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The Heights on Thursday

Thursday evening classes in Caversham, Reading for Jive

Welcome To The Heights

Last 2019 class is on 5 Dec. First 2020 class is on 9 Jan. A 4-week break due to the General Election.

This lovely venue is easy to reach from many parts of Reading and south Oxfordshire.

Jive Classes 7.45 to 10.10 pm

SCHEDULE
7.45 A Touch of Swing (35 mins for Level 2)
8.20 Jive Level 1 (60 mins)
9.20 Jive Level 2 (55 mins)

Jive

New beginners need to take Level 1 classes for a while to prepare for the Level 2 classes and we offer regular start dates for - roughly monthly. You can book your first 4-week block on-line at a discount. The weekly price is £5

Classes resume on 9 Jan and up-coming start dates for new beginners are: 16 Jan, 13 Feb, 12 Mar.

Level 2 is for those with some experience and we can advise when to try this.

A Touch of Swing

Many of our Level 2 students want to add some swing dance variations to their skills and so for 2020 we have added this session. Level 2 students can join this sessions to introduce triple-time and double-time variations and a few tasters of other swing dance styles, all related to the core Jive class. This introduces more rhythms, tempos and footwork to keep expanding your repertoire and the range of music that you can dance to.

This is covered by the standard price of £8 per week: it is not offered as a stand-alone class.


  • Intro to Jive
  • £14 for 4 weeks
  • Pre-book or 4 your first discounted 4-week block here
  • Use the button to book this introductory block-booking offer
  • Up-coming start dates for this offer are: 16 Jan, 13 Feb, 12 Mar.
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  • Level 1 Jive Only
  • £5 per week
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Per person for Level 1 Jive from 8.20 to 9.20.
  • You must start Jive on one of our regular start dates.
  • Cash on the Door
  • ALL CLASSES Jive Levels 1 and 2 plus the optional 'A Taste of Swing'
  • £8 per week
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Per person - covers all classes
  • Cash on the Door

At St Andrew's Church Hall

Car Park entrance behind church on Albert Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 7PL

Located at the junction with Harrogate Rd which leads to the A4074 Woodcote Rd to Wallingford. This is a spacious hall with a wooden floor and on-site parking. SEE MAP BELOW.

Enter the hall directly from the car park.

(NOTE: On election nights we move to an alternate hall just a few minutes away.)

We recognise that each student will progress at their own speed and are ready to patiently coach and encourage you with an emphasis on enjoying the journey that you are on. Dancers who intend to stretch themselves will be supported upon request. We also offer many great social dance events for you: it's a great way to expand your social circle and to get that valuable practice time.

We ask every student to be aware of their limitations and fitness level and to dance within their physical limitations. We want you to cross the fun threshold not the pain threshold. Most of our students don't want to work physically hard. If exercise is one of your major motivations then we can give you tips on how to put extra energy into your dancing and how to ease back when you want to.

Nobody begins dancing as a skilled dancer. Our public classes prepare you for having fun by getting you social dance ready rather than competition ready. You should expect to improve your balance and spacial awareness as well of your general fitness and that is one of the reasons why people get hooked on the benefits of social swing dancing. And if you find that your friends and family are impressed by your new skills then that is a bonus.