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DANCE STYLES

Modern Jive

Also known as Lejive, Leroc or Ceroc, Modern Jive (MJ) is a modern partner dance, a contemporary and stylish fusion of Salsa, Swing, Ballroom and Tango.

Since its conception in the early 80s, MJ has evolved to become the most popular partner dance in the UK with more than 100,000 people attending classes and freestyle events each month.

It is a social dance, easy to pick up because there is no complicated footwork so it's a great way to meet people while keeping fit at the same time. And MJ is great fun because it is one of the few partner dances that can be danced to all types of music.

Suitable for all ages, you do not need a partner to attend MJ classes and events.




Blues

Blues is a slotted dance with an emphasis on musicality and style. It is about music interpretation with creativity, feeling and attitude rather than a sequence of moves and requires practised technique using frame, tension, energy and core movement in order to maximise the connection between partners

Blues dancing is not dirty dancing but it does involve sensuality and expression as the music is usually at slower tempos. It is not even a different dance but a different style of dancing - a style of Modern Jive where a fusion of just about every type of dance is possible.


And the great thing is that the dance is always evolving as the music played in the Blues room keeps changing. In the 'Blues room' today you can expect to hear a wide selection of chillout tracks including R&B, Soul, Soft Latin, Tango, Smooth & Funky Jazz Fusion and Blues. In the dancing you will see influences ranging from Salsa, Tango, Rumba, West Coast Swing and of course traditional Blues.


In Blues, the space allowed by the music allows a greater freedom for expression for both the lead and the follow; after all 'it is the music, not the dancer who leads the dance'!





West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing (WCS) is characterized by the compression-stretch technique of partner connection, in fact the stretch is often described as the life force of West Coast Swing. It is primarily a slotted dance based on 6-count and 8-count patterns allowing both partners room for improvisation.

WCS is a regional variation of Lindy Hop that was popular in the 1940s along the West Coast of America. By the 1960s it became incorporated more into the mainstream Swing circles and in 1988 it was announced the Official State Dance of California. From the 1970s onwards, WCS became influenced by Latin styles such as Hustle.


WCS has been able to adapt over the years to the various dance styles and music and as a result has become one of the most improvisational of all partnered dances as well as one of the most versatile.