Description: The swing of the past with the bass of tomorrow...
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Good afternoon lovely ones, we're sat here in ESB HQ reminiscing about you all and our beautiful events so we thought we'd share a memory from February 2014 when we held the glorious 'Electro-Swing Ball feels the love' party at the Oakengates Theatre <3 and what a night it was! In fact here's a review we've just come across to remind you of that truly gorgeous night. Love from all at the Electro-Swing Ball xxxx
"The Electro Swing Ball at Oakengates Theatre on Friday the 14th of February was nothing short of epic.
The sights that met my eyes as I entered the theatre were thoroughly encouraging, and the doors had not even opened into the ballroom then. The audience and the bar was a wonderful mix of supremely authentic and suitably modern, all wrapped in a bundle of suave. These first impressions were only slightly diminished by the pristine and well lit bar and its cheap and unflattering plastic beer cups for wine. This is not a major gripe, however, as I hardly expected the theatre to bring out crystal-ware for such a large event.
My eyes must have lit as the doors to the ballroom opened. Opposite the stage were a spread of tables and chairs glittering with sequins, and the room was majestically decorated with strings of floral and paisley bunting and starry lighting.
The night kicks off with a lively dance lesson by James and Bridget from JazzJiveSwing. The whole audience was encouraged and cajoled towards the dance floor to take part in joyously comical and lively dance steps with suggestive gestures and silly noises demanded as an accompaniment. Entertainingly embarrassing fun at its best, the quirky dance-master egged us on vociferously amidst peals of giggles from all genders and ages.
Throughout the evening, the audience performed well, with costumes ranging from authentic 1920s, 30s and similar periods to steampunk and burlesque with the most consistent feature being fun and daring. Despite the general variety, the whole audience gives off a suave and elegant impression. Virtually every one of us was filled with the dancing vibe at some point, and even with all of the coming and going the chairs remained only a quarter filled at most throughout most of the night. Initially the bar service was ludicrously inconsistent, but the staff notably identified the cause of the problem and introduced an unusual but novel funnelling system of barriers that entirely saved the day.
Following the dance lesson, a strong and limber acrobat pulled shapes through and around a wide ring that hung from the ceiling. This performance, I could only describe adequately as a glory in diverse human being based shapes. Less alluring than the other performances that aimed for this end, the arresting demonstration of flexibility and strength was sure to leave every audience member with the same soaring thought: “I wish I could do that.”
As they always seem to, the Electric Swing Circus made the highlight of my evening. Their erudite musicians seamlessly blended catchy swing motifs with gorgeous bass rhythms to suit a more modern scene. The beautiful front girls led with unparalleled style and flare that lured us back on to our dancing feet, left behind after our exhausting dance lesson. The ESC gave us their best selection of dancing rhythms for the Electro Swing Ball, and by the time they left the stage for the first time, our stylish clothes were lined with sweat and our faces with ear to ear smiles. The energy of the performance could almost have blown every fuse in the building.
If the acrobat from earlier that evening was more impressive than alluring, the act which followed certainly stole that role. The cascading and fluttering fan dance of the burlesque act left both gentlemen and ladies in the audience mesmerised, perhaps unsure what to think. The beauty of the performance seemed to be less tied in to nudity than might be expected, with most of the visuals of the dance featuring quivering feather fans. Until the end of the performance, that is. We gentlemen were certainly quite pleased with the finale. Alas the audience had been promised a ‘boylesque’ show to follow yet we were told, through the medium of saucy pun, that our hercules would be unable to attend.
The ESC came on for a second time then, leaving us little time to cool off before we were whirled once more into the dance. The second half of their show was at least as excellent as the first, finishing off with the catchy and dub-step influenced Valentine, after being called back for an encore. Following the ESC was a stunning performance of aerial acrobatics, or silk climbing as I like to call it. The limber and fit young lady, looking a little nervous but evidently self contained, controlled the silk as if she could make it steel at a touch. With an easy grace she climbed, tied herself and fell towards the floor, caught by some knot that she had clearly willed into existence at the last moment.
The gentlemen rejoiced as we were treated to a second burlesque show, this time performed by the famous Jessica Rabbit. Perhaps a more straightforward stripping act, this second performance was clearly meant more for us, yet I noticed no few ladies in the audience that were similarly transfixed.
In between acts we were treated to three fantastic DJs mashing up a whole range of modern music and swing. All three (DJR, Supabad and Bertie Dastard, look them up) helped to make the show excel by keeping the vibe up at all times, and those of us who stayed for the late finale were treated to the most tuneful tunes with the bassiest bass. During two of these daring DJ sets we were treated to performances by White Rose with isis wings, upon which she seemed to hover, and dancing whilst juggling. A natural performer, she struck out with confidence and kept us dancing with her.
In all the Electro Swing Ball was one of the most superbly orchestrated and wondrously envisioned events, and I will likely be talking about it all year."
Are you planning on doing another one? We loved it x 1 (1 month ago)Sarah P Syientist:
Incredibly well written piece! What a night! 😊Xx 1 (1 month ago)
Well what a night! Huge love and thanks to everyone who joined us at Derwen College last night to celebrate their 90th birthday. We are overwhelmed by the time and effort everyone put in to making it such a decadent and memorable evening ❤
Special love to DOT (Derwen on Tour dance group) and Derwen catering students for working so hard to entertain and look after everyone; Derwen hospitality staff who worked tirelessly; our hosts Tonia Davies and Louise Keeva who made it all happen and to our incredible performers who were utterly fabulous in every way - James from Jazz Jive Swing, Liberty Pink, DJR, The Glitter Kittens and Hot Jazz Biscuits. You truly did us proud ❤
Of course the biggest thank you goes to our guests for dressing up, dancing your socks off and making it such a wonderful celebration! The atmosphere was one of generousity and joy; we thoroughly enjoyed every minute!
So from everyone here at Electro-Swing Ball HQ, we love you all, we had a Ball! We hope to see you all again very soon. Love, love, love xxxxx
David Rickard Katherine Pledger Jen Ashton xx (3 months ago)Jennifer Wedge:
Can I send my gratitude to everyone involved in making the evening truly wonderful. I had a fabulous evening and thoroughly enjoyed myself, lots of love to you all xxxx (3 months ago)Jo Rickard:
DJR The Hot Jazz Biscuits Liberty Pink Jazz Jive Swing xx (3 months ago)Jo Rickard:
Derwen College xx (3 months ago)Maxine Turner:
Great night. 1 (3 months ago)