Paul Jeffery

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About Paul Jeffery

A Modern Jive Dancer with a passion for Dance Music. In my Blog I hope to offer reviews of the music we dance to, and the Classes, Freestyles and Weekenders we love dancing at.

I started dancing eight years ago at The Ceroc Passion dance class at Rolls Royce in Derby. I remember what it was like being a beginner and I always try to make the beginners classes now. I'm a great believer that we should support beginners through their first lessons, in the hope they will get the Modern Jive Bug.

Disco dancing in the early seventies I became a lover of Motown and Soul music. During the next ten years I also got into Northern Soul and Funk. In the eighties my dance hero was Niles Rogers of Chic.

I now dance at least three times a week in my local area of Nottingham, but also travel more widely around the country to write reviews of new venues.

With my Soul Boy roots I'm an advocate for more Motown being played at Freestyles.

My Top Picks of the Year 2017/18: Part 1 Classes

By | October 20th, 2018|Articles, Classes and Workshops|

Another year of dancing and writing I've had another wonderful year touring the country gathering material for my reviews and articles about this wonderful dance scene.  Every week I'm at a Class Night, and every weekend a Freestyle or Tea Dance, or sometimes both.  I've attended weekend Workshops and thrown myself in to four massive Weekenders. [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender: Sunday Night featuring Nicola Di Folco & Caroline Houlton

By | October 19th, 2018|Music Reviews, Weekenders|

I'm in need of a main room fix I've been writing a lot lately about chill-out venues.  As I sit writing my reviews I've been listening to the delicious contemporary music that I've heard at these venues, to help me get the right vibe for my writing.  I have to say that it's been a joy listening [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes

By | October 19th, 2018|Quick Steps|

Nicola builds the vibe at a Class Nights too In my review of Nicola Di Folco's Thunderball Room debut I mentioned how she worked the dance floor and then set it a light with The 3 Jays Feeling it too (see link below).  It seems she does it at class nights too! I've often wondered if other people experience [...]

My Top Picks for 2017/18

By | October 16th, 2018|Articles, Reviews|

My 2017/18 Modern Jive Highlights September is the anniversary of starting my blog, and it's time again to tell you about my highlights of the previous year.  When I started my blog back in 2016, one of my aims was to recognise and celebrate the contribution of the amazing people who put on all the events [...]

Ceroc Heaven: Sawley Community Hall, Nottingham

By | October 14th, 2018|SILC and Blues, Tea Dances|

A new chill-out venue for Nottingham Almost six months ago I set off on what I've called my Tea Dance Tour.  By visiting Sunday venues playing more chilled-out tracks I hoped to improve my dancing to slower music.  As I travelled long distances to these venues, I bemoaned the fact that there was no SILC [...]

Warning: School Reunions can be too much fun

By | October 11th, 2018|Articles, Weekenders|

Having more fun than is good for us Why is it that we are all having more fun now, than when we were free spirits in our early twenties, with little or no responsibilities.  There's just something about this wonderful dance scene, that means that most of us are having more fun than is good for [...]

Devon Velvet, Longdown Village Hall, Exeter

By | October 10th, 2018|SILC and Blues, Tea Dances|

DJ Nick Stephens helps launch my Tea Dance Tour When I wrote my article Sunday Tea Dances grow in popularity back in April (see link below), I featured six venues that I had a vague idea about.  One of the venues I chose to feature was Devon Velvet and Nick Stephens gave me a lot [...]

SILC at The Ceroc Southport Weekender

By | October 5th, 2018|Articles, SILC and Blues, Weekenders|

SILC plays a big part in The Southport Experience SILC is all over Southport.  There are three different level SILC lessons, and the first of these - Foundation is one of the most popular of the weekend.  Most of the DJ slots in The Boudoir area are now branded as SILC Zone ones, and there are also specialised sessions [...]

Ceroc Devon: Marldon Village Hall, Torquay

By | September 29th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews|

I get lucky in Devon Last Sunday I got an opportunity to go to a Blues Tea Dance near Exeter in Devon.  That's a long way from my base in Nottingham, so to make my journey worthwhile I searched round Facebook to see if I could find something for the Saturday night.  I got lucky.  [...]

FunkyLush, Burnham Park Hall, Slough

By | September 23rd, 2018|Tea Dances|

Let's not forget the people who ensure the vitality of this dance scene Please never take this wonderful dance scene for granted.  Behind its success and vitality lie the endeavours and passion of a lot of people.  The teachers who somehow get us through those first few lessons without quitting.  The DJs who play the [...]