Tango in the Courtyard

14 Jul 2017 - by Graham

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us here at Jivebeat, with festivals, classes, filming videos, and much more taking up our time. The two biggest events for us though were The Big O vintage festival in Orpington held in the Priory Gardens on the 1st July, and the Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in East Grinstead that was held in the lovely Meridian Hall on the 9th July.

The Big O describes itself as a vintage fair spanning the 40s to the 80s and has stalls, music, displays, entertainment, things for kids and families to do all day, and lots of local businesses showing their wares. Our gazebo was in the Community section up near the Priory building itself and there was a steady flow of people passing our gazebo and stopping to find out what we do from the moment the event opened through to closing time. This was its third year and by all accounts is getting bigger and better every time. We look forward to being back there in 2018!

The Daisy Dog Vintage Fair seems to be a regular event for us this year, and East Grinstead was our third (after Westerham and Oxted). This was their first time in East Grinstead and the setting in the Meridian Hall and East Court was stunning. The courtyard where we had our gazebo looks out onto a park that seems to go on for ever, and this gave a magnificent backdrop for our dance demonstrations that we gave to the soothing vocals of Hannah-Marie who was singing live at the event all day.

There was a lot of interest in Jivebeat at both events, with a total of around 30 people signing up as members and many more taking away flyers and looking us up online to see where we are and what it is that we do. We gave impromptu dance classes, demonstrations of both LeRoc and Argentine Tango, and talked to anyone we could persuade to stand still for long enough!

Unusually for us, at the Daisy Dog fair on the 9th we actually managed to stay focussed for long enough to remember to turn on the camera and record one of our dances. This was a short demonstration of our version of argentine tango, danced to music provided by the brilliant Hannah-Marie.

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