Surrey Swing Dance Society
Get fit the fun way...
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Who are Surrey Swing?
Ralph tap-danced and did ballroom aged 8, but he wasn't a keen dancer at the time and the tap shooes lay dormant for 20+ years until a frien asked him to go to some jive classes (sound familiar)? His friend gave up after a few weeks but Ralph battled on and realised his feet wanted to do more than they were already doing. So he enrolled in some Lindy-Hop classes. After partnering up (and marrying) June they both felt the weekly travel to London for lessons was irksome so they decided that they could start up their own club on their doorstep in Ash, then later on in Farnham and Guildford. Ralph is the first to admit that he leaves all the hard work to June and 'just turns up on the night'
June started dancing when a friend asked her to go to some jive classes. She soon realised what an amazing experience it was and she started to go regularly to different venues, getting better all the time. Eventually she started teaching for Rebel Roc in Guildford. She gate-crashed Ralph's 40th party and were soon to cross paths again at a dance in Portsmouth, beginning a 17 year relationship with both him and dancing...
June is the backbone of the company, working hard both behind the scenes and keeping Ralph on the straight and narrow. She does all the lesson plans, arranges the music playlists and does the finances too.
Surrey Swing is Formed (2008)
After a year learning how to teach Ralph and June bit the bullet and formed the Surrey Swing Dance Society in order to promote the music and dancing they so enjoyed. They wanted to give back to the community all the fun, fitness and splendour of the Swing dance style. When G-Live reopened in Guildford they were lucky enough to be given a regular slot to teach in the studio, and built up a big following for the Lindy-Hop dance. During their tenure they were able to bring in none other than Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas, world-renowned Lindy Hop choreographers who have worked on stage and screen. After 17 years Ralph and June are still teaching, providing regular class nights, workshops and social dances serving Guildford and the surrounds. Why not pop along and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about?