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Monday, 22nd June, 2015

This week, JiveSwing’s Joseph & Charlotte, jetted off to Dublin, Ryanair style, as they were invited to teach at Swizzle Sizzle Swing 2015, for their third time, to raise money and awareness for K.I.D.S  Project Charity.

Within 45mins of landing, in Dublin, J & C were whisked off to Francesca Arkin’s Stage and Dance Academy, to teach some of the children, that the K.I.D.S charity were funding.  Around 80 children, of all ages, packed the hall, as Joseph taught them the 20’s Charleston Stroll. The hall was full of energy, as the children quickly picked up the routine and performed it several times. It was amazing to see.

At the end of the class, they treated us to a show. It was amazing, to see the hard work, that Francesca, had done with the children. :-)

On Saturday morning, it was time to teach the adults, so a group of us travelled to the studio,  in the back of a van, refugee style.. Not quite the Rock Star lifestyle lol..

We had a great group of students, who worked really hard, as we focused on new moves, but with a good focus on techniques and musicality, which made instant improvements.  The Saturday evening dance, was full of energy, as Joseph and Charlotte got everyone up for strolls and danced with everyone, sharing the JiveSwing love, till the small hours of the morning. A really friendly atmosphere.

We were so proud of everyone’s achievements, but particularly some of the students in the Improvers group below, which included one absolute beginner, who learnt a whole routine, that they agreed to perform that same night, at the Social Dance. It was awesome…

Selfie with the Sizzle Sizzle Performers

K.I.D.S. organiser Cora, was absolutely amazing and proved to be a true superwoman on the weekend, hosting, looking after us and managing the weekend, with such passion and perfection. Massive thanks to Cora for organising such an amazing and friendly weekend, along Keith Roberts and all other volunteers, who stepped in to make things happen. It just felt like one big party, with friends and family, learning lots, but having lots of fun too, all in the aid of helping young children via K.I.D.S. Charity.