We run classes + social once a month - we run this extremely popular beginners fast track session for Modern Jive, using the intensive Jive Nation methods for fast-tracking beginners up to a confident level in one day. I get asked a lot of questions and have tried to summarise some of them here:
A lot of people come along solo – we try to keep the numbers of men and women roughly balanced, so please let us know if you have invited a friend! You will meet everyone very quickly – the group size on the Beginners Workshop (one a month)is usually about 5 men and 5 women, and we change dance partners every 5 minutes or so. For the evening classes, the numbers can range from 30 up to 80 on any given night.
I danced it at my own wedding in 2014. And I've taught hundreds of wedding dance couples over the last 8 years. You will be learning Modern Jive using the Jive Nation method – we focus on modern music and sophisticated but simple partner dance moves – it's almost always to 4/4 time pop music. This is NOT ballroom jive, or old style rock'n'roll – its a simple, smooth modern version of all the best parts, simple and fun to learn.
THE Jive Nation METHOD is about total immersion and MASSIVE amounts of quality repetition during the 4 hour beginners intensive course, preferably FOLLOWED BY a 6 week UNLIMITED evening pass to cement your skills, build your confidence AND meet loads of wonderful people.
Definitely I can help you. The easiest beat / speed to dance to is about 120 Beats Per Minute, but I can help you find a suitable range, or to work with your own favourite songs.
TO the day sessions, usually something such as: Jeans / shorts / casual dress / t shirt / anything goes – its a practice workshop and fun / physical. For the evening classes, people often come straight from work, or throw on a pair of jeans and a favourite shirt.
Personally I try to go for smooth soled trainers or leather soled work shoes – I like to keep it simple. After a few months, if you are TOTALLY loving it (you will!) then maybe look at investing in a nice pair of dance shoes from one of the London dedicated stores, or the online dance shoe sellers – ask me if you want some recommendations.
YES! Its free to repeat and all you have to do is email the jivenation @ gmail.com to let me know how many men / women are repeating, so I can try to balance numbers – just write!
Yes, we change partners every 4 or 5 minutes – this is the fastest way to get everyone up to speed, PLUS you get to meet so many more fabulous people.
Currently we run it about 6 to 8 times each year – check the www.jivenation.co.uk website for dates and updates
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I was searching for some decent after work social activity in Central London (I work near Embankment) and I found you guys on Google. Love the website - I have shared the link with all my colleagues.
This is my 4th Jive Nation class in 2 weeks - both of your central London venues are so handy for me to get to after work - I really love it, and finally, finally have found something fun to do of an evening.
I cant wait for Friday 25th May, at the Hippodrome - it will be my first Freestyle party! I bought two tickets last night, as I am bringing a colleague. JK
You guys have really got the music working! Where do you keep getting the modern tracks from? Although I am a bit afraid that you have ruined my enjoyment when I go to other places that play the older stuff, swing and big band (arrrrrgh). I dont mind a mix with a few of the older tracks, but its got to have new stuff. Keep turning up the new records. Well done! Sarah
Just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU for teaching us the routine and giving us the opportunity to perform it, not once, but twice.
We would really love to officially sign up for the next I/A routine if we are not too late of course! Can't wait to learn it. It was such good fun doing the last one and we met loads of cool new people. Louise
Hi Simon, please add me to your email list so that I am included on any future events that might be happening. Thanks also for Friday night. Was a great party. Cheers James
Hi Simon and Susie!!! Just want to say a huge congratulations to you! the night was a huge sucess, but l always knew it was going to be! I wish you all the best in your new Monday night business venture!! I am sure that is going to be a huge sucess as well!
I had a really good time on Friday, and I did enjoy stuff. You and Suzy did a tremendous job and threw a fantastic party. Well done !!
I hope to be able to get down and support you on a Monday sometime soon !
Lots of love
I had a great night, dancing AND music. I really enjoyed the last dance too! I will see you on Monday for sure!!!!!!! Keep well, xx Tania
The music last night at the Hippodrome was absolutely fantastic ! The best I have ever heard. Where does the DJ usually play?
All Best Wishes Gerry
good party. thankyou! Susana
Thank you for sending us on the moon for the event of this Friday at the Hippodrome. It was a real pleasure to see you again, and the party was one of the best of this year. I don't doubt that your Jive Nation classes will be a huge success. I hope to intend the class soon. Take a good care of yourself, Best wishes, Eric & Friends
Hey Simon thanks for a great Friday party night. I don't have a baby sitter during term time. Would love to come during her holidays when I can. All the best with your venture, hope it works out. Sat
Thanks for an awesome party, it was great to see the Hippodrome filled with people having a good time, dancing and chatting in a great venue, and generally having a fantastic friday night out on the town! Sarah
Wow!! That's so awesome!! Congrats on getting that happening. Awesome. No doubt you will have heaps of photos to put on the net. Sandra
Hi Simon Thanks for a great night on Friday. Unfortunately I wont be able to make Monday nights as I live and work out of town. I would love to go to any future party nights Sam
I think it was a very brave move doing what you did in offering alternate classes in London.
I wish you the best of luck for you & your staff in getting this venue off the ground.
Dear Simon What an inspirational evening! We all had a great time and it was so good to see people really enjoying themselves. What's left for us to do is get the dancing shoes and dance. I want to thank you for inviting me and my friends and wish you all the best with the Monday evenings. For sure, we should come to one evening soon for a lesson, as stepping on Laura's twinkle toes was getting out of hand!! It was good to see you. Thanks again for the amazing spectacle you and your crew laid on for us all. Best of luck and speak v. soon. Robert
Just wanted to thank you and all the crew that worked hard towards making the Jive Super Club / Jive Nation party such an awesome night.
I'm looking forward to trying out some of the Modern Jive moves you'll be teaching at the Hippodrome.
By the way, I just checked the JiveNation.co.uk website but didn't get any results. Maybe I got the wrong address, but Googling it didn't bring up any relevant links either. Perhaps you can give me the right address so I can check it out.
Take care and thanks once again.
Hey buddy, I think that it is great what you are doing and will be watching it's growth with interest Adam
The music was SLAMMING - best night of dancing Ive ever had Bob
Good luck with your new venture, I look forward to hearing how it all goes - keep in touch Nicky
Just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you well .. and to say that I hope the evening is a real success! I know I am certainly looking forward to it and would certainly support a regular feature.
Thank YOU for such a great party on Friday night. We enjoyed every minute of it!! Hope it goes well tonight! ... will come along to the Hippodrome again soon!
Kudos for organising such a fantastic Jive party. I'm looking forward to it becoming a regular event.
I'm writing to let you know that I think you are right on target with your new venture. Leicester Square is the *best* location in London, probably the best location in all the UK, for this.
I think you will find that a younger, more vibrant, crowd will learn to enjoy Jiving, and that this will take off. The combination of good location, better music, and more control over the format and style of the dance lessons will ultimately bring in a target market that currently is, as far as I'm concerned, untapped!
Anyway, I'm glad you are making this bold move, and willing to take the risk. I plan to be at your class, this Monday! Cheers, Martin
Thank you soooooooooooo much for last night - it was truly amazing and a night to go down in MJ history !! I wish you all the very very best in your new venture - Thanks again big big hugs Lynda xxx
just seen the video
Thanks for this - the problem is that I can't make Mondays, which is a shame as feedback has been very positive, and lots of people were talking about it.
I just want to say that Friday's event was excellent and thank you for organising it. While I cant turn up to class tonight, I do intend to in the near future and I'll be bringing some mates along. Cheers YK
After the dance class I felt so full of energy people at work were wondering what I had done. Nich
Thanks for a wonderful evening; it was really an uplifting experience. I will definitely be back!!
OMG!!! The Party of the YEAR!!! Come on, whats next? C
Thank you for a very good dance venue with so much enthusiasm and passion from the teachers. It shows you really care about the participants KL
You are top people for last Friday night. Loved it.
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Thanks for a great dance night at the Hippodrome- I thought the cabaret was great and I have never been to the place before and its fantastic. Thanks to you and all the volunteers who made this such a spectacular event best wishes Julian
Dancing - It s a powerful and wonderful drug and I know you will use it wisely. The effect it has on me is that it fills me with energy, opens up my senses and makes me very focused. It's a complete experience, heart, body & soul. Fantastic!! Karin
Thanks again for a great evening last night.
Just a bit of feedback that may be worth considering:
I wanted to learn to dance because of the atmosphere that a traditional nightclub creates and I think this weekly evening is more or less what's needed. One thing that may be worth doing is adding a few more traditional disco and classic Motown to the mix of songs you already play See you next Monday,
Hi Simon Thanks for a great night Jan
Thanx very much! It was absolutely amazing party!!!!!
How was it yesterday? How many people came?
Have a good day mate and say hello to Susie;)!
U are amazing now all you need to do is print 10,000 flyers and put them out there just to make sure.....
James stanton Creative Director Brandlab Ltd.
Hi Simon, I hope you've recovered from Friday. Had a great evening Ian
Simon and Susie, what a fab night, well done I had a great time and thanks for asking me Sal
I think a nightclub-style jive venue that appeals to the younger crowd is an excellent idea and I wish you every success with your new Monday night at the Hippodrome. Chris A
Hi Simon, I'm really pleased. This is sounding really exciting, Your idea of a Super Club there - I'm all for it and would love to be a part of it, Ian
Fantastic idea for the Jive Super Club!!
Rock on! Melanie
Well done for organising Friday night - it was great fun and I and my two guests enjoyed it enormously.
Best wishes and good luck Ann
Just wanted to send a personal thanks for the invite to your party on Friday eve. Some great dancing going on - looked to be a real success. Wishing you and Susie every success with 'Jive Nation'!
thank u 4 a great night Andrew
Just to say thank you for the great party yesterday which was really fun! I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for inviting me and looking forward to see you soon again!
Fantastic Unreal YOU are doing it!!!! You will never look back.
An ENTREPRENEUR has been born!
Great name and that theme 'Don't tap just jive' fabulous. Like the new vest.
Hi Simon, I just wanted to let you know I had a really good night tonight. I'm sorry I couldn't stay. The girls I bought along all had a great time which has pleased me enormously. I wish you the greatest luck in the future. O
Thank you very much for a realy,truly super Hippodrome event.
A HUGE CONGRATS SIMI and SUSIE! What a night - Of course a job well done. I don't know anyone else who could pull this off like you two. Love Em XXX
Quick line to say Congratulations for Friday night.
Very best of luck for you and the lovely Susie for your new monday venture, should be great.
Take Care, H
What a Fantastic event the Hippodrome was.A massive buzz, great music, What an event!! The ladies were all dressed to kill in their hundreds.I see why you mentioned Suzie Kable in the circular, she is the sexiest girl i have EVER seen ! Thanks to you & your team for all the incredible hard work in organising this event. The food in particular. the efficient cloakroom etc etc A GREAT SUCCESS AND THANKS G
Was a fantastic evening - thanks for organising it! Eva X
Thanks so much for organising the event on Friday night. It was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. What a shame we couldn't dance until later! Sorry i ducked out before your after close party.
I'm sure your Monday night events will be very successful and will be especially good for anyone working in town as the venue is nice and central. I really like the idea of 3 hours of freestyle, as the amount of freestyle at Ceroc events other than Hammersmith is a bit disappointing for people who like me who I must confess go for the freestyle not the classes. I'd be happy to pay £10 for that.
There are only 2 potential negatives for me, which I thought worth mentioning. Firstly, the dance floor was a little trechorous where the raised bit and normal floor met although there isn't really anything you can do about this and I'm sure this will be less of an issue on a Monday night when you won't have 700 people in there! The other thing was that a few people weren't too keen on the music as it was continually fast and there were some tracks that were more clubby than Ceroc tunes - perhaps a mix of tempos and more 'ceroc classic's would work well? I'm not too sure if the people DJing on Friday night will be your regular DJs but I thought I'd pass this comment on anyway, as you have the potential to have a really successful night. I'll see you when I get back and will come along to one of your evenings. Hope you take this feedback in the positive spirit that it was intended.
thanks once again for a fab night - the DJ's were fantastic and it was great to dance to tunes that i'd hear in a nightclub on a 'civilian night out'. I had the best of both worlds !!!
Simon Fantastic party last night! Great music and a lovely bunch of people. Definitely want to come to future events like that! D and I are keen to come to your classes on Monday night and were wondering what time they started and how much they are going to cost? Good luck with your new venture, I am sure it will be a success. Kind regards Faye
Just a quick note to say thanks for Friday. It was a great night, just what I needed after being deprived of dancing for two weeks.
Hope your class goes well tonight. I was hoping to come however I have other obligations, most dissapointing. I hope it goes well. See you around soon no doubt.
Great party on Friday - thanks so much DB
Brilliant night friday! thank you so much. So well organised!! cant wait til the next one. D
What I liked best was the atmosphere and happy faces. The staff for the night were so welcoming. It really made a change. Love the venue as i always have done - used to go there many years ago. I loved the way people made a special effort to dress up etc too! The food was great! aircon upstairs worked well unlike any other venue I have danced at. Matt what a wonderful personality he has. Handing out the little cards at the end of the night speaking to all that left. Ok now what I hated! The music! sorry but was far too clubby for me. I love clubby music but not at a partner dance event. I live on the Northern Line and goes straight to Leicester Square - how lucky I am!! DA
I just wanted to say, "A VERY BIG THANK YOU" for Friday's event. I'm sure the sentiment is seconded by the dozen or so people who came in our group.
Truely memorable, with more people per square foot on any dance floor than I can remember in quite some while! It was great to rub shoulders, elbows, hips, ankles (and other body parts) with so many others.
Please say a big thank you to Amir, Sue and the others in the cabaret too. In fact to everyone who had helped make the evening the success it was.
So here's wishing you the best of luck with the new Monday night venture.