How it danced out dbweekender.vpweb.co.uk/ This weekend event opened with a Friday night social with the amazing Gordon Webster and band providing the most excellent music. Unfortunately, Karl had to go it alone as I doubled booked myself and went to see Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox #pmjtour at The Academy in Birmingham. Saturday was a leisurely start at 11:00 and our first workshop with Vincenzo Fesi  and Jenny Thomas challenging the concept of circles and different ways of undertaking a circle! The wealth and depth of knowledge and skill with this teaching partnership can only be described as inspiring. This was followed by our second workshop ofRead More →

 A trip abroad As September came to a close and the autumn weather started to take hold, an adventure was waiting. Now adventure might be a little overly dramatic, after all it’s dancing and Spain but as my dance weekends away this year come to an end this penultimate venture has all the hallmarks of being a regular on my dance calendar. Sunshine, dancing and friends. The Calpe Swing Fiesta was billed as a weekend dance camp with the focus on relaxing with the option of staying extra nights including dancing in the evenings and optional events during the day, rather than all out workshops.Read More →

Introduction Following the success of our wedding dance, myself and Ben decided to branch out and actually learn something more about Balboa. We left Lindy Hop behind (momentarily) and travelled to the opposite coast of America (metaphorically) to learn something new at Hot Ginger Balboa Classes – September Edition. What is Balboa? Balboa originated in the 1920s-1930s on the crowded dance floors of the dance halls, especially the Rendez Vous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula, which produced a dance with close body contact and small footwork. Our venue for the afternoon was Moorpool Hall in Harborne, one of Birmingham’s hidden gems.   Balboa Basics OurRead More →

Following the fantastic sets by Dj Martin Safar and Mr FivebyFive I picked you the final hour in the Night Owl Swing Room at Birmingham’s Swingamajig Festival, a unique blend music, dance and performance. I admit I was a little apprehensive, people had been dancing all day and there was live music on the other stages so who would remain? As it turns out a lot more than I’d expected so I was extremely happy that I’d prepared a couple of playlists for the festival. I didn’t use the more traditional big band list as during the day the room had had the Jim WynnRead More →

Introduction A lot of people talk about listening to more swing music to improve their rhythm and musicality, so I sat down and thought ‘how do I do that?’ In workshops and online  you find explanations of different formats, AABB, AAAB, etc for music and how these can be used in your dance. But this article isn’t about that it’s a guide on listening without counting, because for me multitasking is difficult. I’m listening to the music, I’m dancing with a partner, finding space on the floor and often also remembering to breathe and smile. So add counting to this list and what happens? NowRead More →