Thursday, August 05, 2010
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London swing dancers fill the Royal Albert Hall
dance floor for the first time!
Friday the 9th July was a one night only experience as The Royal Albert Hall invited everyone to put on their dancing shoes and join them for the swing party of the summer for "In Full Swing" featuring the UK’s No. 1 Jive and Swing band, The Jive Aces.
It was an historical night with the Hall’s arena floor transformed into London’s greatest dance floor to create the largest swing and jive night that the capital has seen since the swing era. A stunning 5,000 square foot parquet oak dance floor was installed over the magnificent ornate exhibition floor to provide more than ample room for the 1400 dancers to move to the best swing, jive, jitterbug and lindy hop tunes.
The Jive Aces who headlined the night also introduced a surprise guest performer, Rebecca Grant, better known for her part in hospital TV drama Holby City, and swing dancers G.I. Jive making a night of high energy and vintage glamour.
Supporting the Jive Aces were two more great bands, Top Shelf Jazz followed by the Back to Basie Orchestra along with dance displays given by Scott Cupit and his Swing Patrol dancers, Simon Selmon and London Swing Dance Society, Joseph & Tricia with their SwingJive.com troupe and Robert and Claire Austin with the Hollywood Hoppers. DJ for the night was Tim Hellzapoppin with James Horada MCing.
Lucy Noble, Head of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall and her team were thrilled with the success of the evening and got many compliments from both dancers, entertainers and crew.
Was this event the beginning of a new swing trend at the Royal Albert Hall? Many swing music fans and dancers certinaly do hope so!