Dancing Feet


I am at my happiest when I'm dancing. I've danced in one form or another since I was a little girl, I started off doing the usual ballet, tap, jazz and modern but at the age of 16 I left my dancing school as Saturday jobs, GCSE's and socialising got in the way. It wasn't until 2012 that I started dancing again properly. I'd grown tired of the typical clubbing scene and wasn't interested in going out to dance to shit music anymore. I started looking into the swing dancing scene in London and found a class near to where I live, I managed to convince my sister to come along with me to the first few lessons so I wouldn't have to go in on my own (I can be quite shy!). I'm so glad that I went along to that class as I've made some amazing friends and gone to some absolutely brilliant events in the last two years. I couldn't imagine life without it. 



I picked up lindy hop and swing quite easily as I'm someone who has danced from an early age, but I'd urge anyone out there who is considering learning to do so. Everyone in the dancing scene is so lovely and you'll have a great time (and keep fit!).


I have just returned from another fab weekend at Hep Cats holiday where the above pictures were taken (thanks Mark for the pics). I got about 10 hours sleep over the whole weekend but it was so worth it and everyone had an amazing time. All of the dresses that I wore over the weekend were handmade from 1960s sewing patterns and despite my love of crimplene all of them were made from cotton - take it from me, polyester is not nice to dance all night in!

x

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  1. Good for you, dear Sarah! I know I sound like my own father when I tell you that I'm not very fond of the endless droning trance beat played in modern clubs. I applaud you for learning the dances of the past, including some that were around decades before I was even born! Your homemade dresses look sensational on you!

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  2. It sounds like such a fun time, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! I've not a dancing bone in my body (I don't think!) but I've always wanted to take dancing classes. I've never been interested in the modern night club scene, and have never stepped into one for that matter, but I've dreamed of dancing the dances that my Grandmother danced when she was young in the 1930s and 40s. Perhaps I should finally bite the bullet and give it a try!

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    1. You should give it a go Lucy, you might surprise yourself!

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  3. Loved seeing those photos on Facebook, you and the girls all look gorgeous. x

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  4. It sounds like you had an amazing weekend, I'm so jealous of the scene in the UK! Love the dresses, they look fab on you x

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  5. How fun! It is so hard to find themed dance nights in Sydney! Really it is. And all of my friends like to go to regular clubs and pubs, so I just have a few tipples and dance to whatever is playing. Lately I'm really enjoying it if the DJ plays 90s pop and r'n'b. I think. I'm just enjoying reminiscing my teenage years!

    I went to a swing dancing class once but it was in a not-so-nice part of town and it was all older people so I felt very strange, though in high school my friend and I used to go to ballroom dancing socials with lots of other young people so I learnt all the standards which i don't think I'll ever forget!

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    1. We're spoilt for choice here in London although some of them now are attracting non-dancers who end up getting drunk and then getting in everyone's way which isn't fun. The weekenders are always great fun though. I think I'd probably enjoy dancing to a bit of 90s pop - I used to love all of that when I was at school!

      It's a real mix of ages that attend, the majority are older but in London you do get more of a younger crowd. I am quite often one of the youngest there but it doesn't bother me.

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  6. You look adorable as always!

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  7. Hi Sarah! Your style is great.
    -Mia

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