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.


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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Daisy Dog in Oxted - Report

30 May 2017 - by Graham

Despite the forecast initially being for a day of apocalyptic rain, we had a great time today at the Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted. The weather turned out to be far kinder to us than predicted, and with only a few very light showers throughout the day we were able to dance on the patio amongst the tables and show everyone how much fun dancing really is. The wonderful Hannah-Marie ( provided the music throughout the event, and we danced on the patio behind her in a variety of different styles from slow blues to fast jive. 

Many thanks to all the amazing people we met there, some of whom were introduced to partner dancing for the very first time. We hope to see you all at a Jivebeat evening soon! 

A number of you have expressed a strong interest in learning Argentine Tango, including most of the people we met at Oxted, so by popular demand - for now at least, we will continue to teach it on Thursday evenings at Hurst Green. The classes will build on what we learn week on week but we will continue to make them accessible to new tango dancers, so feel free join in when you can. See the diary for a full schedule of when and where, and see our tango classes page for more information about the dance itself.

And remember that we will still only charge £8 for the whole evening, whether you just do the modern jive class, the tango class, or stick around for everything! So what have you got to lose? Everybody is welcome to join in, and it will keep you fit and supple!

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Daisy Dog Vintage Fair - Oxted

18 May 2017 - by Graham

On Monday the 29th May (the late May bank holiday) we will be at the Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Oxted, promoting both our Hurst Green and Sevenoaks venues. If all goes according to plan, we will be outside the main hall in a bright green gazebo with a Jivebeat banner on the front, and we will be doing demos, talking about what we do at Jivebeat, and signing people up as members (all free, of course!). I will probably also be selling some of my books and there will no doubt be our usual display of vintage cameras and gadgetry.

If you have a spare hour or two that day and can pop along to help us with the demonstrations that would be much appreciated. There are free classes in it for anyone who helps out on the day! Drop us a line at to let us know if you can be there.

Doors open for the fair at 10am, and it runs until 4pm. 

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Upcoming Events and Fairs

23 Apr 2017 - by Graham

It looks as though it's going to be a busy summer. We have already had our first appearance at a vintage fair this year and we are booked in for many more over the next few months, so come and say hello if you're in the area. On Easter Monday we were at the Daisy Dog Vintage Fair in Westerham with just a stall and a lot of flyers for people to take away, but the next one in Oxted and the one after that in East Grinstead we will have a stand outside and be doing demonstrations throughout the day. We will also probably be appearing at the Big O festival in Orpington (to be confirmed), and will be part of the vintage tent experience at the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight in August.

And these are just the ones that we have booked already. We have several more events lined up that we hope to get into as well, so watch this space for details.

In the meantime, here's a picture of a Spitfire from the Festival of Flight in 2014.

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