Rug-Cutters Lindy Hop

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Taken from Cab Calloway’s original 1930s “Hepster’s Dictionary”:

 

Rug cutter: a very good dancer, an active Jitterbug.

 

Jitterbug: a swing music fan

Welcome to

Rug-Cutters Lindy Hop Club

"It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"

Duke Ellington

 

About Us:

Paul & Fae

We first started dancing Lindyhop together in 1999 and in 2002 our teaching  began with the intermediate classes for a club near Cambridge.

Our own classes commenced in 2006, starting from scratch in a new area where there had previously been no swing dance classes, teaching further North than formerly to encourage new people into the "swing scene".

We have been fortunate enough to also be asked to guest teach at a host of other local clubs & events in the East Anglian region, including "Swing's The Thing" for 3 years based in Leicester, working with our friend Geof Connelly of Northampton Swing Dance Society, "When Jive Met Swing" for 2 years, working with  Jiveswing.com. We have also been invited to cover some of the local teachers during their holidays.

We have also taught for "Rock The Block" in Norfolk, for "South West Lindy Hoppers", based in Devon, "DJam" festival in Durham, "Jumpin At The Woodside 2" in Gloucester, "Brighton Lindy Hop festival" to name just a few.

We have also performed and taught fun classes at the Twinwood Festival at RAF Twinwood since it's debut.

We have been lucky enough to perform for the Twinwood Festival every year from its debut (now its 14th year), the last 8 years as our own venture, Rug-Cutters Lindyhop, always choreographing our own routines. For the last 7 years we have been very fortunate to be able to run and co-ordinate the dance marquee at theTwinwood Festival (since 2008), as well as workshops in the hangar/Tin Hat for the last 6 years.

We have previously danced for the American ambassador on his visit to Bletchley Park, won two small local dance competitions in Lindy hop as well as performing at countless dance weekends and 40's events, corporate events, birthday parties, charity events, film and TV work and more.

We love the dance so much we want everybody to learn - hence why we started teaching!

From teaching primary school groups right up to pensioners we are happy to help everybody find their dance feet and "swing dance" to their heart's content.

Our future plans are:

  • to encourage newcomers of all ages to swing dancing,
  • help boost the ability of more experienced dancers ranging from beginner to advanced levels,
  • encourage dancers of other styles to try out more dance styles,
  • boost the local swing dance scene
  • to help to improve the general UK swing dance scene as a whole.

Weekly Classes

Groove Lounge

Monthly Freestyle social dance run by us, please come and join us at Buckden Village Hall (see map above) on the dates below:

 

July 31st

August 21st*

September 25th

October 23rd

November 27th

December 18th

December 28th

 

Please note: Hall was not available for June so there is no Groove Lounge in June 2015

Map of where to find our classes and freestyle night below.

Please click on the icons on the map to get the location and postcode.

 

What to wear:

Dress casually - something that you will not get too hot in!

You may want to bring a towel, perhaps change of top & deodorant etc

FOOTWEAR:

Ideally, dance shoes, but otherwise just comfortable footwear (stiletto shoes are not practical-especially for men!)

It is always a good idea to bring another pair of shoes to the pair you arrive wearing, as many venues do not like "outdoor" shoes as they  tend to mess up the dance floor surface.

Advice

If you are unsure what category you fall under, please contact us for advice, or where we can see you dance so we can give you a rapid response (dance with us & we can tell you in about a minute!)

If  you (or friend / relative) would like to join our classes, please drop-in anytime.

 

 

 

Our Definition of Experience

 

Absolute Beginner:

Self explanatory - no experience

 

Beginner:

Have tried before with a little knowledge of some basic steps i.e.. kick step or triple step & Charleston steps.

 

Improver:

Know basic 6 and 8 count triple step, some basic Charleston moves i.e side by side or reverse Charleston

1 term to 2 years' experience

 

Intermediate:

Full knowledge of Lindy turn, swing-out, circle & Charleston variations with a minimum of 2 years' experience of these.

 

Intermediate -Plus/Intermediate Advanced:

Know many variations on Lindy turn,swing-out, circle & Charleston moves, able to dance at a large range of tempo's with several years' experience.

 

Advanced:

Able to take many footwork variations, big routines, technical elements, be aware of tension, compression, centering, frame etc with many years' experience.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY & IS NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND!

Photo & Video

Some vintage videos, some of our performances & photos (some kindly supplied)

Some of Our Clients

Breaking News

Please click on the links below for the relevant news items

 

QUERIES

paul@rug-cutters.co.uk

 

CALL US

07513 996683

CONTACT

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