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Gatsby Charity Ball 2015

Sunday, 22nd November, 2015

This weekend, the JiveSwing.com team were invited to provide the entertainment for the Great Gatsby Charity Ball, an event organised to raise funds for the J’s Hospice. Held at the stunning venue Orsett Hall, the evening was filled with all things glitzy and representing the roaring 20s.

JiveSwing Teacher Keighley Bowen, with some of Charlies Angels leading Vintage Dance troupe

Over 200 guests, dressed in their finest 20s attire, sat for dinner whilst The Last Chance Ragtime Band played to their eager audience.


During dessert, the vintage dance troupe, Charlie’s Angels, ran on and dispersed throughout the room to perform to their surprised guests in true ‘flashmob’ style! A successful auction followed, in which huge funds were raised. Afterwards, the Charlies Angels came on to the floor once more and put on a wonderful performance to great applause.

Charlie’s Angels: Fiona Benson, Kate Whittington, Sarah Spratt, Yanqing Chen, Verity Roberts, Jodie Sharman

After such an inspiring show, it wasn’t hard to get guests onto the dance floor themselves to take part in a fun solo 20s Charleston class, lead by JiveSwing teacher Keighley Bowen. Over 60 people filled the dance floor to learn some of the most iconic Charleston moves of the 1920s.

 JiveSwing’s Keighley Bowen and Peter Thompson dressed in 20’s Attire

With heaps of laughter and dollops of fun, the guests danced their charleston stroll for the final time to the tune of the Last Chance Ragtime Band as they came back on to keep the party going! What a night! The JiveSwing team would like to say a huge well done and thank you to Lucy, the Events Manager, and the team at J’s Hospice, who organised such a successful and incredible event for the best of causes.

 Blog by JiveSwing’s Keighley Bowen