Salsa Meets Swing

Having packed out the Tarantismo gigs and the recent Salsa Meets Street night we thought we’d take it in a completely different direction. Salsa Meets Swing.

Swing dance has always been something that has influenced Jake and I, from the way that we run the night to our style of dance. We love swing and we hope you do to. It’s for this reason we are putting on one heck of a party! Bringing two communities together under one roof, it’s going to go off. Dancing well into the night. It’s going to be unmissable.

Here’s the running order:

Beginner StreetSalsa Class – 19:00 – 20:00
Beginner freestyle – 20:00 – 20:30
Swing Class with Rob and Tina Shield – 20:30 – 21:30
Special Guest Swing DJ and SDL Residents– 21:30 – close
Its FREE to freestyle, £5 for all the classes or £4 w/NUS.
Find us at Distrikt bar

About the Teachers

Robert Shield

Robert Shield has been dancing Lindy Hop since 2005. A confident teacher, choreographer and performer, and runs a not-for-profit organisation called ‘Lindy Fridays’, which meets in Leeds City Centre and provides weekly classes for both beginners and improvers. He also teaches more advanced workshops and courses at The Dance Studio Leeds, with the aim to constantly push those who just can’t get enough.

Rob also facilitates a charity event every December called ‘Lindy at The Light’, where over 60 dancers from numerous cities come together in Leeds to raise money for the NSPCC.

He has choreographed a number of pieces for shows around the region, and has taught workshops both in the UK and abroad, in addition to running private lessons to improve people’s dancing. As well as Lindy Hop, Rob has experience in Balboa, Blues, and Jazz and is currently studying Tap dance.

An enthusiastic teacher and performer, he is always willing to take on new pupils and to continue to help grow the UK Lindy Hop scene.

Tina Shield

Originally from Seattle, the best lindy hop scene in the US (or so she says). Tina has been studying lindy hop and other swing era dances since 2003. Social dancing has always been her focus and she encourages people to dance for the pure joy of doing it. Tina has taught regularly for Lindy Fridays, Underbeat Blues and Swing Dance Leeds since she moved to the UK in 2009.Tina was a founding member of Swing-amajig, a Seattle based lindy hop performance group. She has appeared in an episode of Zingzillas on Cbeebies other performances include Lindy @ The Light 2009 – 2011 as well as a variety of other cabarets festivals and events.

Jake Dyson

Our resident salsa teacher will be as usual running the beginners class. New people as always are welcome every week. To find out what Jake will be teaching check out the following link: Salsa Class

Check out who’s going on Facebook. Sign up and we’ll see you there! Its going to be a big night.

About James

James is one of the co-founders and teachers at Salsa Dance Leeds. He regularly writes for the SDL blog, across a selection of salsa topics. Find James on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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