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Tuesday, 25th November, 2014

JiveSwing At Ideal Home Show 2014

JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angel Vintage Dance Troupe entertained the crowds at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas in London – a huge event with over  650 exhibitors attracting hundreds of shoppers.

Photo by JiveSwing.Com Photographer: Steve Merchant

As we emerged from Earl’s Court station we were greeted with the wonderful and unexpected sight of four huge Christmas trees, a giant snowman, Santa with his sleigh and reindeer and flurry of (fake) snow tumbling down over the scene.  Naturally, we couldn’t resist such a perfect photo opportunity, and the excitement of performing was now doubled with our excitement at all the wonderful festive décor – including another large “forest” of Christmas trees just inside the building.

The venue was bustling with huge crowds of shoppers as we made our way to the catwalk to check out our rather oddly shaped stage and catch the performance by Flawless.  They set a high standard for the day with their incredible acrobatics and impressive synchronised dance moves, so we dashed backstage to congratulate them and grab a quick souvenir photo!

Photo by JiveSwing.Com Photographer: Steve Merchant

With a few hours to go before our performance we managed to find time for a quick browse and, thanks to some friendly people on the Glitzy Lips stall, added some extra, last-minute sparkle to our show with their eye-catching glitter make-up.

Then – show time! There’d barely been a lull in the crowds all day and the seats were full as we prepared to take to the catwalk. Outfits lined up neatly backstage, with Alison on-hand for the lightning fast costume changes and Steve out front ready to snap some action shots. Despite being quite an unusual setting for a dance performance the festive atmosphere certainly helped to get people in the mood and the reaction from the audience was fantastic.

JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angels with Flawless: Photo by JiveSwing.Com Photographer: Steve Merchant

 After four performances (including a brave solo ballet number from Jess!) we’d definitely earned a cheeky cup of mulled wine and a mince pie before the journey home… And one last photo with Santa of course. The event has really put us in the holiday spirit ready for our upcoming Christmas shows!  .. :-)

By Kate Whittington, Charlie’s Angels.

Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

Lindy On The Edge 2014 – Norway

So it was my 5th time, travelling to teach at Lindy On the Edge. This is a really nice camp, with a warm and very friendly feeling, held in Stavanger, Norway.. They have dancers from all over Norway and abroad, which makes for a really great mix, where it was nice to see some old and new faces.. :-)

Selfie with some of the dancers from the Intermediate Class at Lindy On The Edge 2014

All the students were really great.. Full of enthusiasm and keen to learn. The social dance was held an a really nice Jazz Club, where the atmosphere was buzzing with energy, whilst still maintaining that family feel. Unfortunately, at the last moment, Charlotte couldn’t make it, so I was travelling to teach alone, for the first time in a long while.. However my fellow teachers below,were so amazing and friendly, including the lovely Anne, from Sweden help with a few classes.. It just felt like a reunion of old friends as we taught, walked, laughed and over indulged in  extra pizzas :-)

Teachers: Anne Normann (SWE), Joseph Sewell (UK). and Daniel Larsson (SWE) – lindy on the edge 2014

A massive thanks to the organisors, with particular regard for Steve and Alison,  for making me feel so welcome and being the perfect hosts, leaving me wanting for nothing..

Looking forward to LOTE 2015 already.. Are you ready ??

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