| Get in the Swing is run by Paul & Debbie Jackson, who
have been teaching Lindy Hop since 2001 at Steeple Morden
Village Hall based near Royston, then in 2013 they set
up a second class at the Hunter Club in Bury St
Edmunds, but soon found the hall was too small.
After only a year they moved to Risby Village Hall,
just outside Bury St Edmunds.
They both started
dancing in 1993, but from different backgrounds in dance,
Debbie took the Ballroom & Latin route with her
gold medals in both & 3 years on the Salsa dance
scene, meeting Paul along the way at Modern Jive. Paul started
in Modern Jive, then started
learning Lindy Hop in 1995 & found himself travelling
for lessons all over the
place. Paul was keen for a dance partner so introduced Debbie
to Lindy Hop in 1998. They got married in July 2000
having a Swing wedding & the rest is history!
Keen to share their passion for dance, they go everywhere
social dancing & encourage their class members to
join them, therefore supporting many other dance clubs,
as well as holding many dance nights themselves like
"The Steeple Swing Out" at Steeple Morden,
autumn dance nights "Hop 'til U Drop" at Biggleswade.
Also "Rhythm Joint" at Risby, summer &
winter dance nights "Sugar Town Strut" at
all with some really great Swing Jazz & 40's/50's Rhythm & Blues
Bands. As the class has grown
in popularity it is full of fun loving dancers who enjoy
the social side of Lindy Hop & love to go out
every weekend dancing as well as coming to classes for
a challenge! Paul & Debbie are great ambassadors to keeping music live
& love go to summer music festivals & band
gigs of every kind.
has become a Swing DJ which was more by default than
choice! to be in control the music played at their own
events, he now has a good set up & a huge range
of music to keep everyone dancing! The "Get in the Swing" Christmas Party
has become something of a legend & sells out in
a flash with a fun class & sometimes a live band!
To keep up
to date with Lindy Hop moves they go to several
workshop weekends a year to learn new things from world
class teachers! They also teach workshops themselves
at various other events including Jump Jive 'n' Boogie
weekends at Warners Hotels, Party's, Balls, Hanger Dances &
the Twinwood Festival. Having a passion for dancing
to live Traditional Jazz bands, they also teach 1920's Partnered Charleston
as the dance of the Jazz era.
Along side all this Debbie's teenage
daughter Hayley has been growing up on the swing dance
circuit & has made quite a name for herself as not
only a lovely swing dancer but a singer & double
bass player who has performed many times with the
Jive Aces & other bands over the last few years as "Lil' Miss
Hayley." She hopefully will
be getting her own band together for dancers on the
swing dance scene! Watch this space!