Most find dancing to be an exhilarating and enthralling form of exercise that promises to keep its followers physically fit and rhythmically well in synch. Dancing can also be a manifestation of a country’s culture and arts, thus numerous forms and styles of dancing have come into being. The jive is one such dance style that is believed to have originated in the Americas as an Afro American dance about eighty years ago, before entering the international arena with a bang.
The jive spread throughout Europe with tremendous flair and England caught on the trend much to the delight of the locals who enjoyed several hours of calorie busting fun with jive music to accompany their moves. The Rivoli Ballroom sprang into existence in this era when the elite of London chose jive as their mode of entertainment and converted an old art gallery to a dance floor for amateurs to train and professionals to perform. With the capacity to host over 700 at the same time, the interior which has chandeliers, red velvet and ornate fittings has become the filming site of movies and the stage for dramas in recent years. The neo classical appearance of the interior with a touch of oriental panache in the design has driven authorities to take note and pronounce the location an English Heritage.
The prime residential area of Crofton Park known for its agricultural roots and cultural attributes became a well loved jive dancer’s destination when the Rivoli Ballroom was inaugurated in the mid years of the twentieth century. As the ballroom with its plush interior pole vaulted its way to become the landmark of the town, the landscape of the area also dramatically amplified its beauty and structure to become one of the most sought after areas for housing.
With its proximity to a central London hotel that has the advantage of plenty of shopping all around it, the ballroom is an icon of a generation and should be visited. Find a London luxury hotel that makes you reminisce the years of the jive’s heyday. One place that you should keep in mind when touring in this part of the world is Metropolitan London that has delighted patrons for years.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.