Modern Jive News April 16 2010

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Subject: Modern Jive News April 16 2010
Date: April 16th 2010 Newsletter - April 16 2010

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak." 
Hopi Indian Saying

* DanceVote 2010
      Ask your local candidates what they are doing about dance

* Try Something New?
      Blues, Contra Dance

* Weekenders, Holidays & Competitions
    New events in Australia, Canary Islands, Carribean, England, Mediterranean, South Africa, Wales

* LeRoc is NOT a Brand Name

* Dance DVDs
    Musicality & Style DVD and Double Trouble DVDs now back in stock

* Dancing in the UK - April Edition

* New or Moved Clubs

* Information Sources

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

DanceVote 2010

Even if you don’t want to get involved it is worth watching the great dance video at

DanceVote 2010 is the national advocacy campaign to put dance on the agenda of our future MPs. If you love dance – have danced, dance now, want to dance or love watching dance – this is the campaign for you to join.

Have a look at this:

They want you to write to your local political candidates who are standing for election and asked them how they will support dance and the arts if they become MPs. With difficult funding decisions ahead, it is important to act now and tell our local politicians why dance is important to us as voters and how public funding for dance offers value for money and real benefits to local communities.

Will you e-mail your local candidates too and tell them why dance is important to you?

It only takes a couple of minutes and is very easy.  Just go to and it will compose most of the letter and route it to your local politicians for you.


Try Something New?

Fancy trying the blues?  Workshop during the day and fabulous music to dance to from 8pm!

Blissfully Blues On Tour - In Dartford! Saturday May 22nd

Details at

Contra Dance
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!

Contra dancing? American-influenced barn dancing with attitude!

Saturday 17th April -  Ashford, Kent - Contra Dance with great live band
Chesapeake and American caller Henry Morgenstein
It starts with a free beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm so everyone can join in and have fun.

Plus afternoon workshops!

Details at

You can find lots more dances like this in your area at and


Weekenders & Holidays

Whether you want sunshine, skiing or cruising, or just lots of dancing, you will find plenty of choice, all over the world.
Over 60  events are 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

The 16th Annual South West and Wales LeRoc Challenge, 1 May 2010, Bristol, England
Clifton LeRoc in association with Planet LeRoc

Dance Holiday in La Palma, 28 June - 5 July 2010, La Palma, Canary Islands
Jive Addiction

Sydney Dance Camp, 6-8 August 2010, Sydney, Australia
Ceroc Australia Dance Company

South African Ceroc Championships, 17 September 2010, Pretoria, South Africa
Ceroc Dance South Africa

Ceroc Welsh Champs, 25 September 2010, Cardiff, Wales
Ceroc South Wales

Mediterranean Dance Cruise, 2-9 October 2010, Venice, Italy + Olympia, Greece + Istanbul, Turkey
Jive Addiction

Easy Dance Holiday, 29-31 October 2010, Scarborough, England
Easy Dance

Beach Dance Holiday, 17 November (7 or 14 nights) 2010, Antigua, Carribean
The Ski & Rock Co.

Gran Canaria Dance Holiday, 29 November - 6 December 2010, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Jive Addiction

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And a quick note about one happening this weekend:

Advance & Dance Weekend,  17-18 April 2010, St Neots, UK

An entire weekend aimed at the advancement of your dance: mix & match to suit your needs. Four workshops covering Musicality & Style, Connection, Unity & Drama,
Beyond the Blues, and Advanced Dips & Drops. On Saturday evening there is a glamorously themed freestyle event and on Sunday, the regular class session will become an extended freestyle session.

The entire weekend is aimed at experienced dancers. Those who are becoming bored with moves focussed classes, or feel that they don't benefit any more from learning moves alone. Each of the workshops is technique focussed, improving your all-round dancing.

Details from Sara White's Jive Nites:

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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.


LeRoc is NOT a Brand Name

OK, this shouldn't be news, but it seems that it is to a lot of people!

I keep seeing articles, Web pages, etc. with sentences such as “Modern Jive classes and events are often franchised or run under various brand names - including "Ceroc", "LeRoc", "Mo'Jive", "Jive Nation…”.

LeRoc is not a brand name!  It is the original name Michel Lau gave to this dance style.  He wanted it to be in the public domain, and various legal challenges over the years have confirmed that it is.  LeRoc is a word that anyone can use, like waltz or tango, to describe a type of dance.  Anyone can use the name LeRoc in the name of their club. 

There is also confusion about the LeRoc Modern Jive Federation.  It is not a business, it does not run any classes and it has no control of the use of the word LeRoc.  Some of its members use the name LeRoc in the name of their club, some of them don’t; and there are clubs that are not members of the Federation that do use LeRoc in their name. Whether or not you use the word LeRoc in the name of your club you could benefit by being a member - check it out at

I hope that will help to remove some of the confusion :-)


Dance DVDs
Over 50 Great DVDs!
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

Musicality & Style DVD and Double Trouble DVDs now back in stock
Ladies' Styling DVDDrops DVDClose Moves Workshop DVDViktor's Style Workshop DVD
Click on the images to get these great DVDs - buy online from

Ceroc & Modern Jive's Musicality & Style for Modern Jive DVD

On this DVD champions Nicky Haslam and Robert Winter use their over 20 years of experience of Modern Jive styling and musical development to show you all of the essential techniques needed to learn how to phrase your dance and style that phrasing.

Have Fun Learning Double Trouble!

The best selling Double Trouble DVDs are back in stock!  Get Volume 1 to learn the basics; expand your repertoire with Volumes 2 & 3!

Double Trouble Volume 1: Over 30 moves & variations.  This DVD focuses on the freestyle aspects of Double Trouble - basic principles to allow you to lead well or follow well in Double Trouble, and moves that are based on simple Modern Jive moves that you probably know already.  Anyone can do it!
Double Trouble Volumes 2 & 3: Each has over 20 great Double Trouble moves & variations, including drops and lifts, most of which you can use in freestyle.

Amazingly easy & great fun!

Details of all these great DVDs are at


Dancing in the UK - April Edition

The latest edition is available online at

If you run a dance organisation and wish to list your clubs and events at "Dancing in the UK" then add your details by registering at

When it asks who recommended the site please select “OTHER”  and put “” or “John Sweeney” in the box.

New or Moved Clubs

Added to the UK maps at since the last newsletter:

Blandford Forum - Jive Riot
Every Tuesday at The Corn Exchange, Market Square, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7AH

Faversham - Dance Dedication
Every Monday at Village Hall, Bull Ln, Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham; Kent ME13 9AH
Starts Monday May 3 2010

Hatfield - Comet Jive
Every Thursday at Club de Havilland, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield; Hertfordshire AL10 9EU

Louth - JiveFusion
Every Thursday at The Town Hall, Eastgate, Louth; Lincolnshire LN11 9NL
Starts Thursday April 22 2010

Newbury - Ginger Jive
Every Friday at the Catholic Hall, Bath Rd, Thatcham, Newbury; Berkshire RG18 3AG

Purley - Simply LeRoc
Every Tuesday at Christ Church Hall, 861-863 Brighton road, Purley; Surrey CR8 2BN

Sara White's Jive Nites
Every Tuesday Conservative Club, Bedford Rd, Sandy; Bedfordshire SG19 1EL
Starts Tuesday April 20 2010

Sittingbourne - Evolution Dance
Every Wednesday at The Wyvern Hall, (Swallows Leisure Centre), Central Avenue, Sittingbourne ME10 4NT
Starts Wednesday May 19 2010

Southend - LeRoc Southend
Monthly freestyles

Tamworth - Want2Dance Burton
Every Thursday at Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club, 69 High St, Dosthill, Tamworth; Staffordshire B77 1LG

Westbury - Ginger Jive
Every Thursday at Westbury Labour Club (Paragon Hall), Haynes Rd, Westbury; Wiltshire BA13 3HA
Starts Thursday April 29 2010

Worthing - Rocsters
Every Thursday at Thomas Beecham (GSK) SC, Dominion Way, Worthing; West Sussex BN14 8QH


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 -
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.

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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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