In 2008,

Paul Harris & Lee Easton founded Midland Swing Open, In 2009, Fabienne Henshall joined the team.  Our 10th Anniversary West Coast Swing weekend event, at the Copthorne Slough/Windsor Hotel just 15 minutes from London Heathrow Airport.

MSO was born out of our idea to bring US styled, hotel based West Coast Swing conventions to Europe.  Swing Diego was our role model in creating a fantastic atmosphere for social dancing and competition alike.
The 1st three MSO held in Northampton, Birmingham hosted 4&5. Manchester for 1 year then back to Birmingham for 7&8. London is now the home of Midland Swing Open for the foreseeable future as hotel opportunities are much better.
Midlands has, and will always be a party event. With great music to keep you dancing though till breakfast every night.
MSO is a World Swing Dance Council Registry event and offer points for Jack & Jill competitions in Novice, Intermediate, Advanced & Allstar/Champions Division.  Novice & Open Strictly Swing Divisions also on offer.
We encourage and support West Coast Swing routine divisions in Europe, offering ProAm since 2016 and have recently joined the Rising Star Tour for developing Classic & Showcase dancers.

Midlands has played a vital role in the development of West Coast Swing events and dancing in Europe.  We were the first to offer Advanced, Allstar and then Champions J&J divisions.  We were the first European Hotel based convention and the first to offer Routine divisions and Pro-Am.

Our Saturday night White Party is now legendary and is a permanent fixture of the event.


We welcome dancers to MSO for the first time and look forward to welcoming back many friends from past years. MSO 2018, our 10th Anniversary will be our best year yet.

Come & Join the fun.

Lee, Fab & Paul.

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Midland Swing Open event organisers