Try something new! FREE swing dance classes

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival has the perfect antidote to winter blues, guaranteed to put a spring into your step this February!

We’ve teamed up with Swing Dance Bristol to treat you to two completely free swing dance taster lessons.

In these fun and easy classes, suitable for beginners, you’ll learn all the essential swing dance moves, including simple footwork, connection techniques to help you move with your partner and tips on how to improvise to any swing song. You can show off your newfound skills at our Big Band Swing Dance event with Ray Gelato & The Giants and The Bruce/Ilett Big Band on Friday 6 March. The two classes will be slightly different, so come to one or both – shine your dancing shoes, limber up and join in the fun!

In the world of street dances, the music always comes first. People hear a new form of music, and it’s only a matter of time before they begin to move to it. Swing dance in its many forms developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1950s and swept the nation, coming to define the jazz age.

Taster Lesson #1: Sat February 21, 12.30-13.30

Taster Lesson #2 Sat February 28, 15.30-16.30

At Studio 2, Upstairs in Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY (above the Canteen)