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!