The difference a weekend makes I’m not going to lie, the Swing Fastival weekend had filled me with dread for weeks. It had dawned on me that this was not going to be a “beginners” class and the only swing I’d been practicing for the last 12 months was on a golf course. Even then I had been perfecting a slower swing, not a faster one. I was going to be that guy, that one that everyone looked at and thought “why is he here?” and although they would smile politely during class and try to reassure me, were actually sad inside as they gotRead More →

First I would like to say a massive thank you to Jim and Nicky Key from Swingbytes, and Tony and Anna Stephenson of Dance Balboa for organising such a fabulous event. I’d like to start by setting the scene After a 6 day week, the last thing I wanted to do was travel for 3 and ½ hours after work and think about dancing all weekend! I wanted to go home, get the log burner on and have some pizza with my husband Ben, and Henry the dog. However, the drive down wasn’t too bad and got to spend some quality time with Ben catchingRead More →

Bass Sax

The Great British Swing Dance Show SO Sunday 28th April 2019 saw us with tickets in hand, head to Birmingham Town Hall (one of my favourite venues) for the extravaganza of ‘Shake That Thing – The Great British Swing Dance Show’. The tickets had been a gift and in typical fashion had been kept safe and as a result we hadn’t done much research into what this afternoon event entailed! So what was it, I hear you ask? The afternoons entertainment was led by Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, taking us on a journey through some musical delights of the 1920s-1930s. The musiciansRead More →


A busy weekend So this weekends adventure was to the fabulous city of Leeds, more specifically Leeds University Union for Swing Revolution 2018. There has been a bit of a theme with my swing dance weekends this year so far – doing something different. The something different for this event was that we had signed up for the Beginner Collegiate Shag stream. It meant that I could actually spend some time dancing with my husband, as well as with Karl. We were joined in our class by fellow Birmingham based dancers, Sophie Flynn and Martin Safar. Day one On Saturday, our teachers were Adam HarriesRead More →

DB 2018 Flyer

Last weekend saw us attend the 2018 DB Lindy Hop Weekender  in Worcester hosted by the fabulous Colin and Izzy. Friday night kicked off with a social dance with live music from Gordon Webster and his band. If you haven’t come across Gordon Webster before, then you should especially if you get the opportunity to see him live. Some of the band had had some travel delays so weren’t there but you would not have known there were some different musicians playing.  More about Gordon later…. I opted to do the Improver level as a lead for this weekend. Yikes! There was no need toRead More →

Thank you to all those who attended class last night, and welcome to the new people and our flying visit ‘one night only’ appearance from a Plymouthian! Last nights class was Week 6 of this block – after 4 weeks of building technique and content, recapping in Week 5 , everyone deserves a little break = fun week! Bring on solo dancing! I had had several conversations over the weekend about music and dancing, and had opted to use a modern track ‘That Man’ by Caro Emerald. A fabulous upbeat song with plenty of rhythms to play with. Everyone worked so hard and we gotRead More →