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JiveSwing All-Dayer 2015 – Frankie 101

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2015

So on the last weekend in May, the JiveSwing team stayed near home in London Watford, for their annual JiveSwing All-Dayer. The All-Dayer is a local workshop, which attracts dancers primarily from our local JiveSwing scene.

             After class – Group shot (apologies to those that were missing) – Photo by William Weaver

This year, the teachers for the workshops, were Joseph & Charlotte, Alex & Sarah from JiveSwing.Com, plus our very special guests, all the way from France Peter and Chloe. :-) All students in the workshops, were highly focused as they soaked up lots of new fun moves, ideas, styles and techniques, from all teachers.

During the evening, we had our 1940’s May Ball to celebrate Frankie’s Manning’s Birthday, which attracted over 150 people from our local scene and other parts of the UK, including including London, Middlesex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire etc.

The The Polka Dot Dolls’ &  ‘The Cliff Longhurst and the Knights of Swing Orchestra’

The evening was exciting, featuring top UK girls trio ‘The Polka Dot Dolls’, plus an 18 piece Orchestra,  ‘The Cliff Longhurst and the Knights of Swing Orchestra”, who played an array of authentic swing arrangements, that kept the floor busy and swinging hard. We really had such a ball, as the room was filled with strolls, jams, cabarets by teachers and students, plus the usual JiveSwing excitement to remember Frankie.


Teachers & Dancers doing the JiveSwing Stroll in the late hours.

This was supported by JiveSwing DJ Michael AKA ‘The Green Lantern’, who kept the floor moving and grooving, between and after the band, with a  mix of swing and blues, until 1:00am. :-)

This was one really nice day, which seemed like a day out and a party with friends and family, with lots of fun, laughter and love all around. Huge thanks to all the JiveSwing team and all artists, that pulled together to make the event happen. :-)

Looking forward to doing it all again at the JiveSwing All-Dayer 2016  :-)