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Modern Jive Moves North

10th September 2009

Modern Jive was introduced in the early nineteen eighties, drawing from many other well known dance styles as diverse as Rock and Roll and Salsa. The biggest draw back of some dances is that you spend time and money learning the moves but then find there is nowhere to put what you have learnt into practice. This is where Modern Jive comes into it's own, because it can be danced to a huge variety of music from Rock & Roll to Salsa, R & B to Country, Swing to Jazz and even to Reggae!!

This also means you can dance to a wide range of tempos, slow and easy with the more relaxed R & B music or, for the more energetic, the faster Rock & Roll beats. Not only does the variety of music make Modern Jive more pleasurable to dance to but the basic footwork is simple and easily learnt, even if you've two left feet!! You will rarely get bogged
down with complicated or precise foot work instructions, instead the emphasis is on learning moves as a whole. You will be able to dance at nearly any event you go to where music is played, from family parties, weddings and when on holiday, dancing to music from the fifties up to the new releases of today.

Steve Hicks has been teaching dance for the past five years in Caithness, focusing mainly on Salsa. In the past year he has been teaching Modern Jive to a small
class in the newly renovated Mey Hall. Steve soon realised from the enthusiasm of the class members how much more suited to Caithness Modern Jive is compared to other dance forms.

Steve is bringing weekly classes to Wick and Thurso and also out to the villages of Lybster and Strathy, starting from Monday the 21st September- see the 'What's On' Section for more details.

Each class will always start with a free introductory half hour to help absolute beginners to grasp the basics, so if you miss a few classes you'll always have time to catch up. All venues follow the introductory half hour with an hour of tuition for beginners and a further hour in the towns for the improvers. The whole evening costs 5 per person or 8 per couple.

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