Modern Jive News November 18 2009

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Subject: Modern Jive News November 18 2009
Date: November 18th 2009 Newsletter - November 18 2009

"Dancing is wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it."
Christopher Morley (in "Kitty Foyle")

* Want to try something new? Contrafusion comes to Kent!

* Modern Jive in Spain - The Movie!

* "Jive Magazine"
       The Magazine for Jive Dancers
* Weekenders & Holidays

* Dance DVDs
        Over 50 Great Christmas Presents!
        New from UK Smoooth: Experimenting with Whips
Ladies' Styling DVD

* New or Moved Clubs

* Information Sources

Information provided by event organizers - please confirm or discuss details with them!

Want to try something new? Contrafusion comes to Kent!

Imagine a dance where you don’t need to go with a partner and you don’t need to learn any footwork.  All the men and women line up and the caller gives simple instructions from the stage; then the music starts and you get to dance with lots of different partners. You don’t even need to think about what move to use next as the caller tells you what to do during the dance. No, it’s not Modern Jive!  It’s American Style Contra Dancing - with influences from swing, modern jive, hip-hop, tango and dirty dancing. It’s Contrafusion.

The only real answer to the question "What is contra dance?" comes when you try it.  The next best thing is to see it being danced.  Go to and watch a few videos, then come back here and carry on reading…


“Turning, moving, spinning, dresses swirling, music beating, eyes in contact with a partner, then another, then another, then another, and the fiddle turns a corner, the phrase repeats, the dance repeats. You smile. Your body smiles.” (Doug Plummer)

Inspired by the young dancers in Asheville, North Carolina, Karen and John Sweeney are starting Contrafusion, a new contra dance club in Ashford in Kent.  Weekly dances, starting in January, will have an emphasis on teaching as well as dancing. If you have never done this type of dancing before we will help you to get started so that you can join in and have fun on your first night.

We will also be teaching you how to do all the styling and variations that the Americans are now putting into their dancing, so, whether you are an experienced dancer or an up-and-coming beginner, we hope to help you enhance your dancing and add to your enjoyment of the evening. 

Keep up to date with what is happening by checking or contact John at or 01233 625 362.  Come and join us to get some exercise, have some fun and meet lots of people of all ages.

Weekly Monday night dances start on Monday January 18th 2010 at 8pm in Hothfield Village Hall, 5 minutes from J9 on the M20.

Please join the Facebook group at so we can start building a community.

And please forward this to any of your friends who might like to give it a go!

And while we are in Kent:
Jive Hive East Kent Modern Jive Ball
Saturday January 2nd 2010 – King’s Hall, Herne Bay, Kent.
DJs: John Ford (Jive Hive) and John Miller (Jag Jive)
Fully licensed Bar, Decorated Tables, Gas Filled Balloons & Chocolates (Ed: What kind of gas do they put in the chocolates?) 07751 362 040


Modern Jive in Spain - The Movie!

A short lighthearted film promoting Modern Jive:


New:  "Jive Magazine"

The Magazine for Jive Dancers

The first issue of this new magazine is out now!

This is the only magazine for jive dancers & will be packed with helpful features and interviews with teachers & organisers; the November/December issue features Amir Giles of Jango and Nigel & Nina, plus a surprise guest teacher from outside the MJ world.

We actively encourage you the dancer or the organiser to forward photographs of you dancing around the UK, or indeed the world, the wackier the better! Why not get your local venue in the next issue, send your photos in now via or for larger files use

The magazine will be distributed throughout the UK, but you can subscribe and get your copy first!

Go to for full details and to subscribe.


Weekenders, Holidays & Competitions

Whether you want sunshine, skiing or cruising, or just lots of dancing, you will find plenty of choice, all over the world.
Over 75 events are listed for 2009!

35 events now listed for 2010!  Check for the details. Let me know if your event isn't listed!

Move events just added to the list at for 2010:

Metropolis: 12-15 February 2010, Manchester, England
Jive Addiction:

East Coast Jive: 7-10 May 2010, Scarborough, England
Jive Addiction:

Viva Espana! 5-10 June 2010, Majorca
Club Dance Holidays:

Eclipse: 18-21 June 2010, Skegness, England
Jive Addiction:

Lux: 27-30 August 2010, Wokingham, England

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Note to organisers:
Is your event listed at  If not, please send me the details (with up to 500 characters of description).
(But please check first at - you may be listed already!)
We do not list individual workshops or freestyles - they are listed well at lots of other sites (see the bottom of this note for a list). 
Events in this list are Competitions, Dance Holidays, and major Weekend Events: ones with multiple workshops from multiple teachers, together with an evening dance.


Dance DVDs
Over 50 Great Christmas Presents!
Choose from over 50 DVD titles, covering Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Dips & Drops, Close Moves, Hot Moves, Lifts & Aerials, Style & Musicality, Ladies' Styling, Jango, Latin for Jivers, Double Trouble and Weekenders. 

Details of all these great DVDs are at

Ladies' Styling DVD
UK Smoooth's Experimenting with Whips DVD
Lazy Dave's essential step by step guide,
Starting with a simple Whip and breaking it down into its two component parts: the "entry" and the "exit". Practise the basics before moving on to the more interesting variations. All the moves featured are easily lead and followed - an essential ingredient for genuine social dancing.
Simple, Stylish & Smooth

Full details at

Recent DVDs
Ladies' Styling DVDLadies' Styling DVDClose Moves Workshop DVDViktor's Freestyle Moves DVDViktor's Style Workshop DVDUK Smoooth - Step It Up DVDLadies' Styling DVD
Click on the images to get these great DVDs - buy online from


Club Organisers: Please note that the packs of 10 Beginner DVDs (for only £74) and 10 Modern Jive Toolkits (for only £104) can be purchased on the Web site - down at the bottom of the list of DVDs.

New or Moved Clubs


Nice – Ceroc France
Every Thursday 8pm-11pm, at Danalys, 34 Bd de Riquier, 06300 NICE

Added to the UK maps at since the last newsletter:

Alfreton - Pulse
Every Thursday at Somerlea Park Centre, Sherwood Street, Leabrooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1LB

Bury St. Edmunds - Ceroc Fusion
The Corn Exchange, Abbeygate St, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1UN

Dartford - ViBe Dance Nights
Every Wednesday at Acacia Hall Ballroom, 67a High Street, Dartford, Kent DA1 1DJ

Harlow - Ceroc Metro
Every Wednesday at the New Frontiers Leisure Club, Paringdon Road, Harlow, Essex CM19 4QT

Leighton Buzzard - Buzzard Jive
Every Monday at Bell Close Football Club, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 8RX

Leighton Buzzard - Buzzard Jive
Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 9EY

Newbury - Ceroc Newbury
Every Tuesday at the Liberty Ballroom, 187 New Greenham Park, Greenham, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 6HW

Newbury - Ceroc Newbury
Every Thursday at the Liberty Ballroom, 187 New Greenham Park, Greenham, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 6HW

Oxford - Jive+
Every Tuesday Helena Kennedy Student Centre, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Hill Campus, Headington Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BN
Smooth Jive with Dave Plummer

Reading - Ginger Jive
Every Wednesday at Burghfield Community Sports Association, James Lane, Burghfield, Reading RG30 3RS

Tadley - Ginger Jive
Every Tuesday at Hurst Community College, Brimpton Road, Baughurst, Tadley, Hants. RG26 5NL

Every Wednesday at St Margarets Community Hall, Garden Village, Wrexham, Wales LL11 2PW
Starts Wednesday January 6 2010 (free entry & raffle of iPod Shuffle on first night)


Modern Jive Freestyle and Workshop Information Sources

Worldwide: Lists of Dance Weekends, Dance Holidays, Modern Jive Clubs across the UK and around the world at

UK Jive: Jon White's site  at has class and event listing for the whole of the UK. The information is provided by the dance organizations - if you run one make sure you have your information on the site!

Bristol (and surrounding area):

Kent, Surry & Sussex: Jive Hive -
Kingdom of Dance: As well as a great selection of shoes, the site also has a dance diary at

London & the South Coast: Lynda's List -

Midlands: contact Wes on or 07973 254195 for a monthly listing of what's on
SalsaJive: has a goal to bring comprehensive, up-to-date and independent listings of clubs/classes, special events, news and more, for the UK. The site is free to use and is run by dancers, for dancers.

South Wales & surrounding area: for information and events

South West:

Southern UK Jivers Calendar:

Ceroc Scotland Forum
LeRoc in Bristol Forum
UK Jive Forum

Are there any more Modern Jive information sources that I should list here?


       Happy dancing,

John Sweeney, Dancer  


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John and Karen Sweeney are freelance Modern Jive teachers, running workshops for countless organizations across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and America.

Their successes include multiple Double Trouble championships, Aerials medallists, Jive Masters finalists, and Dance With A Stranger winner.

Please see for details of some of the workshops we teach. We will be happy to come and teach for you. Or join our mailing list at and we will let you know about any workshops that we organise ourselves.

We also sell the widest range of Ceroc and Modern Jive DVDs in the world. You can see details of all of them at also maintains the most comprehensive list of Modern Jive weekenders, holidays and competitions.

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