Who We Are
The All Jazzed Up Swing Dance team has been teaching in and around Reading for longer than they care to remember. They are enthusiastic dancers who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of the wonderful dance styles of the swing era. The team comprises Shirley Strickland and Jean Harper who are both trained in fundamental dance movement based swing-dance tuition pioneered by Gloria Pinares in Barcelona and are the only exponents of this teaching method in the UK to date.
They have a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of swing dance styles including Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston as well as lesser-known vintage dances such as the Peabody, Turkey Trot, Collegiate Shag and Laminu. Their teaching is in demand throughout the UK and abroad. Shirley and Jean are known for injecting fun and laughter into their classes as well as for providing sound instruction on technique and style. They are also available for private lessons, functions and as workshop leaders.
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What is Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop is a partner dance that originated in 1920’s Harlem, New York and includes footwork borrowed from the Charleston and Rhythm Tap. Lindy can be wild and energetic or cool and sophisticated, depending on the style of music and the inclination of the dancers. Lindy Hop died out in the 1950s but was rediscovered when dancers in the 1980s, inspired by old movies such as “A Day at the Races” and “Hellzapoppin”, sought out some of the original members of a famous dance troupe of the 1930s, called “Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers”. Lindy Hop is arguably bigger now than it was in its heyday, thanks to the internet, videos, workshops and classes across the world.
Why Lindy Hop?
The story goes that a great dancer, “Shorty” George Snowden was asked by a reporter what the name of this crazy new dance was. At the time, Charles Lindbergh had just completed the first ever solo flight from New York to Paris and newspaper headlines across the USA read “Lindy Hops the Atlantic”. Shorty replied “I’m doing the Lindy Hop” and the name stuck.
What is Balboa?
Balboa is a partnered swing dance which developed on the West Coast of America in the 1920s and 1930s and takes its name from the Balboa Peninsula at Newport Beach – home of the Rendezvous Pavilion and later, Ballroom where it was first danced. When danced in a completely closed position, it is known simply as “balboa or pure balboa”. At times the dancers “break away” to perform more flamboyant moves and then the dance is referred to as Bal-Swing. Most balboa dancers today incorporate both pure Balboa and Bal-Swing figures in their dancing.