As well as all the dancing in the evenings, RSX is once again planning a range of dancing and non-dancing daytime activities for Saturday. Full venue details to be confirmed, so watch this space! A timetable of activities will be released closer to the event.
PLEASE NOTE: Some activities are included in your RSX ticket price and some require an extra charge. We will endeavour to make this clear in the activity list below and in your event booklet. Prices will be listed once confirmed with the activity vendor. Space is limited on some activities and will require signing up in advance. Sign ups will be available from 9.00pm at the Friday night Welcome Dance. Activities and schedule are subject to change, please seek confirmation at the Friday night Welcome Dance.
Take a look at last year’s RSX2017 activities below.
READING HISTORY TOUR
12.30pm, leaving from Rising Sun Arts Centre
Avid history buff Kate Charlton will once again be leading the historic tour of Reading around the town center, taking in the Abbey
ruins, the place that inspired Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Goal and Jane Austen’s school house!
Find out why Reading was described as being famous for “The Three Bs”, which real-life “Call The Midwife” character lived here and why you shouldn’t keep an elephant in a pub. Whether this is the first time you’ve visited or you’ve lived here for years, you’re bound to discover something new!
NOTE: This tour is included in the RSX Weekend Pass.
REAL ALE TOUR
1.30pm, leaving from Rising Sun Arts Centre
It’s back by popular demand! After last year’s well attended tour, Reading local and ale aficionado Jamie Duffield will once again be hosting the Real Ale Tour of Reading, giving you an insiders guide to local brewing gems and hidden treasures.
Jamie’s got loads of experience with the local beer and ale scene having worked with many of the local pubs, he’s a key figure behind the Reading Beer Festival and a keen brewer himself!
NOTE: The tour itself is included in the RSX Weekend Pass but food or drink consumed during the tour is at the attendees own cost. Please drink responsibly.
UKULELE & SINGING WORKSHOP
Ukulele’s are super popular and travel friendly instruments, perfect for jamming and taking with you to events! Join Tim Kindred to learn basic chords, strumming patterns and melodies and learn to play some well known songs. There may also be some swing songs in there too!
Tim is a SEN teacher and Lindy Hop dancer with the Swing Era, Birmingham, who just so happens to love playing music. Tim can’t wait to spread the joy of Ukulele playing, jamming and singing to RSX!
NOTE: This workshop is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. This workshop aimed at absolute beginners but people with experience will also benefit. Ukulele’s will be provided but spaces may be limited for this session, so signing up in advance on Friday night is recommended to guarantee your place. Singing along is strongly encouraged and all part of the fun!
HAIR FLOWER WORKSHOP
3:15pm, Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
Try your hand at a little floristry, get all creative and make a fresh flower hair accessory on this workshop with Chantal, from local Reading florist Twiggy Thistle. Chantal knows a thing or two about flowers, and has been making things pretty with flowers for over 15 years, creating wild, whimsical arrangements for weddings, events and special occasions. In this workshop you’ll make a fresh flower accessory, perfect for glamming-up your vintage look for the RSX Ball.
Chantal will demonstrate a variety of techniques for making floral hair accessories, offer advice and tips on choosing suitable flowers, and teach you how to attach your flowers to accessories to suit different hair styles. You’ll then get the chance to have a go at wiring and taping flowers, and make a simple flower accessory to wear to the evening dance. The techniques you learn can be applied to artificial flowers too and used to attach to a whole variety of decorations for your hair, so you’ll go away with plenty of ideas for a blooming barnet.
NOTE: This workshop is not included in the RSX Weekend Pass. There will an £6 extra charge for attending this workshop to cover the costs of flowers. Attendees are welcome to bring their own hair accessory to attach their flowers to. Spaces may be limited for this session, so signing up in advance on Friday night is recommended to guarantee your place.
SHIM SHAM CRASH COURSE
12.00pm, Hardcastle Hall at the Abbey School
The Shim Sham is possibly the most performed of the vintage Swing dance routines – fun and engaging, it brings with it a strong sense of community. At RSX 2017 you’ll be able to dip your toe into the wonderful world of Solo Jazz or brush up your skillz with our Shim Sham taster.
Reading Swing Jam‘s Jenn Maghzal will be running through the fundamental moves of the Shim Sham so you can join the community when it’s performed later that evening at the RSX Ball. This class is perfect for absolute beginners or those wanting to polish their basic Shim Sham.
NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! High/sharp heels discouraged.
COLLEGIATE SHAG TASTER
1.15pm, Hardcastle Hall at the Abbey School
Come and experience the fun and energy of Collegiate Shag! Ed Barrow and Nicole Holland’s taster provides a perfect introduction to this uptempo style of swing dance.
Ed and Nicole fell in love with the excitement and silliness of Collegiate shag in Bristol, and over the last year have begun spreading their enthusiasm, providing tasters and workshops at several locations in the South West of England and Wales.
NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! This style of dance is energetic so please dress accordingly in comfortable clothes and dance shoes. A fan/handkerchief/towel may also be useful.
FOX TROT TASTER
2.30pm, Hardcastle Hall at the Abbey School
Together with Lindy Hop and the Charleston, the Foxtrot and Quickstep were two of the most popular dances of the 20s and 30s. A fun and useful addition to any swing dancer’s repertoire, Fox Trot is also a great way to travel elegantly across a crowded floor to find some space!
Eleanor & Matt met swing dancing in 2003 and have been dancing together ever since. They are passionate about the music and dances the of the swing era and love to combine Lindy Hop, Charleston, Quickstep, Foxtrot and even the odd Shag!
NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! Please wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes. A fan/handkerchief/towel may also be useful.
PARTNERED BLUES TASTER
3.45pm, Hardcastle Hall at the Abbey School
You won’t want to miss the magical Blues at RSX! If you’ve never danced Blues before never fear! RSJ’s Thursday Blues‘ teachers Jenn Maghzal and Jon Dance have got you covered. They’ll be taking you through some of the fundamentals of partnered Blues dancing and set you up with enough material to get your groove on this weekend at our late night Blues Jam Saturday and Farewell Blues Jam on Sunday.
NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! No partner necessary, partners will be rotated through out the class. High/sharp heels discouraged.
CHILL OUT SPACE
11.00am-4.00pm, Downstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
Downstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre is the place to be between activities or should the weather turn wet. There’ll be tables and chairs available as well as some background tunes and basic refreshments.
Feel free to use this space to practice your new moves learnt at the taster sessions, bring your own boardgames to play or enjoy an indoor picnic lunch. Light refreshments and snacks will be available.
Available 12.00pm-3.00pm, Downstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
We’re delighted to have Express Mobile Spa at RSX 2017, pampering our guests with their relaxing treatments. Enjoy a seated massage treatments that’ll target the stress prone body areas of head, neck and shoulders. Or perhaps you’d like to treat your feet to a relaxing foot massage to help keep you dancing in to the small hours of Saturday night.
You can find Express Mobile Spa at the chill out space, downstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
NOTE: Treatments are not included in your RSX Weekend Pass. Treatments available:
Back Neck & Shoulders Massage / Indian Head Massage / Foot Massage. Treatment prices: £10 per 10 minutes and £20 per 20 minutes. Treatments are payable in cash directly to the therapist.
Available 12:30pm-2.45pm, upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
If you find you need a little down time undisturbed in a quiet space, you’re welcome to use the upstairs room at the Rising Sun Arts Centre when the workshops aren’t running.
Please feel free to use this space to read, meditate, stretch or do whatever you need to self-care so long as the activity is silent and doesn’t disturb anyone else using the space.