Here is a little more on Sophie
So we got hold of Sophie, sat her down, and grilled her on her love of the Vintage Dance Scene and all things Swing Jive and Vintage Dance. Here's what she had to say:
What is your favourite vintage dance style/s?
It's got to be good old fashioned jitterbug! Following WW11 The British were warned not to continue 'that rude American dancing' which had been brought over by American troops. I love that exuberance mixed with British modesty!
Who is/are your favourite vintage or current dance music musician/band or singer?
I adore the old greats, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Harry James - there are so many! But if I'm just listening and not dancing it's got to be the country inspired rockabilly of Wanda Jackson or soulful Billie Holiday
What is your favourite vintage look/style?
I've done a lot of dressing up over the years! But time and time again I find myself in the 1940's high vintage or civilian wartime style, I love it all. I am quite partial to a woolly sweater and a pair of civvies!
If you were born in a vintage decade would it be 20's, 30's, 40's or 50's and why?
Without a doubt it's got to be the 30's purely for the incredible jazz and women's style - full on glamour
What has been your bestest ever vintage dance event that you attended?
I enjoy big events like Twinwood and Goodwood Revival but I am just as happy at a village tea dance
Do you have a current favourite vintage dance event and why?
Anything run by Jive 'n' Boogie!
Do you have a favourite dance move you like to teach, and what?
I just like seeing people find the beat with a basic step and really get into the feel of the music. If they can achieve this, then they're practically a pro in my eyes!
What do you love about teaching?
I love seeing people's confidence grow. Those first few hesitant steps towards a packed dance floor are a big deal!
What is most important to you as swing jive teacher, when teaching your classes?
I want everyone to leave the class feeling like they've had fun and learned something new
In a short paragraph how would you sum yourself up as a vintage dance lover?
As someone who was used to dancing solo, the vintage dance world has opened up lots of new doors and friendships. Thanks to social dancing I have met and danced with some really interesting people - and developed my own style in the process. This is really important. We are all on our own dance journey!