Hereford Jive & Swing was founded in December 2009 by a group of local dancers (not teachers) frustrated at the lack of local dances. During 2010 we organised a series of dances in Hereford, mainly 'record hops' but some bands also. In January 2011 Susan took over the solo running and organisation of the group and, after a year of several sell-out band nights alongside regular 'record hops', 2012 sees an expanded programme (see below). The Group is non-profitmaking with any proceeds going to cover investment in equipment and music, and to subsidise an increasing programme of live bands. The more support the dances get, the more we can organise - so come along and have some fun! And please give feedback!

Dancers of all styles are welcome, as are non-dancing partners who want to listen and watch. If you're a beginner or rusty, the dances are a great place to gain confidence and practise moves - especially the 'record hops' which are more relaxed than 'band nights'. If you have no partner, don't worry - we're a friendly lot and there are plenty of 'singles', so you won't be left out.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Sultana Brothers - Sunday, 17 July

Our next dance will be with fantastic local band 'The Sultana Brothers' on 17 July. They'll be fresh from their supporting gig with Shaking Stevens at the Ludlow festival the week before, and have a big local following. The band play great dance music inspired by r&b, swing, blues, rock 'n roll, boogie woogie and have a wide repertoire. For us, they will be playing sets specifically for jive & swing dancing and jive, lindy, shag and balboa dancers should be well catered for! (Other dancers or those wishing to just listen to the band are welcome). See samples of their music at, but note that these cover the breadth of their music and not all are suitable for dancing ... our gig will be tailored to our needs.
The evening runs 7.30-11.00 pm, with the band onstage around 8.00 pm. Tickets cost £6.00 in advance and £8.00 on the door, and advance booking is recommended as the band do have a big local following. Check availability before travelling if you've no ticket, as capacity is limited. As usual, the dance is at the Richmond Club (see left column for details) and you can book through Susan on 01432 357859, email or get tickets from jive classes at Bartestree, Leominster or Bishop's Frome. As usual, inexperienced or rusty dancers or those without partners need not worry, as we're a friendly lot and you won't be left out.

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