Recently I performed tea trolley dancing with the girls again at the Vintage Festival outside the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank on 29th and 30th July 2011. It was quite an amazing experience. Above is an example of our group dance inspired by Busby Berkeley.
If you don’t know who Busby Berkeley is, this is an example:
The atmosphere was amazing, the sun was shining and a cool breeze was blowing. Helen choreographed the pieces together with a bit of help from myself and Sheena in the process. We had a 20 minute slot to fill. First Helen performed the Charleston tea trolley dance first performed at Trolleywood tea trolley workshop sometime last year at Sally Child’s BMOSO school of song and dance. Then myself and Sheena performed The Madison tea trolley dance based on the madison stroll partner dance. After that came the Top Hat tea trolley dance performed by Helen, me and Sheena. And finally the Tea for Two tea trolley dance as seen above.
It was so much fun to take part and be involved. (It was a good way of getting in free into the festival which was really expensive.) But actually it was just cool to be a part of something so inventive and idiosyncratic for the joy of being that way.
For this performance I designed and made 20’s style tea bird headbands for our costumes as that was the theme. Everyone involved wore a headband. Which is also part of the fun in tea trolley dancing as its themed and means you have to dress up.
Actually it was brilliant to be at the Vintage Festival in 20’s attire because everyone was dressed up in every era of fashion.
I also printed up some Tea Trolley Dancing posters fresh off the press at Vintage festival.
Around the side of the RFH there was a Letterpress printing workshop run by the St.Bride Foundation. So I asked them if it was ok to print up some posters for us on Saturday morning and so they did.
So watch this space for more tea trolley dancing!!