A Snapshot of Mersey Swing
Mersey Swing CIC is a Social Enterprise based in Liverpool, UK. Mersey Swing CIC is a Social Enterprise that is passionate about dance, and creating a positive, fun filled, welcoming atmosphere that provides opportunities for physical exercise, and social interaction. Mersey Swing is a professional member of the Federation for Community Dance.
The aim of Mersey Swing CIC is to increase health and well being through dancing and positive social interaction. This will be accomplished by providing classes, workshops, performances, and interaction with community and charity events.
Mersey Swing CIC is a sustainable and transparently governed organisation that complies with relevant legislation and legal requirements.
Further Information about Mersey Swing CIC
Mersey Swing CIC is a Social Enterprise based in Liverpool, UK, and is the home of the cultural and vintage dance styles known as Swing. Swing dance is an umbrella term that encompasses many vintage/vernacular American Jazz styles including Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop. These dances paved the way for the later swing dances such as Boogie-woogie, Rock ‘n’ Roll, West and East Coast Swing and Jive. Mersey Swing CIC focuses on the early swing styles, and specialise in the origin of swing dances – the Lindy Hop. Lindy hop is a partnered dance, originating in late 1920′s Harlem, born out of partnered Charleston and the ‘breakaway’ and influenced by many popular dances of the time such as the ‘Turkey Trot’ and the ‘Texas Tommy’.
Mersey Swing CIC is unique in the provision of this dance style, being the only solely dedicated dance company in Merseyside to provide this vintage style tuition and social events. Mersey Swing CIC provides weekly classes for adult beginners, improvers and intermediate dancers in Liverpool City Centre as well as private tuition and performances. Additionally, regular skills workshops are conducted and Mersey Swing CIC regularly brings in international dance teachers to Liverpool to add variety to the teaching schedule.
Mersey Swing performs regularly for the community and engages with both private and charitable partners. Most recently, Mersey Swing CIC performed a flash mob in partnership with a local Liverpool Charity, Nugent Care, and Liverpool City Council, to increase the awareness of dignity for those affec ted by Dementia. Mersey Swing has performed for charity events for The Brain Trust, and Marie Curie. Mersey Swing CIC also regular interacts with Council led initiatives such as Light Night (Liverpool’s one-night arts and culture festival), World Mental Health Day and Liverpool Museum activities designed to educate adults and young people about historical cultural activities. Mersey Swing contributes to the health and well being strategy within Liverpool by providing opportunities for residents to increase their physical activity and provides socialisation opportunities, which improves mental health and community cohesion. Teaching a vintage dance style also increases cultural awareness.
Aim of Mersey Swing CIC
Mersey Swing CIC is a Social Enterprise that is passionate about dance, and creating a positive, fun filled, welcoming atmosphere that provides opportunities for physical exercise, and social interaction. The aim of Mersey Swing CIC is to increase health and well being through dancing and positive social interaction. This will be accomplished by providing classes, workshops, performances, and interaction with community and charity events.
The History of Mersey Swing
Mersey Swing became a registered CIC in April 2014. The Board of Directors are;
- Hannah Anderson, Social Secretary
- Pippa Dawson, Vice Chair
- Cat Foley, Creative Director
- Helen Maguire, Treasurer
- Susan Whittle, Secretary
- Normandie Wragg, Chair of the Board of Directors
The Mersey Swing Management Committee
Mersey Swing’s continuation and growth is being supported by the members of Mersey Swing and a committee. The Management Committee is currently made up of a group of Mersey Swingers, who want to see Mersey Swing grow. All committee members are volunteering their time.
Certain members of the committee will be coaching in the classes and have been taking workshops across the country and abroad in order to share what they have learned with Liverpool.
The Mersey Swing Management Committee is governed by a Board of Directors.