All About Jivebeat

Jivebeat was founded in 2016 when all the usual venues where Graham had been dancing every week began to close. Rather than travel miles for an alternative (or stopping dancing!), he decided to put together his own version and - after months of planning and preparation - Jivebeat was born.

It was initially intended to be a Modern Jive club that followed the model of many other similar organisations, but after unexpectedly introducing argentine tango to the curriculum it became clear that Jivebeat Dance was something a little unique.

We are excited to see what's coming next!

Meet the Team

Graham

Owner - Teacher - DJ

After turning up to his first ever dance class when he was in his early 40s and immediately getting hooked, Graham has worked his way around Modern Jive, LeRoc, and Ceroc venues all over the country. He has been a teaching assistant, a taxi dancer working with the new arrivals to the clubs to make sure they don't feel out of their depth, and a demonstrator, before unexpectedly deciding in early 2016 to launch his own dance venture.

Graham qualified as a teacher through the LeRoc Federation in May 2016, and then in July he officially launched Jivebeat with the first venues opening in September that same year.

Shortly after discovering how much he enjoyed LeRoc Modern Jive, Graham also began to learn the Argentine Tango and began to attend classes from Southampton to Dartford and everywhere in between. A somewhat unusual sequence of events resulted in him teaching an occasional tango class at one of the Jivebeat venues, and this became so popular he added it as a regular feature.

When not teaching dance, Graham writes books (crime and sci-fi so far) and occasionally hosts writing workshops and gives lectures at literary festivals. He is also a photographer of events, landscapes, and various art projects, and designs and programs websites (including this one).

 

Nathalie

Demo - Teaching Assistant - Creative Support

First introduced to Jivebeat when Graham had this crazy idea about training as a LeRoc instructor and was looking for a demo to help him out, Nathalie has been with Jivebeat since before it even existed. She helped Graham develop the original Jivebeat dance curriculum, and has been a part of everything Jivebeat has done since.

Nathalie is a demonstrator and teaching assistant at all of our regular venues and most of the special events, manages front-of-house and the refreshments "tuck shop", and has appeared in most of the Jivebeat Mini and Class Demonstration videos on our YouTube channel.


The Jivebeat Crew

Our amazing crew and helpers that make Jivebeat what it is...

Irene

Demo & Coach
Venue: Sevenoaks

 

Nicole

Demo & Coach
Venue: Sevenoaks

 

Ines

Front of House
Venue: Various

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