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Monday, 28th April, 2014

600 Minutes of Swing 2014

Back home with fond memories, photos and a fridge magnet, following 600 Minutes Of Swing Weekend, at St Andrews University in Scotland. It was the 2nd event and the 2nd time, that Charlotte and I were teaching there.

From the moment, we arrived in St Andrews, we could see and feel how much the St Andrews Swing Dance Society, lead by Yana and Tessa, had grown and stepped up a gear. The Friday night party was swingin’ and my shirt was mingin’ lol..  It was great to see and dance with lots of new people and familiar faces from 2013.

I think this was our Blues or Intermediate Class.

With dancers from as far as Finland, it was also great to see people actually working hard with our techniques in class and producing positive results, by the end of the session..

We focused on teaching Lindy Hop and Blues this year, with the usual dash of  Jamaican Patwa (Yeahman..!) .. Saturday night was the big night, the Teachers performance night, where we executed some improvised social dances, including a group performance with our fellow teachers Arnas and Egle, with 1 mins notice.. If that wasn’t enough, I also DJ’d a blues set between the amazing Blueswater blues band at their famous All night Bluuuues and Snoooooze party.. !! What a party.. !!

Finally, the weekend came to a close, on Sunday afternoon, with a History Talk, at St Andrews University, where I was allowed to pontificate on the subject of Swing and Blues dancing, followed by a Tea with live music.

In summary, lots of really nice people in class, nice location, nice bands and a whole lot of social dancing, making the weekend 600 amazing minutes of swing.. Miss you already St Andrews . :-) . Yeaahmaaaaan !!

Joseph

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Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

JiveSwing Dancing on Prague TV

Having taught in Prague, since 2007, this was my 3rd time teaching and performing with Charlotte middlemiss. Each year, it simply gets better and better. Unlike the previous years of doing a show, we focused on improvised social dancing this year. As usual it was amazing to dance live in the Lucerna Ballroom, to Ondre and the Melody Makers, who are an amazing band.

Joseph and Charlotte Social dancing in Prague

Joseph and Charlotte dancing at PSSF in Prague. 

We were fortunate  and felt honoured, that Prague’s premier TV company, were keen to film our classes and interview us, although only snippets appeared on TV. Both the classes and social dancing from the Saturday were captured and televised, featuring the band and other amazing international teachers, Peter & Katja, Ali & Katja, Jana and Milson.

There was such an amazing atmosphere, as we spent time bonding with everyone in the classes. Whilst there were dancers from all over the world, it was like one big family, as we shared the contagious JiveSwing spirit and love with everyone.

Joseph & Charlotte and the Intermediate/Advanced Class

We would like to say a HUGE thanks to the Zig Zag and PSSF organisors, who looked after us, for the whole weekend. Amazing..

Joseph and Charlotte

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