‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.
In this show, the exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.
The Lindy Hop Dance Company
The Lindy Hop Dance Company are the UK’s finest authentic jazz dance company. They are perhaps best known for their spectacular and breathtaking performances of the Lindy Hop – the original form of jive dancing that developed in Harlem in the late 1920’s. However, their talent and versatility is also expressed in the range of dances they perform all influenced by the authentic jazz dance tradition.
The dance company’s personnel are drawn from the very best of the UK's dance talent, with its members having performed across the UK, Europe and beyond including at events such as The London Olympics Opening Ceremony, New York's Lincoln Centre Out of Doors Festival, as well as with shows including 'Riverdance' and dance companies such as 'Diversity'.
The energy, excitement and enthusiasm of this highly talented and professional company of dancers continues to create a huge demand for performances and workshops throughout the world. Don’t miss your chance to see the UK’s premier jazz-dance company.
The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra
The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra specialises in recreating the jazz and hot dance music of the 1920s and 1930s with characteristics drive and visual appeal. The Orchestra has toured extensively in Britain, Europe and Scandinavia and claims the title of ‘Europe’s Hottest Jazz Orchestra’.
Using its own special arrangements of familiar as well as the less well known numbers from the repertoires of the famous bands of the period, the Orchestra has extensive experience of a wide variety of venues and events, appearing at numerous Festivals, Concerts and TV programmes across Europe.
Just a selection of the music that will be featured in show includes: Minnie The Moocher; C Jam Blues; The Charleston; Drum Crazy; Black Beauty; Everybody Loves My Baby; That Lindy Hop; Jubilee Stomp; It Don’t Mean A Thing If Ain’t Got That Swing … and much, much more.
We are delighted to work with two of the UK's leading proponents of Tap Dance - Lee Payne and Annette Walker - who are featured on selected concerts.
Over the course of his career, internationally renowned 'hoofer', Lee Payne, has pretty much done it all ... touring with shows as diverse as Riverdance, Magic of the Dance, and street-dance company, Diversity - as well as contemporary music stars such Gabrielle, Enrique Iglesias and the Pussycat Dolls.
Multi-talented Annette Walker is one of the leading exponents of a new generation of tap dancers. She has appeared shows across the world, as well as film and television. In 2019 she was the featured tap soloist in the BBC Proms Duke Ellington's Sacred Music concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and was also a featured dancer at the Olympics Opening Ceremony.