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Monday, 23rd November, 2015

Lindy On The Edge 2015 – Norway

Lindy On The Edge 2015.. Wow.. Joseph & Charlotte left Heathrow Terminal 5, to set off to Norway. It was their 5th time teaching at Lindy On The Edge and they were looking forward to catching up with their friends and new students.

Joseph & Charlotte setting off from Heathrow Terminal 5

Lindy On The Edge is a not-for-profit event, held in the small and beautiful sea-side town of Stavanger, Norway, run by a team of volunteers, where everyone steps in to make the weekend happen. Everyone dancers, talks and eat together, like one big family.  This year keen dancers attended from France, Germany, England, plus other countries and all over Norway. Teachers this year were Joseph Sewell (UK), Charlotte Middlemiss (UK), Daniel Larsson (SWE) and Alison McCullough (Norway)

Swede and The Sweet Swingers Band at LOTE

Joseph Sewell, Charlotte Middlemiss & Daniel Larsson with the Swede and Sweet Swingers.

The social dances were so much fun and filled with a vibrant, yet friendly atmosphere. New for 2015, was the addition of a new band, called ‘The Swede and The Sweet Swingers’. They’re an amazing group of talented young musician’s, lead by Singer and Band Leader Isabelle Kongshaug, who sounds like Billie Holiday and looks like Nicole Kidman. The group all met at Music school, but as Isabelle is a swing dancer, they knew what to play to keep everyone swinging out on the dance floor. Watch out for them.. !!

Joseph & Charlotte after the last class of the weekendJoseph & Charlotte after the final class at LOTE 2015

 The Students were amazing this year and classes were filled with lots of energy and excitment. J&C put them through some 10 hours of gruelling fun classes in Lindy Hop, Double Lindy and Authentic Jazz. By the end of the last class, everyone was ready to collapse, but with a big smile on their faces.

Lindy On The Edge organisers and Friends
Joseph & Charlotte with the LOTE Organisers & Friends all ready for bed!

Once again a huge heartfelt thanks to the team Steve, Alison, Ricsi and Annika, for putting on such an amazing and friendly weekend, along with Steve who looks after us so well, going to Stavanger, feels like another home. :-)

Looking forward to seeing everyone again at LOTE 2016… Get Ready… and Keep your swing outs Steady… !!

Sunday, 22nd November, 2015

Gatsby Charity Ball 2015

This weekend, the team were invited to provide the entertainment for the Great Gatsby Charity Ball, an event organised to raise funds for the J’s Hospice. Held at the stunning venue Orsett Hall, the evening was filled with all things glitzy and representing the roaring 20s.

JiveSwing Teacher Keighley Bowen, with some of Charlies Angels leading Vintage Dance troupe

Over 200 guests, dressed in their finest 20s attire, sat for dinner whilst The Last Chance Ragtime Band played to their eager audience.

During dessert, the vintage dance troupe, Charlie’s Angels, ran on and dispersed throughout the room to perform to their surprised guests in true ‘flashmob’ style! A successful auction followed, in which huge funds were raised. Afterwards, the Charlies Angels came on to the floor once more and put on a wonderful performance to great applause.

Charlie’s Angels: Fiona Benson, Kate Whittington, Sarah Spratt, Yanqing Chen, Verity Roberts, Jodie Sharman

After such an inspiring show, it wasn’t hard to get guests onto the dance floor themselves to take part in a fun solo 20s Charleston class, lead by JiveSwing teacher Keighley Bowen. Over 60 people filled the dance floor to learn some of the most iconic Charleston moves of the 1920s.

 JiveSwing’s Keighley Bowen and Peter Thompson dressed in 20’s Attire

With heaps of laughter and dollops of fun, the guests danced their charleston stroll for the final time to the tune of the Last Chance Ragtime Band as they came back on to keep the party going! What a night! The JiveSwing team would like to say a huge well done and thank you to Lucy, the Events Manager, and the team at J’s Hospice, who organised such a successful and incredible event for the best of causes.

 Blog by JiveSwing’s Keighley Bowen


Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

Vintage Swing Festival 2015 – Slovenia

The Vintage Swing Festival, held in Celje, Slovenia, but formerly in Ljubljana, has been going for at least 7 years now. JiveSwing teachers Joseph & Charlotte was invite to teach there last weekend, for the 6th time. It was amazing..

Early morning outdoor shim sham – photo by Tadej Mulej (

Saturday morning kicked off with a shim sham in the streets, as interested passers by looked on. All workshops were held in one large grand vintage venue, with a number of halls with really nice wooden floors. Most of the dancers stayed at the 4 star Evrope Hotel, across the road. It’s so convenient and the food is really nice there. If you’ve got a few minutes spare, then you can use the spa.

Joseph & Charlotte warming up the class

The students were amazing. All our classes were full of fun, laughter and energy, as we pushed and challenged everyone with new moves and techniques. Everyone worked hard to achieve the end result.

This year, Joseph & Charlotte were honoured to be teaching alongside some of the worlds greatest teachers, including Max Pitruzzella & Eglė Nemickaitė, Dax Hock & Pamela Gaizutyte, Manuel Micheli & Serena Rizzo, plus an amazing band.. It was a great team..

 Friday night party at VSF 2015 – Norma Miller and Joseph Sewell lead the 1st Shim Sham

The weekend had an international presence, with dancers coming from Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Austria, France, UK, Germany, USA, Lithuania and Australia. The whole weekend, was amazing from start to finish, but two of my favourite moments were teaching the Blues Class and sharing the history of it. It was nice to see everyone, learning and moving their hips to the music. We also enjoyed leading the history hour on Sunday. It was great to see so many people attend and asking questions.

Joseph & Charlotte, leads a mini-blues party after their blues class – photo by Joseph

 On the Saturday, Slovenia’s national TV company RTV came to see what was going on. They interviewed Ales the organiser and Joseph Sewell extensively, whilst taking footage from the dance floor, then aired it the following day. Click Here to view.

RTV Slovenia National News Presenter interviewing Joseph Sewell – Photo by Vintage Swing Festival

Another huge thanks to Ales Kolar and Katja and all their team, for all their hard work in bringing everyone together for such an amazing event. It was so nice dancing and getting to know so many new people. Vintage Swing Festival 2016 is in the diary already.. See you next year Slovenia.. :-)