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London Jitterbug Championships and London Swing Festival

Posted on May 27, 2015

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lsf-competitionYesterday, May 28, London Swing Festival, an annual celebration of swing dancing and music, opened at Wilton’s Music Hall, with social dancing from 7pm until 10pm.

The festivities continue this weekend with the London Jitterbug Championships, which take place from May 29 to 31, when over 150 swing dancers from the UK and around the world will compete in the VIth Annual London Jitterbug Championships at the Camden Centre, London (WC1H 9JE). There are eight divisions in the London Jitterbug Championships. For more details see Swing Patrol’s website.

The championships form part of the London Swing Festival, which attracts 2,000 people to participate in dance lessons, workshops and parties organised by Swing Patrol at venues around London.

Look out for Outdoor Dancing Under The Spitalfields Market Sails on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 3pm and dance workshops and lessons on Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am at the Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London (EC2M 4QH).

Spectator and social dancing tickets for the main events at the Camden Centre are available at:

The festival’s lunchtime swing dancing at Spitalfields Market is free to attend and no tickets are required.

You can find more info at

Scott Cupit, director of Swing Patrol London, is Dance Today‘s winning Teacher of the Year. For more on Scott, see the June issue of Dance Today, out on Friday.


Photograph courtesy of Swing Patrol

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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