2013 was a big year for Silver Screen Dance! Not only did it see me move from offering occasional workshops to teaching regular courses in tap and chorus dance, it also brought my lovely new website (complete with actual black and white sparkles), lots of lovely new students in my classes and many fun moments teaching and performing.
For me, the highlight of the year had to be the 1940s latin-themed chorus dance course in the late Autumn. Inspired by the fun and colourful (if often daft and politically dubious) films of the 1940s set in South America, this was my opportunity to finally teach a dance to some fantastic Xavier Cugat. I have to admit, I was a little worried for a while that ‘1940s latin’ would be slightly too bonkers even for Brighton, as many people I spoke to hadn’t even heard of Carmen Miranda, but I needn’t have worried. The ladies who took part in this course quickly embraced the hip-wiggling, exotic campness of it with relish and we had a great time trying, getting it wrong, laughing, trying again, laughing more.....and eventually getting it right! I was especially impressed with some of the costumes my students had made for the finale and delighted that they shared my enthusiasm for the style of dance and music.
This course got me thinking however, that it might be a good idea to have a blog in which I could talk more about the inspirations for my courses, to help those who might not have an overgrown collection of 1920s-1950s musical DVDs sitting in their own bedrooms to get more of a feel for what it is all about.
So here we are, 2014 has barely opened its eyes yet and here is my new blog. Expect vintage photos, video clips from old movies, and a lot of enthusiasm for dancing, old music and fancy costumes!