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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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Monday, 4th August, 2014

Charlie’s Angels with Len Goodman at Cafe de Paris

Last Friday fellow Charlie’s Angels members Fiona, Megan and I headed to the spectacular London venue of Café de Paris for an exciting and fun-filled day of Charleston dancing, with none other than Head Judge of Strictly Come Dancing – Len Goodman!

We were there to dance in the glamourous finale of an upcoming BBC documentary on the history of social dancing, co-presented by Len and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley.

It was an early start for a flapper girl, arriving in Piccadilly Circus at 9:15am with vintage hairdos and fancy dresses at the ready. I must have looked a little out of place among the morning commuters as presenter Lucy and make-up artist Issidora spotted me at a busy crossing and, asking if I was one of the Charleston dancers, kindly accompanied me to the venue.

Whilst the entrance to Café de Paris is fairly inconspicuous, the inner décor is oozing with glamour, and as the sounds of the hustle and bustle of weekday London subsided, I felt like I’d stepped back in time – I could tell it wasn’t going to be difficult to get into character!

Charlie’s Angel’s Dancers – Kate, Megan and Fiona

Once inside the sumptuous ballroom I quickly met up with Fiona, Megan and a host of other friendly dancers all eagerly waiting to see what was in store for us over the next few hours. The brief was to recreate and capture the “dance craze” atmosphere of the 1920s Charleston. Lead by Darren Royston and his Nonsuch History and Dance group, we were incorporated into a choreographed dance sequence, with Len and Lucy taking centre stage for a partnered spotlight.

After several run-throughs it was time to don our flapper dresses for a full dress rehearsal. The production company’s costume designer ran around adding the finishing touches – a bow-tie here, a feathered headdress there – and soon we were all bedecked in a gorgeous array of Charleston costumes. As we filed back into the ballroom to rehearse and film with the live band, it really did feel like we’d been transported back to the roaring 20s, it was a wonderful feeling!

I have to admit, having come from a ballroom dancing background, and being a HUGE fan of Strictly Come Dancing, I was more than a tad excited to be dancing alongside Len Goodman! And I was even more excited when Fiona plucked up the courage to ask for a photo with him, which he happily agreed to. It will definitely be going up on my wall!

But without a doubt the highlight of the day was in meeting and spending time with an incredibly fun and friendly group of people brought together by our love of vintage dance. It was certainly a day to remember and I can’t wait to see the series when it airs!

By Kate Whittington

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Monday, 14th July, 2014

JiveSwing at Lister Charity Fun Day

JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angels, a 20 strong, all-female dance troupe, were invited to perform at the Lister Charity Fun Day in Hatfield, to raise funds for Lister Hospital. The Charity were aiming to donate proceeds to the Neo-natal unit, within the Lister Hospital Maternity Unit. .

JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angels, posing with a Minion from Despicable Me

The six Angels, Megan, Jodie, Kate, Emily and Sarah, wow’d the audience, when they performed an energetic Jazz Routine on what was a blazing summers day.

 JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angels, performing a fast and energetic Jazz Routine.

The girls enjoyed the day, before being sped of to their next gig in London, that afternoon.. A world wind visit… All in a days work… All in aid of a good cause .. :-)

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Monday, 30th June, 2014

Vintage Tea Dance – Kent

Two dancers, Sarah Spratt and Kate Whittington, from JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angels, a 20 strong all female group, led by Charlotte Middlemiss, were performing at a vintage tea dance in Canterbury. The tea dance was organised by the MS Centre in Kent to raise awareness of MS and funds for the centre.

Sarah Spratt and Kate Whittington from JiveSwing’s Charlie’s Angels at MS Centre, Canterbury Kent

As usual, dancers from the JiveSwing community, travelled to support the event, along with dancers from Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire and London, who came to see the show. The organisors said “The Charlie’s Angels girls put on a great show and the JiveSwing dancers were fab!”

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Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014


What an amazing All-Dayer, without doubt the best atmosphere by far. After 7 years of running this event, we took a bold move of moving it to Beechen Grove Baptist Church. It was a really nice day of workshops, with two levels and taster classes in Shag, Dips & Tricks, Authentic Jazz etc, with an evening dance to celebrate Frankie 100. Bringing the amazing 10 piece Billy Bros. Swing Orchestra from Italy, was a HUGE investment, but boy did they swing.. It was just like Basie or Chic Webb, playing to a packed dance floor.

Photo by William Weaver

The feedback from everyone, regarding both the workshops and the evening dance, has been really positive both on the night and after. :-)

Thanks to all teachers, Charlie’s Angels Authentic Jazz Dance Group, Billy Bros. Swing Orchestra and everyone who attended and contributed to such an amazing night.

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