After World War I, a distinct sound of music developed from the small city of New Orleans. Throughout the nation the sound consumed and lifted every person from every speakeasy club. Jazz was the sound. And with this sound an exhilarating and impelling dance style was born. In the 1920s, it was all about the swing. Across the nation, jitterbugs spread and danced to Louis Armstrong’s voice until their flappers no longer flapped.
Today the most common styles of swing are Lindyhop, Balboa, Charleston, Blues, and Jazz Step. Madrid happens to be home to these styles of dance thanks to a couple swing dance studios. If you are looking for a place to learn look no further, here is a list of studios that teach swing dancing.
Big Mama Swing
Big Mama Swing has been teaching swing style dancing in Madrid since 2012. It is a school dedicated to what they call “vintage” dance. Vintage dance is the concentration of various styles of swing that developed in the late 1920s through the 1950s. As well as holding daily classes for dancers of all levels they do monthly socials and workshops.
Big South is a chic studio located on Calle Laurel 14. This vibrant studio draws everyone in for a swing class or two. They offer classes Monday through Friday for dancers of all levels and styles of swing. Do not miss the opportunity to join one of Big South’s social, workshop or prominent summer camp.
Blanco y Negro Studio
Blanco y Negro Studio is famously known as the first swing school in Madrid. It opened its doors in December 2007, offering all the classic 1920s American style dance. Today they offer all the original styles plus ballroom, latin rhythm, yoga, and pilates. Swing dancing on their polished white floors will give you the sensation of dancing on clouds.
En Modo Swing
En Modo Swing was founded in 2012 by 3 talented instructors: Carla Stinus, Marta Martin y Javier Santos. Their studio has taught over 300 dancers within Madrid. They differentiate themselves by focusing on each dancer’s creative interpretation and expression of the dance piece. They value individuality. They are most commonly known for their unique studio spirit and epic dance parties.
So what are you waiting for? Put on your dance shoes and grab a partner. Life don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!