World of Dance Weekend

15 Aug 2017 - by Graham

This is not something we're involved in this year, but we are very pleased to support the first World Of Dance Weekend event that will be held in Margate on the 23rd September. Dance styles from across the world will converge in one place. You will have the opportunity to sample new dance styles, try out new techniques, and learn from a wide range of artists for the whole day, as well as a number of excellent social dances and freestyles.

If you are interested in attending this event then let us know ASAP as they are offering great group discounts if Jivebeat members book together.

From the WODW Website...

Announcing the first World of Dance Weekend (WOW for short), held at Margate's iconic Fun park attraction, Dreamland, where the world of: Vintage, Latino, Euro-Asia and Afro will gather in two incredible venues, under one amazing roof.

On Saturday 23rd September, Dreamland will be the backdrop of some of the most amazing, and eclectic: workshops, performances, music and parties, offering you a historical, and educational 'social dance' journey.

Workshops:

Talented local and national artists will be on hand to teach an exciting array of social dance workshops for all levels, throughout the day - inc: SALSA, JIVE, BALLROOM, ARGENTINE TANGO, FOLK, AFRICAN RHYTHMS and more....

Social Dance Parties:

Two social dance parties will be on offer during the evening. Vintage & Fiesta Latino. Special guests will include DJ's, Animators, and Performers.


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Weekly Newsletter

14 Aug 2017 - by Graham

Welcome to this weeks newsletter! Let's start with a quick reminder of what we did at this week's classes, including links to the videos we shot at the end of the evening...

Hurst Green - 10th August

  • LeRoc: Change of Place / High Sway / Double Catablock Switch
  • Tango: Frame and walking / Ochos / Gyro with Sacada

Sevenoaks - 11th August

  • LeRoc : Push Spin / First Move / Basket Caress / Split
  • Tango: Looking at Gyros, and weight transfer

As usual, we have posted short videos of the LeRoc Classes and the Tango Classes on our YouTube channel as a reminder of what we did, so you can watch them as many times as you like.

This Coming Week

Thursday 17th August @ Hurst Green (Oxted)

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle 

Friday 18th August @ Sevenoaks

We are CLOSED for one week only as we will be getting ready for the Air Fair. See you on the 25th!

Forthcoming Events

Aug 19th - 20th Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

Jivebeat will be providing sound and lighting for the Vintage tent at this year's Festival, and will be doing demonstrations at various points throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 28th - Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted

This will be our fourth appearance at a Daisy Dog this year, and once again we will have our gazebo up in the garden and be demonstrating what we do throughout the day.

If you are around for any of these events then drop in and say hello!


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Weekly Newsletter

07 Aug 2017 - by Graham

Welcome to this weeks newsletter! Let's start with a quick reminder of what we did at this week's classes, including links to the videos we shot at the end of the evening... 

Hurst Green - 3rd August

  • LeRoc: Short neck break / Comb Mambo / Swizzle Stick Swirl, Double Comb
  • Tango: Ochos, blocks, and decoration

Sevenoaks - 4th August

  • LeRoc : First move / Step Across / Forearm Turn with Flick-spin
  • Tango: Looking at Gyros, and how to walk around your partner

Videos of the tango classes can be found here, and the LeRoc classes can be found here.

This Coming Week

As always at Jivebeat we have two great classes at one great price, as our venues are £8 entry for the whole night (concessions apply).

Thursday 10th August @ Hurst Green (Oxted)

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

​Friday 11th August @ Sevenoaks

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

Forthcoming Events

Aug 12th - Priory Live in Orpington

Jivebeat will be providing the sound for the accoustic stage at this year's Priory Live event, and we will of course be doing demonstrations and talking to people about Jivebeat throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 19th - 20th Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

Jivebeat will be providing sound and lighting for the Vintage tent at this year's Festival, and will be doing demonstrations at various points throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 28th - Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted

This will be our fourth appearance at a Daisy Dog this year, and once again we will have our gazebo up in the garden and be demonstrating what we do throughout the day.

If you are around for any of these events then drop in and say hello!


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Weekly Newsletter

30 Jul 2017 - by Graham

This has been an important week for us... 

It was exactly one year ago last Thursday that Jivebeat became public knowledge. After months of secret planning, training, and rehearsing, on the 27th July 2016 - and much to everyone's surprise - I announced that I was launching Jivebeat, a new LeRoc modern jive dance club in east Surrey.

It was a massive decision to make, as dancing is my absolute passion and this announcement would undoubtedly affect my relationship with the people I danced with the most. But it felt like the right thing to do, and so with fingers, toes, and everything else crossed - and with the fantastic support of those around me - I made the announcement.

We opened our first venue on the 19th September, and the second a few days later. Since then we have shuffled things around a bit, found that some venues work better than others and that what makes sense to us doesn't always make sense to everyone else. We have changed our class format to suit our dancers better, and even introduced Contemporary Argentine Tango into our evenings (which was something I never expected to do at all!). We have evolved, we have adapted, and we have found our feet.

Since its launch, Jivebeat has seen a few ups and downs as first we gained confidence then something came along to shake us up, but there has never been any doubt that it was absolutely the right thing to do. Jivebeat is a part of me now, and through it I have met some amazing people. I have seen some of you find the same joy in dancing that I've had for years, and I've seen dance make a difference to people's lives.

But however much I put into it, Jivebeat would be nothing without you, so thank you every one of you for being a part of this incredible experience. Here's to many more years of music, dancing and laughter as Jivebeat continues to evolve and find new ways go give you amazing evenings and events.

G.

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So back to the normal newsletter, and let's start with a quick reminder of what we did at this week's classes. Don't forget that there are videos of the Fundamentals moves on our website so you can remind yourself what they looked like. We have also started filming the routine as a whole at the end of the class, and these videos are linked below...

Hurst Green

  • LeRoc: Short Neck Break / Lady Spin / First Move step-around (video here)
  • Tango: Barrida (slide / drag), and Gyro (turns).

Sevenoaks

  • LeRoc : Catapult / Step Across / Neck Break Double Mambo (video here)
  • Tango: Walking in tracks / Sandwich with Ochos and Ganchos

This Coming Week

As always at Jivebeat we have two great classes at one great price, as our venues are £8 entry for the whole night (concessions apply).

Thursday 3rd August @ Hurst Green (Oxted)

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle 

Friday 4th August @ Sevenoaks

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

Forthcoming Events

Aug 12th - Priory Live in Orpington

Jivebeat will be providing the sound for the accoustic stage at this year's Priory Live event, and we will of course be doing demonstrations and talking to people about Jivebeat throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 19th - 20th Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

Jivebeat will be providing sound and lighting for the Vintage tent at this year's Festival, and will be doing demonstrations at various points throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 28th - Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted

This will be our fourth appearance at a Daisy Dog this year, and once again we will have our gazebo up in the garden and be demonstrating what we do throughout the day.

If you are around for any of these events then drop in and say hello!


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Lucky Dip

24 Jul 2017 - by Graham

Just in case you missed the announcement in the newsletter, did you know that we are picking two Jivebeat members at random every week for the next couple of months to receive one free class? The classes will be automatically added to your membership number and will appear as a "pre-payment" so all you have to do is turn up at one of our venues and your next class will be free.

Winners are notified by email so please make sure that we have your correct email address on file and that you have added "enquiries@jivebeat.uk" to your contact list or email 'whitelist' so the notification does not end up in your junk mail folder.


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Weekly Newsletter

23 Jul 2017 - by Graham

Hello from the Jivebeat team!

Let's start with a quick reminder of what we did at this week's classes, and don't forget that there are videos of the Fundamentals moves on our website so you can remind yourself what they looked like. 

Hurst Green

  • LeRoc Fundamentals: Push Spin / Basket
  • LeRoc Progressive: Backhander Flick
  • Tango: Walking in tracks / Sandwich with Ochos and Ganchos

Sevenoaks

  • LeRoc Fundamentals: First Move / Change of Place
  • LeRoc Progressive: Travelling Cleaver
  • Tango: Walking in tracks / Sandwich with Ochos and Ganchos


This Coming Week

As always at Jivebeat we have two great classes at one great price, as our venues are £8 entry for the whole night (concessions apply).

Thursday 27th July @ Hurst Green (Oxted)

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

​Friday 28th July @ Sevenoaks

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals and progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle 


Forthcoming Events

Aug 12th - Priory Live in Orpington

Jivebeat will be providing the sound for the accoustic stage at this year's Priory Live event, and we will of course be doing demonstrations and talking to people about Jivebeat throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 19th - 20th Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

Jivebeat will be providing sound and lighting for the Vintage tent at this year's Festival, and will be doing demonstrations at various points throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 28th - Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted

This will be our fourth appearance at a Daisy Dog this year, and once again we will have our gazebo up in the garden and be demonstrating what we do throughout the day.

If you are around for any of these events then drop in and say hello!


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Why Dance Classes?

23 Jul 2017 - by Graham

Dancing is strange. When you stop to think about it, dance is little more than wiggling bits of you around in time to some music whilst trying to keep hold of someone else who is also wiggling around. But there must be more to it than that, surely? Or why would so many people consider it an essential part of their lives?

In a world where everyone has daily responsibilities, schedules, places to be and jobs to complete, taking time out for yourself is becoming more and more important. We need time to reset, time to forget about the routine and escape, time to release our minds from routine and let the creativity flow, time that whether we realise it or not is as important as sleeping. We all know the body needs a good few hours of unconsciousness every night to keep on functioning, but a few hours of creative fun every week is just as necessary, and is often overlooked in our rush from weekend to weekend.

A good dance class is more than just a place to go and learn a new skill. It’s a social club where you meet old friends and make new ones, a place where you can relax and feel at home for a few hours a week whilst doing something completely different. A dance class is full of laughter and fun, and whilst there may be occasional frustrations that you can’t do ‘this’ move or stretch in ‘that’ way as easily as you would like, none of this matters as no-one is judging or assessing you. It is, after all, only dancing.

But you can get the same social club experience in the pub, so why go dancing?

Dancing is obviously more active than sitting in a pub so the exercise benefits are clear, but the positive effects of dance go a lot further than that and are not just limited to the burning of calories. It has been shown to improve brain function as the repetitive movements inherent in dance exercise different parts of the brain to our normal everyday tasks. It improves balance, as you find you become much more aware of how you are standing and how you move. It improves your blood circulation and your flexibility, and yes it does also burn off more calories than sitting around in a pub with a pint.

The way I started to dance was a little unusual, but very soon after I began I was completely hooked. Dancing became my centre, my happy place, the thing I looked forward to in the week. It didn’t matter that I was not particularly good at it or that I was nowhere near fit enough to manage half the things I wanted to try. All that mattered was that I danced. And so I went, at first just once a week then I added in another day here and another day there until I was going three or occasionally four times a week.

And a few years later I launched Jivebeat. After 25 years as a quality manager, auditor, and regulatory consultant in some of the most corporate environments you could ever expect to find, I am now a dance teacher… and it was the best decision I ever made.

So if you have ever wondered what all the fuss was about dancing and why so many otherwise rational people choose to spend their evenings wiggling around to a variety of different types of music, all I can say is give it a go. When I first started I expected to be terrible at it and I assumed that I wouldn’t enjoy it, but it turns out I was very wrong on both counts. If someone like me can love, live, and breathe dance, maybe you can too.

But you will never know until you try.


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Weekly Newsletter

18 Jul 2017 - by Graham

Welcome to all our new members that have joined us recently! We hope you enjoy dancing at Jivebeat.

We have some big events coming up over the next couple of months, so if you want to bring your friends to show them what we do then get these dates in your diary now...

Aug 12th - Priory Live in Orpington

Jivebeat will be providing the sound for the accoustic stage at this year's Priory Live event, and we will of course be doing demonstrations and talking to people about Jivebeat throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 19th - 20th Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

Jivebeat will be providing sound and lighting for the Vintage tent at this year's Festival, and will be doing demonstrations at various points throughout the day. More details on our website soon.

Aug 28th - Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted

This will be our fourth appearance at a Daisy Dog this year, and once again we will have our gazebo up in the garden and be demonstrating what we do throughout the day.

If you are around for any of these events then drop in and say hello!

Lucky Dip

All the sunny weather we've been having recently has put us in a good mood, so for the next couple of months we have decided to pick two people at random every week to receive one free Jivebeat evening each. These will be added to your membership number as prepaid classes so all you have to do to claim your class is to turn up and it will be automatically applied at the door. We will notify you by email if you win, so make sure you add enquiries@jivebeat.uk to your contacts or email 'whitelist' to stop it getting filed in the Spam folder by mistake.

This Week

Two great classes; one great price. All venues are £8 entry for the whole night (concessions apply).

Thursday 20th July @ Hurst Green (Oxted)

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals, and introducing some progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

Friday 21st July @ Sevenoaks

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals, and introducing some progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

Go to the Jivebeat website to find more details of the classes.


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Tango in the Courtyard

14 Jul 2017 - by Graham

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us here at Jivebeat, with festivals, classes, filming videos, and much more taking up our time. The two biggest events for us though were The Big O vintage festival in Orpington held in the Priory Gardens on the 1st July, and the Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in East Grinstead that was held in the lovely Meridian Hall on the 9th July.

The Big O describes itself as a vintage fair spanning the 40s to the 80s and has stalls, music, displays, entertainment, things for kids and families to do all day, and lots of local businesses showing their wares. Our gazebo was in the Community section up near the Priory building itself and there was a steady flow of people passing our gazebo and stopping to find out what we do from the moment the event opened through to closing time. This was its third year and by all accounts is getting bigger and better every time. We look forward to being back there in 2018!

The Daisy Dog Vintage Fair seems to be a regular event for us this year, and East Grinstead was our third (after Westerham and Oxted). This was their first time in East Grinstead and the setting in the Meridian Hall and East Court was stunning. The courtyard where we had our gazebo looks out onto a park that seems to go on for ever, and this gave a magnificent backdrop for our dance demonstrations that we gave to the soothing vocals of Hannah-Marie who was singing live at the event all day.

There was a lot of interest in Jivebeat at both events, with a total of around 30 people signing up as members and many more taking away flyers and looking us up online to see where we are and what it is that we do. We gave impromptu dance classes, demonstrations of both LeRoc and Argentine Tango, and talked to anyone we could persuade to stand still for long enough!

Unusually for us, at the Daisy Dog fair on the 9th we actually managed to stay focussed for long enough to remember to turn on the camera and record one of our dances. This was a short demonstration of our version of argentine tango, danced to music provided by the brilliant Hannah-Marie.



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Weekly Newsletter

13 Jul 2017 - by Graham

Welcome to all our new members that have joined over the last few weeks! We hope you enjoy dancing at Jivebeat.

Over the last couple of weekends we have set up the Jivebeat gazebo at The Big O festival in Orpington, and the Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in East Grinstead. These were both excellent events and there will be write-ups on our website soon, but we had a draw at each of these events for a new member who joined on the day to win a pair of free classes. The winners were:

The Big O, Orpington: Peter G (from Orpington)

Daisy Dog, East Grinstead: Lorraine T (from East Grinstead)

Your free classes have been added to your membership mumber and will automatically be applied at whichever venue you come to dance.

Winners should already have received an email to let you know, but emails sometimes go missing so if this is you and you haven't already heard from us, get in touch!

This Week

All venues are £8 entry for the whole night (concessions apply). Go to the Jivebeat website to find more details of the classes.

Thursday 13th July @ Hurst Green (Oxted)

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals, and introducing some progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango introduction
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle

Friday 14th July @ Sevenoaks

  • 8.00pm - Modern Jive fundamentals, and introducing some progressive moves
  • 9.00pm - Argentine Tango introduction
  • 9.45pm to 11.00pm - Freestyle


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