Modern Jive News August 20 2011

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Subject: Modern Jive News August 20 2011
Date: August 19th 2011 Newsletter - August 20 2011

* Tension Is Your Enemy

New or Moved Clubs

* Weekenders, Holidays & Competitions
        New events in Australia & Italy

* More Dance DVDs

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

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As usual there is not much news over the summer, but there is still lots going on.  Check out these links to find out what is happening:
Regular classes:
Holidays, Weekenders & Competitions:


Tension Is Your Enemy

How to improve Lead & Follow, Turns & Spins, Complex Moves, and lots more!
Do you ever find that moves don't work out quite as smoothly as you hoped? Or that you lose your balance when turning or returning? Or that your arms or shoulders ache after a night's dancing?

It’s all to do with tension!  Let’s look at some basic principles of Modern Jive:
1) Everyone has the right to get out on the dance floor and have fun without getting hurt.
2) It’s dancing not wrestling!
3) It’s not the man’s job to drag the lady across the floor – it’s called Lead & Follow, not Drag & Resist!
4) There is no frame in Modern Jive.
5) Lead & Follow is primarily through the finger-tips.

I hope 1), 2) and 3) are self-evident.  Let’s look a little more closely at 4) and 5).

Continue reading this great article at


Want to learn some more trade secrets to improve your dancing?

Have a look at The Modern Jive Toolkit DVD.

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Answer this question in an e-mail to when you order the DVD and I will refund £3.00:
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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 & Competitions

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

Just added new events in: Australia & Italy

Ceroc Perth Western Australian Modern Jive Championships, 9-11 September 2011, Perth, Australia
Friday - Dance Party
Saturday - Champs
Sunday - Masterclass Workshops & Sunday Social

Easy Dance Modern Jive Weekender, 11-15 November 2011, San Remo, Italy
Fabulous 4 Day Party Weekender On The Italian Riviera!
3 Nights Of Fun Freestyle Dancing!
4 Star Hotel On The Coast In San Remo.
Taster Dance Workshops & Classes in Modern Jive-Salsa-Swing-Ballroom and more TBC.
Optional Excursions To Monte Carlo, Monaco & Cannes.

Over 50  events are now listed for  2011! 
Holidays, weekenders and competitions in Australia, The Carribean, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Majorca, New Zealand, The Mediterranean, Portugal, Scotland,  Spain, Turkey & 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.


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       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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