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Published 24th February 2015
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Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet marks it’s fifth birthday…and you’re invited to the celebrations
(Above: Revellers at Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet - by Shorefront Films)
It’s five years since Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! - the popular south London 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco pop-up club - first hit the dance floor in the fabulous chandeliered ballroom at The Trafalgar Tavern on Park Row.
Thousands of people have partied with HSDY at dozens of events and Saturday March 7th promises to be - in the world of Shalamar - “ a night to remember”.
Party-goers can strut their funky stuff with top vinyl DJ Lord Anthony (Bestival, Elle Style Awards) and Hula DJ Da’Lynne (Lynne’s Lounge at venues including the LP Bar, New Cross) spinning the tunes you know and love.
Established by Nikki Spencer, HSDY night kick off with choreographer-led dance routines (Carwash, Le Freak plus, of course, Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet after which the pop-up club night it takes its name) to get everyone into the groove.
Nikki first began the event by organising some fundraisers before for her daughters' school, one at Up The Creek with John Cooper Clarke and Simon Day and Nine Below Zero and another at Blackheath Halls with opera singer Willard White.
Then her daughter's school had a club event at The Trafalgar in Greenwich and the event proved so popular that the decision was taken to launch the night there.
“I have always loved dancing but once I had kids I felt a bit uncomfortable about going to clubs full of twenty somethings”, explains Nikki, now in her 50s, “I still wanted to dance to the music I love (soul, funk and disco) so came up with the idea of HSDY when I was in my 40s.
“We have had events at a variety of venues since our early days but it feels so good to be celebrating our 5th birthday back where it all started.
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! is generally aimed at an older crowd (30, 40 and 50+) and offers an unashamedly retro night “for people who remember the tunes first time round and still want to party”. However, twenty-somethings love it too and some even bring their parents, or vice versa.
There are prizes for the best outfits and dance moves along with free retro sweets and ice pops. Plus ten per cent of profits from HSDY nights go to Cancer Research UK.
HSDY nights are very popular and the crew held their biggest ever sell-out event for 800+ people at Blackheath Halls at Christmas.
“We just want to give people a good night out whatever their age. What is great is that some mums in the 50s bring their daughters in their 20s who love it too”, said Nikki, “What's made it so successful is the crew but also the people who come as they are always up for a party. It really is a feel good atmosphere and we are now looking to take in to north London and maybe elsewhere in the country due to its popularity.
“Organising events is hard work but when the dance floor is packed and everyone is smiling and happy that is the best feeling in the world. Disco makes people feel good, dancing makes you feel good, and broke down a lot of barriers. It is a chance to go out and party.”