Red Magazine

Absolutely blinkin’ ages ago Manchester Lindy appeared in Red Magazine.

I finally remembered to put it on our website…


The Lindy Hoppers

It’s 6.30pm on a Tuesday evening and the dulcet tones of Ella Fitzgerald are tempting a room full of dancers to move their feet. University students straight from freshers’ week; thirtysomething office workers escaping their desks; 70-year-olds who’ve dusted off their dancing shoes – these 80 people, on the surface, have little in common. But the one thing that brings them together? Lindy Hop, apparently.

Homegrown in Harlem, Lindy Hop is an American-style dance from the 1920s. It’s described as ‘jive, but more bouncy’, but you’ll probably recognise it as ‘the dance from that Gap advert.

Today, a burgeoning Lindy community tumbles into the art-deco Freemasons’ Hall in Manchester. What started out in 2008 as 12 people dancing in a room above a pub has become the Manchester Lindy – a mass of dancers clad in tweed, tea dresses and enthusiasm. Their mission? To swivel, spin and mingle.

Every Tuesday night, the sounds of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong mix with giggles, cheers and conversation, like a raucous version of the Netherfield ball. There’s even a licensed bar on the sidelines (call it Dutch courage).

For one of the group’s founders, Lisa Goddard, who runs a cake and dessert business, it’s ‘more of a social activity than a dance’. She first discovered it after finding salsa ‘very snooty’. At Lindy, you meet and talk to people while you dance. ‘It’s a cross between a class and a nightclub,’ she says.

Big cities like Manchester can feel hard to penetrate, so it’s hardly surprising that Lindy has become so much more than a dance class. Unlike with ballroom dancing, a plus-one isn’t a prerequisite and you dance with a number of different partners, so you’re constantly meeting people. ‘Lots of close friendships – and relationships – have grown,’ explains Lisa.

‘I’m even godmother to one member’s child. It really is a little community.’

Whether it’s the connections made while dancing hand-in-hand or the endorphin- boosting moves, it’s clear that an electric atmosphere unites the Lindy Hoppers.

Beck Rowaichi, an office manager, was bowled over by the emotional benefits of Lindy Hop. Before, she’d found dance groups ‘intimidatingly formal’, but Lindy’s warm, inclusive vibe left her feeling exhilarated. ‘Whether you’re good at talking or not, you’ll find a friend here,’ she says.

On Tuesday nights in a hall filled with laughter and the chitter-chatter of new friendships (as well as old ones), the Lindy Hoppers are whisked away to a bygone era. On the dance floor, stresses and to-do lists are irrelevant; jobs are forgotten; ages are of no consequence. This is musical therapy – with a twist.

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This article was published in Red Magazine in December 2013.

Thankfully, the writer, Natasha Lunn, did.

Manchester Lindy on BBC Breakfast with Scottie!

Manchester Lindy were pleased to join Scott Cupit on BBC Breakfast. Scott talked Swing dance, Lindy Hop and Frankie Manning while we had a little dance outside on the Quays.

We’ve gained lots of new members and met many new friends, so thank so much for asking us, Scottie!

If you weren’t up early enough, you can catch up up with what you missed on YouTube, following the links below.

Manchester Lindy’s dancing on the BBC breakfast show has also snuck onto Swing Nation in their Scott Cupit interview. You’ll see the brief clip around 19:40.

Thanks to Mark for spotting us!

(and who is that starring in the I Charleston Jersey clip? Why, only Daniel, one of the founding Manchester Lindy Committee Members! Glad you are still dancing!)

You can watch many more Swing Nation episodes by following this link to the Yehoodi Swings Youtube Channel:

Hasse and Marie visit MANCHESTER!

Once again we at Manchester Lindy are getting our giddy knickers in a bunch – super-duper-Swedish Swing dancers Hasse Mattsson and Marie Nahnfeldt Mattsson are coming to town!

Limited Saturday places available!

(Facebook event here:

Each session will include FOUR HOURS of teaching for the bargain price of £45. This includes entry to the Saturday night social.

As usual the Sunday will be slightly more advanced than the Saturday; if you are not sure which to book for come and speak to Andy C or Sid on a Tuesday or enquire on your booking email.

To book your place email your NAME, your MOBILE NUMBER, WHICH DAY / LEVEL YOU ARE BOOKING FOR to

Andy C will email you back with confirmation of a place and payment details.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

A bit about Hasse and Marie


“Hasse and Marie are internationally recognized for their high energy and spirit as Lindy Hop dancers and instructors. Their classes emphasize the use of musicality, technique and partner connection. Energy and focus on fun are constant elements to every class.

This couple have a lot of teaching experience, from beginners to competition couples, and they appear on the teaching line up for many established camps around the globe, including Herräng (Sweden), Camp Hollywood (USA) and Rock That Swing Festival (Germany) just to mention a few”.

Hasse and Marie dancing (first couple up, teachers Jam LSSF 2013):

(this video also features some of our previous guest teachers Isobella, Thomas and Alice!)

Hasse and Marie Interview for SwingTV (talking about Boogie Woogie, Bugg and Lindy Hop and why they are such encouraging, positive teachers):

Traveling? Workshops will end by 5pm, leaving plenty of time to get home.

Manchester Lindy will be also be hosting a Saturday night social dance from approx 19:30-MIDNIGHT.

Saturday workshop and social dance will be held at Manchester Masonic Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT

Sunday workshop will be held at St Kentigerns Social Club, Fallowfield, M14 7DW

The workshops will start 11am on Saturday and Sunday and will finish by 5pm.

Social Dance
(Facebook event here:
Come and dance with us at the beautiful Masonic Hall with great dance floor, as part of our Hasse and Marie weekend.

£5 on the door. Free to those attending the workshop.


Don’t forget, tomorrow is the start of the new timings & class system at ML:

Manchester Lindy provide dance classes each Tuesday evening followed by social dancing until 10.45pm (ish).

We will test drive the new timings Tuesday 3rd June with Levels 1&2 only

  • Level 1 (been dancing less than 6 months? This level is definitely for you!)  7.45 pm in Room 1
  • Level 2 (for those lindy hopping between 3 months and two years-ish) 7.45 pm in Room 2
  • As always, Social Dancing starts at 8.30 pm in Room 1.

Tuesday 10th June and onwards we’ll have the third lesson as well:

  • JAZZ -suitable for all! Solo movement makes you a better all around Lindy Hopper!) 8.30 pm in Room 2
  • And as always, Social Dancing starts at 8.30 pm in Room 1.

(Please see our Levels section for more information)


Isabella and Pontus Workshop Weekend and Social – Booking


We at Manchester Lindy are beside ourselves because the wonderful Isabella & Pontus are coming to teach and inspire on SATURDAY 10th and SUNDAY 11th MAY!

We will be following our previously used format of Improver/Intermediate on the Saturday, and Intermediate/Advanced on the Sunday. As there is some crossover, we are happy to help you to find the correct level for you.

We cannot confirm start and finish times as yet, but there will be four hours of teaching each day plus breaks, so plan to spend  5-6 hours at the venue.

See Isabella and Pontus in action here:

The price for this event is £45 per day, inclusive of entry to the Saturday night social dance.

To book, please contact Manchester Lindy committee member Hayley via Facebook, link below. There are limited places available for couples and solo advanced Leads. Follows booking alone are currently being placed in a waiting list.

Friend request Hayley here:
Join the Manchester Lindy Group here: (you must join the group in order to ‘attend’ on the event listing – sorry about that!)
Click attending on the main event here:

We would like to draw your attention to our new venue, so you don’t all automatically flock to a familiar one, like homing pigeons.

Our new venue for this weekend’s workshops and social dance is St Mathews Church Hall, next to St Mathews Church in Stretford, (near the incredibly strange Stretford Mall – inspiration for the Morrissey lyric, “Slap me on the patio”) this will be the first time Manchester Lindy have used the venue and we’re hoping the floor will be just right for us picky dancer types. Stretford is close to Chorlton and is well served with buses and trams.

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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: and here: