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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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Thursday, 28th August, 2014

Swing On The Beach 2014 – ITALY

During August approximately 26 dancers from JiveSwing attended Swing On the Beach, a popular swing dance festival on the beach of Pescara, Italy.  The event featured a line of top Bands, performing on the beach, including the Polka Dot Dolls, from the UK, which features dancers from JiveSwing.

Some of the 26  JiveSwing Dancers – Hanging in out in a bar opposite the beach.

The weekend also featured workshops, by a wide range of teachers, including JiveSwing’s very own Joseph & Charlotte, alongside Alison Marsh and Alex Gall, who all took part in several improvised demos.

Teachers Jam, featuring Joseph & Charlotte, Alison & Alex. Photo courtesy of Abruzzo Swing Dance Society, Italy.

Dancers came from all over Italy and other countries, to descend on this unspoilt beach, with the most amazing restaurants, Gelateria and coffee shops. The atmosphere in the evenings was awesome, particularly the after parties, which continued in the small hours of the morning, once the main acts on the beach, had finished.

 photo courtesy of Abruzzo Swing Dance Society, Italy.

However, when the after party finished on Sunday Night (actually 4:30AM on Monday), the desperate dancers, took to the streets to dance outside a crepe stand. An amazing time was had by all and it seems, the JiveSwing gang will all be going back again, next August..

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Wednesday, 28th August, 2013

JiveSwing in Italy !!

What a summer!!  Joseph Sewell, Charlotte Middlemiss and Alison Marsh were invited to teach on the lovely beaches of Pescara in Italy..  Sun, Sea, Sand, Italian food and drink? It wasn’t difficult to decide.. For Alison it was the thought of Italian men.. lol..

It was our first time at Swingin’ on the Beach, where we taught workshops by day, followed by dancing to live music literally on the beach by night.. If that wasn’t enough, there was an after party each night, held at local bar on the beach, where everyone danced into the small hours of the morning..

Hundreds of friendly people crowded around the stage area, to see the performances and array of top bands.  One of the dancers captured a video of us leading the shim sham, where some of the dancers joined us on stage.

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