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.

Fresh Weekender: Jo Hart’s Blues Room Toolkit classes

By | May 18th, 2018|SILC and Blues, Weekenders|

Weekenders are an opportunity to try something new One of the features of all Weekenders is the provision of workshops and lessons.  Nicola had put on a comprehensive programme of classes offering everyone an opportunity to try something new.  In amongst the programme was a series of four classes labelled as Blues Room Toolkits to [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes

By | May 16th, 2018|Quick Steps|

A recruitment push for men, that might just work Looking around Facebook today I came across an idea that might have some mileage.  One of the Ceroc franchises recently did a survey to try and find out what reasons people had for not coming regularly to their classes. One of the main reasons the ladies [...]

The Ceroc Champs 2018: Part 2

By | May 15th, 2018|Articles|

My first time at The Champs Last Sunday I made my first visit to The Watford Colosseum for the annual Ceroc Champs.  During the day I posted updates on my Modern Jive Dancer Facebook Page.  This review is built around those live postings.  In Part 1 I dealt with the day up to the finals.  [...]

More Tea Dances than I had realised

By | May 14th, 2018|Articles, Tea Dances|

It seems that I under-estimated the coverage of Tea Dances A few weeks back, prompted by a visit to Ceroc Beds & Bucks Te Amo, I wrote an article about the growing popularity of Sunday afternoon Tea Dances.  In my article I included a few venues I'd found on UK Jive and Facebook.  It seems [...]

Fresh weekender: Nicola di Folco and Sheena Assiph DJ Sets

By | May 10th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews, Weekenders|

Nicola puts together a Top DJ Team To really enjoy your dancing you need fabulous music and Ceroc Perth’s Fresh Weekender had it from the word go. In her preparations for ‘Fresh’ Nicola put together a top team of DJs to provide music for two main room late night sessions, a chilled second room and [...]

The Ceroc Champs 2018: Part 1

By | May 9th, 2018|Articles|

My first visit to the The Champs Last Saturday I got to make my first ever trip to The Ceroc Champs, billed as the top date in the Ceroc calendar.  I was there to support some of my dance friends from Ceroc Heaven in The East Midlands. This day long event is held at The Watford [...]

20 Things we Love about Ceroc Perth’s Fresh Weekender

By | May 3rd, 2018|Articles, Weekenders|

First ever Ceroc Perth Fresh Weekender I'm just back from a fabulous dance fest in Scotland.  My friend Tel and I were invited up to Ceroc Perth's first ever Weekender in The Salutation Hotel in Perth, and what a weekend it was.  Certainly worth the seven hundred mile round trip from our base in The [...]

Ceroc Passion: Kettering Corn Market

By | April 27th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews|

A new venue I'm particularly excited about At least a couple of times a month I get to go to a new venue, and there's always a level of added excitement, but last Friday I was particularly excited to be going to Ceroc Passion's Kettering freestyle.  The reason was because of who would be spinning the [...]

Sunday Tea Dances grow in popularity

By | April 26th, 2018|Articles, Tea Dances|

My first ever Tea Dance At the beginning of April I got an opportunity to go to my first ever Tea Dance.  My partner Jo had been asked to demo for Ashley Davis at a Role Reversal class, that ran along side a Smooth Moves class run by Joe Collins (see review links below).  Both classes [...]

Ceroc Beds & Bucks: Te Amo Sunday – Smooth Moves Workshop

By | April 18th, 2018|Classes and Workshops|

I need to do more Smooth Lessons I've been dancing eight years now and I feel confident that I can dance to any regular Ceroc track, but slow it down a little and I struggle.  Back in February I made the first of my three yearly trips to the Ceroc Weekender at Southport.  In a packed [...]