Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Chapter 3: First Dance

By | September 30th, 2016|Beginners Dance Journey|

Nobody wants to fail at anything, and failing in public can be particularly damaging to your confidence. The saying 'Dance like nobody's watching' is a great slogan for anybody trying to improve their dancing. Those words should be a comfort to every beginner too, because nobody is watching - everyone is busy dancing. Well not quite, [...]

Ceroc Heaven: The Grange, Ratcliffe on Trent

By | September 28th, 2016|Class Nights|

Class nights at The Grange are some of the best I've ever been to and this turned out to be even better than normal - in fact it had the feeling of a freestyle. The reason was that the organisers had advertised that this class would be taken by Jamie Stormer, and this attracted an [...]

Happy People: R Kelly

By | September 28th, 2016|My Wish List Tracks|

There is infinite number of dance tracks sitting in the music vaults. I know that DJs spend hours seeking out new tracks to play for us and in this blog I want to heap praise on those that resist playing the same old, same old (Click here to read my piece 'The Same Old Song'). [...]

Magic of Motown: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

By | September 25th, 2016|Motown|

There are many dilemmas in life. An apple for a snack or a cup of tea and a bag of Malteasers. For me the chocolate wins every time. Lets try a more difficult decision. You've been looking forward to the Ceroc Heaven Kelham Hall freestyle all week. It is after all one of the best [...]

Song List: Magic of Motown

By | September 24th, 2016|Motown|

This song list accompanies the review of The Magic of Motown. Scroll down until you find the track you want to listen to. Norman Whitfield created a ground breaking Motown track with his production of Papa was a rolling stone. Return to Review Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell recorded Ain't no mountain high enough before Diana [...]

Chapter 2: First Three Moves

By | September 23rd, 2016|Beginners Dance Journey|

The first time you do anything new it can be a little bit stressful - the first day at school, the first day at a new job, even the first time you return a library book late. Even the nice things are stressful - the first time you ride a bike without stabalisers, the first time [...]

A Dancer’s Blog

By | September 22nd, 2016|About This Blog|

A blog born out of a passion for dancing In late 2016 I got the idea of writing a blog born out of my passion for Modern Jive. As I wrote my first ever posting about the need for DJs to keep the music we dance to fresh and varied, I had no idea whether anyone [...]

Played Alive (The Bongo Song): Safri Duo

By | September 21st, 2016|My Favourite Tracks|

I’m often asked to name some of my favourite tracks. Of course there are hundreds of great tracks we dance to but I’ve come up with a list that I think will get some approval. My criteria for choosing a track was that I must have heard it in at least three different venues and it should [...]

Ceroc Passion: Rolls Royce, Derby

By | September 20th, 2016|Class Nights|

Class nights are fun nights too. Perhaps the guys and girls learning their first three moves might not quite see it like that, but for a great number of people the weekly class nights are to be looked forward to in the same way as many of us look forward to freestyles at the weekend. Many [...]

Pirate Jive: The Shed

By | September 18th, 2016|Freestyle Reviews|

This is a regular freestyle held at the Beeston Youth and Community Centre which was affectionately, and is now officially, known as The Shed. This is a reference to the first building erected on the site which offered youth facilities. It has an interesting pedigree, as it was here that Edwin Starr performed regularly while living [...]