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JiveSwingin’ on the Pier – Southend

Monday, 8th June, 2015

JiveSwing.Com, were invited to dance at the Maritime Festival on Southend Pier, last Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015. Dancers from the JiveSwing Southend class were there in force, supported by the JiveSwing Crew and lots of dancers from other JiveSwing classes, throughout Essex and Hertfordshire, which created a great atmosphere.

JiveSwing Dancers on Southend Pier – photo by Sarah Taplin

The public gathered around on both days, as JiveSwing teacher Pete (with the mean feet) Thompson, taught a beginners fun Lindy Hop class and DJ Michael (Green Lantern) Proctor, spun and swung the tunes to keep everyone dancing.

On the Sunday, ‘Charlie’s Angel’s’, JiveSwing’s all female performance troupe, travelled down to provide the performances, as further entertainment for the crowds. Onlookers settled into their deck chairs on the pier to watch the show.


               Charlie’s Angels Performance Troupe – photo by Clare Philips

 This was followed by the JiveSwing Stroll and other strolls, as everyone danced the Lindy Hop to Swing music, all afternoon.

JiveSwing Dancers doing the JiveSwing Stroll  – photo by Clare Philips

Huge thanks to JiveSwing Essex’s Event co-ordinator Nicola Woods, for project managing the dancing part of the Maritime festival, along with other members of the JiveSwing team, that helped behind the scene in some way, with various things that helped to make it all possible.