Great news! Bombshell Chic will be joining us at The Royal Bath, Bournemouth!

Bombshell Chic join the Royal Bath


Great news! Bombshell Chic Ltd will be joining us at The Royal Bath Hotel for the Boogaloo Jump Jive weekender in #Bournemouth next weekend, Friday 15th-18th November 2019. 

Due to popular demand, we are selling day tickets this year. Just £25 for the whole day (from 10:30am) including dance classes and evening bands, or £20 for the evening – from 8:00pm. 

Friday’s line up:

Cool music for dancing with Pat da Kat: 8.00 – 8.30pm
Ruby & The Dukes: 8.30 – 10.00pm
Chris Corcoran Big Band: 10.30 – Midnight
Late night record hop with Pat da Kat: Midnight – 1.00 am

Saturday’s dance classes in the Kings Hall include:

10.30 – 11.30 Swingsters Swingin’ Saturday Stroll 
Mike & Mel have choreographed a swingin’ Saturday stroll – come along Saturday morning and have fun learning this groovy Stroll and get your weekend off to a Swingin’ start – join them on Saturday night on the
dance floor where you can get your groove on. No partner needed.

11.35 – 12.35 Argentine Tango with Ian & Suzanne
Learn the foundations of Argentine tango – a subtle and closely led dance loved by dancers and audiences for its beauty, passion and drama. Learn a few simple stylish moves to give you a taste of the Tango!

12.40 – 1.55 Swing Jive for Beginners with Paul & Debbie
This great 1940’s/50’s Jive Dance is suitable for all levels, using a simplified six count footwork. You can use this pattern for faster Swing, Jazz and Rock’n’Roll music. Paul & Debbie will get you dancing even if you
haven’t danced before!

2.00 – 3.10 West Coast Swing with Ian & Suzanne
West Coast Swing is derived from Lindy Hop. It is a slotted swing dance, characterised by its use of triple steps and a smooth and linear style, made up mostly from 6, 8 and 10 beat moves. Ian and Suzanne will introduce you some of the basics of the dance.

3.15 – 4.30 Lindy Charleston and Variations with Paul & Debbie
An energetic Lindy Hop class with many Lindy Charleston variations to add to your Swing Jive. Suitable for beginners and more experienced dancers

Saturday’s line up:

Pat da Kat: 8.00 – 8.30pm
The Hep Chaps:  8.30 – 10.00pm
Laura B & Her Band: 10.30 – Midnight
Late night record hop with Pat da Kat: Midnight – 1.00 am

Saturday’s dance classes in the Kings Hall Private Bar include:

1.30 – 2.45 Balboa with Mike & Mel
Balboa is a smooth sophisticated swing dance which evolved in California at the same time that Lindy Hop developed in New York in the late 1920’s. Low impact to dance to faster music with a cool and beautiful look. We aim to multi-level the class to give more experienced Balboa dancers a challenge.

2.50 – 3.50 Rhythm & Blues with Mike & Mel
Taking you back to the 1940s where Rhythm & Blues evolved from blues, with the addition of driving rhythms taken from jazz. Get ready to get down and get those hips moving.

4.00 – 5.00 Salsa with Ian & Suzanne
Ian & Suzanne will teach you some essential, gentle Salsa steps to dance to those numbers from Latino artists such as Ritchie Valens or The Mavericks, to name only two.

Sunday’s line up:

Pat da Kat: 7.30 – 8.00pm
The Cadillac Kings: 8.00 – 9.30pm
Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead: 10.00 – 11.30pm
Pat da Kat: 11.30 –Midnight

Sunday’s dance classes include:

Dance Classes in The Kings Hall:

10.30 – 11.45 1920’s Partnered Charleston with Paul & Debbie
Paul and Debbie specialise in this wonderfully flamboyant dance from the era of flappers, gangsters and molls. Danced with a partner, it is great fun and fantastic to dance to fast music! Paul and Debbie will teach the basic footwork and throw in some great moves. This class will be suitable for all.


12.00 – 1.15 Peabody with Mike & Mel
A brilliant and fun ragtime dance loved by swing dancers at the Savoy Ballroom. Lively and easy to learn. It evolved into the modern quick step.


1.30 – 2.45 Lindy Hop Smooth & Slow with Paul & Debbie
An 8-count based lesson – using their wide knowledge of all aspects of Lindy Hop, Paul & Debbie will help you to understand lead & follow techniques using some stylish moves which will add class to your dancing.


3.00 – 4.15 Introduction to Quick Step with Ian & Suzanne
Learn the basic steps to get you dancing round the room to the quicker swing numbers. It’s great fun!

Dance Classes in The Kings Hall Private Bar

12.30 – 1.30 Cha Cha with Ian & Suzanne
A Latin dance of Cuban origin introduced in the early 50s. It’s a fun dance to get your feet moving and your hips swinging.


1.35 – 2.35 Collegiate Shag with Mike & Mel of Swingsters
Collegiate Shag has been wildly popular since the late 1920’s and predates the Lindy Hop. It is a fun swing style using 6 beat footwork involving hops and kicks and breaks. Often danced to quicker tempos.


2.40 – 3.40 Musicality with Mike & Mel
Join Mike & Mel in this fun class as they give tips, ideas & stylings on how to explore and express yourself while dancing to the music.


3.45 – 5.00 The Shim Sham with Paul & Debbie
A great chance to learn this very popular jazz dance, usually danced to Jimmie Lunceford’s “’Tain’t what you do” amongst other tracks. No partner or experience required. Incorporating many syncopated jazz steps,
breaks and fun bits. This is a great dance to know & danced worldwide!

The Double Festival Returns!  11th – 14th September 2020

Our legendary ‘Double’ Festival returns!

At last we have found a venue for our legendary ‘Double’ Festival!  The Carrington House Hotel in Bournemouth has two ballrooms and a third space for our late night jam sessions.

Book the Blues & Boogie Festival and you get to go to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival FREE OF CHARGE.   Or book the Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival and get the Blues & Boogie Festival FREE!   That’s TWO Festivals for the price of one!  Prices start at just £229 per person for three nights half board and all the music.

Please put this date in your diary, and if you’d like to make any band recommendations or requests, you can get in touch by emailing us at

Boogaloo Blues Weekend at The Toorak

Following the fantastic Jump Jive weekend at The Carrington House Hotel, we are now looking forward to our Blues Weekend at The Toorak in Torquay 14th – 17th June 2019.

The leaflet shows the fab line-up with superb singer and guitarist Stevie Nimmo , fab singer Elles Bailey, the highly entertaining and talented Greg Coulson and his band, excellent singer and guitarist Tom C Walker, plus Boogaloo favourites Split Whiskers, replacing Yoka & The Sugarbeats,the Eddie Angel Blues Band which includes Chris Corcoran and Laurie Garman and not forgetting Blues Situation who are running the jam sessions.

A brilliant line-up, a fabulous hotel and lovely like-minded people. What’s not to like? The good news is that as a result of some cancellations, we have a handful of rooms available!  Get in touch with Boogaloo if you’d like to go on 01252 793430 or by email to  You won’t regret it!

Rock ‘n’ Roll at fabulous Norton Grange on the Isle of Wight

Our next Rock ‘n’ Roll weekender is at Warner’s Norton Grange on the Isle of Wight.   Norton Grange is one of our favourite venues for it’s fabulous location overlooking the sea, the great food and the friendly helpful team.

Isle of Wight is always a joy and Yarmouth is a pretty little town in walking distance.  Warner’s are known for their excellent food and the location has great views over the Solent.   We also have a fabulous line-up with ‘Whole Lot of Shakin” star Rebel Dean & The Star Cats, the very entertaining and talented Joey & The Jivers, the superb vocals of Shane Baxendale with his all-rocking band The Korrados, the ever-popular Greggi G & His Crazy Gang and the superb talent of Jim Hammond on keys and vocals and Bill (of Kingcats fame) on drums and vocals, together known as the Sweet Georgia Boys.    Click here for the programme.

Add to that our DJ Dynamite Dave and dance classes with Steve & Tara of Jive Revive, and you have a weekend you really shouldn’t miss!   To book, visit Warner’s website or call the booking line on 0330 100 9774.

Happy New Boogaloo Year!

We’re looking forward to another year of fabulous gigs and festivals with stellar performances from our regular bands as well as exciting new bands!
Our first gig of 2019 is with the fabulous Gary Fletcher Band at Farnham Maltings in the Cellar Bar on Thursday 17th January.   For those who don’t know it, the full address is Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR and there is ample free parking as well as plentiful local bars and restaurants.   The Maltings is also close to Farnham Train Station if you want to let the train take the strain!
A founder and ever present member of The Blues Band, Gary Fletcher has appeared with and/or recorded with Peter Green, Maggie Bell, Van Morrison,Long John Baldry and more.  Gary plays and sings a compelling mix of originals and classic covers, incorporating elements of blues and Americana  using guitar, slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele.
When not working solo he showcases some exceptional musicians.  At the Maltings, the stellar line-up is Gary Fletcher (guitar, vocals), harmonica player Alan Glen  (The Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero etc) , violin virtuoso Tom Leary  (Lindisfarne, Feast of Fiddles), drummer Sam Kelly (Dave Kelly Band, Tom Robinson etc), ace guitarist Nick Ritchie (Mud) and last but not least Andy Billups (The Hamsters).  This will be a great show!     Tickets £14 on the door (cash only please).    Ticket reservations recommended.
Doors open 8.15 pm for a 9.00 pm start.  For full details of this and other blues gigs, please visit our Blues gigs page – click here.