Cowley Cotton Club

Next Term Dates:

 23 January – 9 April 2020

What is Cowley Cotton Club?

Cowley Cotton Club (CCC) is our main teaching night, on Thursday evenings during our term times.  Terms are normally from October to December, January to March and April to June. There are 4 lessons aimed at different levels (2 classes taking place in parallel) followed by a social dance. every Thursday during our term time. You can come along on any week we are running – there is no need to wait until a new term and no partner is necessary as everyone gets mixed together! Most classes are Lindy Hop with occasional weeks of Charleston and Solo Jazz. 

What are the classes?

Classes run from 19:30 to 21:30 followed by social dancing until 22:30 then a trip to G&Ds for ice cream. Our classes are driven by technique but focus on teaching in an inclusive and fun way. If you have any questions, then drop us an email

The timings for Cowley Cotton Club are:

  • 7:30pm Level 2: Improvers
  • 7:45pm: Foundation
  • 8:30pm Level 1: Beginners
  • 8:30pm Level Tech
  • 9:30pm Social dancing 

Please arrive in plenty of time for your classes.

Which class should I come to?

This is specifically targeted to absolute beginners and people who have not done any Lindy Hop before.

This is our beginners class for the fundamentals of Lindy Hop. We recommend that you do this class along with Foundation or Level Two.

This is our improvers class and is suitable for those who have done at least two terms of Level One classes and who want to improve technique and skills. To get the best out of this class you should know the main footwork patterns, and core moves like the Swing Out, Lindy Turn and side by side Charleston.   We recommend taking this class with Level One to begin with. 

This is a ‘Bootcamp’ style class where we focus on different themes over three week blocks. This class is suitable for dancers who have completed at least two terms of Level 2, and we recommend that you combine this class with Level 2 to begin with. 

What should I expect from a class?

  • All our classes are drop-in. You can come along any week and it doesn’t matter if you miss one! 
  • There is no need to bring a partner. All of our classes are fun and social.
  • We rotate partners throughout our classes. This is a great way to meet people and learn by dancing with different partners.   
  • No special clothing is required to dance Lindy Hop – just make sure you are wearing something comfortable and be aware that you will get very warm! We recommend that you wear shoes without too much grip: flat or low-heeled shoes with smooth or slightly slippery soles are ideal.
  • Drinking water is available at CCC but do not provide disposable cups. Please bring your own re-useable cup or bottle. 

How much do classes cost?

  • Cowley Cotton Club is £6 for one class and £8 for two classes
  • Social dancing only is £3.
  • We accept cash and card payments. 

Where do I find you?

Cowley Cotton Club is upstairs at the East Oxford Community Centre, OX4 1DD using the gate on Collins Street.  It is easily reached by Bus from Oxford City Centre on routes 1, 5, 10, 11 and 12.

COVID-19 Update

Oxford Lindy Hoppers have decided to go on hiatus for a little while. Social distancing is what we can all do to help flatten the curve of the pandemic and not overwork our health services, so we’re not running our regular classes & socials for the foreseeable future.  For further details please click here.