Bristol Swing Riot

Bristol Swing Riot

In late 1920’s America, when ragtime/jazz music of the time started to swing, the kids began to groove to this infectious new rhythm, and swing dancing was born! ‘Swing Dance’ is an umbrella term for any style danced to swing music – the most well-known of which is the Lindy Hop. Originating in Harlem, New York the Lindy Hop quickly spread across the world during WW2. It’s popularity decreased from the 1950s with the rise of rock’n’roll, but in the 1980s a few enterprising dancers stumbled across some vintage clips from the original dancers, tracked them down, and triggered the swing revival. Nowadays it’s danced all over the world, with most major cities having their own scenes and international events.

Bristol Swing Riot predominantly teach Lindy Hop, but also hold classes and workshops in other jazz era dances including Balboa, Collegiate Shag and Solo Jazz.