Roll up for the Diamond Jubilee Jam!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back for our the Diamond Jubilee Jam at our regular venue of the Corks Club, with its great big dance floor, and a great big stage area too.

This time we’ve got a live band playing – INTENT ON JAZZ.  Some of you may remember the storming set they played for us last year.

Tickets are a bargain £7 with one of our flyers, which you’ll be able to find in various outlets around Birmingham or just print this one off — or it’s £8 on the door.

It’s the last Hot Ginger before we take a summer break so make sure you get there, because it promises to be an unmissable night of vintage fun!

The party starts at 7.30pm so don’t be late!


If you don’t quite know where Hot Ginger is, we’re in the upstairs function room at the CORKS CLUB in Kings Heath, Birmingham. It’s only 4 minutes up the road from from our previous venue in Moseley village, just after Kings Heath High Street. It has, of course, recently become the venue for JazzJiveswing’s weekly Lindy Hop classes on Mondays, so many of you will already know what a great venue it is.

You can see the building in the photo below. There’s plenty of parking space and you can find the door to the upstairs function room at the side of the building, past the fire escape. we’ll pin our HOT GINGER banner above it so you can see it easily.

The Corks Club, 225 Alcester Rd South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT

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DATE CHANGE: June event now a week later

Yes, we’ve had to make a slight change to our 2012 schedule, but hopefully we’re informing you well in advance about it.

Due to a clash with another event, we’ve moved our JUNE date.

It will now take place on Saturday the 9 June (not the 2nd).

We’ll be announcing more information about the event in the future as we make arrangements, but for now, just change it in your diaries.

That’s Hot Ginger, this year on 11 Feb (our Retromance Ball), 7 April, and 9 June.

All events at our great new venue, The Corks Club, Kings Heath.

Toodle pip!

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Big venue – big band!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back for 2012 in our new venue of the Corks Club, with its great big dance floor, and a great big stage area too.

Last time you saw the small but perfectly formed Top Shelf Jazz onstage and they rocked you through the night. This time we’re going to try to fit a 15-piece big band on it!

The TOM DUNNETT BIG BAND are an exciting new swing orchestra comprised of young music students who like to swing hard, and they’ll be playing a couple of sets at our HOT GINGER RETROMANCE BALL on 11 February 2012.

Tickets are a bargain £7 with one of our flyers, which you’ll be able to find in various outlets around Birmingham, or £8 on the door.

Make sure you get there, because it promises to be an unmissable night of vintage fun!

 

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Your Hot Ginger dates for 2012!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back in 2012 and we’ve just confirmed a trio of hot dates for the new year at our great new venue, The Corks Club, Kings Heath.

We’ll be kicking off on Saturday 11 February with our Valentines Ball and we’ve got an excellent big band lined up to play.

Then we’ll be back on the 7 April and the 9 June to take us through to the summer.

Put the dates in your diary. Posters will be appearing soon.

Have a lovely swinging Christmas and we’ll see you all next year!

 

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NEW VENUE for the next Hot Ginger!

We’ve moved! And we’ve got a great space with a nice, big dance floor and tons of seating for the next Hot Ginger.

It is, of course, our HOME FRONT HOP, and we’ve got live music from Top Shelf Jazz, so make sure you go to the right place!

We’ll be in the upstairs function room at the CORKS CLUB in Kings Heath. It’s only 4 minutes up the road from from our previous venue in Moseley village, just after Kings Heath High Street. It has, of course, recently become the venue for JazzJiveswing’s weekly Lindy Hop classes on Mondays, so many of you will already know what a great venue it is.

So don’t forget. It’s the Corks Club, upstairs, side entrance, and it’s Saturday 8 October.

It promises to be a cracking night what with a great live band and guest DJ Mel Calanglang joining us to spin some great swing tunes.

The Corks Club, 225 Alcester Rd South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT

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The Hula look…

It’s the Hot Ginger HAWAIIAN HULA PARTY NIGHT this Saturday and many of you will be wondering what to wear for such a night (we know, because you’ve been asking us).

Well, first of all, you don’t have to dress up. But if you like to…

Ladies, think Hollywood 40s beach wear, South Pacific, naughty nautical, a dash of tropical, flowers in your hair and garlands round your neck.

Guys, this is the one where you get to out-do the girls. Because what guy hasn’t got a bad taste Hawaiian shirt in his wardrobe?

If it’s anything like the last one, it’s going to be VERY HOT as well. See you there!

[ Watch our slide show below, but you might also want to take a look at this photo album over at Hepcats’ Holiday from one of their previous Naughty Nautical nights. Lots of ideas in there… http://www.hepcatsholiday.com/page21.html ]


 

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It’s your chance to Shag…

The sharp-eyed of you might have noticed that before this Saturday’s HOT GINGER we’re offering a change from our usual Balboa dance taster class…

Yes, this Saturday we’ve got special guests Dai and Sharon Roland coming all the way from Newport to give us an exciting taster class in COLLEGIATE SHAG.

Carry On jokes aside, this is a very energetic swing dance that emerged on the 1930s college swing dance scene. It’s a lot of fun, and a few of us from Hot Ginger were recently knocked out by some awesome Shag dancers at the recent Hepcats’ Holiday weekender.

The taster will most likely be at a sedate pace just to get you used to the basics. We don’t think it will be quite as full on as the video clips below!

So make sure you take this chance to learn the basic step so you can take it further at your leisure. We’re not sure, but this might well be the first ever Shag class in Birmingham! It’s certainly a very rare chance to have a go at this increasingly popular swing dance.

Get there for 7.30. The class is free and part of your Hot Ginger Hawaiian Hula Party Night ticket.

See you there!

 

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Hooray for Hollywood!

Well, we rolled out the red carpet for our first big 2011 bash and you really made it the greatest show on earth. There were over fifty of you in the free Balboa dance class early in the evening (run wonderfully by Stephen and Kerstin) and plenty of you were trying out the steps on the dance floor later on.

It turned into a cracking night with over 120 people piling in, dressed to the nines, and the swing swinging all the way till 1 a.m.

A big thank you has to go to our first ever live band, INTENT ON JAZZ, whose two sets had everyone dancing. We’ll definitely have them back to play for you at a future Hot Ginger night, but if you want to book the guys for your own party or event, give Roger a call on 07951 436 720 or email him. Everyone was buzzing about them, so they really put on a great show (and thanks to Lorna for scouting them out!).

A few of you were saying it was the best Hot Ginger ever, so the next nine dates for 2011 have a lot to live up to!

We’ll see you all for our Prohibition Party on 12 March… and stay tuned for news about a Balboa dance workshop on the same day. We’ll give you the details just as soon as we’ve got it all organised…

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Get your Hot Ginger 2011 year planner!

Yes, it’s here at last, a glorious new flyer listing the entire Hot Ginger itinerary for 2011. So you can put every single swingin’ date in your diary for the entire year and start planning those outfits!

Pete from Digit64 has done another sterling job on the design, this time using photos from previous Hot Ginger nights featuring some of you looking mighty swell.

As you can see, we’re putting on a few favourites from last year, so there will be a Prohibition Party in March and an Hawaiian Hula in June.

We’ve also got a couple of WW2 themed nights with our Blitz Ball in May and the Home Front Hop in October.

And we’re excited about the French swing night in July (anyone who listened to our French Swing Special on the radio will know what that’s all about) and a Weimar Berlin-themed night in September (just think Cabaret!).

Then we’ve got a Spring ball in April, and we close the year with our second birthday party and our Swingin’ Xmas bash.

And the whole thing kicks off on 12 February with our Hollywood Romance Party, featuring live swing by Intent On Jazz – our first ever live band! (there will definitely be more – just check the posters when they come out).

So that’s ten superb swing parties throughout 2011.

Remember that the flyer gets you £1 off the entry fee, so make sure you get one and bring it with you.

It’s available at the usual outlets throughout Moseley and Kings Heath and we’ve got events around the region taking stacks too, so you’ll find it in most swing outlets.

See you at all our parties!

Let’s make it a year to remember.

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Another Christmas cracker!

It was our second great Swingin’ Xmas Party and we rounded off an amazing year in fine style, a-swingin’ and a-jinglin’ to the cheesiest Xmas swing hits of the 30s and 40s (plus our usual no-nonsense stompin’ jazz floor fillers, as always) and a great crowd filled the place and danced till midnight.

The free Balboa class was another big success and we’ll definitely keep it going next year, and the Snowball was pretty hilarious too (if you don’t know what a Snowball is, well, how about we do it again at the next one? Not to be missed!)

You can check out all the photos from the night on our Facebook page.

We’re off on our Xmas hols now but not before we wish you all a Merry Xmas and a massive thank you for making 2010 the year of Hot Ginger. Here’s to making it bigger and better in 2011!

We’ll see you all at our next night… on Saturday 12 February (ooh, retromantic!)

And look out for the new flyer appearing some time in January, listing our TEN dates for 2011.

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