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Music and Dance

Music, song, and dance played an important role throughout the Second World War boosting morale and bringing communities together. On VE day parties were held all across Suffolk in halls, market squares and on military bases.

During the Second World War American Service men arrived in Suffolk to work on air bases, they brought with them jazz music, and new dances such as the Lindy Hop and Jive. These energetic dances where very different from the English style of dancing and proved popular with young people looking for entertainment.

Here Justin and Kara from Jeep Jump Jive give us a Lindy Hop demonstration:

Why not try out Lindy Hop at home using the step by step guide in this VE Day Party Pack from English Heritage.

New styles of dance required upbeat music and the American arrivals also influenced the choice of music being played. Big Bands such as Glenn Miller toured the county, and local people and American soldiers joined up to form local bands and groups playing all the current jazz and jive hits.

The Femmes will be hosting a virtual concert of 1940’s favourites which will available to watch from Friday 8th May to Monday 11th May on their Youtube Channel.

Music and entertainment is a huge part of keeping the nations spirts up during this lockdown period. So, to celebrate VE Day, The Femmes wanted to spread a little joy. They are performing “live from their living rooms” so you can stay home, stay safe and sing along. The concert they have put together will be free to stream from their youtube channel over the VE Day Bank Holiday weekend (8th -11th May.)

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