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  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
    7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    - Order of running is as follows;

    7.15pm Front Reception & Bar opens to serve early birds in the canteen area

    7.30pm Main hall opens with Swing DJ

    7.45-8.15pm Fun Warm-Up Class

    8.15-9.00pm Swing DJ 

    9.00-9.45pm Laura B & Her Band

    9.45-10.15pm Swing DJ & Book for the next dance at reception; cash or card

    10.15-11.00pm Laura B & Her Band

    11.00-11.30pm Swing DJ then Carriages. Hall Layout Back to Normal! We’re going back to the normal hall set-up (after a change for the Autumn Swinging Ball) with stage at the top end of the hall. Theme / Dress Code Guests are welcome to dress festive, retro or smart.   Licenced Bar We run an inexpensive, in-house bar so we respectfully request that you support it. It's well stocked with beers (from £2), wines, spirits and soft drinks (from 50p). 

    Due to the venue licence, please don't bring your own drinks. Guests bringing alcohol on-site will be asked to leave as it jeopardises our continued use of the venue. E-Tickets If you can display your eticket on a mobile device on arrival there is no need to print it out. Next Event...

    Sat 28th March 2020 - Swinging Spring Ball with JG & The Ultimates

    We’re launching ticket sales for the following event during the interval. Tickets are not available ANYWHERE else before Saturday, and the £10 rate will be cheaper than any other price available. As normal we will be accepting payment by card and cash during the interval. We look forward to seeing you! The Swing Dance Team

Franchise Owner

The Swing Dance Company hosts another fantastic Xmas Swinging Ball. We welcome Laura B back with her fantastic 8-piece band, after performing a wonderful show for us in Summer 2018.

Having built a fantastic reputation at many major events playing 1950s style good time Rhythm’n’Blues, Laura B and Her Band will be a perfect fit at our Xmas Swinging Ball.

Laura B at The Royal Festival Hall

This Xmas Swinging Ball is open to all, whether you want to spend all night dancing or prefer to kick back and watch the show. Our celebrated Swinging Balls have been held at Admiral Lord Nelson School for 17 years and they have built a splendid reputation, attracting the UK and Europe’s finest jive and swing bands along with huge attendances.

Laura B’s band are made up of some of the finest authentic sounding rhythm and blues players in Europe, band members have played with the likes of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, The Mike Sanchez Band and Blue Harlem. They like to get us down with classic rhythm’n’blues from the early 1950s, Laura draws inspiration from female vocalists such as Etta James, Wynona Carr and Big Maybelle.

Laura B and Her Band have played have performed at prestigious venues and festivals including London’s famous 100 Club, at London Royal Festival Hall, Twinwood Festival, Vintage at Goodwood, Rhythm Riot, Hemsby Weekender and Hep Cats Holiday plus festivals in Holland, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

Our Swinging Ball dance events sell out time after time. As a result please book early for this next feature event.

This Swinging Ball is open to all, you will have great fun whether you want to spend all night dancing or prefer to kick back and watch the show. Due to the unique atmosphere these events have a splendid reputation, attracting the UK and Europe’s finest jive and swing bands along with huge attendances. Almost certainly the best venue for dancers, Admiral Lord Nelson School has hosted our celebrated Swinging Ball events for over 17 years.

The Xmas Swinging Ball is more than just a live band event though – with some loving touches you’ll enjoy a wonderful evening. Our team will be busy dressing the venue especially for the night!

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.

The band will be supported by swinging DJs and a warm-up lesson. The DJ team will play a great mix of swing, rock’n’roll and rhythm and blues tracks. The evening will be kick started with a warm-up class, suitable for all levels. Don’t miss out on this fantastic night of live entertainment, music and dancing, book your tickets now!

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Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5XT, United Kingdom


Customer Parking & Entrance for Tuesday Classes

Please use the “Community Entrance”, this is at the southern end of the main building. The MUGA (tennis courts) should be available for parking, so please drive to the gate at the southern end of the school (approximately opposite Subway).

Refurbished Toilets

The 1st Floor toilets (accessed near the canteen area) are refurbished and look fab, so we’re using those for this event!