Hailing from the seething metropolis that is London. Sarah Spoon (also known as DJ Cardigan), has an eclectic taste that is much in demand at Lindy Hop, Blues and Balboa events alike. Brought up with eclectic tastes, it was her passion for music that lead her to discover swing dancing, and she loves nothing more than getting that dance floor going!
No two sets are exactly the same. Whatever the tempo, you can count on her picking tunes with a grooving beat and a strong melody.
Seriously now, talking as myself and not in the quotable third person- I really love to play music for my fellow dancers. Have someone rush up after a song and enthuse about it is one of the best things ever. In late 2014 I started DJing for lindy hoppers because it was something that appealed to me- I'd DJed a ton while I was at university and I missed it. It took me about a year to settle into it, learning to get a feel for my voice and tastes as a DJ. I work really hard at having my own voice as a dancer, and I try and take that ethos into my DJing.
A huge compliment to me was when a dancer I hugely admire and get to call a friend, Ben Cook, turned round to me and said 'you've always been good, Spoon, but you're super good now. I know I'm going to have some great dances if you're playing'. ... if that's not a glowing reference, I don't know what is!
I have long been a fan of dancing, having dabbled in ballroom, salsa and northern soul over the years. I discovered Lindy Hop almost by accident whilst living in New York in 2012. Within a week of my first lesson, I had signed up for regular classes AND attended my first social dance! I soon added Blues and Balboa to my repertoire and have no intention of stopping.
I dance, teach and compete as both a follow and a lead. Dancing is dancing is dancing. I believe in moving past traditional gender role expectations.
Competitions and Choreography
Competing is terrifying but I do it because I love the dance and the thrill of pushing myself. Similarly, the rush of performing choreography really is something else.
I have created choreography for couples for their weddings and for my regular class in Camden. All who have performed, in either context, have thoroughly enjoyed it and I relish such opportunities when they arise.
Please use my contact page if you'd like to discuss choreography with me.
I regularly DJ at London socials. I can do from 2 to 4 a month, depending on what's going on in the dance calendar.
Regular/Sporadic London socials include
Red Rhythm (Lindy Hop)
Bishopsgate Swing (Lindy Hop)
Swing Den at Bishopsgate (Beginner friendly Lindy Hop)
Book Club Blues (Blues)
Merchant Moonshine Blues (Blues)
The Balboa Cafe (Balboa)
I have a natural enthusiasm for teaching, and love to watch my students develop. Using humour, kind honesty and relatable metaphors are key elements of my teaching style.
London is my home scene, and I currently teach Lindy Hop in Camden every monday night. I also take private lesson bookings, and regularly teach taster and beginner lessons at various dance socials from month to month. I teach as both a follow and a lead.
I also teach day and weekend workshops, and I really relish the opportunity to dive deeper into a particular facet of this thing we call swing dancing.
6th-7th October: London, UK- Extended Switching and Flowing Workshop. With Jeff Tong.