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About Paul Jeffery

A Modern Jive Dancer with a passion for Dance Music. In my Blog I hope to offer reviews of the music we dance to, and the Classes, Freestyles and Weekenders we love dancing at. I started dancing eight years ago at The Ceroc Passion dance class at Rolls Royce in Derby. I remember what it was like being a beginner and I always try to make the beginners classes now. I'm a great believer that we should support beginners through their first lessons, in the hope they will get the Modern Jive Bug. Disco dancing in the early seventies I became a lover of Motown and Soul music. During the next ten years I also got into Northern Soul and Funk. In the eighties my dance hero was Niles Rogers of Chic. I now dance at least three times a week in my local area of Nottingham, but also travel more widely around the country to write reviews of new venues. With my Soul Boy roots I'm an advocate for more Motown being played at Freestyles.

Back dancing with Ceroc Heaven at The Grange

By |2021-07-21T20:36:12+00:00July 21st, 2021|About This Blog, Classes and Workshops|

Ceroc Heaven give me my first dance fix I've great admiration for all the dance organisers around the country who ran fixed-partner classes and workshops whenever they were allowed.  It kept the interest in dancing going and allowed people to meet up with friends in a dance environment again.  Sadly, these couldn't allow freestyle dancing, [...]

My Dance Novel – At last it’s finished

By |2021-07-15T21:02:39+00:00May 30th, 2021|Articles, My Dance Novel|

A close-run thing Yes, my tale of Ellie and her Dance Gang Friends is finished - and I have a date to publish it on the Amazon Kindle Store.  I still have some editing to do (more about that later), but I have set Saturday 19 June 2021 as the date when I hope to [...]

My Dance Novel – The end is still some way off

By |2021-06-14T21:06:46+00:00February 13th, 2021|My Dance Novel|

Honestly, I'm getting there In my last update on my novel, I finished with these confident words.  Perhaps I shouldn't have been so bullish: Having made a lot of progress on the novel website, I’ll be getting back to writing the novel full time.  I now have the ending in sight and I can’t wait [...]

My Dance Novel – A New Website

By |2021-06-14T19:37:30+00:00December 16th, 2020|My Dance Novel|

Sorry it's slow going First an apology.  I know many of you are looking forward to reading my completed novel, so I’m sorry if it’s getting a bit drawn out.  Progress has been a little slower this last month as I’ve switched a lot of writing time to create a website that will support the [...]

My Dance Novel – My progress is slower than I expected

By |2021-06-14T20:51:14+00:00November 7th, 2020|My Dance Novel|

I keep getting bogged down After writing my novel for seven months the end should be in sight but sadly that's not the case.  I note that in my last update, I said my next phase would see me writing about Ellie’s Dance Gang’s visit to their first freestyle.  Sadly they’ve still not got there [...]

My Dance Novel – I’ve now done 300 pages

By |2021-06-14T20:13:10+00:00October 4th, 2020|My Dance Novel|

I'm making steady progress I sit at my computer most days, though I limit myself to a maximum of three hours writing.  That allows me to write three or four pages.  However, when I start the next day's session I go over the previous day's writing and invariably spend the first hour doing rewrites and [...]

When will we dance again? Sadly not for a long time

By |2020-09-23T13:16:58+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Articles|

The view from September You don't need me to tell you that there is no chance of any dancing, as we knew it, returning anytime soon.  How different from when I published my first article in this series in June.  Back then I used an image with the words Normal Service will be resumed soon.  [...]

My Dance Novel – another 80 pages done

By |2021-06-14T19:55:18+00:00August 30th, 2020|My Dance Novel|

A first look at my story Since I published the first article about my dance novel at the beginning of August, I have completed another eighty pages.  That's an average of just under three pages per day - bringing the total word count to 85,000.  So, are all these words, that I've been knocking out [...]

When will we dance again? Part 3

By |2020-08-09T14:50:42+00:00August 6th, 2020|Articles|

When can we dance with anyone and everyone? I am sure that for most of us, the thoughts that occupy our minds the most revolve around the safety of ourselves and our loved ones in these difficult times.  Not far behind will be worries about a so-called second wave.  In the remaining headspace many of [...]

My Dance Novel – I’m half way through

By |2021-06-14T19:46:31+00:00August 1st, 2020|My Dance Novel|

A Lockdown Challenge When dancing was effectively closed down in early March I, like everyone hoped it would be a temporary pause in our dancing lives.  Sadly it soon dawned on me, and everyone else that it would be a long time before we would be allowed back on to the dance floor.  I put [...]