Feel That Rhythm 2

In 2020, we worked with Young Music Makers on Feel That Rhythm I – a jazz dance and music project commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which culminated in a streamed live performance.

A year later, from November through to December 2021, we worked with Young Music Makers again, to further develop and explore the history and context of local blue plaques, and the theme of jazz and its connections to dance.

Our project in 2020 enabled young people to understand heritage within the wider context of WWII and community, and this year, we wanted to delve deeper into the world of jazz and dance.

Taking inspiration from the same time period, as well as from local blue plaques commemorating Jazz musicians, dancers and singers, we reunited with Young Music Makers and Swing Sister Swing to create and perform a live dance and music piece.

The Lindy Hop is a 1928 American dance which originated from the African-American communities around Harlem, New York City. Ever-evolving, the dance was at its height of popularity during the late 1930s and early 1940s, known as the ‘swing’ era.

The Lindy Hop is primarily thought of as a jazz dance, but is really a fusion of lots of different sorts of dances, including tap, breakaway and Charleston.


Excitingly, our dancers and musicians performed together for the first time… on stage!

In early December, after 5 weeks of rehearsals, we performed the Shim Sham Swing dance and music live in front of an audience. It was so great to see (and hear!) it all come together, and was a fantastic way to end the project.

Watch the video below to see how we did…

Young Music Makers is a Saturday music centre for the whole family that believes in inclusive access to music education for all. In operation since 1967, the school boasts 39 different ensembles and has a strong focus on performance.