Brighton Lindy Hop Festival 

Dedicated to dance

​Our weekend offers a large variety of dance classes for all skill levels. Our experienced instructors are passionate about helping each dancer achieve their highest potential, while also having as much fun as possible.

Our Story

The Brighton Lindy Hop scene started in 1994 with Dan Guest and Julie Oram, Lizzie Abrahams attended the class for a number of years, the class ended around the year 2000. By this time Lizzie had visited the only Swing dance camps going at the time- Jumping at the Woodside in Gloucester, the London Lindyhop Festival in Acton, La Santa Swing in Lanzarote and Herrang in Sweden.

It became Lizzie’s personal mission to create enough dancers in Brighton to put on her own weekend. The planning for the first one took four years plus a partnership with Simon Selmon from Swing dance UK.

We have grown from strength to strength and have welcomed people from all over the world. We hope you can come along for 2020.

The teachers

The Brighton Lindyhop Festival is now in it's eighth year and we are delighted to be welcoming back Lennart Westalund & Lizzie Abrahams, Dan & Gemma Guest and James & Bridget Hamilton. All of us are considered 'Mid-timers' which means we were lucky enough to find Swing dancing in the 1980s-90s and were taught by Frankie Manning.
 

 

Sailing in from Portsmouth are The Dave Baker Project, a superb three piece where the drummer plays the Uke at the same time as drumming!
 

The Bands

 

Our own home grown super talented Brighton all girl Swing band, The Swing Shifters, with Charlotte Glasson, Ela Southgate and Felix Vandersluis.