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SHANEKERIDANCE are back teaching Modern Jive in the Sutherland Shire at Gymea Tradies every Tuesday Evening 7:30pm -10:30pm, see classes page for more info. Since the announcement of our being involved in classes with Clay and Janine there have been a lot of great questions (see Q&A below) on what classes will be like, who the teachers will be and what may be changing… along with many well wishes.

First, to put everyone’s minds at ease, Modern Jive is staying as Modern Jive and all the teachers will remain the same on a rotating shift with Shane & Keri slotting in amongst all the other teachers in the rotation.  We don’t want to reinvent the wheel same bat time, same bat channel. 1st of the month Dance Parties, yes the awesome themed Modern Jive Dance Parties will remain on the 1st Friday of the month at Club Kirrawee.

We want to continue to support the existing dance community at the same time as continue to grow the dance scene here in Sydney.  We do this by starting with the Gymea Tradies classes & the Club Kirrawee dance Party and continuing their awesomeness. We will also attend any of the Ceroc Modern Jive events to dance our team routines and be a cheer squad for any of the SouthSide competitors/performers at these events.

Now it’s Q&A time:-

Q. What will we change?

A. Apart from bringing our knowledge and style to the venue, not very much, we want to continue to have fun and provide a great night of dance and socialising for all who attend.

Q. What is the difference in your dance style to everyone else?

A.Without getting into the lengthy details of our dance history, both Keri and I come from a long line of dance styles consisting of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Swing, Ballroom, Country Couples & Line, West Coast Swing and work professionally across the globe teaching, judging and performing, thus we bring a lot of experience & knowledge to dance here in Australia.

Q. Can you explain more about the history of Modern Jive!

A.History says that Modern Jive was a simple form of Swing dancing derived in France in the 70’s as a French Jive.  More simple steps (if you like) with less footwork… More of a hybrid of the American Swing dance Lindy Hop or East Coast Swing (so no triple steps).

In France it was coined by the name LeRoc (the Rock), when a British guy took the dance to the UK he renamed it for the British market as Ceroc (it’s rock). Since then Modern Jive has been called many names such as Leroc, Si’Roc, Ceroc, Ce’st Roc, Nuroc, EsRoc LeBop, LeStep, MiJive, MoJive and the list goes on.  

Even here in Australia it has gone through a few transitions. When the dance was first brought to Australia by a British Gal it was called Ceroc and eventually the term Modern Jive was added to the name, hence becoming Ceroc & Modern Jive, and is now one of the more popular dance styles across the nation.

If you would like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact ShaneKeriDance@gmail.com

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