Forget zumba, Sugar Blue Burlesque has something far more hip to keep you fit – go-go dancing classes in London, which take place weekly in Shoreditch.
According to the ladies at Sugar Blue: 'It's the workout craze taking the world by storm,' adding that 'the wild, upbeat music is guaranteed to get your toes tapping in this energetic class, and in no time you'll be doing the Monkey, the Wahtusi, the Swim, the Hully Gully, the Mashed Potato, the Twist and many more!'
If that appeals to you, you need to wear 'loose, cool, comfortable clothing' and 'comfortable shoes you can dance in' (go-go boots are optional). Also a towel and a bottle of water is a good idea, as it might get a bit hot. It's also 'suitable for all levels of fitness'. You'll find it at STD2 Dance Studios, First Floor Studio, 346 Old Street, London EC1V 9NQ, London every Monday from 6:30pm. Price is £8 per class. They also do burlesque classes too, drop them a line about the details of those.
Sugar Blue Burlesque website.
We don't feature many club nights, usually the ones that jump out from the crowd – like this Jump, Jive and Shout club night in London.
It's a club night from a different era. At least, that's the premise, with a soundtrack of lively, pounding, pulsating 1940s/50s rhythm n blues, jump jive, boogie woogie, doo wop, blues shouters and more, played out on the second and third Tuesday of the month with DJ Salome Jackson. Not just records either, live music too, ranging from boogie woogie/rock n roll piano pounders to rockabilly trios, girl groups,western swing and country boogie combos, and jump jive bands.
For the diary, Tuesday 8th February is Jamie Rowan’s Boogie Lightnin’ and Tuesday 15th February is The Muleskinners. It runs from 8pm until midnight, entry is £5 on the door and it takes place at The Fiddler’s Elbow 1 Malden Road London NW5 3HS.
Email here for more details
The latest venture from the people behind the Proud Galleries, is Proud Cabaret.
Located in the City area of London, the new venue has been modelled on a 1920s speakeasy with staff dressed in the glamorous fashions of that period. Proud Cabaret offers a supper club every Wednesday to Saturday night, where you can watch burlesque performers whilst enjoying traditional British cuisine.
For full details of who is performing, to view the menus or book a table, visit the Proud Cabaret website.
With all the hype surrounding the Soulboy movie still fresh, it's perhaps the perfect time to update a book on the subject of northern soul. That book is The Story of Northern Soul by David Nowell.
Published by Portico and now on the shelves (virtual or otherwise), it's essentially an updated version of the long out of print Too Darn Soulful, kicking off with the emergence of sould music in the mod clubs of the 1960s, working its way through the northern scene as it developed, throwing in some anecdotes, photos and flyers plus, in this new version, a chapter covering developments and changes since 1999, when the original book was first published.
Amazon has it in stock, with this 330-page book selling right now for just £7.67.
Find out more about the book at the Amazon website
The first event went down reasonably well – well enough for a return event. However, Vintage at Goodwood will no longer be at Goodwood, instead it will be Vintage in London.
It takes place over the weekend of the 29th, 30th and 31st July over a 21-acre section of the Embankment, including The Royal Festival Hall, The Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The British Film Institute, plus the shops, restaurants and bars. The Thames Embankment itself will be 'transformed into a Vintage Wonderland' too.
Think beer festivals are all beards, barrels and Bavarian bands? That's certainly not the case with the Hit The North! real ale festival.
It's still about the beer, but this time the beer shares the billing with 60s dancefloor grooves. Talking place over the weekend of 4th – 6th February 2011 at the Snooty Fox (above) 175 Grosvenor Avenue, London N5 2NN, it offers up real ale including Dirty Water from Redemption Brewery and something from Northern Brewing, who do northern soul-inspired beer – more on that at their website. Also, to go with your beers at the free event, there's plenty of tunes.
Friday see the Dirty Water DJs playing garage beat soul and R&B, while on Saturday, the New Untouchables will play mod and psych classics. Closing thingd on Sunday is the Nitty Gritty Club for soul, funk and R&B. No contact details for more info, but the Snooty Fox is on Twitter – you can follow them here.