SHAKE YOUR THING TO VINTAGE TUNES AT PLAYHOUSE SWING
Southside Swing is rustling up a day of free taster classes, live music and swing dancing on Sunday 15 May.
Originating in the dance halls of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, swing dancing is a joyous, friendly and fun dance guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s still very much alive today: Glasgow is home to a lively and growing vintage dance scene. Southside Swing has been offering weekly Lindy Hop classes and social dances in Glasgow’s Southside since January, bringing together a mixed crowd of swing enthusiasts and curious punters.
In a first collaboration with grassroots project Pollokshields Playhouse, Southside Swing will transform this unique venue with a purpose-built stage for dancing, street food stalls, a hair-styling station and a pop-up shop for vintage clothes.
“I first visited Pollokshields Playhouse on a drizzly winter’s day” says Madevi Dailly, who runs the volunteerled dance group. “Back then it was just a shipping container, a few piles of rubble, and some pallets strewn on the ground as walkways. But the site is also just across the road from the Tramway – a prestigious hub for dance and the arts – and Michelle Montgomery Masters, who runs the project, is so full of warmth and enthusiasm. I knew we’d found the quirky venue we were looking for.” Together they hatched a plan for Playhouse Swing to take place during both Voluntary Arts Week and the Southside Fringe, to capitalise on the neighbourhood’s festivities and a growing calendar of events and performances at the Playhouse. “I learned to swing dance in London, where outdoor dancing was a fixture of my summer”, adds Madevi. “There’s something so infectiously happy about seeing people of all ages and abilities dancing together in the fresh air – I wanted to bring a bit of that to my corner of Glasgow, in spite of the unpredictable weather.”
Playhouse Swing will take over Pollokshields Playhouse from 1pm–6pm with a trio of free taster classes, and social dancing with a live jazz band in between. And because dancing is hungry work, expect sweet treats and warm focaccias from Bakery47, barbecued veggie burgers from Big V London at the Veggie Table, refreshing drinks from the Roots Soda Company and specialist coffee from Back to Black.
For a look at some of what to expect here is some footage from Shake that thing at the Stags Head;
And our website here:
For further editorial information, images, sample lessons or to arrange interviews contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Madevi Dailly on 07761733232.
About Playhouse Swing
Sunday 15 May
Free entry, no partner needed
Taster classes: Charleston (1.30pm), Lindy Hop (3pm), Blues (4.30pm).
About Pollokshields Playhouse
Initiated to generate discussion about the form of public spaces within our community, Pollokshields Playhouse is a grassroots project that seeks to connect people with under-used public space. Through the temporary animation of a redundant and derelict site the project provides a unique opportunity for testing new possibilities for the future of Pollokshields and Port Eglington.