Monthly Archives: October 2016

//October

Inspired to Dance: Modern Jive is So Easy

By | October 30th, 2016|Want to Modern Jive|

We can all disco dance. It might not look good but it feels great. No need to count out any steps, no need to really think about what your feet are doing. Just connect with the beat, move your body any way you choose and don't worry what it looks like. But if you're a [...]

You’ve got me dangling on a string: Chairman of The Board

By | October 26th, 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'). Like [...]

Ceroc Heaven: Kelham Hall, Newark

By | October 26th, 2016|Freestyle Reviews|

Is this the best place to Modern Jive in the country? Just as Ballroom Dancers make the pilgrimage to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, can I suggest that every modern jiver treats themselves to an evening dancing at Kelham Hall, just outside Newark. The dance floor is not the biggest but the hall, with its high [...]

Wade in the Water: Ramsey Lewis

By | October 24th, 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 hope will get some approval. My criteria for choosing a track are that I must have heard it in at least three different venues and it should be at [...]

Chapter 5: First Rules

By | October 21st, 2016|Beginners Dance Journey|

For organisations to work they need rules. You'd think we'd get enough rules at work and that our leisure activities would need to be free of them, but its as if humans need structure to operate effectively even when they are relaxing. Take Golf Clubs: they have more rules embedded into their traditions than is good for them [...]

Singing in the rain: The Jive Aces

By | October 19th, 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'). Like [...]

Ceroc Heaven: SILC Taster Class, John Godber Centre

By | October 15th, 2016|Class Nights, Freestyle Reviews, SILC|

Ceroc Heaven provide a Blues Room in addition to the main room at their Hucknall monthly freestyles. This second smaller room provides music for those who like a more chilled style of music. The tracks provide the accompaniment for Blues, West Coast Swing and a more relaxed smooth style of Modern Jive.  While Ceroc Heaven freestyles are [...]

Chapter 4: Dance Buddies

By | October 12th, 2016|Beginners Dance Journey|

In primitive societies there was a need for people to live in groups, as survival depended on a high degree of co-operation,  and so humans developed as social beings with a real need to belong to and interact with other like minded people. As modern society developed there is less need for the ties that once held us together. Sure [...]

Serious Jockin’- no G

By | October 9th, 2016|Music Reviews|

So how do the Modern Jive DJs find the fresh music tracks that keep the dancers interested? Of course many are already implanted in their subconscious and just need a slight memory trigger to reveal themselves again. Others I'm sure are found by trawling through iTunes, YouTube and other places on the internet. I'm sure the DJs [...]

Always Have Always Will: Ace of Base

By | October 8th, 2016|My Favourite Tracks|

I’m often asked to name some of my favourite tracks. I'm often asked what my Top Ten Modern Jive tracks would be. Of course there are hundreds of great tracks we dance to but I've come up with a list that I hope will get some approval. My criteria for choosing a track are that I must have heard [...]