Swing School Statement

Dear Swing Schoolers,

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that Swing School with Ryan and Lana is to end, and all our events are cancelled.

This decision has been far from easy, but it is one that for us has become an inevitable and necessary step. We want to thank you all for your continued support and hard work throughout our Swing School time together; it has been a very great pleasure to teach you. Of course, we understand that this will be a shock to you and that you will obviously be wondering about your future education. Rest assured, we’ve been thinking about that too. Although Swing School is coming to an end, there are plans to offer future educational programmes to continue your learning and development.

Why are we closing our doors?

Coronavirus has dealt Swing School a devastating blow, putting an end to all the courses we had planned. We have taken time during this period of lockdown to reflect and reassess, and though we remain committed to the teaching methodology we’ve developed for Swing School, we have come to the conclusion that sadly the company itself is no longer sustainable. Living across the globe from each other creates its own logistical problems, and we are both involved in a range of other professional ventures which make scheduling increasingly difficult. We have been forced to face up to the fact that we can no longer maintain Swing School as a business. Our teaching partnership has been an effective one, however, and we are proud of your progress and achievements.

What happens now?

All courses are now cancelled.

Emails have been sent to everyone booked on to the courses with information about refunds.

What’s next?

Ryan has plans to launch The Authentic Jazz Academy, a real-world and online teaching resource encompassing Lindy Hop fundamentals, vocabulary and creativity; vernacular Jazz training; and the history and social context of the dance and its practitioners.

You can join The Authentic Jazz Academy mailing list here

Lana is also developing a full teaching programme for Lindy Hoppers, focusing on full-body dance training and techniques that encourage dancers to explore their own movement potential. Intensive, professional, Lindy Hop training for all.   

Here are some links to Ryan and Lana’s current projects:

The Jitterbug Stroll:

The Jitterbug Stroll Facebook page

The Jitterbug Stroll on Vimeo

Private lessons with Ryan via Zoom:

Ryan’s private lessons Facebook page

Ryan’s private lessons booking link

Lana’s Facebook Page (dancers’ workout)

Lana’s Warm-ups are still available on the Swing School Facebook page

In conclusion

We have known each other and worked together for fifteen years, and though this mutual decision to close brings with it some sadness, we carry forward all the great things that have made Swing School unique. It may be some time before dancing is possible again, but we are very excited to begin our focus on the projects that we will deliver individually.

Thank you for everything you have brought to this adventure. You will always be our Swing School alumni.

With love,

Ryan & Lana