Sarah Spoon hails from London originally, but now spends her time travelling in pursuit of that particular type of joy that comes from lindy hop. She's one of those humans who likes to do all the things! Brought up with eclectic tastes her passion for music is clear; bringing energy and fun to every dance floor she DJs for. She is someone who really knows how to Bring The Party!
When MCing, Sarah has been described as a force to be reckoned with, and that's not just because of the quick wit and excellent accent. (Although it certainly helps). Sarah is a keen switch dancer so you are all encouraged to ask to her dance!
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 2014 I started DJing for lindy hoppers because it was something that appealed to me- I'd DJed a lot 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 also MC, and I’m pleased that more organisers are realising more women should be involved in more ways in more events… Each time I emcee I get folks coming up to me and thanking me not just for the bad jokes, but for simply being a woman doing the job.
I really enjoy it, because talking into a mic in a room full of people holds absolutely no fear for me. An added bonus is that in many parts of the world my accent is considered charming!
One of the biggest challenges I had as am emcee was the Balkan Lindy Hop Championships. Having done the majority of my emceeing previously in the UK and USA where name pronunciation was something I took for granted, being thrown head first in a world of different consonant and vowel sounds was a real eye opener!! I was so grateful for the competitors’ generosity of spirit as I got to grips with things. Lesson learned: practise pronunciation more!
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 am an advocate for the de-gendering of dance roles, I regularly teach switch dance workshops and I regularly add elements of opposite-role learning in my classes.
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.
Upcoming DJ Events
All my combined (teaching/DJing/MCing) listings can also be found HERE
I regularly DJ at London socials when I’m in town.
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. When my class is laughing I know I’m doing something right.
I welcome private lesson bookings, and regularly teach taster and beginner lessons at various dance socials from month to month, depending on where I am in the world! I teach as both a follow and a lead.
I enjoy teaching day and weekend workshops, and really relish the opportunity to dive deeper into a particular facet of this thing we call swing dancing. I adore teaching beginners as it’s such an honour to start them on their journey into lindy hop addiction, but taking the time to really unpick a concept with higher level dancers is also a treat!
I’m big on non-gendered dancing so switch dancing is currently the thing I’m always excited to introduce into any class at any level. It might not be for everyone, all the time and forever, but I believe having that insight into the opposite role helps you develop your primary role. Plus social dancing with some switching is lots of fun!
With more experienced dancers I like to work a lot with the mechanics of connection and communication within the partnership, and really finesse the skills already present. With less experienced dancers I enjoy being able to break something complex into manageable pieces, and see the mystery unlock for them, be it tandem charleston or their first super-awesome swing out.
Full disclosure: In teaching partner dancing (and MCing, as it happens), I am staunchly pro-follow. This means leads are asked to go and invite a follow to dance, leads rotate around in class, and follows are generally spoken to first.
I’m also big on helping fledgling DJs and try and do DJ workshops where I can, be it local scene or big event.
Generally I tend to teach on my own, (I certainly have enough energy, opinions and hilarious puns for it!) and I also have a few partners I work with for longer workshops . I welcome invitations to collaborate on classes, I am happy to work with a local teacher to help save budgets, and I would be glad to work with you if you want some teaching experience.
Please do pop me a note if you have any questions on any of this.
TL;DR - Opinionated, energetic, teaches on own but happy to buddy up. Will focus on communication, connection, and musicality.