New to Lindy Hop?

What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop is a joyful and sociable partner dance with deep roots in the African American communities of New York in the first half of the 20th century. 

Lindy Hop spread across the world during the Swing Era of the 1930s and 40s and Lindy Hop is now a global phenomenon, with thriving swing schools teaching from Stockholm to Seoul (and Oxford, of course!). 

Check out the video from Oxford Swing Festival 2023 for an example of what Lindy Hop is about. 

All about Oxford Lindy Hoppers

Who are Oxford Lindy Hoppers?

We’re a non-profit community-based swing dance group founded in 2008 with a mission to get the people of Oxford swing dancing as much as possible! We run regular classes and social events in Oxford and also organise the internationally attended Oxford Lindy Exchange and Oxford Swing Festival.

How do I start dancing with you?

Oxford Lindy Hoppers offer regular fun and friendly classes in Oxford.   We teach Lindy Hop and Blues, and also offer frequent Collegiate Shag courses. We will also run occasional classes and events in other Swing Era dances like Charleston, Boogie Woogie and Balboa. Our class nights are suitable for absolute beginners (yes, even you!) We assume absolutely no dance experience, and build things up gradually so you can get out on the dance floor after your first lesson.

To start dancing with us, just come to one of our regular class nights or social dances:

Fire Station Swing – Starting in October on Thursdays from 19:30 during term time at the Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford, OX2 2AQ. Check out our events calendar for term dates. Lindy Hop classes and social dancing.

Swing Fix at St Columbas Church Hall, Alfred St, Oxford OX1 4EH – Tuesdays from 19:30.  Swing basics class followed by Social Dancing from 20:30 until 22:15. 

Hop the Hall –  First Friday of every month from 20:00 at St Margaret’s Institute in Jericho – Monthly social dance. 

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, and you’ll find that you learn more quickly by dancing with different people.  
  • 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.

I hear you teach other dances?

Yes! Oxford Lindy Hoppers also teaches Blues idiom dances,  and we run frequent courses in Collegiate Shag. 

We sometimes also teach or run events for other dances under the jazz umbrella, like Charleston,  Boogie Woogie, and Balboa. Keep an eye on our social media for any news about these one-offs.