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.

Strictly Ceroc Bristol: SILC Sunday Workshop

By | August 21st, 2018|Classes and Workshops, SILC and Blues, Tea Dances|

I couldn't resist the promise of delicious cakes When I wrote my original article about the growing popularity of Tea Dances I include some details about six such Sunday afternoon venues.  After it was published several people got in touch to tell me about their own Tea Dances.  This prompted me to write a second [...]

A Dancer’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin

By | August 17th, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews|

My way of paying a tribute to Aretha Franklin With the sad news that Aretha Franklin passed away yesterday, I thought I'd write my own tribute from a dancers point of view, by giving you some background to two of her dance classics - Respect and Think.  These two tracks are legends in their own right, [...]

Ceroc Evolution: Cutty Sark, Greenwich – The Ship Part 2

By | August 15th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews|

Featured Image courtesy of Tori Hallett First reflections on a fabulous night It's the morning after the night before, or rather the late morning after the very late night before.  Six of The Dance Gang are sat in the shade outside The Old Brewery pub and restaurant inside the grounds of The Old Royal Naval College [...]

Ceroc Camber Weekender -This Video Blog is Brilliant

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

Blogging is so Last Century Dad A few weeks back I got to spend a Sunday afternoon dancing on the River Thames with Ceroc Evolution.  Before I caught the train back to Nottingham I got to spend some time with my younger daughter, who lives in London.  As always she was interested to know my [...]

Ceroc Evolution: Cutty Sark, Greenwich – The Ship Part 1

By | August 9th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews|

Featured Image courtesy of Mike Smith This is a stunning setting for a dance We'd been dancing for about half an hour and we thought it timely to take a look around the ship.  We wandered up to the top deck by way of a few staircases.  The view that greeted us was quite stunning.  But [...]

Ten Classic Ceroc & Modern Jive Tracks – Volume 2

By | July 31st, 2018|My Favourite Tracks|

How about Volume 2 Paul A recent post, where I compiled a list of ten Ceroc and Modern Jive Classics, has proved to be one of the most read articles this year.  The list received a lot of positive comments on Facebook and a lot of agreement about the classic ranking of the tracks I'd [...]

Ceroc Addiction: Perton Civic Centre, Wolverhampton

By | July 26th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews|

Time for a shorter Road Trip This year myself and Tel have been doing some very long distance dance road trips.  For one night of dancing we did a 600 mile round trip to a Ceroc Glasgow party night, and last weekend we clocked up two hundred and fifty miles going to Ceroc Surrey's Woking freestyle.  It was [...]

Ceroc Surrey: HG Wells Centre, Woking

By | July 21st, 2018|Freestyle Reviews|

A chance to go to a Premier venue It seems my second home is now Surrey.  I've always come down regularly to see my best mate Neil,  who lives in Walton on Thames, and my eldest daughter who lives in Shepperton, but my visits have increased since the arrival of my first grandchild. Each time [...]

Ceroc Evolution: River Thames dance cruise from Greenwich

By | July 19th, 2018|Tea Dances|

Steve's always looking for new venues Since bringing his franchise under the Ceroc Evolution banner Steve Thomas and his team have been constantly looking for new and exciting venues for their freestyles.  The boldest is the end of the year O2 freestyle, that goes on until five in the morning, and the one I'm really looking forward to [...]

Ten Classic Ceroc & Modern Jive Tracks

By | July 15th, 2018|My Favourite Tracks|

How about a Top Ten Classics List I’m often asked to come up with a list of Ceroc and Modern Jive classics.  Of course there are hundreds of great tracks we dance to, but I’ve come up with a Top Ten list that I hope will get some approval. My criteria for choosing a track are that I [...]