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Sunday, 28th December, 2014

Vintage Ball 2014

What a night! What an atmosphere! We could feel the excitement for the Vintage Ball 2014, building over the last few weeks, as everyone was discussing what they’re likely to wear. However, we were not prepared for such an awesome night, with up to 250 UK and international dancers.

After 1:00am at the JiveSwing Vintage Ball 2014: Photo by William Weaver..

JiveSwing DJ’s Michael Proctor,  Adeline Folcher and guest DJ’s Germaine Grimes and Fiona Benson, kept the floor moving and grooving all night until 4:00am.. To increase the excitement further, ‘The Bevin Boys’, were on top form, followed by the amazing trio, ‘The Polka Dot Dolls‘, who kept everyone dancing throughout there set..

However, one of the big highlights of the night, was the cabaret curated by Charlotte Middlemiss. Charlie’s Angels looked as glamourous as ever, along with the JiveSwing Hoppers, plus a debut performance, from Alex & Alison, with their Shag routine, plus JiveSwing Stompers, featuring lots of new dancers from Chelmsford. The crowd went wild :-)

Huge thanks to Debbie Spratt and her team of volunteers, Kevin & Rachel, Nick & Lindsey, Alex & Sarah, David and Raju, for managing the night, along with everyone that attended the JiveSwing Vintage Ball 2014.

Vintage Ball 2014 Survivors after 4:00am: Photographer unknown via Fiona Patterson

Comments on the night, included “Best Vintage Ball ever”. Great Food!.. The atmosphere, was truly electric, right up until after 4:00am! This did not feel like a dance event, it felt like one huge family reunion, where everyone, including partners who were dragged along by dancers, were having so much fun.. You could feel the JiveSwing love..  As the team packed away, looking weary, we were all still excited enough to discuss The Vintage Ball 2015.. Watch this space!!

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Sunday, 21st December, 2014

Thanks and Merry Christmas

This is probably the final blog of the year from the JiveSwing Family, as we prepare for Christmas, so we’d like to say lots of ‘Thank You’s to all dancers, organisors, friends and everyone that we’ve met this year, that have helped us on our journey throughout 2014 in someway.

Our new teachers, will be launching more exciting workshops, Balboa classes in Hertfordshire and Essex, plus our very first class in Kent, will commence in Canterbury, late January. Watch this space for more news!!

A more personal thanks to all the JiveSwing family, which includes the teaching team and our amazing crew, for all their hard work, love, time and dedication given to running weekly classes, social dances and helping the swing dance community thrive in Hertfordshire, Essex and Middlesex/North London borders. The JiveSwing Community have been pulling together, spreading the word, constantly introducing fresh people and faces to the scene, who are flying the nest to global events.


It’s also been really great to see how many new strong friendships and relationships have been formed at JiveSwing over the last 4 years, which has led to several engagements and marriages!  As one dancer, puts it “JiveSwing is the family you actually choose”

Some of the key highlights of the 2014 was helping to raise thousands of pounds for key charities such as KIDS Ireland & Argentina, Help for Heroes, Michael Sobell Hospice and Vicki Atkin Breast Cancer Unit and more, all led by JiveSwing dancers.. :-)

We feel so privileged to be part of this scene, as the support of the JiveSwing Family and all that attend our events, has been non-stop and without it, life would be extremely different. We love them all..

Thanks for reading and bearing with this loooong recognition. :-) We hope to see most of you at The JiveSwing Vintage Ball 2014 in a few days, for a night of serious fun, dancing and outrageous partying, with over 200 dancers, followed by our Annual Harlem Night’s New Year’s Extravaganza on Saturday 3rd January 2015, but if not Merry Christmas and we wish you everything you’d wish for yourself in 2015

Merry Christmas wherever you are and see you all in 2015. :-)

God Bless

Joseph & the JiveSwing Family