The ladies of Helena Sheltered Accommodation brought a flavour of 40s swing to the Liverpool waterfront on Sunday the 25th of May. The dancers, many disabled, performed the high energy Lindy Hop, a jazz dance started in the dance halls of 19202 and 30s Harlem, brought across the Atlantic by US troops although it was banned in Germany.
The performance was part of a four-day event hosted by Liverpool, marking the UK’s 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest continuous military campaign of the Second World War. The commemoration was jointly organised by the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Liverpool City Council, who commissioned Merseyside Dance Initiative and St Helens to organise the dance element. The ladies really enjoyed the workshops and the performance saying that they would like to continue the group learning new steps to new dances. Gina, one of the participants said, ” before this I’d not got a clue what a Lindy Hop was, now I can do it and it makes me feel a young girl again. Its inspired me to now look for dance classes that would be suitable for my level. I’m inspired and a massive shout out to instructor Maxine for all her hard work and patience, for which she needed a lot !!!’.
The ladies in rehearsal :
On The Day :