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Get Your Toes a Tappin’ And Waists a Wigglin’ With The Meyer Dancers

April 21, 2014

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Are you ready to take a psychedelic trip to the swinging sixties and back? It is my pleasure to introduce you to The Meyer Dancers, London’s finest GoGo dance troupe.

These sassy femmes have performed at some seriously high profile events. They’ve shimmied on stage with The Sonics, GoGo’d for Gizzi Erskine’s restaurant opening and revelled on the Rimmel advert.

The group got started when lead dancer Treacle was DJing at Soul and mod events while completing dance degree in London. As a fan of 60’s music, fashion and dance, she was keen to recreate the swingin’ vibes of Soul Train and the shimmy-tastic routines from Shindig. So she created The Meyer Dancers, a group of dancers, beautiful women and friends who dig the style and music of the 1960s and 70s.

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You have performed alongside 60’s icons such as The Sonics and on stage at huge festivals including Glastonbury, tell us about your favourite show.

There are so many to choose from! We have a residency at The Trip Out Festival, it’s full of psychedelic kittens and far out freaks from around the globe! Everyone brings their swanky motors, gorgeous clobber and dancing shoes. We dance both nights on the main stage to DJs and bands. Last year Estelle, one of the organisers got carried away with our ‘Goldfinger, 1964 ’ costumes and we ended up being painted head to toe in gold by a woman we’d met just ten minutes earlier, in a caravan, in Bedfordshire. Oh, the glamour! We emerged on stage to a buzzing crowd and performed a special edition set of routines. It was so much fun and the best bit is that we are going back this year too, so come and see us!

We also performed at Le Beat Bespoke with The Trashmen, they are such professionals and their energy was incredible. We had a great routine to Surfin’ Bird and lucky for us, they loved it.

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 Where do you get your swinging sixties GoGo dancing threads from? 

We are big fans of charity/thrift shops and a dig a good jumble sale. For particularly special costumes we love a butchers round Paper Dress Vintage, East London’s most happening haunt. You can often see us dancing in the window, Go Go boots clad!

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 Who are your modern day and vintage style crushes?

There is some amazing reproduction stuff out there, we just LOVE Orla Kiely’s new designs for Clarkes. Treacle is a huge fan of Goldie Hawn, Barbarella and Raquel Welsh, we have modelled costumes on all them.

 

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Where do you go/what do you do when you are in need of a little inspiration?

When in need of inspiration we just play each other records, there’s always exciting new songs to find and share, see our Facebook page for more. We’re diggin’ this at the moment.  Then we normally have a G&T, flutter on some lashes, do some industrial back combing and head on out.

We all love to dance and the best bit about going to a new club night is getting us all together for a night out! The New Untouchables run excellent MOD events but we are also all big Soul fans. Meyer girls Shelley and Grace are both singers too so we love going to their gigs.

 

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To get your toes tappin’ and waists wigglin’ The Meyer Dancers have shared their Spotify performance playlist with us, go grab yourself a G&T and hit play

 

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