Ceroc, originally from France and then made popular in UK, is a modern form of jive. It's a smooth and stylish partner dance, blending jive, ballroom and swing to make a funky modern dance enjoyed by people of all ages. With its versatility of styling and simple movements, it appeals to all tastes and it can be danced to any music with a steady beat from 40s swing to modern chart hits.
We think it’s one of the easiest partner dance styles to learn – come along to one of our beginner classes and put our theory to the test! Classes operate on a weekly basis, so, unlike that gym membership that’s been sitting there unused since you paid for it, there’s no need to sign up for a course! Just turn up any week and you’ll fit right into the beginner class, probably with a number of other first timers too.
Our teachers will provide you with a fun learning experience in a social environment at any one of our class venues across Sydney. All ages are welcome* and we LOVE beginners!
There’s no need to bring a partner – we rotate you around to different partners during the class, although if you do want to stay with your own partner, that’s fine too.
PLUS - Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company also teaches weekly West Coast Swing classes - check out our west coast swing page for more details!
* Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Julie Gunn - Director
Here’s what some of our students said about their Ceroc & Modern Jive experience:
“Ceroc is much easier than it looks. The step-by-step instructions during the class have you doing moves you never thought you'd be doing. It's so much fun and the people are great. I'm having the time of my life” – Rose
“I think the Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company provides a fun and friendly atmosphere to learn dancing. The beginner classes are great, allowing people who never thought they could dance (me!) to feel as if they can, and that they can improve too.” – Tracey
"Modern Jive's greatest strength is the teaching method which allows people with no dance experience to start dancing. Dancing is a huge part of my life now and I am sure I would not be doing any sort of dance if I had not started out with Modern Jive." – Paul
"I wish I had started dancing ten years earlier! Dancing makes me happy - Ceroc is the best thing in life, the best thing I have ever been involved in. Over the last ten years I've made friends with so many people - it's the best thing ever! Love it, Love it, LOVE it! - Dennis
Ceroc Features in Dancing With The City Stars
In March 2014, Ceroc featured in the Cancer Council's fundraising event "Dancing With The City Stars".
Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company Director, Julie Gunn competed with swimming champion and Olympic hero Daniel Kowalski, and their dancing efforts raised over $4,300 and won them 1st Place too!
In January 1991, English born Nicky Haslam brought her passion for Ceroc dancing to Australia. Nicky established the Ceroc trademark in Australia, and started teaching with her dance partner Ray Mather, before co-founding Ceroc Pty Ltd in November 1991 with her then business partner Mark. In 1999, the two business partners went their separate ways and Nicky set up her own very successful identity, Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company.
Nicky's natural dance ability and creative talents set the foundations for Ceroc dancing in Australia, and the style has now evolved and embraced many other influences and talents to become what it is today. In 2008, so that she could focus on her family life, Nicky sold Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company to her close friend and teacher of the previous 12 years, Julie Gunn.
Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company, commonly known as 'CMJ', has been going strong ever since with Julie at the helm and Nicky continuing to work very closely in the business.
In November 2013 Julie expanded CMJ by purchasing Ceroc Australia, the business that Mark Harding established and successfully operated for 14 years following the split of the previous business partnership in 1999. Mark Harding and Nicky Haslam continue to be recognised and respected as the originators of Ceroc in Sydney, and they are both pleased to see it now back as one united community under the directorship of Julie Gunn and Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company.
What’s Happening in August?
For full details plus a list of our major events in the next 12 months, see our Events Page
Friday 1st August
Kirrawee Dance Party
Saturday 2nd August
Workshops: Hitting The Hits & Advanced Concepts
Saturday 2nd August
Willoughby Dance Party
Saturday 9th August
Petersham Town Hall MEGA Dance Party
Friday 15th August
West Coast Swing Party @ Willoughby
Saturday 16th August
Workshops: Intro To Ceroc & Secret Women's Business