Hailing originally from the seething metropolis that is London. Sarah Spoon has an eclectic and melodic vibe 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! Known for standing out in a crowd for many reasons, La Spoon will Bring The Party. Be prepared!
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’m also MCing more. Mainly because more women should be involved in more ways in more events, but also because talking into a mic in a room full of people hold absolutely no fear for me. And an added bonus is that in many parts of the world my accent is considered charming!
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 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 a real 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 real treat!
I’m also big on helping fledgling DJs and try and do DJ workshops where I can, be it local scene or big event.