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 →


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 →

How it danced out 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 →