Modern Jive News May 19 + Blues DVD

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Subject: Modern Jive News May 19 + Blues DVD
Date: May 19th 2010 Newsletter - May 19 2010

* New: Blues Dance for Beginners DVD

* Burn the Floor – London

* Learn to Teach Modern Jive

* Murphy's Shirts

* Weekenders, Holidays & Competitions

    New events in Australia & England

* Dance DVDs

    Over 50 DVDs

* New or Moved Clubs

* Information Sources

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

John & Karen Sweeney will be teaching the intermediate lesson at Uckfield Civic Centre this Thursday (20th May) and generally on the third Thursday of each month.

Details at

£1 off all DVDs: If there are any DVDs you want, e-mail and we will bring them with us to Uckfield for you. Check out the full list at


New: Blues Dance for Beginners DVD

Ladies' Styling DVD
Lucky Skillen & Chris Morse teach you the basics of two styles of blues dancing:

Juke Joint Style Blues
A modern form of blues dance based on the dances done in juke joints across America at the turn of the last century.

A modern style of blues dance based on the ballroom dance happening at the Savoy Ballroom in the '40s and '50s.

This instructional DVD is great for beginners wanting to learn the basics of blues dancing.

It will leave you feeling comfortable and confident enough to hit the dance floor.

Through the magic power of his huge smile, Lucky Skillen brings dancing joy wherever he goes. Lucky started dancing in 1996 and began teaching in 1998. Since then he has taught and performed a wide variety of dances in Asia, Europe and North America. He has also had the privilege of working with such celebrities as Neil Young, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Katie Holmes and Frankie Manning. Lucky teaches a wide variety of dance classes in which he creates a fun and playful atmosphere. He believes that playing is learning and learning is fun!

Chris Morse began dancing in 2000 in Chicago, where blues and slow, groovy lindy have strong roots. Chicago's scene, with an infinite supply of live blues and jazz music, talented instructors and fantastic friends, is where she began her dancing obsession. Chris now has thousands of hours of dance experience as well as placements in national blues competitions. Currently she resides in Denver with her musician husband and continues to explore blues dancing. She hopes this DVD inspires you to seek out your own style and find a passion for blues dancing, music and culture.

Available now from


Burn the Floor – London

Years before Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, one sizzling show was setting stages ablaze around the globe.  BURN THE FLOOR, the electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular that has thrilled audiences in more than 30 countries, brings the fire and passion of their live performance to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End from Wednesday 21st July to Saturday 4th September 2010.

Watch the videos:

Book before 30 June to get top price seats for £39.50. Call 020 7379 5399 and quote 'EARLY BOOKER' to book (Offer valid on performances Sunday to Friday including Thursday matinee. Offer valid on best available seats £39.50 (usually up to £62.50) + booking fee.  PROMO CODE: EBO.


Learn to Teach Modern Jive

June 11th-14th in Leamington Spa in the Midlands.
Do you want to become a jive teacher with a nationally recognised qualification?
Would you like to train with a professional instructor who has a 100% pass rate for her students?
Are you prepared to put in time and effort to develop a level of skill and knowledge that will equip you to teach confidently and consistently?
The courses are usually run over a 4 day weekend with a further 1-2 days pre-exam revision by arrangement.
Course numbers are limited and early booking is recommended.
The course prepares you to teach and also gets you ready for the LeRoc Federation examination, which is ratified by the UKA.
Contact Cheryl for more details:


Murphy's Shirts

Designed by a Dancer For Dancers
An exciting new product that is suitable for all types of dance.

Murphy's Shirts are made from our special Supercool material, a lightweight fabric designed to be highly functional which is woven to create a series of slots to siphon moisture away from your body. The difference with this unique design is that the moisture then evaporates so that by the time it reaches the outer layer, it leaves the shirt dry to the lady's touch. You will find the shirt helps maintain a lower body temperature, the heat is allowed to dissipate through the fabric, helping you stay comfortable for longer. You will find you spend less time changing, more time dancing! Most of us are aware of the importance of keeping cool and fresh. These shirts go a long way towards keeping us that way.


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

GDS Nationals Open Competition and 10th Birthday Ball, July 16-18 2010, Canberra, Australia

Jive & Tango Weekender, 5-8 November 2010, Scarborough, England
Jive Addiction

Midlands Ceroc Champs V 2010, 20 November 2010, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Ceroc Midlands

Twixmas Meltdown, 27-30 December 2009, Somerset, England
Holiday Rock

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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 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, Blues, Double Trouble and Weekenders.

DVDDVDDVDViktor's Style Workshop DVD
Click on the images to get these great DVDs - buy online from

Details of all the DVDs are at

New or Moved Clubs

Added to the UK maps at since the last newsletter:

Barnsley - Northern Jive
Every Wednesday at The Rockingham Centre, Sheffield Road, Hoyland Common, Barnsley; South Yorks S74 0DQ

Grimsby - Cool Jive
Every Saturday: (Beg/Improver Class) Humberston CC, Humberston Ave, Grimsby; Lincolnshire DN36 4SX

Herstmonceux - Modern Jive (LeRoc)
Every Monday at Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux; East Sussex BN27 4LH

Immingham - Cool Jive
Every Wednesday at the Oasis Academy Immingham Pelham Rd, Immingham, South Humberside DN40 1JU (Beg. Class)

Leeds - Northern Jive
Every Wednesday at Blackburn Hall, Commercial Street, Rothwell, Leeds; West Yorks LS26 0AW

Sidcup - ViBe Dance Nights
Every Monday at Foots Cray SC, 23-27 Cray Rd, Foots Cray, Sidcup; Kent DA14 5BY

Sittingbourne - Evolution Dance
Every Wednesday at UK Paper & LC, Remembrance Ave, Sittingbourne; Kent ME10 4DE
Starts Wednesday June 16 2010

Truro - Le Jive
Every Wednesday at Devoran Village Hall, 6 Carclew Terrace, Devoran, Truro; Cornwall TR3 6PN


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):

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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