& General Information
As a group we have performed at:
The Festival of Vintage, York Racecourse
Yorkshire Air Museum
The Milton Rooms, Malton
Pickering 1940's Weekend
Grassington 1940's Weekend
Strensall & Haxby Carnivals
York District Hospital
Local Primary Schools
Parliament Street, York
The BBC 2 Documentary - Our Dancing Towns
'Maketh the Man' A 1940's Film for
York University Sutdents.
At our classes we teach a range of dances to an even wider range of music from the 1920's 30's, 40's, 50's, to modern retro & swing.
The main emphasis of our dance group, is on social dancing for enjoyment in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
We are covered for full public liablity Insurance.
For larger occasions we take a certificated First Aider.
We can provide a full PA system for any size of venue, along with vintage microphones, and speaker covers.
Props such as Gramaphones, 78 records, music sheets, posters, flags, bunting & more.
For a 1940's/World War 2 event or schools' workshop we can supply flags, sandbags, Union Jack bunting, wartime posters, song sheets, photographs, magazines etc
For Our Afternoon Teas - Vintage china, cuttlery, cake stands, embroidered tablecloths, flower displays, & props.
Above Left - The Rhythm Exchange Dance Band
A versatile York based band. Performing music from the 1930's, 1940's, 50's & beyond. They can play music for a wide variety of dances from Jive, Lindy Hop, Strolls, 1940's Novelty Dances Social Ballroom etc..
Above right - The Alka Seltzer Sisters
A melodic, talented vocal harmony trio, specialising in 1940's Andrews Sisters songs and so much more.
Tina, Stephen & Judith
We are 1940's re-enactors, event organisers, dance teachers and vintage enthusiasts based in York.
Our Musician - Mick at the Yorkshire Air Museum
With kind support and donations from our dancers, volunteers and friends we have together so far raised £5356.00 for the following charities:
Breast, Pancreatic and Prostrate Cancers,
British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Nurses Hospice at Home, St Leonard's Hospice, Altzheimers & Parkinsons.
A big thank you to ALL involved.
World War 1 & 2 Primary School Workshops
As re-enactors, we offer Primary School Workshops for Key Stage 2,
based on the songs, music and dance from World War 1 & 2.
In these workshops we will tell the story of how music, singing and dancing influenced the morale during the war years.
Our musician Mick (with ukulele) can either teach or lead simple sing-along sessions, and we will both demonstrate and teach easy dances that the children will be able to perform.
At the end of the workshop we will include a question and answer session and allow the children to see a range of photographs, posters and memorabilia.
Music & Dance Through the Decades Workshop
A lively fun workshop which tells the story of how music and dance changed over the decades. Starting with the Charleston dance and music of the 1920's, to the Lambeth Walk of the 1940's, Strolls from the 1950's and Novelty Dances from the 1960's (Hand Jive and the Twist). With our musician - Mick playing the songs on guitar and ukulele to accompany the dancing. A simple sing-along session can also be included.
Workshops generally last for around 60 minutes and we can split this session into two shorter ones for 2 groups.
We would reccomend no more than 35 children per dance teaching session, if space is restricted. Larger if space allows.
Recommendations from Primary Schools can be provided.
Please note, we only do these workshops around York and Malton, or within a 30 minute or so drive time.
Please get in touch with us via the CONTACTS PAGE on this website or ring Tina on 01904 765780 for a chat.
TEACHER REVIEW - World War 2 - Song & Dance WORKSHOP -
Key Stage 2 - at a York Primary School
"Thank you so much, we were so impressed - and you had clearly all put lots of thought and effort into the session. I also really enjoyed the way you spoke so naturally, with real warmth as well as the fab dancing/singing/ costumes. It made the whole thing come to life. If you ever need a recommendation I would be happy to give one."