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.

Camber Sands: Ceroc Evolution ’60s and ’70s Chalet Party

By | November 14th, 2018|Articles, Weekenders|

More Chalet Party Fun at Camber Over the past few weeks I've been having some fun chronicling the antics of people at Weekender Chalet Parties.  It seems that we are all having more fun than is good for us.  Having said that these chalet parties are part of the social fabric of weekenders and a [...]

My Top Picks of the Year: Part 4 DJ Playlists 2017/18

By | November 10th, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews|

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. [...]

Electric Jive: Long Bennington Village Hall, near Newark

By | November 9th, 2018|Tea Dances, Uncategorized|

My first Tea Dance article featured Frozen Back in April I wrote an article about the growing popularity of Sunday Tea Dances.  While researching for the article I came across Electric Jive's monthly Frozen Tea Dance held at their Long Bennington or Stamford venues. Sally Picker who runs  Electric Jive, with Steve Lampert, gave me a [...]

My Top Picks of The Year: Part 3 Dance Tracks

By | November 3rd, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews|

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. [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes

By | October 31st, 2018|Quick Steps|

I'm back on the road again After taking time off from reviewing classes and freestyles to catch up on a backlog of articles, I'm putting myself back on the road again.  Sunday sees me at my first West Coast Swing Workshop since I gave it up as a bad job five years ago. Ever since [...]

My Top Picks of the Year 2017/18: Part 2 Freestyles

By | October 27th, 2018|Articles, Freestyle Reviews|

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 Breeze: The School Reunion Chalet Party

By | October 26th, 2018|Articles, Weekenders|

Everyone was having too much fun - except me Prompted by the build up to a School Reunion themed Chalet Party, organised by Lynda and Terry Hills, at the recent Ceroc Breeze Weekender at Brean Sands near Weston-super-Mare, I wrote an article suggesting we were all having more fun than was good for us (see link [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]