Yellow Goose Dance

Dance-floor Revolutionaries


"I found out about your wonderful gig quite by accident and had a brilliant time - like an intimate evening wedding reception with dance lessons"

Yellow Goose Dance brings you a revolution in live music and dance.  A seven piece live band plays catchy, original songs, with sweet harmonies, rock solid beats and soaring brass. Add to this an experienced dance teacher to walk you through basic moves to a wide range of Latin and Ballroom dances. The result? A brilliant night out.

Learn to Samba, Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Charleston, Foxtrot, Waltz and many more. Dress fancy and wear slippery shoes. Be prepared to find your hips.

A smaller acoustic version of the full band, with or without dance tuition, also available. If you need to dance, large or small, call us. We can make it happen. 

“Dance like a lunatic, like you don’t care, dance like there’s nobody there”


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“The best night out I have ever had” (Happy punter)

Yellow Goose Dance was formed in 2016 by bandleader and songwriter Phil Russell, veteran singer/guitarist of many bands, now determined to write songs he wanted to dance to. He gathered together musicians of all ages and from all genres to create a dance band for modern times, and Yellow Goose was born. Their first gig was in a bandstand in a park for a mental health charity, and from there they have played in a range of venues, large and small, across the North East of England for parties, dance events and festivals.

“Yellow Goose Dance are a musically inventive,  stylistically eclectic, immensely entertaining and danceable band. All this and educational too!” Pete Gillon, Promoter, The Puzzle Hall

From the outset they have worked hand-in-hand with specialist Latin, Swing or Ballroom dance teachers to teach simple dance steps in a range of styles as an integral part of their set. The result is a room full of people strutting a Charleston, bopping a Jive, gyrating their their hips to a Salsa or Cha-Cha or waving their arms to an infectious Samba. The songs are all original, quirky yet accessible, with surprisingly profound yet uplifting lyrics. Above all, highly danceable. With or without a dance teacher, you are bound to have a night to remember.

The underbelly of the band is the rhythm section, drummer Tom Merry & bass player Mathew (Suggy) Sugden. Honestly, if there was nobody else playing you still wouldn’t be able to resist dancing. Add guitar and ukulele, subtly interchanging to build the melodic middle. Layer in the vocals with the sweet tones of Jess Baker, the glitzy baritone of Sean Leonard, then the fruity harmonies of Phil Russell. Finally sprinkle the stardust of the soaring horn section, Rob Crisp on alto sax, James Wood on tenor sax. We guarantee you will be on the dance floor in seconds. As we like to say, be prepared to find your hips.

"Yellow Goose Dance were a real highlight of our Summer in the Courtyard season at Lawrence Batley Theatre. They were great at getting everyone up and dancing; feel good music to create a brilliant atmosphere!" Olivia Race, LBT

If you are looking for a truly unique twist to your wedding, party, festival, wake, celebration, fundraiser or event of any kind, why not book Yellow Goose Dance?

“I booked the band for my partner’s 40th birthday. From start to finish they were amazing, everyone on their feet dancing, just the best night!” James Nightingale

Our fees are very reasonable and vary according to your needs. Book for the band plus a dance teacher for a full-on event, just the band, or just a smaller acoustic-style ensemble. Fees are generally negotiable, and we offer discounted rates for community and charity events.

We have a full PA with sound engineer and can arrange additional playlists to supplement the live band where required.

Based in Huddersfield, currently working across the North, and happy to go further afield. Whatever your needs, get in touch and we can work something out to suit you.

Throughout the year we promote events in a range of locations across the region. Keep in touch via our mailing list to get notifications or just watch this space for upcoming events

The Fourth Fiend Taphouse

The last chance for you to see Yellow Goose Dance, at least in its current format. Same great tunes, danceable rhythms, sweet harmonies and quirky sensibility. Artisan beer, street food and a wonderful atmosphere. Don’t miss this - it may never happen again! Free entrance, all welcome.

  • Date: 03/08/2024 19:30
  • Location: The Fourth Fiend Taphouse, 2 Station St, Meltham, Holmfirth HD9 5NN (Map)

Past Events

Holmfirth Festival of Folk 10 May 2024The Old Bridge Inn
Family Friendly Goose 21 Apr 2024Northern Quarter, 28 - 30 Wood St, Huddersfield HD1 1DU
Yellow Goose at the Fourth Fiend 15 Mar 2024The Fourth Fiend, 2 Station Street, Meltham, Holmfirth, UK
The Puzzle Hall 02 Mar 2024
The Blind Pig 17 Feb 2024The Blind Pig
NOT the CD Launch! 25 Nov 2023Small Seeds, 120 Castlegate, New Street, Huddersfield HD1 2UD, UK
Latin Special with Holme Valley Salsa 21 Oct 2023Photographic Studio, Bates Mill, Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, UK
Marsden Jazz Festival Fringe @ Zapatos 07 Oct 2023Zapato Brewing
LBT Courtyard 30 Jun 2023Lawrence Batley Theatre - Courtyard
Puzzle Hall Inn 24 Jun 2023Puzzle Hall Inn, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, UK
Yellow Goose Dance & Swing Dance Leeds 29 Apr 2023Marsden Mechanics, Peel Street Marsden Huddersfield HD7 6BW
Yellow Goose Dance @ Small Seeds 14 Apr 2023Castlegate, Huddersfield HD1 2UD, UK
Yellow Goose @ Northern Quarter 25 Mar 2023Northern Quarter, 298-30 Wood Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1DU
Puzzle Hall Inn 12 Nov 2022Puzzle Hall Inn, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, UK
Golden Lion 04 Nov 2022The Golden Lion, Fielden Square, Todmorden OL14 6LZ
Yellow Goose Dance + Swing Dance Leeds @ Small Seeds 22 Oct 2022Small Seeds, Huddersfield
Yellow Goose Dance + Trio Coucou 12 Mar 2022Small Seeds, Huddersfield
Yellow Goose + Fowl 19 Dec 2021Small Seeds, Huddersfied
Yellow Goose Dance 14 - Latin Special 19 Sep 2020Northern Quarter, 28-30 Wood St, Huddersfield HD1 1DU, UK
Yellow Goose Dance - Summer Ball 11 Jul 2020The Gas Club, Gasworks St, Huddersfield HD1 6AF, UK
Yellow Goose Dance 12 - It's a Spring Thing 02 May 2020Marsden Mechanics, Peel Street, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6BW, UK
Yellow Goose Dance - A Swinging Christmas 07 Dec 2019Bates Mill, Colne Road Entrance, Huddersfield HD1 3DX
Yellow Goose Dance 10 - Latin Night 21 Sep 2019Northern Quarter, 28-30 Wood Street, Huddersfield HD1 1DU
Emley Show 03 Aug 2019Factory Farm, Emley Moor, Huddersfield, HD8 9TE
Wood St-Ock 28 Jul 2019Northern Quarter, 28-30 Wood Street, Huddersfield HD1 1DU
HEART Centre 20 Jul 2019Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre Bennett Rd, Leeds LS6 3HN
Yellow Goose Dance 9 - A Foxy Trot 04 May 2019Bates Mill, Huddersfield

Phil Russell

Guitar, ukulele, vocals

Band leader and songwriter

Sean Leonard

Lead Vocals

Jess Baker

Lead Vocals, Guitar

Tom Merry


Mathew Sugden

Bass guitar

James Wood

Tenor Sax

Rob Crisp

Alto sax

Swing Dance Leeds

The effervescently energetic Rob Shield teaches a variety of vintage dance styles from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s included Charleston, Lindy Hop and Balboa styles.

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Holme Valley Salsa

After travelling the world dancing and studying salsa for the past 20 years Jonathon & Ellen recently decided to share their joy and set up Holme Valley Salsa teaching various salsa styles and cha-cha moves with an easy access, friendly vibe.

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Tristan Dance Studios

The original Yellow Goose dance partner Tristan Edgar has been dancing at all levels since he was just a boy. Now running his own studios offering qualified dance tutors across all Ballroom & Latin styles, children’s classes, fitness, and wedding dances.

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Community is it.

Community is central to what we do, connecting people through music and dance. During the pandemic we missed playing music together really badly, and we missed the joy of a room full of people laughing and dancing together. As soon as it was possible to meet again we started doing so as a smaller group, outside at first but more recently indoors. The songs work really well with just three voices, and acoustic guitar and/or ukulele, sometimes with a sax and some percussion too.

We are now keen to offer this smaller version of the band for the benefit of all beings, and in particular for smaller events that promote the kinds of causes we believe in and support people who maybe find it more difficult to access mainstream events. If you are launching a community orchard, responding to the climate emergency, working with hearing or sight impaired people, learning disabilities, starting a repair shop, or you just want a party in your living room do please get in touch and we will try and work out how we can help.

In fact if you have any ideas about how Yellow Goose, large or small, can help your community, we want to hear them.

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Yellow Goose Dance serves up a unique blend of original live music and real-time dance tuition in a range of Latin & Ballroom styles, a kind of hip Strictly. A 7 piece band made up of sizzling horns, sumptuous harmonies, and a rock solid rhythm section, add a dance teacher teaching simple moves to Salsa, Cha-Cha, Charleston and much more, it makes for a brilliant night-out. Formed in late 2015 from a range of highly experienced and hugely talented musicians from the region they have sold out a series of self-promoted events, played at weddings, parties, festivals and events across the region. Dress fancy and wear slippery shoes. It’s a sweaty and joyous experience.

Yellow Goose is the brainchild of Phil Russell, longtime composer, musician and songwriter of a string of eccentric, wildly catchy and infectiously rhythmic tunes. He went to learn how to dance and figured he could do better. In cahoots with this marvellous bunch of musicians, he did.

"I found out about your wonderful gig quite by accident and had a brilliant time - like an intimate evening wedding reception with dance lessons"

"The best night out I have EVER had"






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  • Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom