Born out of a love of dance and watching far too many 1930s musicals, Silver Screen Dance is my attempt to share the things I love with others. I learnt to dance at my local dance schools as a child and always enjoyed working on technique, learning dances and the excitement of performing, but only became properly obsessed when I discovered the musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in my 20s. Here was elegant, glamorous, playful and joyous dancing and I fell in love instantly!
From then on I began to watch as many musicals from the 1920s-1950s as I could, discovering the amazing talents of other dancers such as Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller and Rita Hayworth, and the hypnotic large-scale production numbers of Busby Berkeley. Inspired by these talented dancers and creative minds, I dusted off my tap shoes and headed to as many tea dances and swing dance classes as I could, coming across happy communities of lovely adult dance enthusiasts and so much fantastic music as I went.
My aim in my classes is to celebrate the fun and glamour of Hollywood's golden era musicals and the jazz and swing era whilst sharing the joys of dancing with you, and to bring together the relaxed and friendly culture of Brighton’s social dance scene with the challenge of learning theatre dance technique and choreographed dances.
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