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Rolls Royce does the World Championships at Blackpool

By |2023-03-17T10:16:08+00:00March 16th, 2023|Articles, Championships, Uncategorized|

Everyone's chance to emulate the Strictly Stars In just a few days' time, the World Modern Jive Championships (WMJC) takes place at the iconic Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.  The competitions are built into a three-day programme of dancing where everyone, including non-competitors, can enjoy dancing in what is the most famous ballroom in the UK and possibly [...]

Smooth Jive: Classic Chill-out: Volume 3 (SILC Gold)

By |2023-10-27T13:26:29+00:00February 16th, 2023|SILC and Smooth Jive, Uncategorized, Weekenders|

Contemporary tracks dominate Chill-out playlists Carefully listening to Chill-out DJs playlist something has become obvious.  The bulk of the tracks have a contemporary feel and when I've looked into the release dates of some of the most popular, they are mainly from the past few years.  Indeed, when I put my initial two volumes of [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes – May 2022

By |2022-07-10T12:16:23+00:00May 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Wow, that was a fabulous holiday (Sun 29 May) It's time for a lie in after a late-night arrival at East Midlands Airport.  My dance holiday in Majorca is sadly over.  What a wonderful time we all had and I can't wait to tell you all about it.  I've still got to finish off my [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes – April 2022

By |2022-07-10T12:06:46+00:00April 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|

An interesting Tango & Blues workshop (Sat 30 April) Modern Jive is a fusion of many different styles of dancing.  Its roots are in Swing music but it has taken moves and styles from Rock 'n' Roll, Tango, Salsa and even Street Dancing.  It's the same with my chill-out room dancing.  My slower dance style [...]

Quick Steps: Quick Notes – March 2022

By |2022-07-10T12:00:16+00:00March 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Well done to Rolls Royce's Blackpool Medal Winners (Mon 28 Mar) After all the nerves and fun at The World Modern Jive Championships (see my upcoming article) I'm back down to earth at the Ceroc Rolls Royce class night.  After the Intermediate class teacher Dan Akers gives a proud shout out to everyone from the [...]

iDance EOS: Wythall Park Hall, Birmingham (Jan 2022)

By |2022-03-06T14:33:10+00:00March 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Another fab Midlands venue for Expressies Back in February 2020, I visited EOS, the smooth and expressive freestyle run by Ian Selby of iDance in Nuneaton.  In my subsequent review I wrote: . . .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 [...]

Vibe in Barnstaple, Devon: Moving with the times (Jan 2022)

By |2022-02-21T13:25:51+00:00February 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

Our dance scene is changing Slowly but surely our dance scene is changing.  When LeRoc (Modern Jive), and then Ceroc, were created in the 1990s the music people danced to was faster than it is today.  The origins of both styles of dancing were influenced by the swing dances that were brought over to Europe [...]

Ceroc Heaven rock the South West Champs (Sept 2021)

By |2021-12-01T18:59:38+00:00September 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Famous Seven go to Exeter It's asking a lot to make the four-hour journey to Exeter in Devon from Nottinghamshire for the Ceroc South West Champs, but a small contingent of Ceroc Heaven dancers did just that and made a big impression on the judges.  At the last minute, our own Ceroc teachers Ashley [...]

Rolls Royce does the World Championships at Blackpool – DRAFT – PLEASE DO NOT SHARE

By |2023-03-14T21:10:51+00:00March 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Everyone's chance to emulate the Strictly Stars In just a few days' time, the World Modern Jive Championships (WMJC) takes place at the iconic Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.  The competitions are built into a three-day programme of dancing where everyone, including non-competitors, can enjoy dancing in what is the most famous ballroom in the UK and possibly [...]

DJ Paul Brooks: Music Video Hour, Jamfest (June 19)

By |2020-03-21T20:36:44+00:00June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

This review of Paul Brooks Music video is lifted from my article 20 Things we ❤️ about Jamfest. 16: We ❤️ the Music Video Hour As I looked through the programme for Saturday night in The Thunderball Room one DJ Slot stood out.  At Midnight Paul Brooks would be doing a Music Videos slot.  When I caught [...]