The JiveSwing Blog!

Posts about Charlotte

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!!

More posts about... , , , , , ,

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014

Vintage Swing Festival 2014 – Slovenia

Back teaching at VSF – Vintage Swing Festival, in Celje Slovenia for the 5th time, I knew it would be good, but wasn’t prepared for how good :-) The venue is amazing, with several halls for workshops and exciting parties, in one large vintage building, with a really nice spa hotel next door, followed by another hotel and hostels, less than 5 mins walk away..

Friday night party at VSF 2014 – Norma Miller and Joseph Sewell lead the 1st Shim Sham
Photos courtesy of: Tadej Mulej Photography, Slovenia

We arrived with Norma Miller at the airport and escorted her to the venue, with the organisor Ales. There seemed to be hundreds of people, at the event, who came from all over Slovenia and neighbouring countries, such as Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, UK and USA, making it a true international event.  The parties were full and a mazing.. We had such a great time, sharing our knowledge, history and passion  and dancing with all the students, who showed instant improvements, from the start to the end of each class.

Joseph & Charlotte’s Intermediate/Advanced Class on Sunday – Photo by passing dancer

The event featured live band ‘The Hot Sugar Band” from France, plus a list of amazing international teachers, such as Dax & Sarah, from USA, Max & Tatiana, from France, Nejc and Katja, from Slovenia and of course Joseph and Charlotte, from the UK.

Vintage Swing Festival 2014 Teachers

There were so many amazing moments at the Vintage Swing Festival 2014, but one of the most memorable, will be the interviews with the Legendary Queen of Swing, Ms Norma Miller, who sang and shared  her knowledge throughout the camp.

Norma Miller Interview at VSF with Joseph Sewell – Photo by: Tadej Mulej Photography

A massive thanks to Ales Kolar and Katja, for organising such an amazing weekend, bringing Norma Miller to the the event and inviting us to be part of it’s history. Joseph & Charlotte are already looking forward to 2015.. See you then Slovenia.. :-)

More posts about... , , , ,

Wednesday, 15th October, 2014

Swing ‘n’ Milan 2014 – Italy

It was our first time visiting and teaching at Swing ‘n’ Milan. For the second edition, it was an amazing event in a beautiful venue, held in the heart of Milan, Italy, surrounded by lots of nice shops,  restaurants.

The Friday night shim sham  – Swing n Milan- Photos by Olga BSP

The event featured a list of fabulous international teachers, from Lithuania, Italy and of course Joseph and Charlotte, from the UK. The evenings were filled with vintage stalls, food, good DJ’s and live music by a number of bands, including the NP Big Band, which played amazingly well, plus lots of dancers from everywhere.



Some students from one of the classes – Photo by dancers mobile phone :-)

We met a lot of really nice people in the workshops, who were so much fun to talk and work with, whilst focusing on lots of amazing moves and techniques. However, whilst it was a large event, with over a thousand people, we were still able to spend time sharing food with new and old friends, getting to know and social dance with lots of new people from the workshops, during the evening and after parties..

End of the night group photo on Sunday  – Swing n Milan- Photos by Olga BSP

 With so many fond memories of Milan, sight seeing, places such as the Duomo, great food and a great Swing ‘n’ Milan.. A massive thanks goes to Matteo and Luca for organise such an amazing event and we look forward to returning with our team in 2015.. !! Swing ‘n’ Milan.. A Presto.. !!

More posts about... , , ,

Monday, 15th September, 2014

International Ballroom Festival – Yorkshire

The JiveSwing All-Star members, Joseph Sewell, Charlotte Middlemiss, Alex Gall and Jodie Sharman, had the pleasure of performing at one of the UK’s largest Ballroom events, that has been going since 1944.

After some good ol fashion, sea side fish n chips, (in true style) the four members, wowed the full house audience with high energy 1920’s Charleston and Lindy Hop performances.

 

More posts about... , , , ,

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..

More posts about... , , , , ,