Jiving!


OK, something a bit different for you now...


You may not know this, but one of my main passions, outside my drawing, is dancing. I have always loved a bit of a bop about, and flirted for a while with belly dancing (which is the most enormous fun girls, and suitable for ladies of all shapes and sizes, as there are no blokes around to look at your belly!). But nearly 5 years ago, I was introduced to jiving by a friend and there is nothing quite like it. If you get the chance to have a go, I would seriously recommend that you try it. The wonderful thing is that, as a woman, you only need the most rudimentary ability, as long as the man you're dancing with is experienced. You just have to relax and he can make you feel like you are flying!


These first two were taken at a recent hen night. The hen was a girlfriend I go to jiving with, so we dressed up in 50's dresses, with the proper petticoats that make your skirt enormous, and twirled the night away at a blues club in London. This man in blue was a bit of a show-off, and is dancing here with two of us at once! By strange coincidence, he originally came from Sheffield. He said that, back then, he'd have got a punch on the nose for monopolised two girls at one time.

This last is from the Jazz in the Gardens event, held every year in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens. There are a series of live bands and everybody takes a picnic, or wine. Both times I've been, the evening has proved a great success, with a fabulous turnout, covering the entire top section of the park with blankets, picnic chairs and happy faces. Despite the promise of rain both years, we have remained dry throughout.

Most people are just there to lsten to the music, but there's no stopping jivers: given half a chance we're up and twirling! The final photo is me dancing with a friend, Steve. Unfortunately my husband won't jive - he doesn't know what he's missing!

8 comments:

granny grimble said...

That looks like tremendous fun. I missed out on that period of life much to my sorrow. I was very busy bringing up three little ones and didn't do dancing for a long while. By the time I did, everyone was so good at it that I never had the nerve to join in. I did go to 'jiving lessons' once but it never had the abandonment of the real thing. All a bit 'one, two, three kick' and regimented.

Lynne Chapman said...

One lovely thing about jiving is that it's not really about feet, but arms. This means you don't have to learn feet movements and you don't tend to step on toes.

You do have to have relaxed and flexible arms though, or else they get twisted off!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what brilliant dresses. Where did you get them, if you don't mind me asking?

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you!

Both myself and my friend bought them from the same place, an internet site www.vivienofholloway.com. They are handmade to 50's designs.

weechuff said...

Emily would just die for your polka dot dress! She has just bought a similar one on her trip to London, but with white spots instead of black. You look beautiful in it:0)I agree with you about jiving. I used to do a lot of it when I was younger, but at my age I would go spinning out of control, lose my balance and end up on the floor!!

Croom said...

What beautiful photos Lynne, thank you I have downloaded them all :O)

It looks like great fun and the dresses are fab
Tinax

Lynne Chapman said...

Yes, they are great aren't they? We saw a woman at our dancing club in one, and asked her where she got it.

On our hen night we felt like celebrities, as we were really turning heads in the street, and several times we heard people comment. As we entered the club, the woman in the ticket office wowed!

I don't think I stopped grinning from ear to ear all night.

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