Channel 4 give Ceroc a massive boost

Back in 1996 Channel 4 made a series of documentaries about different forms of dancing. One of the regular contributors to the blog sent me a link to the one they did about Ceroc (see video below). It’s a fascinating piece of Ceroc history and shows it in its early days in London before it became a national dance craze. It portrays Ceroc exactly as we all still find it – an easy way to learn to partner dance and a great way to socialise and meet new friends. My contributor tells me it gave Ceroc a massive boost, as a large number of people were inspired to join classes.

Still thinking about joining a Ceroc Class

Most of the readers of this blog are already Ceroc regulars, but some people find there way here who are looking into partner dancing. If you are wondering where to start your partner dance journey then this TV documentary is for you. Even though the programme is over twenty years old, it still captures the essence of this wonderful dance scene, and if you do join a class it will look exactly as it does in the documentary.

A peek in to the beginnings of Ceroc

Ceroc addicts will find the programme equally fascinating as it shows the early beginnings of Ceroc. There is an interview with James Cronin, the man who invented Ceroc, and the programme also features a young Mike Ellard, the owner of the British Ceroc Franchise. What I also found interesting, was that the different scenes were introduced by a demonstration of a Ceroc move. One move featured, was one that doesn’t seem to be taught any more – The Hand Jive Push Spin. I remember this move fondly from when I first started learning. Perhaps I should start a campaign to get it reintroduced!

The boost this gave Ceroc begs a question

Watching the Channel 4 programme you can see why Ceroc got a boost, but I can’t help thinking that it’s time that something like this was done again. Throughout this blog, I’m at pains to say that this wonderful dance scene will not flourish, unless it gets a steady stream of beginners making it to the freestyle stage. Because of the high fallout rate it needs an awful lot of people to decide to join a class in the first place. This programme was set in London, but the Ceroc scene now flourishes across the country. Wouldn’t it be great to see a TV crew visit Northampton, Birmingham, Manchester or even my own thriving patch in The East Midlands. Something to think about then.