Swing dances in Tallinn

 About Tallinn Swing Dance Society

Tallinn Swing Dance Society (hereinafter TSDS) is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 that brings together people interested in the swing era, music and dance. TSDS is a voluntary basis charity organization. It is independent and not part of any umbrella organization. TSDS is run by a team.

TSDS organizes regular dance classes, festivals, workshops and varied recreational activities, which support swing dancing: social dance evenings, swing era cultural history meetings, lectures, movie nights and other events to provide adults interested in swing culture with activities, skills, and knowledge about the swing field.

TSDS is the biggest community of Estonian swing dancers. About 150 people attend the regular dance classes held for various levels. TSDS is focused primarily on the cultivation of the 1930’s most popular dance Lindy Hop. But dances such as the Balboa, Shag, Charleston, Solo Jazz, Tap are also danced. Besides TSDS’s biggest festival The Swing Weekend, an early autumn theme-party on wheels called Swing & Ride has been a great success. In collaboration with Nõmme Culture Centre a series of swing-jazz dance parties in 2015 were organized.

TSDS wishes to introduce swing culture and promote dancing to who people who are not exposed to it yet. That is why events organized by TSDS are generally open to the public. Excellent surface threshold has been established in the social network platform of Facebook, which has an effectively functioning community with over 2,400 swing dance enthusiasts. 

Classes, levels

Spring season 2020 will have the following Lindy Hop levels:
Lindy Hop B – complete beginners (Registration form)
Lindy Hop BI – beginner/intermediate
Lindy Hop I – intermediate
Lindy Hop IA – intermediate/advanced
Lindy Hop A – advanced
NB! The teachers assign you to a specific group.

Other styles:
Balboa – intermediate level for dancers who already know the basics of Balboa. Teachers: Eliisa and Janek
Collegiate Shag I – intermediate level Collegiate Shag. Teachers: Johannes Gustav and Katharina
Collegiate Shag IA – intermediate-advanced level Collegiate Shag. Teachers: Johannes Gustav and Katharina
Tap dance – open level tap classes, it is possible to join without tap shoes. Teacher: Masha Patrakova (in English).

The classes are taught in Estonian, but the teachers can always answer your questions in English.
The class schedule is available on our calendar.
All TSDS classes are taught at Pärnu mnt. 154 (a building called ARSi Maja) on the 4th floor.

Prices:

  • Lindy Hop Beginners (B):
    Weekly classes begin on January 9th, registration is required. (Registration form).
  • Beginner Lindy Hop dances can enjoy a special new joiner price of 120€ per person for the first 4 months (15 classes X 75 min) when paying the full amount before January 16th. Joiners registering and paying together with a partner pay 220€ per couple.
  • Monthly fee for beginners is 35€ per person (4 classes X 75 min). The fee is to be paid by the 1st day of the month you are paying for (in January before 16.01.)
    The payment for the beginner course or monthly fee can be done on cash, or via a bank transfer to  MTÜ Tallinn Swing Dance Society: EE142200221056331094, Swedbank AS (payment description: Lindy Hop).
  • It is also possible to use the SportID environment to pay for the beginner course.
    Payment on an individual class basis is possible only in cash on the spot, each class is 10€ per person.
  • If you need an invoice, please contact us at info@tsds.ee.
  • Monthly or beginner course fees are non-refundable!

Lindy Hop Continuing Dancers ( BI, I, IA, A):

  • For a monthly fee of 45€ you can attend all classes of your level, as well as lower levels and other regularly scheduled TSDS classes. There is no limit to how many classes you can take.
  • The fee is to be paid by the 1st day of the month you are paying for.
  • Individual classes are 8€, and should be paid in cash on the spot.
  • NB! Please send the monthly fee via a bank transfer: MTÜ Tallinn Swing Dance Society, EE142200221056331094, Swedbank AS. Payment description: dancer’s name and the class you are paying for.
  • It is also possible to use the SportID environment to pay the monthly fee.
  • If you need an invoice, please contact us at info@tsds.ee.
  • Monthly or beginner course fees are non-refundable!

Additional classes:
TSDS instructors are available to teach private and on-demand lessons for people interested in reinforcing the class material, who took a break from dancing and want to get back, or people who want to improve their level. Please enquire via info@tsds.ee.
0Spring season 2020 starts on January 6th and ends on May 30th.

Where can dance?

You can meet swing dancers in Kochi Aidad, Scotland Yard, KärbesNõmme Kultuurikeskus or some other places where is playing some good live music. The good swing bands and artists are following: Horre Zeiger Big Band, New Murphy Band, Swing’n’ Joy Orchestra, Jana Kütt, Estonian Dixieland BandAiri AllveeAnna Curly and several more.

The best overview of events you can find in calendar or on our Facebook page.