Blackpool girl Danielle Paulo, a former student of Blackpool and The Fylde College, Langley Dance Centre and Bispham High School and Arts College (formerly Greenlands when attended) is bringing smooth modern jive to Blackpool.
“Blackpool currently holds the World Modern Jive Championships at The Tower and yet it didn’t have a regular local dance night, even though there are hundreds of modern jive classes all over the country,” says Danielle. “There was already a following of dedicated dancers who were having to travel over 20 miles or even further afield to go to classes and events, so I thought it was about time to bring it closer to home with what I’m calling Jaguar Jive.”
She took up modern jive when living in Manchester 10 years ago and says: “I’ve been hooked ever since – it’s fun, friends, dance and exercise all in one, so now I’m back in Blackpool and hoping to encourage people to come see what we’re all about and fall in love with it like I did.”
Although French in origin, after American GI’s brought the jitterbug to France during the Second World War, it was the Brits on holiday in France that eventually brought the dance to the UK with companies like Ceroc and LeRoc forging the way.
Over the years the dancing has evolved enormously and it now takes moves from many other popular dance forms.
“So after years of people dancing in clubs on their own, modern jive is now teaching a whole new generation how to partner dance,” says Danielle.
Jaguar Jive nights starts with a Beginners Class lasting 45 minutes and teaching three or four moves.
It’s followed by an Intermediate class of 30 minutes with harder moves.
After the classes a DJ presents a Freestyle Session of uninterrupted music creating a party atmosphere.
Everyone is welcome, says Danielle, no matter how good or bad they are.
Both sexes are also invited and partners are not compulsory.
Jaguar Jive runs a weekly Wednesday night class from tonight at The Wainwright Club on Hornby Road but there is no need to enrol on a course, you can just turn up as often as you like, picking up new moves as you go. And don’t worry about what to wear,.
“Basically it’s smart casual but so long as you’re comfortable, it’s really up to you,” says Danielle. “The only thing I suggest is that people wear shoes with a smooth sole that will allow you to move freely on the dance floor.”
More details from www.jaguarjive.com or facebook page www.facebook.com/JaguarJive.