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Tuesday, 19th April, 2016

Prague Spring Swing Festival – 10th Anniversary

JiveSwing Teachers Joseph & Charlotte, made their way to teach at Prague Swing Swing Festival, in the Czech Republic, to celebrate their 10th year anniversary. 

Hundreds of dancers seemed to come from all over the world, for 3 days of workshops and 3 nights of dancing, in this beautiful city. Other teachers and dancers, from JiveSwing came along too.

Joseph & Charlotte, teaching one of their daytime classes.

There were lots of different dance classes going on simultaneously, during the day, in so many fabulous ballrooms and studio locations, all within reasonable walking distance. There was a great atmosphere, during the evenings, with performances in the AutoKlub by Zig Zag, Bands and lots of vintage stalls, bars etc

Selfie with some of the PSSF 2016 teachers, in the Lucerna Ballroom

We were privileged to be working alongside some of the worlds top international teachers, such as Juan Villafane (AR) & Pamela Gaizutyte (LT), Ryan Francois (UK) & Evgenia Salakhutdinova (RU), Peter Loggins (USA) &  Katja Hrastar Zavrsnik (SLO), Andreas Olsson & Mette Herlitz (SWE) and Pavlina Grombirikova (CZ) & Peter Kepo Kepic (SK) and awesome DJ Stephan.

Selfie with some of the PSSF 2016 Teachers, in the Lucerna Ballroom

Following the traditions, Saturday night, everyone enjoyed dancing to live music in the stunning Lucerna Ballroom, with Ondřej Havelka & his Melody Makers, who are one of the most amazing vintage bands in Europe.

Joseph & Charlotte, with Ondřej Havelka & his Melody Makers, Lucerna Ballroom

There was a performance from all the PSSF teachers, but one of our highlights of the night, was teaching over 2000 people to dance and hear the roar of excitement from everyone, as the learnt new steps.

Joseph & Charlotte, teaching 2000 people at the Lucerna Ballroom, Prague

We would like to say a huge thanks to all the students that attended our classes, plus a massive thanks to organisers Zdenek and Katy, for running such as amazing event.

Monday, 11th April, 2016

JiveSwing Hoppers at Forties Experience in Bushey

On 9th April The JiveSwing Hoppers, were invited by Jeep Jump Jive, to perform at the Forties Experience in Bushey, Watford.

 Jeep Jive Jump, provided an original Military Jeep, featuring an Original Gram, which supplied the sweet sound of swing music from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Lots of dancers from JiveSwing.Com and further afield came to support them.

Crowds gathered, as The JiveSwing Hoppers started to perform, their high energy Lindy Hop routines, to the sounds of Big Band music.

Huge thanks to Jeep Jump Jive, inviting JiveSwing Hoppers, providing the music and photography. Look out as the JiveSwing Hoppers, commence their UK Tour, at series of festivals and charity events.  Email, if you’d like them to perform at a location near you.

Monday, 11th April, 2016

600 Minutes of Swing in Scotland

Last weekend, saw the 4th 600 minutes of Swing, dance Event, in Scotland. JiveSwing Teachers Joseph & Charlotte, were happy to be invited to teach there for the 3rd time, since they started.

600 minutes, is a medium sized swing dance weekend, run by a team of university students and held across several venues, in the beautiful town of St Andrews. Joseph & Charlotte (UK), were teaching alongside fellow teachers Emelie & Rebecka DecaVita (Sweden), Aurore Sapaly & Aurélien Faravelon (France).

Dancers came, primarily from other universities around the UK, such as Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, to more southern universities in Nottingham, plus non-student, swing dancers from USA, France, Germany and Sweden etc.

It was also really nice to see many of the original society students, that set up the society, returning from their current town of work, to support the event.

The atmosphere in both classes and social dances, were really warm and friendly, where everyone danced with each other, the whole night, resulting in a really chilled, yet exciting weekend. We had such a great time sharing our knowledge, history , culture, passion and dance with everyone.

We’d like to say a massive thanks to all the St Andrews University Swing Dance society, for putting on such a great weekend and inviting us to be part of it. Thanks also to all the amazing students that participated on the weekend too. Hope to see you all again soon.


Saturday, 12th March, 2016

Dips, Tricks & Aerials Workshop I – Essex

Last Saturday, saw the JiveSwing Duo Joseph & Charlotte, in Southend-On-Sea, Essex, teaching a Dips, Tricks & Mini Ariels Workshop, before the JiveSwing Southend Anniversary Celebrations.

Some of the attendees, had never done anything like this before, so were naturally quite nervous. The JiveSwing duo, led them gently into some small basic tricks.

We spent a lot of time on critical technique and support measures, to ensure that everyone felt safe, then took them step by step into more tricker waters.

Within a matter of hours, they were all having so much fun, they were executing some daring and fun tricks, without thinking about it.

It was a great day in Southend-On-Sea, as people were screaming, singing and became fearless, towards the end of the day.

It was so nice to see everyone of all ages and abilities working together, supporting each other and having so much fun and laughter.

Huge thanks to William Weaver, for letting me use his camera to take all the photos.. Watch out for the next series of dips and tricks workshops, coming soon.


Wednesday, 24th February, 2016

GNSH – Goodnight Sweetheart 2016

What a weekend! Still recovering from GNSH 2016. After 15 years of being in a Harry Potter style venue, set in the countryside village of Hertford Heath, the event moved to an Old Church, in the centre of a busy Watford City. 

Phone Photo – Dancers, still swinging out in the early hours of the morning.

Whilst it was not as big as our previous events, which attracted over 500 people, the new venue was filled with 170 dancers from 15 different European Countries. The atmosphere in the evening dances were amazing, as everyone dance with each other, as if it was a family reunion.  Each night was themed, with 1920’s on Saturday, featuring the Last Chance Ragtime Band, plus the Teachers Cabaret, then 1940’s on Sunday, featuring the 18 piece Cliff Longhurst & The Jazz Knights Orchestra, plus the GNSH JnJ and Authentic Jazz Competition, featuring dancers from all over Europe. :-)

Phone Photo: Teachers enjoying lunch, with some of the GNSH volunteers

We had a good group of international teachers, including Max & Audrey (FR), Pamela & Mindaugas (LT), Arnas & Egle (LT), Stepan (CZ), Chris & Alison (UK), plus Joseph & Charlotte (UK), who were also the hosts.

Phone Photo: Early arrivals queue up for a 2 course dinner

Everyone loved the new location, as everything was within 3 minutes walk, including the Hotel, just across the road, where we all ate breakfast and dinner together. The feedback about the food, was amazing, as everyone talked and laughed.  

Phone Photo: Some of the 100 dancers, who dined together each day, at the hotel, opposite the venue.

Feedback regarding all the workshops were really positive, as GNSH offered workshops in Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, Tap, Performance, Shag etc.. There was so much laughter, whilst everyone worked together to improve. Extra thanks to Keighley and Audrey, who stepped in to cover some of Charlotte’s classes, whilst she became unwell.

Phone Photo: Intermediate Class, with Joseph & Keighley, working on technique in the dance studio

Massive thanks to the project team Charlotte Middlemiss, Steve Merchant, Sam Rummey, Debbie Spratt, Savio Gimmi, Bob Barratt, who spent months planning, along with all the volunteers, teachers, bands etc, who pull out all the stops over the weekend. Also huge thanks to everyone that came, shared their joy, passion, fun, love and friendliness making GNSH a real GNSH family event. See you all in February 2017..