Simon Selmon


Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher & Founder of Swingdance UK

(formerly London Swing Dance Society)
Simon Selmon, Swingdance UK

Simon formed Swingdance UK (formerly the London Swing Dance Society) in 1986 following a trip to NY where he met many original dancers and instantly wanted to share this music & dance that had intoxicated him so much. In 1990 he became a full time Jitterbug, a self employed dancer teaching, promoting live music events and creating a vintage dance experience for mostly people who had never heard or seen of the dance before. He believes whilst the dance has changed over the years it is important to educate about its history & social context. To literally give people the opportunity to experience the joy, fun & satisfaction of a night of social dance. To take them on a journey back to the heyday of dancing to live music in a ballroom or bar. He has worked with many bands and started touring shows in theatres & private parties. Performing was one of the best ways to expose the dance to lots of new people.

Now the dance has become more accepted & known his role has changed.  He says "Today I see it as sharing some of that original spirit I found in the 'old timers' that I was so privileged to meet. Keeping the traditions of the dance alive whilst taking it into the 21 century."

Simon has choreographed and performed for stage, film & tv. He has been a UK and US dance champion and a World Lindy Hop Judge and has authored two instructional books on Swing dancing.  He has taught 1000's to dance, and he has travelled internationally to teach and perform. Many of his past students have gone on to become successful teachers and performers themselves.

A member of The Guild of Professional Teachers of Dance, Movement to Music & Dramatic Art.

SIMON'S APPEARANCES AND EXPERIENCE ALSO INCLUDE

Film Credits

Simon Selmon & Anna Lambrechts, Swingdance UK
  • Dancer in A United Kingdom (2015)
  • Dancer in Dreaming of Peggy Lee (2015)
  • Featured dancer in Mike Leigh's movie Vera Drake (2004)
  • Featured dancer in My Week With Marilyn (released 2012)
  • Choreographer & dancer in Booked Out (released 2012)
  • Jive choreography and featured dancer for George Michael's music video Round here (2004)
  • Choreographer & featured dancer in War Brides (2001)

  • Choreographer & featured dancer in ITV's Back Home (2001)
  • Dancer for BBC's Take A Girl Like You (2000)
  • Choreographer & featured dancer in Swing (1999)
  • Dancer, B Monkey (1998)
  • Dancer, Tom & Viv (1994)
  • Dancer, Chicago Joe and the Show Girl (1990)
  • Lead Jitterbug dancer, Memphis Belle (1990)

 

TV Appearances

  • Paul O'Grady Show
  • Keith Lemon's tribute to Back to the Future
  • Channel 5's Hotel Inspector
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 video "Dreams"
  • ITV 3's Dancing On Ice
  • BBC 1's The Apprentice
  • Dara O Briain's University of Practical Mathematics Comedy series
  • BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing
  • ITV's Foyles War
  • David Dickinson
  • BBC TV Drama Inspector Lynley
  • Blue Peter
  • BBC's The Generation Game
  • Deborah Bull's Travels with my Tutu - a dancing documentary for BBC2
  • Channel 4 documentary Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to all Creation
  • William & Mary
  • BBC documentary String of Pearls
  • Channel 4's She's Gotta Have It.
  • This Morning with Richard and Judy
  • 5's Company
  • Gloria Hunniford

Theatres and Festivals

  • Beating Retreat, Horse Guards Parade
  • A13 Green Launch for Newham Council
  • Teacher at Move It.
  • Tour with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, including The Barbican (London), The Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow) & The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) Dec 2008
  • West End Live, Leicester Square London
  • Featured dancer in The Legend of Sinatra, Bournemouth Pier
  • National Theatre, London
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Glenn Miller Concert, Princes Theatre, Torquay
  • Richmond Park, Jubilee Celebrations 2012
  • Camden Crawl 2012
  • The Big Dance
  • Harrow Food and Dance Festival 2012
  • Edinburgh Festival, Vaudeville Cabaret Club
  • Glastonbury International Dance Festival
  • Thames Festival
  • Lattitude Festival
  • Paradise Gardens
  • Capital Connection
  • Birmingham International Jazz Festival
  • Innocent Fruits Fete, Regents Park, London
  • Lets Make a Song and Dance, Beck Theatre
  • Cabaret at Pigalle Club, Piccadilly London
  • 2nd International Piano Boogie Festival, Fontmell Magna
  • In the Mood for Valentine's, Royal Centre Nottingham and Anvil Basingstoke
  • De Montford Hall Strictly Swing Dancing
  • Swing Thing - show
  • Lord Mayor's New Year's Parade, London
  • Theatre show, Swing with the Big Bands at The Capitol, Horsham
  • Performance at Swing & The City by Corporation of London, Leadenhall Market
  • Workshops and performances at The Royal Festival Hall Ballroom.
  • Performance at The 6th Circus Space Festival
  • Theatre show with Kit Packam's One Jump Ahead at the Brook Theatre, Chatham
  • Golden Jubilee street party, Museum of London, Smithfield Market
  • Choreographer & dancer with sell out show Ignite at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre
  • Choreographer & dancer with own sell out show Journey Through Jazz at the Lillian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells.
  • Choreographer and dancer for Swing! Swing! Swing! with the Ray Gelato Giants.
  • Choreographer for the West End show The Cotton Club, a 40s style revue which played at The Talk Of London.
  • Guest performer in 2001 Tap Odyssey Bloomsbury Theatre

Corporate & Promotional

  • Cahoots Bar, London
  • Barts Bar, London
  • Ascot
  • Arsenal Football Club, Diamond Club event, London
  • City of London Police Dinner Dance and Awards Night
  • Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition Preview
  • Lawrence Dallaglio Benefit Ball, Grosvenor House, Park Lane

Museums

  • Kensington Palace
  • HMS Belfast
  • Duxford Imperial War Museum
  • Imperial War Museum London
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Museum of London
  • British Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
    • 1920s workshops and performances for the Flappers and Follies Summer Party
  • Geffrye Museum
  • Guildhall Art Gallery
  • National Army Museum
  • RAF Museum
  • English Heritage, Dover Castle, Audley End House
  • Theatre Museum, Covent Garden
  • Museum of Farnham
  • Godalming Museum
  • The Cartoon Museum
  • The Horniman Museum
  • National Trust
  • Leeds Castle

Teaching at Schools

  • Canonbury Primary School
  • Junior King's School, Canterbury
  • St Clements and St James Primary School
  • St Marylebone School
  • Salvatorian College & Sacred Heart
  • Essendine School
  • St Josephs Roman Catholic School
  • Manor House School
  • Hailsham Community College
  • Aldenham School
  • West Lodge Middle School
  • Charleton Special Needs School
  • Charles Lucas School, Colchester
  • Wells Primary School
  • St Anselm's School

Performances with bands

  • Performances with many of the UK's top swing orchestras including
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • The BBC Big Band
  • The Herb Miller Orchestra
  • Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
  • Graham Dalby and the Grahamophones
  • Palm Court Theatre Orchestra
  • The Ray Gelato Giants
  • Gary Williams Big Band
  • King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
  • Sugar Ray's Flying Fortress
  • Kit Packham's One Jump Ahead
  • Blue Harlem
  • Ronnie Scott's Rejects

Competitions

  • Judge, European Swing Dance Championships
  • UK Open Jive Championships - Lindy Hop division winner
  • UK Open Lindy Hop Champion
  • American Swing Dance Champion - Blues Division
  • Judge, World Lindy Championships France
  • DJ Snohetta cup, Norway
  • Organiser, United Kingdom Open Lindy Hop Championships
  • MC, World Lindy Hop Championships
  • Judge, World Lindy Hop Championships
  • Judge, American Lindy Hop Championships

Dance Camps

  • Oxford Blues, Blues workshop, April 2013
  • Boogie Baerens, Germany
  • Herrang Dance Camp, Sweden (20 yrs)
  • Dance Holidays Spain & Malta
  • Moscow Swing Dance Society
  • Dance Holidays Torrox, Spain
  • Southport Jive Addiction
  • Seniors in the City, Aberdeen City Council
  • London Balboa Festival
  • London Lindy Hop Festival, UK (7 years).
  • Ragtime weekend, Toronto, Canada
  • Osaka & Tokyo Swing Societies, Japan
  • American Lindy Hop Championships, US.
  • Buffalo Gap, US.
  • Augusta Heritage Festival, US.
  • Swing Camp Catalina, US.
  • Dallas Swing Camp, US.
  • Barcelona International Festival of Swing, Spain.
  • Crazy Shakers , Switzerland, & many more
  • Also: Tel Aviv, Toronto, New York, Augusta Heritage Festival, Catalina etc

Publications

Swing Dancing, Simon Selmon, Swingdance UK
  • Author of Swing dancing. For beginners through to teachers, this instructional book features appoximately 50 different swing moves for all levels plus history, music section and general advice for the cool hep cats of today.
  • Author of Let's Lindy, first book of its kind that teaches you how to lindy and gives you an insight into its history.
  • Monthly Swingdance article in Dance Today, Dancing Times Ltd.

Press

  • Charleston article in the Evening Standard
  • Featured in Charleston feature in the Telegraph
  • Mirror
  • Times
  • Independent
  • Evening Standard
  • Daily Mail
  • Sunday Express
  • Elle Magazine
  • Livewire
  • Der Spiegel
  • Marie Claire
  • Dance Today
  • Radio:
  • Jazz FM
  • LBC
  • BBC
  • BBC Radio 4 - Deborah Bull's Dance Nation Monday 24th - Friday 28th September 2012, 1.45pm. 5 part series with Deborah Bull exploring the history of dance in Britain and why it matters to us
  • BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime Show Thursday 25th October 2012 with Simon Mayo, talking about Lindy Hop and the Swing scene today.