Swing Thing is a dance club run by Carol and John Turner. They teach the Lindy Hop, 1920's Charleston and other swing dances such as Balboa and the Shag; they arrange events such as specialist dance workshops, social dances and occasional performances.
Also known as Jitterbug, and invented in Harlem, New York in the 1930's, Lindy Hop was considered outrageous in its day, breaking the traditions of close-hold ballroom dancing and actually allowing the partners to dance sometimes without holding on to each other! Lindy could be described as the link between Charleston and Rock & Roll as it retains some elements of Charleston in 8 count footwork as well as 6 count Jive or Rock & Roll footwork. Lindy Hop is danced with attitude but most of all with a great big smile.
Reigate SocietySwing Thing teach complete beginners, improvers and intermediates. You'll learn partnered and solo dances. The main aim is to teach social dancing, rather than lots of set or choreographed routines. Lindy Hop is traditionally danced to the music of the big bands of the 1940's such as Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman but is perfectly adaptable for more modern sounds.
Swing Thing is run for the love of the dance, as a "not for profit" club. All monies taken are for the use of the club, and to promote Lindy Hop and associated live music events in the East Surrey area.
They meet every Tuesday evening at 8pm at the Perrywood Sports and Social club in Salfords, near Redhill.