Marketing Modern Jive

By | July 18th, 2017|Articles|

Does Modern Jive needs a marketing strategy? See New Postings below introduction Some time ago I received an email about a longstanding class night that was struggling to stay viable, due to shrinking numbers. It wasn't the first time I'd heard about disappointing attendances at classes and freestyles. I couldn't help think that Modern Jive [...]

Ceroc Heaven’s Summer Prom: It promises to be a great night

By | July 17th, 2017|Articles|

One of the best freestyles The Ceroc Heaven New Year's Eve Party was one of the best freestyles I reviewed over the winter (see link below). Held at the Friesland School in Sandiacre, half way between Nottingham and Derby, one of the dance gang suggested it had the feel of a School Prom. This idea [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 9

By | May 29th, 2017|Articles|

Final additions to the playlist I now have eighty one songs - enough for a four hour freestyle. Sadly that's still not enough, as it gives me no flexibility should I need to change the playlist in response to the numbers on the dance floor. I've tried to find tracks that stop the playlist being [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 8

By | May 18th, 2017|Articles|

1979 was brill perhaps 1978 was too In my search for some non disco tracks, the UK chart listing for 1979 had thrown up some great songs. I wondered if 1978 could be equally brilliant in providing the last few songs for my '70s themed freestyle. The best selling track of 1978 was Boney M's [...]

Longstanding class may close down

By | May 11th, 2017|Articles|

Sombre email drops into my in-box Last week I received a rather sombre email sent out by one of the modern jive organisations I follow. It seems that they are having to think seriously about closing down a very long standing class night, as falling numbers mean that it is no longer viable. The email basically [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 7

By | April 26th, 2017|Articles|

Will a '70s Themed Freestyle really work? The more my '70s freestyle playlist grows, and I get closer to my eighty song target, the more I wonder if it will work. Will it be just boring after a while. I recently attended a Motown & Soul Class Night at Buckingham DJ-ed by Marc Forster where [...]

Channel 4 TV Documentary promotes Ceroc Dancing

By | April 20th, 2017|Articles|

Channel 4 give Ceroc a massive boost Back in 1996 Channel 4 made a series of documentaries about different forms of dancing. One of the regular contributors to the blog sent me a link to the one they did about Ceroc (see video below). It's a fascinating piece of Ceroc history and shows it in its [...]

Funkin’ for Modern Jive

By | March 18th, 2017|Articles|

Following up on some funky music I've just started working on Part 6 of my '70s playlist, where I'm digging about in the funky dance music vaults. I recalled that I'd loved dancing to Funkin for Jamaica (NY) by Tom Browne, during DJ Vince Silva's fabulous Funk Hour Set at Southport. I hoped that this song was [...]

A little bit of Ceroc History with Ester Rantzen and Blue Peter

By | March 12th, 2017|Articles|

Thanks to David for this video gem David, a regular reader of the blog, sent me a link to this piece of Ceroc History via Twitter. It shows a feature on jiving from a That's Life TV programme with Ester Rantzen. I'm guessing that this video was made in the early '80s as a way of [...]

Modern Jive Dance Tips for Ladies

By | February 23rd, 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.  [...]