A Modern Jive Weekender that’s a sell-out

Sue, one of the regular contributors to the blog, was recently telling me that she was soon off to a Modern Jive Weekender at Warmwell.  I had to admit that I hadn’t actually heard of it, which surprised Sue somewhat.

It’s really popular Paul, it’s run by MJRoc and it sells out every year.  I’ve been going with my friend Linda for quite a few years now, and we make sure we book early to guarantee a place.  It’s held in a holiday park set in beautiful country side.  It’s nothing like Southport; for a start all the accommodation is in detached lodges, rather than blocks of chalets.  It’s one of my favourite weekenders of the year.

How about doing a Guest Review for the blog?

Since I started my blog I’ve reviewed the Southport Weekender three times , but I’ve long realised that if my blog was to gain national credibility, I needed to visit weekenders in other parts of the country and more importantly ones run by independent dance companies.  Sadly when I enquired about Warmwell it was fully booked, but I wondered if Sue might help out.

It seems I’ve missed out this year Sue, so how do you fancy doing a guest review for me.  I’ll do all the background stuff, and the writing of course.  You just enjoy the weekend and tell me some of the best bits.  No doubt you’ll be having a whole lot of fun.

Ok. I’ll give it a go, but one thing.  My friend Linda asks if she can contribute.  She’s a great fan of Warmwell and would love to spread the word about the fantastic time everyone has.

Yes of course she can. In fact try to get the reactions from some of the other dancers. It could make quite an interesting read.

Warmwell is a wonderful setting for a dance weekender

The MJRoc Weekender is held at the Parkdean Holiday Park in Warmwell. It is set in a parkland in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, about seven miles from the holiday resort of Weymouth.  What makes Warmwell special, and no doubt contributes to it selling out, is the accommodation.  As Sue told me there are no chalets at Warmwell – the accommodation is all in modern style lodges.  I found this video on YouTube.  Take a look it’s very impressive.

Warmwell has a great freestyle pedigree

It wasn’t long before I found out that the MJRoc Warmwell Weekender is run by LeRoc Surrey’s Colin Shaul, and Gareth Forge, who runs the Gazzabash Freestyles in Kent.  I’ve yet to visit a Gazzabash venue, but I’m a great fan of Colin’s freestyles, and I recently voted LeRoc Surrey’s Tylney Hall Freestyle at Leatherhead as my best of 2016/17.  I was quick to ask Colin for some background.

We held our first freestyle at Warmwell in 2010 and it sold out.  It’s been the same every year since.  This year we’ll have six hundred and fifty dancers in attendance, and fifty crew members including DJs and teachers.  There’s so much dancing on offer, and if it’s anything like previous years it’s going to be fantastic.

As well as Modern Jive we’ve got Smooth Jive, Blues, Tango, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and Ballroom.  They’ll also be Line Dancing and a chance to learn Double Trouble. You can even have a go at Zumba if you have any energy left.

There’s also so much to do on-site.  The lodges are set in a wonderful parkland setting with lakes and nature trails, and you’re not far from the beautiful Dorset coastline that includes Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.

Visit Durdle Door on the stunning Jurassic Coastline

A Top DJ Line Up

Warmwell boasts three separate dance areas so that’s a lot of DJ shifts.  Colin and Gazza have lined up ten other DJs to share the duties on the decks.  In amongst the list of DJs I spotted Cliff and Amanda from Ener Jive. These two had been guest DJs when I reviewed the LeRoc Surrey Freestyle that went on to top my list.

So much new-to-me music

The inclusion of Cliff and Amanda that night had meant that there was an exceptional variety of music, and much of it was completely new to me.  Here’s what I wrote about Amanda’s time behind the decks.

Colin’s Guest DJs were Cliff and Amanda, who run their own classes and freestyles at Bordon in Hampshire. Their playlists were packed with new-to-me music and it wasn’t long before Amanda had me on the stage asking ‘What was that track?’ Though she wrote it down for me I may have the wrong remix, but either way its a great piece of dance music. Synapson by Djon Maya Mai is from 2014. Should I have heard it before? I’m sure I would have remembered its distinctive acoustic guitar laid over a techno backing track, and I just loved it when the bass kicked in.

Hopefully we’ll let you know some of the great new music

One of the joys of a weekender for me is hearing lots of new music.  If Cliff and Amanda’s performance at Tylney Hall that night is anything to go by, I suspect that the dancers at Warmwell are in for some musical delights.  Sue was quick to agree.

One of the reasons I love Warmwell so much is the music.  I’ve a great love of modern jive and chill out dance music, and every year I hear some wonderful new tracks.  Hopefully I’ll be able to let you know a few of my favourites this time round.

Warmwell Weekender’s very own Facebook Page

This Modern Jive Weekender has its own Facebook Page.  It’s a great place to get updates, but more importantly it’s a place where anyone can post their own comments about this upcoming event.  I took a peek, and looking at the comments that have already been posted you get a sense of the anticipation building.  Here’s a typical posting:

Great, it’s time to have some fun, laughs and dance. Can’t wait

To follow the build up to this event and post your own comments just follow the link to the Warmwell Group Facebook Page   I’m hoping that people will make keep adding to the comments, so that I can get a real feel for the proceedings, even though I’m two hundred miles away in Nottingham.  Something tells me I could get a little envious!

A Warmwell Ice-breaker

Looking at the Warmwell Weekender Facebook Page I spotted this posting about an ice-breaker meal at the Smugglers Inn.

Warmwell Weekender Traditions

I suspect that the meet up at the Smugglers Inn it’s a Warmwell tradition.  I wonder how many other traditions I’m going to hear about.

Watch this space for more info on this amazing Modern Jive Weekender

I’ll be adding more content each week in the run up to the event itself.  I’ll be following the comments on the MJRoc Facebook page and featuring more great music as well as more info about the classes and dancing on offer.