Monthly Archives: January 2017

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’50s Style Freestyle in Melton Mowbray

By | January 30th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews|

Back to The Fifties Part II Want2Dance at Melton Mowbray are having another fifties themed mid-week freestyle on 15 February. It's a follow up to the very successful '50s night they held in November last year. From the comments I've read on the Want2Dance Group Facebook page about the November one, Part II is going to [...]

Pirate Jive: The Shed Beeston, Nottingham

By | January 29th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews|

Motown Legend Edwin Starr's performed here 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 [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 3

By | January 29th, 2017|Music Reviews|

The Sound of Philadelphia In Part 1 of my search for eighty Modern Jive-able '70s dance tracks, I featured The Richie Family's Best disco in town. This track includes clips from a number of classic disco tracks, including several from the '70s. One track I managed to recognise was TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) by MFSB [...]

Hi5Jive: Mile Oak Community Centre, Tamworth

By | January 27th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews|

A Midweek Freestyle you'll enjoy Many moons ago I was told about a freestyle in Tamworth that I would enjoy. Because there was no dancing at my normal Thursday venue, due to refurbishment, I thought I'd find out a little more. I found the freestyle listed on the UK Jive website and clicked through to get [...]

Where to dance? The Best Guide

By | January 25th, 2017|Want to Modern Jive|

New to Modern Jive? If you are looking to take your first step as a Modern Jive Dancer you'll be looking for a class night. You can of course use Google to find  one, but there is one site that lists practically every modern jive class in the country - UK Jive. This site not only lists all [...]

Doom and Gloom: The Rolling Stones

By | January 24th, 2017|My Wish List Tracks|

The Music Vaults are full of Great Dance Music There is an 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 who resist playing the same old, same old [...]

Ceroc Passion: Higham Ferrers

By | January 20th, 2017|Class Nights|

This felt good the minute I walked in The area around Northampton is a very good for Modern Jive. Freestyles in Northampton itself are always very well attended and Ceroc Passion, the Ceroc franchise in this area, hold one of the largest freestyle events in the calendar at Daventry. I'd been several years ago to a [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 2

By | January 20th, 2017|Music Reviews|

How about a '70s music freestyle In my post '70s Dance Music: Part 1 I suggested that there might be enough great music from this decade to fill a four hour freestyle. In that article I managed to come up with just ten tracks. Seventy to go then! So let me get started right away, by going back [...]

Chapter 12: The End of the Journey?

By | January 18th, 2017|Beginners Dance Journey|

There are two different types of journeys. The first is the straight forward one. You know where you're going, you work out a route, get in the car and hey presto you arrive at your destination with the minimum of fuss. The other type is a little more interesting. It's a bit of a mystery [...]

Jive Infusion: Parklands, Doncaster

By | January 15th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews|

Heading North without the Dance Gang It's Friday night and I'm driving north up the A1 to a freestyle in Doncaster. I'm on my own and a long way from home - the dance gang have stayed local. I've never been to a freestyle here before, but I'm hopeful I'll know some people there. I have [...]