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Monday, 18th May, 2015

Hamburg Swing Fiesta – Germany

This weekend, the JiveSwing dynamic duo, made their way to teach swing n blues dancing, in Hamburg for the first time. We flew in fine EasyJet style, taking our now, mandatory selfie, before we boarded the plane, despite the severe winds.

The students were simply great.. Focused, full of energy (even on the last class of the weekend!!!!) and keen to learn. We all worked together as a team, which made a great learning environment, where we could clearly see,  the difference from start to finish.

 Selfie with the Intermediate Class 

 The location was ideal, as all classes were located on a school site, with so many nice restaurants and take aways, to choose from. We found a really nice Arabian restaurant, which served fresh and yummy food, so had an arabian diet for the weekend, with some of our students, organisers and fellow teachers. Someone must have told them that we love humous.

Teachers from left to right: maxi (ARG), Charlotte (UK), Joseph (UK), Augustina (ARG)

On Saturday eventing, we had a great party on the Saturday, night we were got the opportunity to dance with all the students and spend time, with our fellow teachers Maxi and Augustina, from Argentina.  It’s always nice to work with other teachers that you get on well with and you’d think we’d know each other for a while.

Massive thanks to Lutz and all the organisers, from NewSwing Generation, for inviting us to be part of the workshop, along with our amazing host Isgard, for looking after all our creature comfort needs. :-)

Hamburg we love you and can’t wait to be back…. :-)

Saturday, 16th May, 2015

JiveSwing at the Royal Engineers Museum Kent

On Saturday 16th May, the JiveSwing family, primarily consisting of dancers from our local Canterbury classes, were invited to dance and teach a swing dance class at the Royal Engineers Museum.

Over 50 people from the Museum, got excited and joined in the  Lindy Hop class, led by JiveSwing teachers James and Charlotte Maughan-Jones, whilst the rest of the team,  performed the JiveSwing Stroll and danced the Lindy Hop to Swing music, all afternoon.

JiveSwing teachers James and Charlotte Maughan-Jones, at the Royal Engineers Museum

JIveSwing Canterbury Venue Manager, Karen Middlemiss, reported a great time, as they all dressed in vintage attire, complete with victory rolls and red lipsticks, for the ladies… There were other vintage stalls on the day, such as hair dressers etc, but it seems that the dancing pulled the crowds and had a great time :-)