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News Archive for 2000

Details of news items from 2000 can be found on this page.

New Year - Classes and C Jam Swing Dates (updated: 24/12/00)
Thanks to everyone who's supported us and helped make 2000 a great year for us. Highlights this year included; winning a prize at the Prague Dance Festival, dancing for the Queen Mother, performing 20 times during the year, our second 'Hop the Castle', and launching our weekly club 'C Jam Swing' in association with Swingland.
We're taking a break over the Xmas period. Next year we'll resume on the following dates:
              C Jam Swing - 9th January 2001
              Thursday Classes - 11th January 2001
There's some photos from the C Jam Xmas party on the gallery pages that you might like to check out. In the mean time have a great Christmas and New Year's...
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages.
Information about our Thursday classes can be found on the Classes page.
Xmas party photos are on our Gallery pages.
C JAM Swing Xmas party at Hamilton House. (updated: 09/12/00)
Our C Jam Swing Christmas Party is on Tuesday 19th December. Instead of our usual venue we'll in the larger but equally plush Hamilton House. We've got 9:20 Deluxe supplying the live music again (following rave reviews from their last gig at C Jam). Hamilton House is 2 minutes walk from Balham Tube and BR at 211 Balham High Road, just turn left out of the station along Balham High Road (towards Tooting). There's a car park right outside too. Festivities will start at 8pm with fun classes and live music from (you guessed it!) 9.20pm. Late bar and dancing until around midnight!
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages.
9:20 Deluxe play C Jam Swing on 21st November. (updated: 16/11/00)
Don't forget we've got the full 9:20 Deluxe line-up playing at C Jam next Tuesday 21st November. Anyone who's heard them before knows they're pretty special, so if you're new to the swing scene come and find out what all the fuss's about. Classes as usual from 8:00pm with the band's first set at 9:20pm.
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages.
New Choreography Course. (updated: 30/10/00)
Learn a Lindy Hop routine... Dan & Christi will be teaching a complete routine over an 8 week period starting 2nd November. As well as teaching the routine, we'll also explain how we choreograph and give tips aimed at helping you with your own routines. You must know all the basic Lindy Hop steps and have good lead/follow technique in order to take the course. The course is aimed at Intermediate Lindy Hoppers but more advanced dancers are also welcome.
See our Classes page for full details.
Improvers Classes continue... (updated: 30/10/00)
Our regular weekly Lindy Hop classes for Improvers continue on Thursdays from 7:00 til 8:00pm.
See our Classes page for full details.
Halloween Party at C Jam Swing on 31st October. (updated: 15/10/00)
C Jam Swing's goin' spooky for Halloween so get dressed up in black or spooky outfit. A prize is waiting for the best fancy dress on the night. We've got lots of silly ideas to keep you amused and to make the evening go with a bump!  This night will be a screamer so come along and join the fun!
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages.
Special Class - One Day Only. (updated: 28/08/00)
On Thursday 7th September there will be a special 'one off' class where we'll teach a Charleston Stroll. This is a simple stroll in a 'Charleston' style taught to us by Sing Lim of Jitterbugs Singapore. Thanks to Sing for kindly allowing us to pass on her choreography to others in the UK. The class will be held from 8:00 til 9:00pm at the Arts Educational School, 14 Bath Road, Chiswick W4 (nearest tube: Turnham Green) and costs £5.
For further information call Dan & Christi direct on 020 8993 0642 or by e-mail.
Find out more about Sing Lim at
New 6 week Beginners' Lindy Hop course. (updated: 28/08/00)
Dan and Christi start teaching a new Lindy Hop courses for beginners from Thursday 14th of September. The venue is in Chiswick at the Arts Educational School. It is not necessary to have a partner, but the class size will be restricted. The course will cover basic Lindy Hop steps, lead and follow technique, as well as Swing music theory.
See our Classes page for full details.
The Lindy Circle perform at Swing Jam 2000 (updated: 24/08/00)
Come and see us perform at one of the UK's longest established annual weekend Lindy camps. The date for the cabaret has changed and we will now perform on the Friday evening.
Details and tickets in advance from Live2Jive: Tel:+44 (0) 20 8866 9093
E-mail: Web site:
Band Night / C Jam Swing has moved (updated: 26/07/00)
Our regular Tuesday club night will be at the new venue The Bedford Ballroom, from next week (1st August). To get things off with a swing we've booked 'The Chris Walker Swingtet' for the opening night. This band are an established outfit and Chris broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio Solent, and other BBC stations, covering events on the jazz scene in the South.
Details of C-Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages.
Information on 'The Chris Walker Swingtet' can be found on their web site.
The Lindy Circle in Live TV broadcast !!! (updated: 16/07/00)
The Lindy Circle Performance Group will be Lindy Hopping for the Queen Mum as part of her 100th birthday celebrations this Wednesday 19th July. The celebrations are taking place at the Horse Guards Parade ground in central London. The show remembers the 100 years of her life and we will appear in the 1940's section dressed in military uniforms. The show will be broadcast on ITV from 5:15pm so tune in and watch us dancing live on national television.
See our Performance pages for more details about the group.
Weekly 'Improvers' Lindy Hop classes (updated: 10/07/00)
Dan and Christi's 'Improvers' Lindy Hop classes become a regular weekly event from Thursday 13th July. The venue is Chiswick at the Arts Educational School. The cost is £7 for 2 hours and it's not necessary to have a partner. The classes cover basic Lindy Hop steps, lead and follow technique, as well as Swing music theory.
See our Classes page for full details.
Lindy Hop / Bhangra show on 7th July (updated: 30/06/00)
The Lindy Circle Performance Group feature in 'Chakkar' at the Paul Robeson Theatre on Friday 7th July. The show's title 'Chakkar' is an Indian word meaning 'Circle' that represents the synergy between the music and dance of asian and western cultures.
The show is a collaborative arts venture of The Lindy Circle and Madhurang who are an asian dance group based here in London. The programme comprises song and dance of various styles including; Lindy Hop, Kathak, Charleston, Bhangra, Jazz, Filmi, Tap, and Hip Hop.
Each group will present their own pieces before joining together for a collaborative piece. This final piece demonstrates that although superficially very different, there are in-fact some surprising similarities between Bhangra/Filmi and authentic Jazz dance.
Click here for full details of this show.
Rockin' in Rhythm play C Jam Swing on 27th June (updated: 19/06/00)
The first time we heard this band was over a year ago when they were playing on a street corner in their hometown of Brighton. They sounded fabulous then and they've been steadily developing a reputation for themselves playing venues such as the Royal Festival Hall last weekend. We went along to hear them and had such a great time that we decided to book them for C-Jam Swing on Tuesday 27th June.
Anyone who came to the last band night at C-Jam will appreciate the special atmosphere that we create on these band nights. Don't miss out this time, its going to be another great evening of fabulous SWINGIN' music. Entrance £7 on the door. Band on stage 9.15pm. Club till late.
Full details of C-Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages.
Photos from 'Hop the Castle 2000' (updated: 14/06/00)
Nearly a month has passed since this year's 'Hop the Castle'. Now its time to remember what a great time you had by looking at silly pictures of you and your friends dressed as cartoon characters. Please keep sending in your snaps and we'll add them to this collection.
Check them out on our Gallery page.
Photos from Prague Dance Festival (updated: 02/06/00)
We've just added a few photos to the gallery from our recent trip to the Prague Dance Festival.
Check them out on our Gallery page.
New Beginners & Improvers Lindy Hop Courses (updated: 26/05/00)
Dan and Christi start teaching new Lindy Hop courses for beginners and Improvers from Thursday 1st of June. This time the venue is in Chiswick at the Arts Educational School. It is not necessary to have a partner, but the class size will be restricted. The courses will cover basic Lindy Hop steps, lead and follow technique, as well as Swing music theory.
See our Classes page for full details.
The Lobel Swing Band - UK Tour 2000 (updated: 26/05/00)
We got our first taste of tour managing this week with the 'Lindy Circle Productions' organized 'Löbel Swing Band' UK tour. We flew the band over from Sweden and arranged four gigs for them to play over 5 days:
   Saturday 20th May - Hop the Castle
   Monday 22nd May - 100 Club (LSDS)
   Tuesday 23rd May - C-Jam Swing
   Wednesday 24th May - Oxford (OSDS)
The tour proved to be a great success with some dancers even turning up for all the gigs. Special thanks to Simon Selmon (LSDS) and Les & Nicky Jones (OSDS) for agreeing to book the band on the Monday and Wednesday nights respectively. This was the first time the band had visited England so it was a rare opportunity to hear one of the finest swing bands in the world.
We were especially proud to have the band play at our own two events 'Hop the Castle' and 'C-Jam Swing'. Both these gigs were really special and we have received loads of superlative compliments to pass onto the band. We've now formed a strong friendship with the band and look forward to working with them again in the future. So if you came to any of these gigs, thank you for supporting us in our efforts to bring you the best in swing music.
Hop the Castle 2000 (updated: 26/05/00)
Thanks to everyone who came to our annual Lindy camp held at Kinnersley castle over the weekend of 19th-21st of May. The event featured international teachers Sing Lim from Singapore and Bruno & Veronique David from Toulouse France. The music was supplied by 'The Löbel Swing Band' who we flew over from Sweden especially for the event. We had a fantastic weekend and have already started to dream up ideas for next year! If you have any good photos from the event then please send them to us and we'll publish them here on the site.
Check out details of this event on our Events pages.
CD Review (Jennie Löbel & Swing Kings) (updated: 10/05/00)
We've finally got round to reviewing one of our favourite CDs for our music reviews page. We went to the band's home city of Stockholm earlier this year specifically to hear them play live. We heard both the 'Tommy Löbel band' and 'Jennie Löbel & Swing Kings' line-ups play on two different nights. They made such an impression on us that we invited them to play at C-Jam Swing and our annual Lindy camp 'Hop the Castle'.
Read the review of this CD on our Music pages.
Find out more about 'Hop the Castle' and 'C-Jam Swing' on our Events pages.
The Lindy Circle perform at Prague Dance Festival (updated: 01/05/00)
Ten members of The Lindy Circle Performance Group went to the Czech Republic this Easter to take part in the Prague 2000 Dance Festival. We were there for just over a week and performed in theatres on three different nights. The rest of the time we loafed around the city and tried to get Prague swinging. The group received an 'Honourable Mention' award for our performances at the festival. We will post some photos from this event here soon.
See our Performance pages for more details about the group.
Lindy in the Pub (updated: 15/03/00)
The last LITP on 11th March was our most groovy one to date, so a big thanks to all the new faces who made it there for the first time. We haven't yet confirmed dates for the next dances but details will be posted here as soon as we get our act together. See you there...
See our Events pages for all the details.
C JAM Swing (New Weekly Swing Club) (updated: 21/02/00)
We've got together with Swingland to launch a new weekly swing dance club in London. It will be every Tuesday night starting on the 7th of March. The opening night coincides with the 1st anniversary of Swingland so we've got 'Seymour's Jump' to play the live music and celebrate in style. In subsequent weeks the music will be supplied by DJ's Groove Juice Special & Smartie playing really swingin' music from the 30's to the present day. Their will be a Swing dance class every week at 8pm. The teaching will be shared between the Lindy Circle's Dan & Christi Guest and Martin Ellis & Jane Eliot of Swingland. C JAM swing is at Wessex House, 1a St. Johns Hill, London SW11 (Directly opposite Clapham Junction station).
See our Events pages for all the details..
Dawn Hampton (CD Release Party) (updated: 21/02/00)
The 'Release' party for Dawn Hampton's CD was on 20th February at Dance Manhattan Studios, New York. We got hold of a pre-release copy of the CD a couple of weeks ago and played a track at the recent Valentines Hop swing party. We introduced 'Straighten Up And Fly Right' by offering to buy a drink for the first person who could name the artist! Jane Eliot finally came up with the right answer after a few wrong guesses from various other people.
We've reviewed 'Life Is What You Make It' on our music pages and you can find out more about Dawn Hampton and her CD on her new web site at
See our Music pages for the review of this CD.
Performance Group (updated: 02/02/00)
The performance group got the new millennium off to a good start with its first performance of the year on January 15th. We did two 10 minute sets at a private function in Lightwater, Surrey.
We have now expanded our Performance pages to include details of forthcoming performances. So if you want to come and see the group in action then checkout this section. We've also rummaged through our archives to produce a historical list of all our performances to date.
See our Performance pages for all the details.
Searchable Events Calendar (updated: 02/02/00)
You can now quickly view an extensive listing of forthcoming events using our events pages. We are lazy people so we've used's expertise to bring you a pretty comprehensive searchable database of events from across the whole of the UK.
See our Events pages for all the details.


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