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: Part 3 Dance Tracks

By | November 19th, 2017|My Favourite Tracks|

My 2016-17 Modern Jive Highlights It's a year since I started my modern jive blog, and in that time I've danced on average three times a week. I must have visited over fifty different Modern Jive venues and written reviews on most of them. That's a lot of dancing and a lot of writing. With [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes

By | November 17th, 2017|Quick Steps|

A very impressive London Ceroc Class Night with Steve Thomas On Wednesday I got a chance to visit the Ceroc Surrey dance class at Surbiton, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the lesson was being run by guest teacher Steve Thomas and his assistant Nardiya.  Steve and Nardiya have made quite a name for [...]

Modern Jive Dance Tips for Ladies

By | November 13th, 2017|Articles|

Can we have some tips for the ladies please? Back in July I wrote an article giving tips to men who were thinking of making the leap from class nights to freestyles.  It proved to be a very popular article, and from the feedback it would appear the ladies took an interest in it too.  [...]

Pirate Jive: The Shed, Beeston, Nottingham

By | November 10th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews, Modern Jive DJs|

DJ Gary Steps up to the big stage Over many years DJ Ian McLeod built an enviable reputation for his Pirate Jive freestyles at The Shed in Beeston, Nottingham.  People travelled a long way to experience the great atmosphere and enjoy the fabulous music that Ian provided.  The Shed was with out doubt established as one [...]

Yorkshire Freestyle Nights: The Engine Shed, Wetherby

By | November 9th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews|

Paul you have to go to The Engine Shed Back in April I'd ventured up The A1 to Tadcaster for a freestyle at Riley-Smith Hall run by DJ Kerry Bayley.  It turned out to be a fantastic night, and when I came to select my Top 5 Freestyles of The Year I had to include [...]

MJRoc Dance Weekender: Warmwell, Dorset

By | November 5th, 2017|Weekenders|

New postings are added twice a week To Read the Latest Posting A Modern Jive Weekender that's a sell-out Sue Astle, one of the regular contributors to the blog, was recently telling me that she was soon off to a Modern Jive Weekender at Warmwell.  I had to admit that I hadn't actually heard of it, [...]

Modern Jive If you dance it, Join it!

By | November 5th, 2017|Articles, Facebook Groups|

Facebook brings us all together I've often thought that one of the wonderful things about Facebook is its ability to allow like minded people to find each other, and share their enthusiasm for their chosen interest.  Most of us have a desire to be part of a social group and it's part of the appeal [...]

Inspired to dance by Strictly Come Dancing

By | October 29th, 2017|Articles|

New postings are added every week To Read the Latest Posting Has Strictly Come Dancing inspired you to join a dance class? Nineweeks in and there are more shocks on Strictly Come Dancing, as Debbie finds herself in the dance-off.  I'm very impressed with the progress of Davood and now have him as my prediction to join Alexandra and [...]

Bacco Perbacco: Zucchero

By | October 28th, 2017|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 [...]

Ceroc Surrey: Byfleet Village Hall

By | October 19th, 2017|Class Nights|

The third class visit on my London road trip It's been a busy few days.  You see last week I was down in London visiting my daughters, so I'd taken the opportunity to do a bit of a road trip and visit three class nights - so that's three reviews to write. Now, I love [...]