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Welcome to Kingston Swing Jive!

Kingston Swing Jive is a fun and friendly dance community in Kingston-upon-Thames Surrey, dedicated to 1940s and 1950s jive and swing dance.

Our style of Swing Jive is perfect for dancing to up-beat swing (very similar to the music in the video clip below), we also love to dance to rhythm n’ blues, boogie-woogie, doo-wop and rock n’ roll – you will hear all these genres of music every week in our Monday classes.

Today, knowledge and technology move fast, but reassuringly, some things stand the test of time. Dance continues to inspire the freedom of improvisation – and thankfully, dancers still love to dance with a partner. The clip below shoes some fabulous footage of the style, fashion and dancing from this iconic, bygone era:

Dancing with Kingston Swing Jive is not just a dance class but also a social event. Dancers gain the most benefit from our classes by moving around the circle and dancing with other members of the group. Not only do you meet other people but you are more likely to learn better dancing skills and technique from doing so.

No special clothing is required to dance for classes – just make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing – layers are usually best. We recommend that you wear shoes without too much grip: flat or low-heeled shoes with smooth or well-worn soles are ideal.
If you really want to get the full experience of everything partner dancing has to offer and want to meet a bunch of friendly fellow dance-lovers, come and join us soon.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Kingston Swing Jive