DJ Lil’ Koko invited us to dance, perform and teach during her set at the Mardi Gras festivities at Pop Brixton. Dressed in purple, orange and gold we led the parade through the music to the driving rhythm of the Tunnel Chops marching band. Then back at the stage we performed three routines and taught a 20-minute solo Charleston class. We spent the rest of the afternoon dancing with people from the crowd, practising our gymnastics (occasionally being outshone by the kids!) and dropping in the odd surprise routine.
Briston Mardi Gras is such a energetic burst of colour in the grey of winter – what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Thanks Lil’ Koko for having us. See you next year!
For our fifth year at Festival No.6 we played the piazza at 7:15pm on Friday night. We put on a ‘Mudflappers Megamix’ with tunes from the 30s to the 80s. For the first time we played with our DJ Tobin on stage, so we could mix it up between performances, demonstrations and audience dance-offs. What started with Charleston ended with a Thriller-fuelled zombie stage invasion. We also taught partnered Lindy Hop, St. Louis Shag and Northern Soul workshops up in the No.6 Academy. Our fifth No.6 has been our best one yet – great to end on a high!
Port Eliot was our first festival and one of our favourites. This year we were back for the 5th year to teach a programme of beginners’ swing dancing classes at the Idler Academy stage. The setting couldn’t be more idyllic: a lawn that gives onto a beautiful tidal inlet. Lots of space to dance, drink gin, and then, when it gets too hot, a quick swim in the bracing water and some skin treatment on the mudflats.
We taught a mixture of lindy hop, charleston and St Louis shag classes. We now have quite a loyal following at Port Eliot, with festival goers coming back year after year to try out our irreverent mix of dancing, messing around and generally making people laugh. We are super pleased to be coming back in 2019.
The most glorious heatwave befell the UK over this August bank holiday weekend, so we de-camped from inside the Idler Academy’s Imaginarium to teach outside, doing several Charleston classes to vintage and not-so-vintage tunes over the weekend. We also got invited into the dance-off stage ‘all stars’ spectacle; essentially a boxing ring surrounded by hoardes of sparkly, cheering revellers. We have no shame in saying our Tranky Doo placed behind well-deserving winners including outrageously attired cross-dressers, a 10 year old acrobatic prodigy and obviously, the champion; the guy who took all his clothes off. Individual Flappers and friends however did win several heats with their unique swing-inspired moves, to rapturous applause. We love you Shambala ❤
With a Peter Pan-inspired theme of Neverworld, this weekend is all about escapism, and we drew crowds with our lively Charleston class three times over the weekend, despite battling larger sound systems nearby. Revellers were so keen they continued to follow along to our Michael Jackson Thriller Charleston routine (impressive!) and when we took to the decks to play tunes for the hour after class, the bar tent continued to hop. One of our biggest crews so far this summer, it was great to use extra Mudflappers for even more crowd engagement, and give our resident DJ centre stage for a while.
We were absolutely thrilled to return to Festival No. 6 this year. If ever there was a perfect venue for a festival then this is it, and we have the privilege of being asked to teach right in the middle of it, in the piazza of the fantasy mediterranean coastal village-inspired Portmeirion (as well as on a floating stage – that was a first!) This year as well as a class, we threw in some performances and a little late night dancing; some crowd-busting electroswing routines in the VIP tent, onstage with the live band Gypsies of Bohemia, and were invited to take part in the spectacular festival finale which re-imagined the classic ‘Prisoner’ opening scenes. Definitely a spectacle to remember!
At this year’s Port Eliot festival the Mudflappers were the resident dance band at the Idler Academy stage. Beneath the boughs of the shade trees, between the gin bar and the sea, you could find us helping innocent punters to learn the Lindy Hop. We ran taster classes all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We also chucked in the odd show when the opportunity arose and managed to perform out in the mud!