All About Us
We are a group of people committed to keeping the music and dance of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s alive. This vibrant and innovative style of popular music and dance is exciting, good fun and also great exercise.
Chrissy started dancing after she was taken to see a children’s dancing school production when she was just 3 years old. She joined in with the dancing and was bitten by the bug. She has been dancing ever since.
The intervening years have seen her participate in a Ballroom formation team with her brother as a young teenager. They won bronze, silver and gold medals in both Ballroom and Latin styles of dance. Chrissy has also done Modern Stage, Jazz and Tap Dancing. She then went on to take ISTD examinations in Tap, Modern Stage, Jazz and Ballroom and has taken her teaching exams.
Chrissy’s gentle approach to teaching dance, as well as her sense of fun, make her classes informative, interesting and at the same time enjoyable.
She teaches at The White Hart Barn in Godstone and with her daughter Gwen at Merchistoun Hall in Hampshire. Gwen takes after her Mum in the dance stakes and has taken to the Jitterbug and swing styles of dance like a duck to water. She has also won competitions in East Coast Swing. Gwen loves the music of the era and is also one of our Vintage DJ's going under the name of “Lil’ Miss Wiggles”.
They both share their love of Big Band Swing, early R&B and 50’s Rock and Roll with husband and father Cliff (AKA Major 5X5). Cliff has been playing music for others at parties and functions since the early 60’s when it involved carting boxes of vinyl albums (for those of you that remember vinyl) to every party he went to with Chrissy. Cliff has also presented his own radio programme that was regularly aired on Fridays on Angel Radio.
We have a dance troupe called Company B, that have performed at various venues and with bands such as the following:
Party in the Park at Bisterne Manor, Duxford Imperial War Museum, Croydon Airport House, John Miller Orchestra, Debbie Curtis Big Band, The Jive Aces,
Bluebell Railway, Watercress Line, War & Peace Show, The Hop Farm Western Weekend, Combined Ops Military & Air Show, Vizvim Fashion Show in Italy and Milestones Museum.
We have also attended various fetes, and have raised funds for numerous charities throughout Surrey and Hampshire. We were involved with the Mary Rose 500 Appeal to raise money for the new museum that houses the Mary Rose.
We also have appeared on ITV Meridian Regional Evening News when a feature was done on our club and dance troupe and the popularity of the dance style, music and era.
We can supply a Dance Troupe, DJ's, Dance Floor, War Time Military Vehicles, Bunting and Props for private and corporate events of any kind.