A new chill-out venue for Nottingham

Almost six months ago I set off on what I’ve called my Tea Dance Tour.  By visiting Sunday venues playing more chilled-out tracks I hoped to improve my dancing to slower music.  As I travelled long distances to these venues, I bemoaned the fact that there was no SILC or Smooth Jive venue in my home town of Nottingham.

So you can understand my excitement when Ceroc Heaven announced that they would trial three monthly Tea Dances in Sawley, a suburb on the East side of the city.

What was even better they would also be running a two hour SILC Workshop before each of the Tea Dances.

It’s never easy to establish a new dance venue, and its particularly difficult to sustain one that caters for a dance style on the margin of regular Ceroc dancing.  For this reason I’ll be keeping a keen eye on this venue as it strives to establish itself.

Sawley gets off to a good start

Sawley Community Hall is just the perfect size for a chill-out Sunday venue.  The size of the dance floor reminded me of that at Lickey End,  Bromsgrove where Ceroc Groove hold their long established SILC on Sunday events.  The hall has a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor that was a joy to dance on.

Of course a successful venue needs a lot more than just a wonderful floor to dance on.  Above all else it needs people, and I’m pleased to report that there were about fourty-five people through the door on Sunday.  That’s a great start.  What was even more impressive was that there were thirty three people at the two hour SILC workshop that Ashley Davis ran before the freestyle session.

The dance floor was pleasantly full and stayed busy until the end

Which way will Ashley go with the music

From my point of view I’d love to see Sawley evolve as a chill-out venue, playing contemporary music that facilitates a more modern smoother style of dancing.  Of course I’m not party to the plans that The Ceroc Heaven team have for Sawley, and at the end of the day I know that the most important thing is to attract a sustainable number of people to dance there.

It has fallen to DJ Ashley Davis to create what I’ll call The Sawley Vibe.

Knowing something of Ashley’s musical taste I suspect he would love to to establish Sawley as a Chill-out venue

I know that Ashley will tread carefully as slower and more contemporary music can put some people off.  Seeing which route Ashley takes to creating a Sawley Vibe will be interesting.  As I travel round on my Sunday Tea Dance Tour I pay particular attention to the music, and it’s interesting that the two venues that have stood out the most, have contrasting music policies.

Ashley shows his Smooth Music credentials

The first of these standout venues is a SILC Sunday venue run by Caine Langford and Danni Moore for Strictly Ceroc Bristol.  Caine was on DJing duties and he served up four hours of pure chill-out music, that saw just about everyone dancing on the so called Slot.

Ashley knows his chill-out music, and is now established as a regular SILC Zone DJ at Weekenders around the country.

If Ashley wants to create a pure chill-out vibe he has already shown his credentials.

Here’s a track from Ashley’s debut Sawley playlist that has that cool vibe perfect for smooth dancing like SILC.  Come on get higher by Matt Nathanson is well known on the chill-out circuit.  It’s gentle beat is beloved by those people who enjoying dancing in the more contemporary slotted style.

Ashley can mix it up like Marc

The music at the second venue was very different.  Ceroc Bed & Bucks’ Sunday Afternoon Delight at Northchurch, was very much like a main room freestyle minus the full on tracks, and with a chill-out last hour.  Like the Bristol SILC Sunday this was very busy and it shows that Sunday afternoon dancing doesn’t have to be all chilled to attract a big crowd,

I know that Ashley is a great admirer of DJ Marc Forster who spins the tracks at Afternoon Delight.

From all the dancing I’ve done to Ashley’s music recently I know he would have no problem creating a similar vibe at Sawley.

Here’s another track from Ashley’s set.  Back where I belong by Jack Savoretti is more in the spirit of Marc Forster’s Afternoon Delight.  This is very much a main room track, that nobody would have any trouble dancing to, but it also has a funky groove that makes it equally suited to those people who want to dance in a more contemporary slotted style.

The rotational style holds sway

My initial thought was that Ashley should perhaps take the Afternoon Delight route, providing a less frenetic main room sound and adding chill-out tracks for say the last hour.  Here’s my reasoning.  For what ever reason Nottingham doesn’t have a strong smooth dance scene.

When I think of the two highly successful freestyles in the area I see two packed dance floors filled with people dancing in what is often referred to as a Rotational style.  Neither has a second room.  West Coast Swing, which in some areas provides a cohort of smooth dancers, has long lost it last remaining classes in Nottingham, and there is no significant presence of Modern Blues dancing.

There is another smoother way of dancing

The Rotational Style is the way we dance in our beginners lessons, and most of us are happy to continue dancing that way, and why not.  But there is another way, and it’s particularly suited to more contemporary music.

It’s often referred to as Smooth Jive, and is mainly danced in a Slotted style, and has been likened to the lady moving unimpeded up and down a train track.

The SILC dance style is very much in this mould.

Sadly there are no videos of SILC on line, but I’ve found this one which shows the smooth slotted dancing style.  It features Steve Thomas, who has done a few guest teaching spots at Ceroc Heaven, and is a regular teacher at Ceroc Weekenders.

The backing track is Sexual by Sean Reynolds featuring Red from 2016

Can Ashley create a core of chill-out dancers

If Ashley does have ambitions to create a Chilled Sawley Vibe he will need to bring together a core of people who will enjoy dancing to the slower contemporary tracks.  I have no doubt that Ashley’s growing reputation, as a top line weekender chill zone DJ, will attract dancers to travel some distance to Sawley.

It would be nice to think that some of this core of new chill out dancers will come from the ranks of The Ceroc Heaven faithful.

There are some devoted dancers amongst their number who, like myself, want to take their dancing to the next level, and a fully chilled or even part chilled Sawley is just what they need.

More than anything Ashley needs to hope that a reasonable number of The Ceroc Heaven dancers will get hooked on the newer sounds that keep the Weekender chill-out rooms busy.

Here’s one of Ashley’s current favourites that got a spin on Sunday.  Body like a back road by Sam Hunt is a great example of a contemporary track that offers a modern funky feel that’s made for a smooth slotted dance.

So pleased about the SILC Workshop beforehand

It was my desire to dance to slower contemporary music like Body like a back road that is behind my current obsession to learn to dance in a more modern style.  I hope that others, amongst my Nottingham dance friends, get afflicted by the same music bug and find the motivation to go on a similar chilled dance journey.

Motivation is key, but the desire to learn to dance in the smoother styles will come to nothing unless there are opportunities to go to classes and get in lots of practice.  That is why I was so pleased to see that Ceroc Heaven are running a two hour SILC workshops prior to their Sunday Tea Dance.

The Workshop sells out

Of course Ashley has one other string to his Ceroc bow – he is one of the top SILC teachers in the country.  SILC isn’t easy, but Ashley has found a way of making it very accessible to Intermediate Level dancers.  So much so that Ashley, along with our very own Jo Lindsey was asked to take the beginners SILC lessons at the most recent Southport.

Ashley succeeded in getting almost two hundred people moving up and down the slot at the Level 1 Foundation Class.  No wonder Ashley and Jo had smiles on their faces at the end.  No wonder also, that his SILC Workshop sold out in advance.

 There were many Ceroc Heaven Wanna-be Chilled Dancers in Ashley and Jo’s Southport class

Introducing a chill-out vibe needs some thought

I’ll talk about Ashley’s SILC Workshop a little later, but first more thoughts on the music policy at Sawley.

I remember being a little unsure about chill-out music.  These slower tracks would sometimes find there way in to main room DJ playlists and I would do my best to slow my normal Ceroc moves down, but sometimes it was better to just sit these tracks out.

In trying to establish a chilled vibe, care needs to be taken that people aren’t sitting out too much.  Aware of this Mark O’Reilly posted some thoughts about the music mix on the Ceroc Heaven Facebook:

The music will depend on who is there, with an emphasis towards slower, more chilled out and expressive.

Though we are not ruling out some of the music played at the usual Ceroc evening freestyles.

Ashley will be playing music suitable for Ceroc, SILC, Blues and Smooth Dancing.

Mark and Ashley know their dancers and the point about not ruling out the music that’s played at normal Ceroc Heaven freestyles was well thought out.  On the day Ashley did mix in some main room favourites including Sigala & Paloma Faith’s Lullaby, Robin Thicke & Pharrell’s Blurred lines and Alice Merton’s No Roots.  My favourite of these faster paced tracks was Side effects from The Chainsmokers.

In the mix was another main room track that, like the Jack Savoretti one, also has a funky feel that allows for some expressive dancing beloved of chill-out dancers.  The Claptone Remix of Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit is a real favourite of mine.  This track is as funky as hell and I just love it when the bass kicks in – there’s a smile on my face every time.

SILC can be applied to your regular dancing

Ashley’s two hour Workshop deserves a review of its own, but I’ll just pick out a couple of things from the lesson that I think are helpful.  The first is that Ashley stressed that SILC shouldn’t be seen as a separate dance style, and that the techniques can be applied to your existing Ceroc dancing:

The techniques that make SILC a smooth way of dancing can be applied to your regular Ceroc dancing.

I was so pleased to hear Ashley say this.  I struggled with SILC because I could never remember enough moves to get through a three minute dance.  Now I realise that all I had to do was pick out the moves that worked on the slot and smooth them out – my favourites Smooth moves are ones we all do every time we go dancing – The Travelling Return and The Ceroc Spin.

My Top Tip is just to smooth these straight-forward moves out, and hey you are a smooth chill-out dancer.  Okay there’s more to it than that, but it’s a start.

The key SILC techniques

All you need to do is smooth these moves out along The Slot.  I think many of us were frightened off SILC because it all looked so complicated.  Just take some of the techniques and apply them to your regular dancing – you’ll be amazed how this improves your dancing overnight.

One of the key SILC techniques is the smooth way the lady comes to settle at the end of the slot.  The key is to give the lady time to settle on her back placed right foot.

In regular Ceroc we tend to pull the lady immediately to start the next move.

It’s allowing the ladies to settle at the end of the slot, that starts to give the ladies a much smoother dance.  The next technique also makes for a much smooth transition from one move to the next for the ladies.

Instead of pulling his lady partner towards him, the man ‘invites’ his partner to start moving down the slot.

He does this by releasing the tension that is created when the lady settles at the end of the previous move.

The man releases this tension by simply moving his body towards his partner.  The lady now sets of down the slot without being pulled.

These two technique alone makes for a very smooth dance, and the ladies are quick to feel the difference from their regular Ceroc dancing – and they love it!

Time for some more chilled music

This is getting a bit technical, and it’s hard for me to try to explain it in words, so how about we all chill-out with a little more of Ashley’s delicious music from Sunday.  I actually requested this next track as I’ve heard it a few times on my Tea Dance Tour and it’s become a real favourite of mine.

I like me better by Lauv has all the ingredients of a contemporary chill-out track.  The beat is slow yet funky, and so easy to feel – but perhaps for some not so easy to dance to.   Please listen to the track, and then I’ll have some thoughts on dancing to this track.

Just take it easy, like the bunny said

If all this smooth dancing is new to you, then image you are at the end of The Slot, where you and your partner have gently settled.  Now take a moment to connect with the beat.

No need to race off down the slot again, so just stay there and move your body to what ever you feel in the music.

Because you both have settled back there will be a tension in the hand hold.  Now guys when you’ve both had a chance to play with the music, move slowly towards your partner, and your lady partner will sense the release in the tension and start to move back down The Slot.

I’m reminded of the 1980s TV adverts for Cadbury’s Caramel where a rather seductive bunny implores various animal characters to ‘Take it easy’.

As the Bunny says – take it easy at the end of The Slot

Ashley gets out the rubber bands

If the men have to learn to let the ladies settle at the end of the slot, then the ladies have to learn not to anticipate and start moving forward before they are invited.  This is so different to the basic Ceroc style of dancing where one move follows on to the next with seamless haste.

To teach this idea of smoothly coming to a halt at the end of The Slot Ashley got out some Latex Yoga Stretch Bands.  The idea is that the man holds one end of the band, the lady the other, and it’s the stretch of the band that slows the lady down.  This use of Yoga Bands really helps explain the idea of smoothly coming to a stop an the end of The Slot.

Jane recalls the sociable atmosphere in the workshop

One of the Ceroc Heaven dancers at Sawley was Jane, who is eager to learn how to dance in a smoother slotted style.  In her enthusiasm for wanting to be able to dance to chill-out music, Jane had attended both of Ashley’s  SILC classes at Southport.   I asked Jane for her thoughts on Ashleys SILC workshop:

The stretchy bands were an inspired addition, and really helped me understand the amount of tension needed between myself and my dance partner.

But Jane also saw another benefit to the bands:

I think we were all a little anxious about trying some thing new – the slower, smoother dance style.  The latex bands actually helped lighten the atmosphere.

At one point Ashley asked the guys to loop the bands around the ladies waists, while holding the two ends in their hand.  The idea was to help the ladies bring their bodies to a smooth rest at the end of The Slot.  Here’s Jane again:

As we changed partners the men had to find a way to put the bands around the ladies waists as politely as possible.  Some were more successful than others.

This led to a lot of smiling and acted as an icebreaker.  All the better for providing a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere amongst a group of people who didn’t necessarily know each other at the beginning of the afternoon.

Workshops can be stressful at times – what with trying to retain all the new information and the fact you may not know any of your fellow participants.  Ashley always takes a fun approach to his teaching but I was pleased that Jane mentioned the relaxed atmosphere that he and his latex bands engendered.

But isn’t that they way it should be on a Sunday afternoon.  That’s one of the elements of my Sunday visits I’ve really enjoyed.  I can see that sultry Bunny saying ‘Take it easy’ again.

The music during the lesson has the chill-out vibe

There was a lot to Ashley’s lesson that I just don’t have time to talk about, but what I will say is that, like Jane, everybody seemed to enjoy it, and more importantly got something out of it.

I realise that a few SILC lessons is never going to make Nottingham a chilled dancing hot spot, but I’d like to think that the workshop gave people a flavour of what the smooth slotted style of dancing is all about, and I’m confident that Ashley’s next SILC workshop will be a sell out too.

What was also good about the workshop was that people got a taster of the contemporary music, that is associated with this smoother style of dancing.

I said earlier that it’s important that people come to love this slower and sometimes more funkier music, and it gives them the motivation to keep learning how best to enjoy dancing to it.

So here’s one of the delicious contemporary tracks that Ashley played immediately after the lesson, when people had their first chance to practice the techniques and moves he’d taught.  September song by JP Cooper was a perfect track to play for people still not expert in the slower dancing style.  It has passages which are almost main room, but then some slower ones that invite you to play at the end of The Slot.

Andy and Jane tell of their Southport SILC experiences

I know that it will take a lot of lessons and workshops for some people to gain confidence to take their first steps on to the chill-out dance floor.  This lack of confidence is a major obstacle for many of us.  It was certainly for me.  I asked Andy, another Ceroc Heaven dancer about the beginnings of his smooth dance journey.  What he told me had a familiar ring:

I did Ashley’s two SILC lessons at Southport.  I think I did Okay, but I have to admit I didn’t take the opportunity to practice in The SILC Zone afterwards.

Jane had also done the two SILC Classes at Southport, I remember asking her if she had taken herself off to the SILC Zone to test her new found skills.  Like Andy she had stayed away from The SILC Zone.  I thought this a shame so I offered to take her there myself.

Paula’s Jammy Sponge is a winner

When we finally got to dance at Southport Jane did really well, and seemed to get the idea of moving slowly up and down the slot.  This raises an important issue.  We all improve by dancing with people who are better than ourselves.   For the ladies like Jane, having experienced male leads at a venue is going to bring them on much faster, than if they dance with other chill-out newbies.

I asked Jane how she had got on when Ashley played the slower music at the beginning of the chill-out freestyle session.  I couldn’t help smile at her answer:

As the freestyle began I was without a partner, so launched myself into tea and Paula’s jammy sponge cake – very nice, as was the hot buttered toasted teacake later.

As the Cadbury Bunny said, ‘Take it easy’, and Sunday afternoon dances aren’t called Tea Dances for nothing.  Sue and Mark O’Reilly of  Ceroc Heaven had put on a lovely spread, and I can’t blame Jane and everyone else for tucking in.  Sadly by the time I got to the  kitchen all of Paula’s Jammy Sponge had gone.  Some Tea Dances have made quite a thing of their home baking, and hopefully others will join Paula in providing more delicious distractions.

Ashley’s DJ friends keep the music fresh

All this talk of calories is not good for my waist line.  Due to an over developed sweet tooth, I constantly need to burn excess calories.  So let’s get back to the dancing with another of Ashley’s fabulous picks from Sunday.

Ashley is part of a group of DJs, who are constantly looking for and sharing great new chill-out tracks, and so keeping their playlists fresh and vibrant.  One factor I’m sure that will enhance Sawley’s appeal to experienced chill-out dancers.  Bikini body by Dawn is one of the tracks that Ashley was given by one of his DJ mates and it’s a cracker of a contemporary R&B track.

Jane and Andy get to practice

After taste testing the hot buttered tea cakes, I’m pleased to report that Jane did get to practice her newly taught chill-out techniques, and more importantly she really enjoyed it:

By the end of the afternoon I had had some great dances in the slot, and I found a new confidence with the help of a number of fabulous leads.

I particularly enjoyed just ‘walking away’ and waiting until my lead touched my shoulder to turn me.  This is pleasantly different from being pulled and pushed in to moves.  Such fun.

What really pleased me was to hear Jane talks about her fabulous leads.  There were a few experienced male chill-out dancers at Sawley and I’m sure lots of the ladies got opportunities to try out their new techniques with them.

It’s different for the men of course

It’s not so easy for the men as they have to do the leading.  This is what held me back so many times when I was stood watching all the ladies dancing with such smoothness in The SILC Zone at Southport.  I just never had the courage to ask them for a dance.  I wondered then how Andy got on, particularly as he had shared my lack of confidence at Southport:

The workshop was great fun, and yes, I did have a little practice in the freestyle afterwards, however I’m not confident enough yet to unleash my SILC Diva!

I think I’ll feel more confident dancing SILC with a regular partner, as the lead technique is a lot different to what I’m used to with Ceroc.  Particularly the way you create and release the tension in the hold at the end of The Slot.

I’m sure that all the men there on Sunday, who were new to chill-out dancing, will be comforted by Andy’s honesty.   It’s going to take a while to learn, what for many is a quite different approach, to their dancing style.  It was certainly the case for me, and it has taken me over a year to get where I am.

I found Andy’s comment about dancing with a regular partner akin to my own experience.  I would always go to SILC classes and workshops with my regular dance partner Jo, and practice with her almost exclusively.  It wasn’t until I went on my Tea Dance Tour, that I started to dance in the smoother slotted style with people I didn’t know.

Can’t wait to hear the fab music again

What’s great is that the next SILC at Sawley is next weekend, and I was pleased to hear that both Andy and Jane will be there.  I’m sure they’ll make another small step in the right direction.  What also pleased me was to hear Andy enthuse about the music:

I loved the music in the freestyle after the workshop.  There was a good mix of Ceroc and slower SILC tracks.

Interesting that Andy appreciate the faster Ceroc tracks that Ash mixed in.  Jane too commented on the beautiful slow music, but also wanted to make the case for the inclusion of some uptempo tracks.

Here’s another of Ashley’s lovely chill-out tracks.  Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus was a bit of a teenage rock anthem at the turn of the Millennium, but Ashley has found a delicious acoustic version by Walk off the Earth.  This is another delicious track perfect for a chill-out dance along The Slot.

The ladies all gain from Ashley’s teaching

I had waited six months for a Sunday Tea Dance on my doorstep, and I was lovin’ it.  I did the workshop – you can never do too many lessons in the basics of any dance style – and I then set about dancing to Ashley’s music in the freestyle part of the afternoon.

As always I had plenty of wonderful dances with Jo.

We have both made a lot of progress over the past year, and we again kept trying out new things with each other.

In between my dances with Jo, I danced with many of the ladies, who had entered the hall at one o’clock with little knowledge of the smooth slotted style.  Some did better than others, but all showed that they had grasped the basic fundamentals of the techniques that Ashley had taught.

Experienced dancers will be a great help to the new starters

A thought soon occurred to me.  I have no doubt that Ashley’s music mix will attract seasoned chill-out dancers from around The Midlands.  This will be a great help to the guys and the ladies who are just starting out on their chill-out dance journey.

Having said that, I felt proud that the ladies that I danced with, would now have the confidence to dance with these more experienced dancers.

I thought of Jane who had shied away from dancing in The SILC Zone after her SILC lessons at Southport.  I’d asked her to dance on Sunday and she’d showed a proficiency that must have made her feel good.

I know that because the men have to lead they may find it a little more difficult, but some of the more experienced ladies tell me that they were all trying to introduce some of the smooth and slotted techniques in to their dancing.  It’s great to hear that they have all started out on their own smooth dance journey, and I wish them the same steady progress that I have enjoyed.

Great to see so many dancers taking their first steps on their Smooth Dance Journey

Ashley progresses to a chill-out vibe

But there was one other image I remember from Sunday that bodes so well for this venue.  The floor was busy from the moment the freestyle kicked off, and it remained so until the end.  What was so satisfying, was that Ashley had actually played more chill-out tracks than I thought he might.

Immediately after the workshop, Ashley played a few chill-out tracks to give people a chance to practice their new learned techniques and moves.

Then for a good half an hour he mixed it up with some popular main room tracks.

But then he chilled it down, and kept it chilled, and still the floor stayed busy.

I had worried that too much slower chill-out music might put people off, but it seems I was wrong.  I asked Ashley how his playlist evolved on the actual day.

With Sawley being a brand-new event, and nothing really like it being run in the area, it was a case of gauging what people were expecting and adapting the playlist accordingly.

I knew that some of the Nottingham regulars would have an appetite for the slower and more expressive music, however I was aware others might find three hours of it a little intimidating.

The very best DJs will always gauge the mood out on the floor, and it helped that Ashley knew most of the people through his involvement as a teacher at Ceroc Heaven venues.  Because Ashley knew that some people had never been to a SILC/Chill-out event before he knew he had to take care:

In my mind, using smoother down tempo main room tracks would make everyone feel comfortable, and bridge the gap between their regular dancing experiences.

If they didn’t feel comfortable dancing SILC to a whole track, they could still have an opportunity to dance in their normal style and not just sit the track out.

Ashley then made the point that SILC isn’t just a separate dance style, it also involves techniques that can be applied to regular Ceroc dancing and make it a bit smoother.

The tempo of the main room tracks I chose, like the Jack Savoretti one, would allow people to dance in their normal style and then introduce some of the SILC techniques that I taught.

This idea of slowly mixing in some of the SILC techniques when a track allows, is a good way for main room dancers to slowly evolve their dancing in to a smoother slotted one.  There’s no expectation to be a smooth SILC dancer over night.  Like the Cadbury Bunny said, ‘Just take it easy’.

Ashley displays the craft of a top drawer DJ

I suggested to Ashley that half way through the afternoon the playlist seemed to become more chilled.  ‘Did I get that right?’

Yes.  There came a point where I realised the room was really buzzing to the more chilled tracks I played.  People were certainly more relaxed, and definitely enjoying themselves.

With the vibe in the room feeling right, I felt confident I could take the dancers to more of a SILC zone feel, without effecting the atmosphere of the room.

I could see people who have never danced SILC or slower music before staying on the dance floor, where I thought they might have sat out.

As Ashley played less of the main room tracks he noticed something else that bodes so well for this venue:

I could also see that people were practising the techniques I’d taught in the lesson and seemingly enjoying music that was very new to them.

I’ve always thought that there is a craft to good DJing, and hearing Ashley talk about him reading the room and adjusting his playlist accordingly, is an example of that craft in action.  I’ve danced to Ashley’s music at main room events where he has read the room so well, that he has been able to chose just the right track, at just the right time, and subsequently set the floor on fire.

I’m confident this Tea Dance venue will flourish

Having Ashley on the decks at Sawley is one of the reasons that I’m so confident that this Tea Dance venue will establish itself as a top chill-out destination.  So after bigging Ashley up, let me feature another of his great tracks from Sunday.

Something just like this by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay is a perfect track for the mix of dancers on Sunday.  It rightly gets a lot of main room plays, but there are parts of the track which have the most infectious funky beat, that makes it perfect for an expressive smooth dance.  When that funky vibe hits I’m in Smooth Dance Heaven.

It’s Sunday, take it easy

For many of us Sunday is a precious day – a chance to relax and even just veg out.  It’s a great day to catch up with friends, have a drink or even a meal.  The best organised Sunday Tea Dances offer an alternative way to spend time with friends and just chill-out.

The Ceroc Heaven Tea Dance had a lovely relaxed vibe and everyone I spoke with had a wonderful time, but there was more.  Mark and Sue had also arranged for those that wanted to carry on the gentle afternoon by joining them at The Harrington Arms a pub diner round the corner.  I’m told that thirty six people took up the offer.  Here’s Jane again:

The company was wonderful, friendships deepened and I hadn’t laughed like that for a long time.  I can’t wait for the next one.

The Cadbury’s Bunny would have been impressed.  What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  It just needs one more track.  Now remember the Bunny’s SILC tip:

At the end of The slot, just take it easy.  No need to spring in to the next move.  Just take it easy and play with the music.

So let’s finish with a track that Ashley’s been playing for a while during his main room gigs.  Sunday at Sawley was the perfect opportunity to give the David Guetta remix of Bruno Mars’ Versace on the floor another spin.  Take it easy now, take it easy.

Let’s do it all again

The two confirmed dates for the next Sawley on Sunday SILC Workshop and Freestyle are Sunday 21 October and Sunday 18 November.  Places for the Workshop must be pre-booked to ensure gender balancing.  As I write on Saturday 13 October Sue tells me that there are still places available.  Please follow the link below for more details.

To Book the SILC Workshop with Ashley Davis

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