Dance

Bad teen to ballroom queen – attracting young dancers
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Bad teen to ballroom queen – attracting young dancers

To keep modern jive (and other social dances) alive, we need to keep bringing beginners through.  In recent years, venues have closed, or sometimes changed to focus on freestyles rather than the 2 class format. That means as a community we’re reliant on people learning dance elsewhere, then transferring over.  In some areas, the modern…

How to look good on the dance floor (it’s not just about clothes)
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How to look good on the dance floor (it’s not just about clothes)

When you’re watching someone on the dance floor what are your thoughts? Assuming they’re not falling over or making huge over the top movement that you can’t fail to see. Mostly you watch people dance because they’ve got a spark, something that makes you notice them. It could be what they’re wearing. It could be…

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome
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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome

After years of ballet lessons and going to see the ballet, it has been some time since I’ve been to big ballet production. I’d managed to buy tickets for the last night of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome and Saturday was our time to go. I quite often go to the theatre on…

The fear of social dancing improvisation – tips on keeping up
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The fear of social dancing improvisation – tips on keeping up

One of the hardest things in social dancing, for leaders in particular, is knowing what you’re going to lead.  As a beginner it’s probably the hardest thing to get past. I call it the improvisation block, and is something we need to get over.  Even as someone coming to modern jive and leading from another…