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My Top 5 Picks of the Year 2018/19: Part 1: Freestyles

By |2020-03-19T15:37:23+00:00March 10th, 2020|Freestyle Reviews|

I'm a bit late doing my Best of the Year lists, so I've decided to extend 2019 and add in the last three months of 2018. I travel even further for a freestyle fix It’s been a busy fifteen months as I’ve expanded my Freestyle dance travel area.  It’s a period that took me three [...]

iDance EOS: The Co-operative Club, Nuneaton

By |2020-03-04T20:53:09+00:00March 4th, 2020|Blues, Freestyle Reviews, SILC and Smooth Jive|

A Must-dance-at venue for Expressies Suddenly my dance life is full of Expressive dancing and here in the East Midlands, we now have a new venue that is going to become a Must-dance-at-venue for Expressies (that's my new name for people who like Expressive dancing - a bit like West Coast Swing dancers are called [...]

Modern Jive dance tips for Men – making the step up to Freestyles

By |2020-02-14T13:40:40+00:00February 13th, 2020|Articles, Freestyle Reviews|

Some dance tips please, Paul Peter got in touch recently after reading my story about a group of beginners, and the stress that they experience as newcomers to modern jive dancing (see link below).  Peter bravely admitted that, even after a year of lessons, he still found the idea of going to a freestyle very [...]

Blackpool Champs prep in the West Country

By |2020-02-12T00:58:39+00:00February 11th, 2020|Articles, Freestyle Reviews, SILC and Smooth Jive|

Doing ourselves proud at Blackpool It’s not long now until I walk on to the floor at the Tower Ballroom with my dance partner Gaynor Cooper for our first ever entry into the Modern Jive World Championships.  Whilst Gaynor and I have no ambition other than to enjoy the experience on dancing in the footsteps [...]

Guest review: Devon Velvet, Longdown Village Hall

By |2020-01-15T18:54:31+00:00January 10th, 2020|Blues, Freestyle Reviews, Guest Reviews|

A Stop on my Tea Dance Tour Back in 2018, I set off on what I called my Tea Dance Tour.  Every so often I would free up a Sunday to visit one of the many Sunday afternoon chill-out venues that have sprung up around the country.  As well as finding a rich vein of [...]

Eclipse: Ceroc Basildon, Grays Civic Hall

By |2019-12-05T12:49:01+00:00December 5th, 2019|Freestyle Reviews|

My Introduction to DJ Paul Brooks I'm a great fan of Paul Brooks, who along with his twin brother Glen and Karen Toko, puts on this three or four times a year two-room event.  I first came across Paul when he DJed the Ceroc London Champs, at The Watford Colesseum back in 2018.  I  wrote [...]

Ceroc Stirling Summer Fiesta, Albert Halls, Stirling

By |2019-08-14T15:40:00+00:00August 11th, 2019|Freestyle Reviews|

I love dancing in Scotland Now don't get me wrong, I love dancing everywhere but it seems that every time I've been to Scotland in the past twelve months I've had the most fabulous time on the dance floor.  On New Year's Eve. I got to experience how the Scots do Hogmanay.  As an Englishman, [...]

Enerjive: Forest Community Centre, Bordon, Hampshire (May 2019)

By |2019-06-23T15:30:28+00:00June 21st, 2019|Freestyle Reviews, SILC and Smooth Jive|

I was long overdue a visit to Bordon I was in the Blue Room at The Warmwell Weekender last November when into the airways came a fabulous chill-out track.  I had the most wonderful smooth slotted dance to it, and I had to know what the track was.  Cliff Dean, of Ener Jive, was on [...]

Dancing on The Costa Blanca with Paso a Paso (May 2019)

By |2019-06-11T16:04:36+00:00May 24th, 2019|Articles, Freestyle Reviews|

Day 1: Friday 24 May Luton Airport It’s a little early!  It's four thirty in the morning and I’m in the departure lounge at Luton Airport awaiting my flight to the Costa Blanca where I’m the guest of Maxine Goodie, who runs the Paso a Paso Modern Jive Club in the Torrevieja area.   Maxine has [...]

Strictly Ceroc: Indulge, Cheltenham Town Hall (Feb 2019)

By |2020-02-27T14:18:25+00:00March 26th, 2019|Freestyle Reviews|

I come across another Iconic Venue As I continue my travels across the country, I find myself adding to my list of iconic venues.  Kelham Hall in Newark, Nottinghamshire was the first on my list followed by the much smaller, but equally worthy The Engine Shed at Wetherby in Yorkshire.  Recently I added The Colosseum [...]