From the Dance Floor

14 Apr 2017 - by Graham

Running any club or class like Jivebeat can be scary at times, as you never really know what people think or if they like what you are doing. So when we receive comments like this, it absolutely makes everything worthwhile.

"Way back in January 2016, my New Years resolution was to try out Ceroc but my battles with shyness & anxiety won over, a year went by & I had done nothing about it. Then in February this year, I found out that Jivebeat (Leroc - similar to ceroc) was starting up in Sevenoaks just 3 miles from home & on a Friday night - No more excuses. I went along to the launch night & loved every minute. I've gone along every Friday since, I've been learning to dance, have met some lovely people & made some new friends. Being a Friday is such a bonus as there are no early mornings the following day. So if you fancy learning modern jive with a very friendly & welcoming group, come along." Georgina

(Reproduced with permission)

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My first time dancing

07 Jan 2017 - by Graham

Do you remember the first time you went dancing? Do you remember what it was like walking into that room, never having danced before, and seeing all those people with their 'proper' shoes waiting for the class to start? Do you remember thinking "I could never do that!" and wanting to run out of the room at the first opportunity when no-one was looking? I do. I remember my first time very clearly.

It was at a Ceroc venue about eight years ago. I had gone along to prove to myself that I couldn't dance... which seems a strange way round to do things, I know, but it made sense at the time. I had often thought about trying out some form of dancing and loved watching other people do it, but assumed I'd be no good at it as I was no good at any other sport. But you can never be sure until you try, so I had gone along to prove I couldn't dance.

Anyway, I walked into the room, filled out my membership form, and went and sat down to wait for the class to start. Some people said hello to me as they came in, but mostly I just sat and waited. Then the class started.

I had no idea what I was doing. I followed along as best I could and I'm reasonably sure I didn't injure anyone in the process, but it was a mess. There was a practice session after the beginners' class so I went along to that and one of their Taxi Dancers - coaches for the beginners - went through it all again with me, but I still wasn't getting it. So I went back in to the main room to get my stuff and go home. I knew I would give it at least one more go as not knowing what to do isn't the same as not being able to do it, but I didn't hold out much hope I would ever get more than the basics.

As I left, there was a couple dancing near the back of the hall and I stood and watched them for a while. Their dancing flowed like something that had a life of its own and I couldn't look away until they were finished. I knew I'd never be able to dance like that, but it convinced me to stick around for a few more weeks and see what happened.

The following week, I came back, and much to my shock the girl who I had watched dancing at the end of that first class was part of the crew, and was the beginners' coach for the week. Her name was Kate, and over the next few weeks she helped me understand the classes, fixed the worst of my mistakes, and encouraged me to stick around to see how far I could go. Not that I needed any encouragement by then of course, because after that second class I was hooked.

Fast-forward a few years and I became part of the crew at a Ceroc venue myself doing the same job for others that Kate had for me, and then a couple of years later here I am teaching my own classes and running Jivebeat. I lost touch with Kate a few years back when we all changed venues, but I do wonder how much of this would have happened if she hadn't looked after me those first few weeks.

Kate... wherever you are... thank you.

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