This Week at Swing Tyne 16/01/23

Wake up your week with our Monday night classes!

Elise & Rathish will be at Summerhill getting some groovy musicality-based fun into your Lindy Hop

Hilary & Mike kick off the new year with an introduction to the world of St Louis Shag

Beginners always welcome!

Balboa this week

Join Sarah and Graeme for this weeks Balboa classes at St Mathews church, the first of the year! After all the mice pies we will be easing you all back into the swing of things with….

19.30 FUNdamentals, suitable for beginners or refreshing skills. Starts with a warm up then followed by the basics of balboa footwork, connections and a come around, both clockwise / anti-clockwise.

20.20 Improvers, you’ll need to know basic footwork and come around. We’ll focus on inside/ outside promenades with/ without rotations with leader close, follower close, drag close, finish with come around, paddles & out/in.

21.00 social dancing till 22.30 at Summerhills 😁see you there!

Class Updates & Winter Swing Social

We are simplifying our class schedule from this Monday and also introducing two Shag classes in line with Balboa. This should make it easier to change between venues if you would like to try the other dance style. See below for a summary of this new timetable.

We are also excited to announce a festive social presented by Swing Tyne, Newcastle Swing Dance Society and Durham University Swing Dance Society!

We promise a night full of amazing music, good company and most importantly, dancing. Oh, and did we mention that there will be games and all of this for just £4?

Join us at St James United Reformed Church in Newcastle from 7:30 on Saturday 3rd December! More details here:

The Return of Shag

We’re thrilled to announce that Collegiate Shag lessons are returning from Monday 10th October at a new venue, just around the corner from Summerhill!

We have introduced a “Battenberg cake” system in place with our classes, meaning people are able to attend two different dance styles in the same day. Please see our Lindy, Shag and Balboa lesson events for details.

Lindy at Summerhill Pavillion NE4 6EH (weekly from 10 Oct 2022)

All levels class 19:30 – 20:15

15 minute practice/change venue time

FUNdamentals 20:30 – 21:00

Social dancing 21:00 – 22:30

Shag at St Matthews Church NE4 6EJ (fortnightly from 10 Oct 2022)

All-levels, beginner friendly class 19:30 – 20:30

30 minutes practice/change venue time

Social dancing 21:00 – 22:30

Balboa at St Matthews Church NE4 6EJ (fortnightly from 17 Oct 2022)

FUNdamentals class 19:30 – 20:00

15 minute practice/change venue time

All levels class 20:15 – 21:00

Social dancing 21:00 – 22:30


FUNdamentals classes are £4

All-levels classes are £7, or mix two classes for the same price

All class prices include social dance

Social dance only £4.

Not sure which class?

Our FUNdementals class is designed around people who are new to balboa or swing and lindy hop or are wanting to review the essentials.

If you have a good grasp of the basic footwork and a few moves under your belt, then our All Levels class is for you.

Everyone is welcome to our social dance time. It is a great opportunity to socialize, practice some moves and get comfortable on the social dance floor!

Changes to Weekly Lessons

Swing Tyne are very excited to announce a slight change to our evenings class schedules.
From 20th June we will be introducing a All Levels and Fundamentals class to cater for both our more experienced dancers and those new to the dance.

Our All levels class will run 19:30-20:15 (£7)
Fundamentals class 20:30 – 21:00 (£4)
Social dancing 21:00-22:30 (£4)
As always, class price includes the social dancing 21:00-22:30

Not sure which class?
Our FUNdamentals class is designed around people who are new to balboa or swing and lindy hop or those who are wanting to review the essentials.
Our All Levels class is suitable for those who have a good grasp of the basic footwork and a few moves in your dance repertoire.

Balboa Lesson on Monday

Happy Bank Holiday everyone… Round off your weekend with our fortnightly, fun & friendly, all levels Balboa class from 7.30pm at Summerhill Bowling Club.

This Monday, Tracey and Stephen will be building up your comearound and throwout. There’ll be something for everyone, whether you’re coming for the first time or have been dancing for years.

Swing Tyne! is all about enjoying the music and dancing with friends, so as ever we’ll be social dancing until 10:30pm. Feel free to join us, even if you can’t make it in time for the class. There will be a variety of tunes suitable for all Swing Dance styles.

Classes on Easter Monday

We’ll be on as usual Easter Monday (that’s this coming Monday if all the Easter eggs in Supermarkets hasn’t given it away).

This week will be a swing style from Southern California… Balboa. Not tried it before? Perfect, all Swing Classes are currently suitable for beginners and dancers looking for a reboot.

There will be an eggciting announcement about teachers soon with a Easter friendly egg(head) theme!

Tickets Available Now for Cat Foley & Jeff Tong Workshops Weekend 23-24th April 2022!

Swing Tyne are very happy to announce two days of workshops with the splendid Cat Foley and Jeff Tong.

Saturday 23rd April 2022
Workshop 11:00-17:00
Social dance 19:00-23:00

Lindy Hop workshop with Cat Foley and Jeff Tong for dancers of all levels, followed by a social dance.

Foundations – Recover the groove of the beat, reacquaint yourself with the joy of rhythm and connection and explore some classic moves and flows.
Challenge – Where is the edge of your comfort zone? Perhaps you notice it’s shifted in the last difficult years. This is an opportunity to push yourself and try some trickier things so that you can embed them back into your dancing. We’ll tune up the core foundations and explore possibilities for exciting movements!

Social dance with a mix of music suitable for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Shag.
Pay on the door, subject to capacity.

Sunday 24th 11:00-1700

A day of teacher development with Cat Foley .
Topics include: history and culture, consent, community, connection, rhythm, pedagogy and sharing. This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in teaching and/or teaching experience (suitable for Lindy hop, charleston, shag or balboa).


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COVID Announcement

We have just been informed we have had 3 positive COVID tests from folk who attended Monday’s (7th) balboa lesson, plus another for Hoochie Coochie last night.
Advise everyone who was at either event do an LFT to be safe, and please report it to us if you come up positive so we can manage.

Polite reminder to only attend any Swing Tyne event, lesson or social if you feel well and have had a negative LFT within 48hours of attendance (unless exempt)