Modern Jive - 2011 Holidays + Christmas DVDs + more

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Subject: Modern Jive - 2011 Holidays + Christmas DVDs + more
Date: December 15th 2010 Newsletter - December 15 2010

* Use It or Lose It:  Dancing Makes You Smarter

* UK Dance Events
        MOVE IT and Got To Dance Live

* Weekenders, Holidays & Competitions
        Over 50 events for 2011

* New or Moved Clubs

* Dance DVDs for Christmas!
        Still time to order in time for Christmas

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

Use It or Lose It:  Dancing Makes You Smarter

For hundreds of years dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise.  More recently we've seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Then most recently we've heard of another benefit:  Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter.  A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.

And what kind of dancing is best?  Freestyle dancing with a partner, where lead and follow require that you must make as many split-second decisions as possible.

Read all about it at


UK Dance Events

MOVE IT returns this March for a celebration of all things dance.
2011 promises to be the greatest show ever with lots of surprises and appearances from the most amazing and cutting edge dance acts.
March 10-13, Olympia, London

Got To Dance Live claims to be The UK’s Biggest Dance Event.
Improve your skills with the Got To Dance Live team through amazing dance classes from beginners to advanced.  See your favourite acts from Got To Dance perform on the live main stage, or show off your skills on the freestyle stages and you could be spotted by the Got To Dance Producers.
March 4-6, ExCel, London

New or Moved Clubs

Modern Jive/Ceroc/LeRoc keeps spreading - it is now in over 20 countries around the world.  All the clubs I know about are listed at  Please let me know of any that I should add to the list.

I have just made updates all over the country.  There are new or moved clubs in:


Click on your part of the
UK on the map at and find all the new clubs in your area.

Please let me know of any errors or omissions.


Weekenders & Holidays

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

Major update just completed: Over 50  events are now listed for  2011! 

Holidays, weekenders and competitions in Australia, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Majorca, New Zealand, The Mediterranean, Scotland,  Spain & Wales. - visit the Web site to see all the holidays, weekenders and competitions.

Let me know if your event isn't listed!
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 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 for Christmas!
We will be posting right up to Christmas Eve, and sending First Class from December 18th onwards.

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.

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Click on the images to get these great DVDs.

Full details of all 50+ DVDs and online ordering are at


       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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