Vintage dancer Nikki Santilli will teach you a solo jazz routine at the start of the evening. You’ll love this class, whether you’ve been dancing for 5 minutes or 5 years! Whilst the lesson is optional, it’s suitable for complete beginners – and you don’t need a partner – so there’s no reason not to get involved.
Nikki Santilli is a much-loved professional vintage jazz dancer who performs, teaches and choreographs for arts venues, corporate events, schools, weddings and adult evening classes.
A familiar face on London’s swing scene for over ten years, she has also appeared on TV, film and the London stage. Nikki specialises in Jazz Roots and Balboa.
Down for the Count Big Band
As always, Rhythm Junction London features The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra – but this year, for the first time ever, they will be performing as a 19-piece big band in true 1930s style!
Renowned on the vintage scene for their unique sound and energetic performance, Down for the Count have been described by Twinwood Festival as “a breath of fresh air on the swing scene.” They bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life – but are not afraid to try something new, keeping audiences on their toes!
As much fun to watch as to dance to, in 2018 alone Down for the Count have performed at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, The London Jazz Festival, and in Paris at the oldest jazz club in Europe. They always put on a great show that is guaranteed to get you dancing!
House of Amelia
Between sets, we’re delighted to welcome back top swing DJ House of Amelia who will keep you dancing with a great selection of vintage classics.
With an eclectic mix of big band, trad jazz, jive and rock’n’roll music, there is something for everyone in each of Amelia’s sets – and whilst you’re welcome to sit and enjoy the evening’s proceedings, we defy you to stay still when she is on the decks!