SwingdanceUK's Journey Through Jazz is typically a one hour show (but can be anything from 10 minutes to two hours) which involves a mixture of dances from the 1900s Cakewalk, 10s Ragtime, 20s Charleston, 30s Big Apple, 40s Lindy Hop, 50s Jive through to the 60s Twist and incorporates audience participation combined with performance and a fun history of jazz dance.
The show is entertaining, educational and suitable for all levels of participation, for those who want to remain seated the whole time through to those that want to get up and have a short go at one or two of the dances.
Stops along the way...
1900s Cakewalk with attitude
1910s Ragtime was raw
1920s Charleston effervescent and the Blackbottom cheeky
1930s The Big Apple innocent
1940s Lindy Hop gave hope, was happy and rich in expression
1950s Jive inclusive
1960s Twist changed the world
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What People Say
Journey Through Jazz is like a delicious tasting menu of Jazz age dance styles. You get to hear the stories behind different dances, see them in action (with constantly changing period costumes!), and also learn the basics of each in short, engaging taster lessons. It’s an excellent introduction to jazz-era dancing for the absolute beginner, and a fun, family-friendly medley for everyone. Simon and Anna are excellent performers, dancers AND teachers, so you’re in for a triple treat.
I went to Journey Through Jazz with my 12 year old niece and we had a fantastic time. We both thoroughly enjoyed the show, it was both entertaining and interactive and great fun for all ages. We both loved it!
We thoroughly enjoyed the Journey through Jazz afternoon. Anna & Simon danced a variety of historical Jazz dances as well as telling the story of their origins and the people associated with them. We also got involved with the interactive dance lessons, which were great fun to take part in. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon!
"A huge thank you for performing at the Ideal Home Show 2016. We absolutely love seeing you and the team and the dancing was superb. It’s so great to see the audience getting involved and enjoying every minute of the music and dance."
Becky Shields, Features Coordinator, Ideal Home Show
"Thank you so very much for performing at Claremont. It was a fantastic show and subsequently we had a few members come up to us and say that it was the best First Friday show they’d been in 12 years! So you created quite a stir! Thank you, it really was so much fun and interesting to hear about the development of jazz dancing."
Blanche Fitzgerald, Membership Engagement Officer, Claremont Project