Welcome to The Lindy Circular!

Welcome to The Lindy Circular!

A blog by Leanne Frank

If you, intrepid dancer, have found your way to this brand-spanking new Manchester Lindy blog series, prepare to have your MIND BLOWN. Well, maybe not blown, but definitely jiggled purposefully. This blog series will be a veritable cornucopia of knowledge on the ins and outs of Lindy Hop, both in Manchester and beyond. There will be links to national and international dancing, inspiring dance videos and all manner of information to help you, dear reader, get the most out of this wonderful dance.

Hopefully, you have been enjoying the musical delights of our regular Tuesday session and have become accustomed to the warm, fuzzy feeling that radiates through your innards when you have a good dance. One of the loveliest things about Lindy Hop is knowing that after only forty-five minutes of teaching, you are dance floor-ready and can spread happiness across a room full of relative strangers then toddle home, charged full of positive energy for the week ahead.

To help you on your quest for Lindy glory, the committee are always on hand to help with any questions you may have about particular moves, dance floor etiquette or ways to improve as a dancer on the whole. They are all incredibly friendly and expect you to go up to them and ask questions; never feel as though you are a burden!

You may have been dancing for some time now and the Swing bug has taken a sizeable bite out of some/all of your extremities. You want to take it further, to Improve and impress. What to do you do? Well reader, the next bold step on your Lindy ascension should be to book on to your first dance camp!

Dance camp? That sounds a bit serious, doesn’t it?

Actually, it’s the complete opposite. Dance camps are designed to be totally oriented to improve your lead and follow skills and create a lively and engaging environment for you to try them out. The atmosphere is completely social and you will be inundated with dancers coming from similar (dance) backgrounds to you, from all over the world. You will make friends; you will laugh, learn and most importantly, dance!

There are no words that describes the social floor at a camp as well as ‘inspirational’. Here you’ll find dancers from all over the world coming together and trying out their best moves  to a live band providing the  soundtrack. Just observing will immerse you in the true spirit of Lindy Hop.

If booking onto a camp is a bold step that you aren’t quite ready for or don’t have the budget for, that’s OK, it just so happens that there’s a solution for this – the fabulous workshops that take place in Manchester! The focus can range from swing-outs to solo jazz and they are always tailored to suit your needs and build your confidence. As well as our own occasional workshops, taught by national and international dancers, Manchester Lindy happily recommends the Would You Dance? workshops, taught by Taina K. Honestly, you really do want to take advantage of these additional classes as they are there to help you become a better social dancer. If you want any more information, just speak to the committee (manchesterlindy@gmail.com) or Taina (mail@tainak.com).

With workshops and inspiration in mind, here are a few clips of a couple in action that will be teaching at Manchester Lindy’s very own upcoming workshop… Pontus Persson and Isabella Gregorio! Booking is not yet open for this May 2014 workshop, so keep an eye on our Facebook Group and blog for announcements.

In the meantime, enjoy these videos of Pontus and Isabella in action:

Pontus- Solo Jazz at Paris Jazz Roots

Pontus and Isabella Pro Classic division ILHC 2012

Until next time!

Leanne Frank

Enriching our Swing Social with a dash of Balboa -Tuesday Feb 4th!

Manchester Lindy’s original swingin’ night out!

Come Lindy Hop with us at the beautiful art deco Freemason’s Hall, Bridge St (off Deansgate) M3 3BT

Just £5! A whole heap of social dancing fun!

Doors open 7.30pm

7.45pm (Room 1) Level 0-1 (Beginners) Charleston

7.45pm (Room 2) Level 3 Taina – Introduction to BALBOA!

8.30pm (Room 2) Level 2 Taina

8.30pm (Room 1) Social Dancing until 10.45 (ish)

Not sure which class is right for you? Here’s a handy guide:


This week only: Experienced level 2 dancers who are keen to learn Balboa can step up and do the level 3 class (as well as their own level 2 class later on). Please be respectful of the level 3 dancers, this is their time! If you are unsure if you’ll cope, speak to the committee (or Taina) in the lead up to Feb 4th. Ladies, be prepared to learn the lead role if numbers are unbalanced!

WHY Balboa:
Balboa is a brilliant dance on its own and it really clarifies the ever important Lindy principle of weight change as well as the difference between body-lead and arm-lead. Great for all tempos, especially useful for fast music.

Video: Peter Loggins and Mia Goldsmith mix Balboa and Bal-swing with Lindy Hop and Charleston:

You can even bust out a little Balboa mid-Lindy dance, especially if you need a little break!

If you’d like to learn more, Taina will be following up the Manchester Lindy class with a dedicated Balboa workshop.
Taina has years of Balboa teaching experience at all levels and is happy to share it with you. Good Balboa tuition is rare in Manchester so do not miss this!

Workshop details:

FAST-BEGINNERS: 12pm-1.30pm
(You’ve tried Balboa before or are a fast learner / level 2-3 Lindy Hopper.)
Learn cool steps, how to combine with Lindy, technique, leading & following

IMPROVERS: 1.30pm-3pm
(You can dance the basic steps.)
Come Arounds, Spikes, Variations + more technique, leading & following

Soho Gym / Fitness First, Premier Lodge Hotel, 7-11 Lower Mosley St, M2 3DW
Tram: St Peter’s Sq
Fee: £8 / person / wshop or
£15 for the day

Full workshop event listing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1441475899403268/ and here:

We’re turning 5! Time for a party!

Manchester Lindy is about to turn 5 and we’re going to celebrate with a good old-fashioned birthday knees up!

There will be cake! There will be a fully stocked bar! There will even be a complementary beverage for the early arrivals… Oh and lots of music for dancing (Lindy predominantly, but you know what happens if you get Dr Sid drunk after midnight)!

Central Manchester venue

All of this for a bargain price of £5

Buy your tickets here
or from Sid at Manchester Lindy, but be quick as space is limited.

Got a question? Email manchesterlindy@gmail.com

New for Thursdays! Manchester Lindy and Would You Dance? Present Solo Jazz!

Solo Jazz with Taina K
Solo Jazz with Taina K

Solo Jazz every Thursday with Taina K!

Manchester Lindy in collaboration with Would You Dance? Present a new, weekly authentic Solo Jazz class at Studio25 in the centre of Manchester.

1.5hours of solid dancing & learning!
Technique for individual steps & classic solo routines!

Solo Jazz makes a solid base for your Lindy! The better you can dance by yourself, the easier it will be to do partnered dances, swing dance or other.

COST:£7 for individual session or
£33 for a prepaid set of 6
(use within 10 weeks of purchase)

Room7, 25 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE.
Church Street is behind Debenhams; if you follow the tram tracks towards Shudehill, it’s the next right after Debehams.

PARKING AND STUDIO25View Studio 25, Manchester City Centre in a larger map


PARKING: Leave your car in an outdoor car park
Map of :
– inexpensive outdoor parking near Northern Quarter here
– parking zones & charges here

MORE INFO & join the mailing list:
Taina & Would You Dance?
mail@tainak.com or
call 079 497 43 549

Mailing List: sign up here

Manchester Lindy says:

We were delighted when, in January 2012, Taina, international teacher and swing dance champion (with more than 20 years experience!) first attended a Manchester Lindy Swing Social, having recently relocated from London.  Within a couple of months the committee had worked up enough courage to ask her to take a class, and happily, since then Taina has become a regular guest, teaching across all three levels.

We are now delighted to extend that partnership and add a new dimension to vintage dance in Manchester by bringing you Solo Jazz every Thursday! This will be the perfect opportunity to learn all those tricky steps, in detail, with authentic styling and historical context. Suitable for Lindy Hoppers, Tap dancers and Burlesques babes!

XMAS SPECIAL with The Stirling Austin Swing Band!

The Stirling Austin Swing Band
The Stirling Austin Swing Band

Manchester Lindy’s original swingin’ night out – XMAS SPECIAL!

Amazing news! On Tuesday 17th December 2013, we’ll be playing host to some very special guests… the highlight of MCRLX 2013…

The Stirling Austin Swing Band!

Get down to Freemason’s Hall and you’ll be hopping’ to some of Manchester’s finest musicians! Two live swinging sets and Manchester Lindy’s regular DJs in between – can’t ask for anything more.

1st live band set at 8.45pm …don’t miss it!



(Just one class this week, Level 1, 7.45pm in the Lodge Room with Don, in the main room we’ll be social dancing ALL EVENING)

Just £5!

Dress fancy – two tickets to Mersey Swing’s Winter Ball will be presented to the best dressed! https://www.facebook.com/events/214108128762773/?source=1

We’ll also be selling cakes for the British Heart Foundation and we might even be persuaded to run the silliest Jack and Jill (or Jaquelyn and Jill, or Jack and John) in the North West (slo-mo? Musical Statues? Dance like an animal?)

Doors open 7.30pm

Freemason’s Hall, Bridge St (off Deansgate) M3 3BT

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/187427491459985