Saturday night swing ball set for festival

Joo-Lee Stock and swing DJ Andy Lewis.
Joo-Lee Stock and swing DJ Andy Lewis.

Lindy–Jazz owner Joo-Lee Stock, the region’s foremost swing dancer and teacher, has joined up with the Vintage Newbiggin Festival to create a Black and Gold Ball inspired by the heyday of Hollywood glamour.

Specialist swing DJ Andy Lewis, will lead Strictly Speakeasy, a live swing band, to keep the music coming all night.

And experienced dancers will be on hand to help newbies take their first steps on the dance floor at the event on Saturday, April 4, from 7.30pm.

Local designer Carli Coulson, of Sitting Pretty, will turn the Sports and Community Centre into a Hollywood inspired dance hall.

The evening will start with a drinks reception, where attendees can have their photographs taken. There will also be prizes for the best vintage inspired outfits.

Joo-Lee said: “Andy and I first danced in Newbiggin to celebrate the installation of The Couple.

“We’re very excited to bring more dancers from Lindy-Jazz to share the wonderful dances of the vintage era with everyone.

“There will be afternoon workshops for anyone wanting to get one step ahead and the ball will begin with a short, warm-up session.”

Strictly Speakeasy is known amongst swing dancers as one of the most danceable bands.

Led by clarinetist Gavin Lee, they have played leading swing dance festival DJam, in Durham, and know what makes a ball go with a swing.

Lynn Burns, chairwoman of the Newbiggin Town Team, said: “We are thrilled to have attracted someone of Joo-Lee’s calibre and are all now actively developing our vintage evening looks.

“A pop up vintage beauty parlour will be in the town on the Saturday and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone in their finery.”

Information and tickets for workshops and the Ball are available from the festival’s Facebook page Vintage-Newbiggin or from the town’s Central Co-op and Café Indulgence.