VE Day Celebrations!

VE Day at home… I have put together a lovely playlist of songs to help you celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day at home!  Here is a gorgeous selection of some of my favourite songs from the wartime era to whisk you away to the 1940s for your stay-at-home saunter or afternoon tea in the garden (who’s getting their bunting out?!).  Make sure to watch the dancers and the musicians in Glenn Miller’s orchestra on the ‘In the Mood’ video – they look great!  Enjoy the music and happy dancing – oh and don’t forget to take a few photos!  Chocks away chaps, lots of love from Emma xxxx

  1. A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square – Anne Shelton
  2. Coffee and cakes – Una Mae Carlisle
  3. Be happy – Glenn Miller
  4. Sing me a swing song – Benny Goodman
  5. Tain’t yours – Una Mae Carlisle
  6. I’m just a jitterbug – Ella Fitzgerald
  7. Blitzkrieg baby – Una Mae Carlisle
  8. You’re a sweetheart – Al Bowlly
  9. Estrellita – Benny Goodman
  10. Beautiful Eyes – Una Mae Carlisle
  11. Boogie woogie bugle boy – The Andrews Sisters
  12. In the mood – Glenn Miller
  13. A slick chick (on the mellow side) – Dinah Washington
  14. GI Jive – Johnny Mercer
  15. Taking a chance on love – Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman
  16. Love is the sweetest thing – Al Bowlly
  17. T’aint what you do – Ella Fitzgerald
  18. I’ll never smile again (until I smile at you) – Anne Shelton
  19. You mean so much to me – Una Mae Carlisle
  20. Back bay shuffle – Artie Shaw and his orchestra
  21. Stairway to the stars – Glenn Miller
  22. Anything – Una Mae Carlisle
  23. I wonder why – Joe Loss orchestra
  24. Sugar foot stomp – Benny Goodman
  25. Shoe fly pie – June Christy
  26. Deep purple – Helen Forrest and Artie Shaw
  27. I’m gonna see my baby – Johnny Mercer
  28. The Anniversary Waltz (for all WW2 sweethearts) – Vera Lynn
  29. The home-coming Waltz – Vera Lynn
  30. Moonlight serenade – Glenn Miller

Hope you all have a lovely, healthy and happy, stay-at-home VE Day!

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:  Exciting news!  We have been asked to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Bank Holiday Friday 8th May 2020 by dancing vintage 1940’s style at Emery Gate Shopping Centre in Chippenham.  We have been asked to dance 3 x 30 minute sets to encourage the public to celebrate and dance with us!

Rehearsals will take place on Friday evenings 8.15-9.15pm at Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall up until the event (the first Friday of each month is at Grittleton Village Hall, not Stanton)  even though a lot of you know how to dance vintage 1940s style, Social Foxtrot, Rockabilly Stroll and do the Shim Sham already! And our Friday night vintage dance group already know how to do the ‘Be Happy’ and the ‘In The Mood’ 1940s routines! You don’t have to be able to make all rehearsals, just enough so that you feel confident/performance ready, and you don’t have to dance all of the dances either – if you just want to do one Social Foxtrot or one Rockabilly Stroll then that’s fine by me! For anyone who cannot make Friday nights but would like to be involved then I can make some time free at weekends.

I have chosen the following songs to dance to for each set (30 mins run time) and I’ve found some lovely videos on YouTube of the songs and steps in case any of you would like a visual aid or to practice at home:

1. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: Rockabilly Stroll

2. Candyman: 1940s routine (our Vintage Fete routine)

3. Sing me a Swing Song: Social Foxtrot

4. Be Happy: 1940s routine from Friday nights class

5. A Slick Chick: Shim Sham

6. I’m Just a Jitterbug: Mamas Stew

7. Blitzkrieg Baby: Rockabilly stroll

8. In the mood: 1940s routine from Friday nights class

9. Dipsy Doodle: Tranky Doo (or part of the Tranky Doo!!!)

10. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square: Social Foxtrot

On the day (Emery Gate Shopping Centre, Chippenham, Friday 8th May, 11am-3pm)
We have been asked to dress 1940s style – a great excuse to show off your lovely outfits 🙂  I will hear about our set times nearer the event but I have been told that there will be live music and other lovely things going on so I’m sure there will be plenty to keep people occupied if you fancy being there for the whole 4 hours.

As a thank you…
All rehearsals/training will be free, plus you will have free entry to our lovely Tea Dance with vintage singing starlet Miss Lily Lovejoy on Sunday 3rd May to say thank you for all of your hard work (we could use that event as a live rehearsal!).

Please let me know if you can join me – it would be lovely if there is a group of us together to have a giggle, to celebrate the joy of 1940’s dance and of being involved with such a great event. Thank you so much!

Best wishes,

Emma x
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