Swing Sister Swing leads self-expression, creativity and collective joy through jazz music and dance. Co-founded by Cat Foley & Nancy Hitzig in 2018, Swing Sister Swing is a female-led swing dance and theatre company that specialises in public programmes, original captivating shows & workshops for people of all ages and abilities.
Swing Sister Swing brings together dancers, musicians, storytellers and artists who champion the stories of jazz music and dance greats, alongside the modern feminist stories of women in swing dance today. Whether in the community, or on stage, all the work is female-led, reflective of modern society and presents at minimum 50/50 gender equity across all activities.
The current 2022 self-titled Swing Sister Swing show takes the audience on a journey behind the glitz and glamour of the modern swing dance scene.
This show interrogates the politics of partner dance, the complexities of race and gender within the swing community, and the magic of what we make together. Featuring six powerful women and a six-piece band - the dancing and music may be vintage, but this is no nostalgic throwback.
Written by celebrated theatre-maker Natasha Brown, Swing Sister Swing is directed by Olivier award-winning Director Miranda Cromwell with choreography by Lana Williams, original music by Two Twenty Two and Musical Direction by Annette Walker.
“Swing Sister Swing is an innovative and exciting project that the Everyman and Playhouse new works department are invested in. I was particularly impressed with the energy and skill of the company of dancers, their shared modern stories of women in swing and jazz dance and the all-female and gender minority big band that recorded their original score. Cat and Nancy’s ambition and feminist approach is refreshing in a form that is often perceived as heteronormative and nostalgic while also uplifting stories of female jazz makers in both historic and modern ways.”
Francesca Peschier- Associate of New Work Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse