A Quick Guide to Ceroc
Ceroc is an exciting, stylish modern partner dance and is
primarily social. It's also really popular - with literally hundreds of venues
in the UK. Stylewise It's a modern jive, quite similar to Salsa, but without the
complicated footwork. This means that it is very easy to pick up - so no excuses
about having two left feet!!
'Ceroc' is technically not so much the name of the dance
itself but the name of the largest organisation in the UK that runs such modern
jive evenings. There are quite a few similar but smaller organisations - e.g.
LeJive - that do pretty much the same thing and, whilst the cognoscenti may
disagree, the average newcomer doesn't notice the difference between a
Ceroc, LeJive, whatever evening. So, we'll use the term Ceroc/Lejive to refer to
this type of dancing in general.
There is no need to take a partner with you because during the classes everyone
is moved around. This means that you get to dance with everybody at least once!
There is no set course that you need to enrol on. You can turn up to whatever
venue you like, as and when you like - you won't miss out on anything vital if
you miss a week.
The majority of our evenings start with a Beginners class, designed for people
with no Ceroc/Lejive experience. This is followed by an Intermediate lesson for
those who have a grasp of the basic moves and can learn the more complicated
ones. To round off the evening the DJ plays some music and you are free to dance
with whoever you like, practice your moves and develop your style.
The success of Ceroc/Lejive over the past 20 years rests mainly on the friendly
and relaxed atmosphere which exists at all Ceroc/LeJive venues across the UK.
So why is Ceroc/LeJive so great?
- Complete beginners are welcome at any night
- It is fun and easy to learn
- There is no need to go with a partner
- There is no need to book in advance
- No special clothing or shoes are required
- It is a complete night out
It's a good activity for single people because you get to
meet and dance with loads of the opposite sex without it being a pressured
nightclub/singles/whatever situation. People dance because they like dancing,
women ask men to dance and it's rare to be refused. However, the flip side of
this is that it doesn't really mean anything if someone asks you for a
dance or they accept your invitation.
If you're wanting to give your social life a boost get out
of the house, meet people, have fun then this is a great activity.
However, it's not necessarily the place to pick up people or (quickly) find
romance as one loveandfriends member
A member's perspective...
"Ceroc is great fun, hugely energetic and a lotta laff but
it's not the be all and end all.
I've done it for 4 or 5 years, yes too long to
remember. I've introduced friends to it. I've even taught the basic steps
(unofficially) at friends' parties but there is one thing you have to realise,
it's ultimately frivolous. Yes horrors of horrors I've dared to introduce a
moment of sanity.
If your aim is to get to know people then It's probably going to be a long
winded way to go about it through Ceroc. If you get past hello how are you, you
are doing better than average. Yes I have had romance resulting from an
encounter on the dance floor but more often than not, and this is part of its
addictive nature, it's about flirting.
Great, I feel the excitement and anticipation now but I
don't get carried away thinking that this is the beginning of a beautiful
relationship anymore. It's essentially a physical, non-verbal encounter. People
will be pleased to talk to you but just remember their brains are probably
somewhere else in visual, kinaesthetic high adrenalin mode, not verbal
sympathetic nice summer day mode. So don't be surprised if you find it difficult
to really get to know someone.
Enjoy it for what it is. Huge fun, addictive
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