Dance Hall Revival in New Cross

Jon writes:

I run a monthly dance hall revival night at The Amersham Arms, New Cross called 'Let Me Off Downtown!'. It's a essentially a live music night featuring my band King Candy & The Sugar Push  There's a swing dance class from from Balham/Brixton based dance organisation Swingland and then the rest of the night is live swing music from the 30s & 40s.

It's only the second night this coming Sunday 19th and hopefully after the success of the first it'll become a regular fixture in the diaries of all the retro music and dance fans around New Cross and Brockley.

We're trying to cultivate an old dance hall culture akin to that of the Harlem Lindyhop (swing dance) scene in New York from the 1930s/40s. You don't have to dance to enjoy yourself at our night - a lot of people come specifically to do that but there's plenty of music and showmanship to savour too!!

It's really a great night - quality musicianship, thrilling dancers, a real 'scene' as it were... At the moment the vast majority of the social dances on the Lindy hop circuit are in North London, it's interesting to see this night bring them all down to the south! All the band members are based around Brockley, Greenwich and Crystal.Palace.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

'downtown' has several modern meanings, allied with 'king candy' I think I can see where their coming from . . .

Claire said...

This looks and sounds like a lot of fun. It seems a shame to hold events like this on a Sunday though, when us working-folk have to be up and ready to start the week on a spritely foot! I will endeavour to make if not this weeks, then the March date. Sounds very much my sort of thing.

Do we have any other swing/jazz dance events locally, other than the wonderful Rivoli?

D said...

Sounds like this will be a nice addition to the South East scene, along with the Royston in Penge, BBs in Bromley and the Rivoli. Hope it goes well!

BreakspearsEagle said...

You could post another video from Swingers for this story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC8L1c6fCrI

Anonymous said...

This looks incredible! Like D said, what with the regular nights at the Rivoli and Royston, there's certainly a proper swing scene on the up in SE London. Or should that been on the hop and up?! :D

Anonymous said...

Downtown was the name of a famous nightclub in Rotherhithe, still there I believe now a restaurant. When the lock gates were open Rotherhithe became an island, and was refered to as 'downtown'.

jon said...

For those interested it's great to get down early for the 45min dance class at 7.30pm. You don't need to bring a partner or have any previous experience. It's a very welcoming atmosphere!
Live music starts 8.30pm featuring Kate Mullins from the Puppini Sisters.
£5 entry all night.

jon said...

For those interested it's great to get down early for the 45min dance class at 7.30pm. You don't need to bring a partner or have any previous experience. It's a very welcoming atmosphere!
Live music starts 8.30pm featuring Kate Mullins from the Puppini Sisters.
£5 entry all night.

fabhat said...

Went last night with Mr Fabhat, and although between us we have the rhythm and footwork skills of an exhausted wildebeest - we had a great time. Fantastic band, really friendly teachers and people on the door, and generally a nice atmosphere, although it was a bit empty. Will definitely go again, after a bit of practice of our rock/heel footwork at home...

Fiona said...

Brilliant! am moving to New Cross in August and have been looking for a local dance club - this sounds perfect. out of london this weekend but will definitely be there next time! Any chance of a blues slot?? Will be teaching at Deptford Green School and keen to see if some of the students are up for learning some lindy...

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