VE Day 2020

Dance 4 VE Day

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Dance 4 VE Day - marking 75 years since VE Day through trying to create the largest remote dancing flashmob!

Can you help us create the biggest remote flashmob to celebrate VE Day and pull together to support your local causes?

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), celebrations across the nation have been put on hold. However, we wanted to ensure the day was still marked whilst helping to support local causes.

Friday 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day. On 7 May 1945, Germany formally surrendered at the end of the Second World War and 8 May was declared a day of national celebration. Millions took to the streets to celebrate this news, following six long years of devastating war. We are inviting you to join us online to Dance 4 VE Day and explore the remarkable VE Day stories of Kingston’s residents. 

Our hope is to get as many people as possible doing the ‘Dance 4 VE Day’ dance at 4pm on Friday 8 May from the safety of their own homes! 

Through Kingston Heritage Service’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), we will be sharing a series of short easy period dance workshops created by Steph Orme that will teach everyone the dance moves they need to take part. This will be a solo dance (sticking to social distancing rules) suitable for any age and ability to have a go and join in the fun - no dance experience required!

Each workshop will be peppered with snippets of Kingston’s wartime facts and information about what people of Kingston would have been doing to celebrate VE Day 75 years ago. 

On VE Day people up and down the country would have greeted the news with huge parties, singing and dancing in the street. In 1945, people would be "jitterbugging" (partner dancing) on VE day. However, so that everyone can take part this will be a solo dance that would be an appropriate style for the 1940s made up a combination of jazz and Charleston moves from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Helen Griffiths, Heritage Team Leader, said:

"Whilst we go through this tough situation in 2020, we want to create a small piece of that togetherness atmosphere in homes across the country.

"Whilst we dance alone in our own homes, we will be dancing together from afar at 4pm on 8 May 2020."

Further information:

When and where will the workshops be launched online?
Thursday 30 April (part 1), 1 May (part 2), 3 May (part 3), 5 May (full run through) and 7 May (1940s style and fashion tips) 

How do I take part in the remote flashmob?

Join Kingston Heritage Service @RBKheritage on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, between the 30 April and 7 May to learn the dance. On 8 May tune in to Kingston Heritage Service’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts where we’ll be broadcasting the performance, for you to join in with. 

Please send photos or videos of you taking part using #Dance4VEDay

Who has created Dance 4 VE Day?

Dance 4 VE Day has been created by Kingston Heritage Service and Choreographer and Dancer Steph Orme. 

The youngest of four dancing sisters, Steph Orme’s obsession with all things vintage began as a toddler watching Annie on VHS every day. This love of swing dance, music and style intensified when she moved to London in 2010 and discovered it’s vibrant Lindy Hop scene. Over the past 10 years she has regularly taught Jazz, Lindy Hop and Charleston, performing at iconic venues and appearing on television - and never losing the thrill of introducing absolute beginners to the joy and nostalgia of this era. 

Kingston Heritage Service is part of Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Council, operating two sites Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre as well as borough wide partnership projects. Kingston Heritage Service aims to engage residents across the borough and further afield in activity focussed on Kingston’s local heritage, past and present.

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