unable to run classes this evening.

I’m so sorry for the short notice.

Please tell all.

Lisa

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Classes

Dear all

Here’s a well written article about Coronavirus and social dancing, like ours (worth reading to the end).

https://www.danceplace.com/grapevine/dance-in-the-time-of-corona/


I will still run Lindy hop classes today (Sun 8 Mar) and Solo Jazz class tomorrow (Mon 9 Mar) but will be taking each week as it comes, following local advice.

Today, I will be focussing on open hold and no hold steps/moves in your classes (which was in your course plans anyway) and will still be lots of fun 🙂

I will be encouraging regular hand washing (20secs folks) and as always the hand gel will be out.

Hand washing technique – takes 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice to yourself 🙂 )

Official guidance

NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Nottingham City Council: https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus


Please recognise your biases (whether you tend to under/over react) and your responsibilities to yourself and others and make sensible, adult decisions as best you can about whether to attend or not.

Kindest wishes to everyone.

Lisa

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Sun 16 Feb: Classes are on!

Hi everyone

I’ve been waiting to see how Storm Dennis panned out this weekend after the awfulness of last weekend’s Storm Ciara and while I know some have been badly affected by the wind and rain last night, all seems to have calmed down now and so I will be running our Lindy Hop classes today.

Only travel if it’s safe for you to do so.

Looking forward to seeing you all later.

Best wishes

Lisa x

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Mon 10 Feb – Jazz Class Cancelled – Snow

Dear all

While things are calming down the snow and ice today have caused some problems on the roads again so I am going to make the decision to call off classes again tonight. Therefore there will be no Solo Jazz class this evening.

I’m as disappointed as you not to be out dancing tonight but sometimes it’s more important to make the sensible call.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Stay warm and safe and please spread the word so that no one heads out unnecessarily this evening.

Lisa xx

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