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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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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, 14th July, 2014

JiveSwing At Village Green Festival

JiveSwing teacher Alex Gall taught 3 Lindy Hop and Charleston classes, whilst JiveSwing DJ Michael Proctor supplied the music, at one of Essex’s leading events, the Village Green Festival, in Southend. The event ran throughout the day as thousands of people wandered in, out and by..

JiveSwing Teacher Alex Gall, assisted by Nicola Wood – photo by www.photographerinessex.com

Nicola Wood, JiveSwing’s event Project manager stated.. “A very different Village Green for me this year, but an amazing day leading the JiveSwing vintage tent with an awesome team! So much fun helping Alex Gall teach packed swing dance classes all day, stepped in as an impromptu compare for the fashion show, and finished in style with the wonderful My Favourite Things taking the stage and everyone watching.. “

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Tuesday, 1st July, 2014

JiveSwing at Fling Festival 2014

JiveSwing teacher Steve Merchant, armed with his right hand partner Jodie Sharman, travelled to introduce to innocent bystanders and revellers, at the annual Fling Festival this year. The Fling, attracting thousands of people each year and held in the same park as the V Festival, in Chelmsford, saw lots of budding dancers flock to the  dance tent where steve taught a series of Lindy Hop and Charleston Classes.

JiveSwing Teacher Steve Merchant  – Teaching at the Fling Festival 2014

The organisers and everyone watching, were very happy, as they saw festival goers, aided by Michael Willis, Sam Rummey and supporting dancers from local JiveSwing classes,  infect everyone with their enthusiasm. :-)

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