Two nights of dancing to two of the most popular performers in the UK will make this a weekend to remember!
The Swing Dance Company’s Autumn Swinging Ball has grown into a fabulous weekend featuring Mike Sanchez and his Portions on Fri 13th Oct 2017 AND Si Cranstoun and his band on Sat 14th Oct 2017.
Both nights can be booked from this page, either separately or together for a discount.
Friday Night – Mike Sanchez and his Portions
The Swing Dance Company host Mike Sanchez and His Portions on Fri 13th Oct. The legendary rhythm and blues singer and pianist returns to The Swing Dance Company after a 7 year break.
Developing his reputation with The Big Town Playboys during the 1980s, Sanchez was headline news in Time Out Magazine and he rubbed shoulders with Robert Plant, Eric Clapton and Paul Jones at venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Into the 90s and The Big Town Playboys were playing festivals across Europe, US tours (organised by Mick Fleetwood) and on TV with Jools Holland. They performed on stage alongside Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.
Mike Sanchez has been named UK Keyboard player of the year on 5 consecutive years at the turn of the century and performed in Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Now based in Spain, we are delighted to have this rare opportunity to be hosting one of the greatest performers in our genre.
Mike Sanchez helped forge the reputation of The Swing Dance Company’s Swinging Balls, having performed at our Xmas Ball in 2008 and 2009. Plans for a 2015 show with us were aborted at the last minute following an awful car crash so we’re delighted that Mike Sanchez was keen to return this year!
Saturday Night – Si Cranstoun & His Band
We’re hosting another one of the UK’s top attractions amongst dancers at this live band night in Portsmouth. You’ll have seen Si Cranstoun being interviewed on TV, headlining festivals and enjoying mainstream Radio 2 airplay with his debut single “Caught In The Moonlight” and other popular hits such as “Dynamo”. Exciting!
One of the biggest stars on the scene, Si Cranstoun recently secured a million pound record deal with Warner as this Daily Mail article reports;
Incredibly popular on his two previous engagements with The Swing Dance Company at the same Portsmouth venue in 2011 and 2015, Si Cranstoun is our most eagerly anticipated performer this year.
Other big name performers such as The Jive Aces, King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys, The Regular Joes, Big Boy Bloater and The Swing Commanders have graced the stage for The Swing Dance Company at Admiral Lord Nelson School, but we’ve never had a weekend to compare with Mike Sanchez and Si Cranstoun on back-to-back evenings.
The venue offers a spacious dance floor, ample seating and tables plus an inexpensive fully licensed in-house bar operated by our own friendly dancers. The evening is perfect for you whether you prefer to dance non-stop or just kick back, socialise and enjoy the live music and entertainments. Being just a few minutes away from the A27/M27 near the Eastern Road in Portsmouth, the venue is easy to reach from far and wide – we always attract dancers from all over the South! The venue has a large car park.
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