Throughout history we have been introduced to many different dancing styles which formed not only part of our culture but affected our fashion and beauty styles.
In the 1920’s, also known as the ‘Roaring Twenties’, we saw the end of the First World War and the rise in nightclubs, jazz clubs and cocktail bars. Swing dancing and the flapper girl hit the scenes. Women had more independence: having worked during the war they now had money to spend and felt more empowered after being given the right to vote in 1918 (for women over 30). Swing dancing was very social and was usually enjoyed with a big band; it brought touch back to the dance floor.
Jazz also emerged in the era of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and was predominantly thought of as African American style music - little did everyone know that it would adapt and develop over so many cultures and take its own twist: blues and rag time, to name just two. Jazz dancing was linked to both tap-dance and the jitterbug but most of all it was the free expression of movement and improvisation.
Jive arrived slightly later, around the 1930’s, and was a combination of the jitterbug and swing dance. American soldiers brought Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug to Europe around 1940 and this became popular amongst the younger generations. Most commonly Americans used the word Swing but the UK preferred to adopt the term Jive. In competition, this dancing style is typically counted in 176 beats per minute which seems very fast - this can be lowered to 128 and 160 beats per minute.
All of these different dancing styles have gradually been brought together and influenced what we now know as the Boogie Woogie, Cha Cha or East Coast Swing.
So whether you like jive, jazz or swing, or if you just fancy an uninhibited night of dancing, join us at Bolney Wine Estate for our first G&Tea dance on 4th May starting at 7.00pm. We will have DJ Slick Nick playing all the big band classics and included in your ticket price (£14 online and £15 on the door) you will get a small ploughman’s and a glass of G&T, or Lychgate white or red wine.