Mon 12 Sept: Public Meeting re future of the Old School Hall

Come along tonight to a public meeting hosted by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum to find out what’s going on with the Old School Hall: Meet outside the Hall at 6:30pm on Monday 12th September. All welcome.

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Our last weekend at The Old School Hall (at least for now)

Hello everyone!

For those of you who use Facebook you’ll have seen that, just over a week ago, we were told that our lovely Old School Hall in Sneinton, our home for more than 6 years now, was going to close this September.  I have been incredibly saddened by the news and more than a little cross about the handling of the whole the situation. It’s also awful timing given our recent August break,  however we are where we are and we must and will move forward. I’ve been busying away in the background and can now update you with the following:

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1) Firstly: Bob and I will be back this weekend for one last hurrah at the hall! 

Classes will run at the Old School Hall this weekend – Sun 4 and Mon 5 September.  We’d love to see all of you (old and new) at the hall to help us say goodbye. 

SUNDAY 4 SEPT: 5.30 for 5.45 start for Fundamentals and 7pm for Improvers, (we’ll keep them fun for all) and then we’ll have social dancing from 8pm rather than our usual Intermediates class. Could be a bit emotional🙂

**Please feel free to bring cakes etc for a bit of a mini Fuddle, I’d love to enjoy a few last cups of tea and coffee, a natter and a few dances with you all as we close this chapter of Nottingham Lindy Hop.**

MONDAY 5 SEPT: Solo Jazzers we haven’t forgotten about you fabulous people! We’re going to have one more class at hall on Monday for you too – Bob’s been dying to teach it again for ages – so we’re going to teach Mama’s Stew. This is a fun, high energy routine and I’m sure you’ll all love it. By the way everyone is welcome. It’s going to be a blast! Class starts at 8pm.  

Read a little more about the awesome Mama Lu Parks here:

Watch (one of many) you tube clips showing a version of the routine: This is Mike Faltesek at Stompology:

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2) Nottingham Lindy Hop will continue – yay!

I’m currently in talks with the Renewal Trust who are committed to finding us a new home in the Sneinton area at least for the next year. I have 3 venues to consider so far and I will let you know more as soon as I’ve sussed them out. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates.

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3) The future of The Old School Hall

The hall itself has been closed due to some structural issues that need remedial work to be carried out soon. Unfortunately it’s future is not guaranteed. Unless the community gets behind it and funding is secured, this beautiful, simple, historical, community building will be demolished in 2017. I personally think that option is an horrific prospect and intend to support the community’s efforts to keep it open. 

A public meeting is to be held on at 6.30pm Mon 12 September to discuss the future of the hall and as so many of you have also expressed concern about this building (and you are all so clever and talented) it would be great if you felt able to attend this meeting.  I honestly don’t know what impact we can have but the powers that be should know that this building is valued. 

More details about the meeting have already been posted on our Facebook group (thanks Becky) but can also be found here:

“Come along to a public meeting hosted by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum to find out what’s going on with the Old School Hall: Meet outside the Hall at 6:30pm on Monday 12th September. All welcome.”

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I hope to see you all this weekend. 

With much love to all of you who have made our many happy years at the Old School Hall so fabulous, Lisa xx

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Sun 31 July: Sneinton Summer Tea Dance and Fuddle

So this was us a year ago at last year’s Summer Tea Dance and Fuddle. It’s always so much fun. And now it’s time for another! 

I hope you’ll all join me in celebrating another year of NLH and the end of our Summer classes (plus I’ll be dancing to celebrate my birthday and the birth of my first nephew) Happy days!!

Here is the link to the Facebook event with more details:

We start at 6pm and go on through till 10pm. All are welcome, wherever you usually dance.  The more is always the merrier🙂

Free parking at our usual venue, The Old School Hall (by Green’s Windmill), Windmill Lane, Sneinton. 

Teas and coffees are provided but you are encouraged to bring an item of food (sweet or savoury) to add to the Fuddle table for us all to share.  You can also BYOB.

£5 on the door. 

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Sun 10 July: classes are cancelled as we’re going to the Rempstone Show!

Hello everyone.

As we’re dancing at the Rempstone Steam and Country Show and Bob’s away dancing in Herräng, our regular Sunday classes are cancelled today. Please share to ensure all are aware.

See you all next weekend.


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Sunday 10 July (1.30-4pm) – Remstone Show & Belvoir Big Band

Hi everyone!
As most of you hopefully know by now we’ve been invited to the The Great Rempstone Steam & Country Show this Sunday 10 July to dance along to the Belvoir Big Band. It would be great to see lots of you there. 

*1.30pm – Belvoir Big Band

2.25pm – Trent Navigation Sea Chanty

*3.15pm – Belvoir Big Band

4.10pm – Trent Navigation Sea Chanty

4.40pm Finish

If you’re available to dance for both sessions please let me know so that I can arrange free passes for you. Email: or message me on Facebook.

There’s heaps of things happening at the show besides from the dancing and it’s on all weekend so it should be a lot of fun.

About the show:

Celebrating our 60th Anniversary the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will provide displays on both days and we are pleased to welcome the famous Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team as our main arena event each day. There will also be the spectacular aerobatic display which amazed us last year with daredevil stunts in the skies over the showground. The American Civil War Society are appearing with their battle re-enactments, including cannon and rifle fire. With 30 acres of exhibits including 50 full size steam engines, some of whom attended that first show. There will also be Miniature Steam, Vintage and Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Commercials, Tractors, Barn engines, Models and Crafts, plus the Sentinel Club bringing both steam and motor examples. There’s plenty for children to do; Bouncy Castles, Slides, Funfair, Wildlife, Face Painting, Punch and Judy and lots more. There is a large Market, Real Ale Bar & a variety of foods. A Charity Fundraising Event. 10.00am to 5.00 pm each day (Evening Entertainment Saturday) £8 adult, £4 under 18, Under 5 Free. Free Car Parking.

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Learn the Shim Sham @ Sneinton on Sunday 22 May

We’re doing something a little different this Sunday 22 May at Sneinton – The Shim Sham

This is a mostly solo old school jazz routine that Lindy Hoppers the world over dance together at events and parties. 

We’ll be learning Frankie Manning‘s version to honour the great man in his Birthday month and celebrate the joy or our dance and all the fun we can have with it as we approach World Lindy Hop Day on 26 May.

Our regular Sunday classes will be replaced with a two hour workshop session from 6pm till 8pm to learn the routine and then we can social dance and practice through till 9pm. The session will cost just £5 and I know we’ll have a lot of fun🙂

And all this fun will be housed at our usual venue, The Old School Hall, Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham – see you then!

Here are some clips to get you in the mood…

  1. I’ve tried to find the original of this video but instead came across this version filmed live at Frankie 95 in New York. Listen to the crowd go wild (I was one of them)! – Shim Sham really is Global
  2. Here are dancers from Frankie 95 Shim Shamming in Central Park, NYC
  3. The classic clip of the wonderful Frankie and Erin (during the revival years) demonstrating the steps …
  4. This is a lovely Shim Sham inspired Lindy Hop routine from Thomas and Alice
  5. And finally if you want to know more about the fabulous Frankie Manning look no further …
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May classes

We’re back!! I hope you all had a great bank holiday break last weekend. We’ve now got 3 weeks of classes each Sunday (Lindy Hop) and Monday (Solo Jazz) until the next Bank Holiday so tear yourself away from the garden and head on down to Sunny Sneinton for your regular Lindy fix at 5.30pm for beginners, 7pm for Improvers or/and 8.15pm for Intermediates.

See you all later!🙂

Lisa xx

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Happy Easter everyone! 2 week class break

Hope you’re all having a lovely Easter weekend. To remind you we’re on a 2 week break, so no classes this week or next. 

Happy Easter everyone! 

See you on 10 April for Lindy Hop and 11 April for Solo Jazz.

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200 dancers from across the UK and from here in Nottm are about to have an amazing weekend🙂

If you’re not booked on, COME TO THE SOCIAL DANCES!! There may also be a couple of last minute tickets for the classes available too so check out the website now – don’t miss out, it’s going to be a blast! For everyone who is already taking part – SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR!

(PS – remember that Sneinton classes are cancelled this Sunday (6/3/16) and Monday (7/3/16))

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Sunday 10 January 2016: Classes start back today!

Hurray! Classes start back today! Lindy Hop today and solo jazz roots tomorrow.  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again and maybe some new folks too. 

As always, all are welcome, just drop by. And you don’t need to come with a partner as we rotate in classes so that you learn to dance with everyone  :-)

Lindy Hop beginners class starts today at 5.30pm, Improvers at 7pm, Intermediates at 8.15pm and as usual there’s complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits to enjoy along with music before and in between classes through till 9pm so that you can practice your steps and enjoy the best reason for learning to Lindy Hop – social dancing :-) 

If this is your first time, we’re at The Old School Hall, Windmill Lane, Sneinton.  It’s 5-10 mins walk from the Ice stadium or if you’re driving follow the brown signs to Green’s Windmill and Science Centre and you’ll find a big, free to use, car park and our hall just in front of you.

Beginners class is just £4 per person (and £5 for the other levels with free entry to the preceding classes)

If you’re interested in the Solo Jazz (all levels) class, that’s also at the Old School Hall, starting tomorrow, Monday 11 January 2016 at 8pm and is also just £4.

See you all soon!

Lisa xx

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