About Vintage Tap and Swing
Based in Edinburgh, Vintage Tap and Swing was created a few years ago by local dancer Cathy Harrison, with a view to initially teaching classic tap dances as well as Lindy Hop. It has has evolved since then, and with the help of Michael Joyce and others, we're branching out to bring more workshops and classes your way. Inspired by the pioneers of swing dancing from the early 20th century, we started swing dancing in the 90s, in the early days of the re-birth of Lindy Hop.
Our aim is to be true to the roots of swing dancing, in particular the Lindy Hop, and to pass on our knowledge of this amazing dance form.
We have been so lucky to have been taught by some of the original dancers from the Swing era, such as Frankie Manning, Dawn Hampton, Sugar Sullivan and by those known as the 'Revivalists', most well-known being The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Lennart Westerlund and the Rhythm Hotshots. We want to share the love and passion for the dance through our years of learning.
Our experience extends into other swing dances, such as Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag, and Balboa, as well as Boogie Woogie, taking classes with the best in their field. We've also been pupils of dance historian Richard Powers, of Stanford University.
Tap is another great love of ours. There are amazing tap dancers and festivals in the world today. It's more accessible than ever, and is finally being acknowledged as a wonderful art form. See the tap page for more info.
We have a wealth of knowledge to share with you, so welcome to our site. Hopefully you'll be able to join us for some of our classes and workshops and have lots of fun whilst learning.