At most of our class venues (see Venue Spotlights for details of which venues are different), we run a beginner progression class in a separate room to the more challenging intermediate class. The beginner progression class is included in the initial cost of the night, so please stay and take part. It is advisable to do BOTH classes - you should participate in the first class beforehand so that you have an idea of the moves that will be used in the second class.
The beginner progression class is a thorough, personalised revision of the beginner class with additional tips on the fundamentals of dance technique to consolidate your learning process. Plus, being a much smaller group you are able to ask the teacher questions about your dancing.
Dance Guides Remember to have a dance with our friendly Dance Guides after your beginner class! Your beginner teacher will identify them at the end of the class so do ask them for a dance during the first dance break. They are there to help you, so make the most of them, because dancing with someone more experienced than you is the best way to learn! Dance Guides are also easily identified with their yellow “Dance Guide” badge.
How YOU can get free classes and discounts!
There are a couple of ways to get rewarded with free classes and discounted products at Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company. The first way is simply by bringing your friends to Ceroc!
You can get discounted entry when you bring a new friend with you to classes - check the entry price list at our venues for the applicable discounts.
Our Member Reward Cards are another method – make sure you have been issued with a Member Reward Card on your first night, and start collecting your stamps for the rest of the year. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll earn discounts and freebies! Not to mention the big competition we run each year with huge prizes for the people collecting the most stamps – including the ultimate prize a year of free Ceroc!
Check out our Member Rewards page for more information on these rewards available to you.
The other way of getting free classes and discounts is to invest in one of our Unlimited Passes, giving you free entry to classes plus discounts on dance parties, clothing and DVDs. See Class Prices and Discounts for more information on our passes.
Ceroc Instructional DVDs
A must for Beginners!
Amongst our range of quality professional instructional DVDs is our Beginner set. Packed with Beginner & Intermediate moves, technical tips and plenty of stylish “freestyle” dancing, our instructional DVDs use professional voice over, slow-motion and freeze frame technology to enhance your learning experience.
Pick up your copy at your local class and start learning in the comfort of your own home! PLUS, if you attend our classes, and have a Member Reward Card, you are eligible for a 45% discount on the Beginner DVD. Check out our Instructional DVDs page for more information.
Workshops and Routines
Various workshops are on offer throughout the year - check our webpages Workshops and Routines for information on what's coming up at your level.
Particularly recommended for beginners are our IntroMediate Workshops, aimed at helping you take that next step up to intermediate level. Learning chroreographed routines is also not out of the question for beginners! Why not think about learning a routine and even maybe performing it at one of our events?
Just ask any of our course participants and they’ll tell you what a great way learning a routine is to increase your knowledge of moves, give yourself a challenge and enhance your style.
Each year we offer at least one routine appropriate for beginner level. Our routines are great FUN and will help you put together some stylish beginner move sequences in a relaxed and very social learning environment. Sign up with a partner or we’ll do our very best to help you find one.
Coming to Ceroc & Modern Jive’s dance classes is a great social activity and a fun way to meet a variety of new people and expand your social life! This happens even more so at our Club Ceroc Dance Parties, where dancers from all venues come together to dance the night away.
Beginners are very welcome – so don’t be afraid if you don’t know anyone. Just make sure you take part in the usual “ice breaker” class at the start of the night, and do ask people to dance with you – nobody’s allowed to say no at Ceroc, and that includes you!
Check out our Dance Parties page to hear what people have said about our dance parties, and for a list of dates.
The Annual Ball Once a year we roll out the red carpet, dust off the ball gowns, and dig out the bow ties for the big social event of the year - the Annual Ceroc Ball.
The Ball is usually themed, and is a glamorous entertainment spectacular you won’t want to miss. With high quality dance shows, sumptuous food and a glamorous champagne reception, everyone should participate in this star-studded annual event! You also have the opportunity to become involved in the shows by learning one of our many routines on offer. Click here to see more.
The Annual Championships Come and see the best of Modern Jive dancing across the world at our annual Championship event. Compete against the top dancers from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK at all levels from Beginners through Intermediate to Advanced and Teams. There’s something for everyone, including Dance With A Stranger competitions. New dancers (less than a year of Modern Jive classes) are encouraged to participate in the fun filled beginner categories. There's even a category where students of less than 2 years can compete with a teacher!
Don’t miss our next action packed Championships event on the long weekend in June. Click here to see more.
Join many of your fellow Modern Jive dancers for our annual residential Dance Weekend. Packed full of workshops and classes in every dance style imaginable from Modern Jive to Rock’N’Roll, Swing, Funk, Salsa & Cha Cha, there’s something for everyone from Beginners right through to Advanced. With two social dances on Friday and Saturday nights where you can get to know your fellow DanceManiacs, it’s THE Dance Weekend not to be missed!
Beginner Ceroc Moves
The following is a list of some of the most popular Beginner moves in Ceroc Modern Jive. These are taught in many of the beginner routines you will learn at class. When learning the class routines, ensure you write the names of the moves down and tick them off the list - that way you will see how quickly you are mastering the core moves. Key:
L = Left Hand start (for the leader)
R = Right Hand start (for the leader & follower)
D = Double Hand start
* = appears on our Beginner Instructional DVD
L Figure of Eight* First Move* First Move Barrier First Move Check* First Move Manhattans Left Comb Man Breakthrough* Neck Breakthrough Pretzel* Return Pull Through Throwaway* Touch Turn Underarm Walkthrough* U Turn I Turn Wurlitzer*
R Accordian Aerial Yoyo* Lady Spin* Right Comb* RIght Handed First Move* Secret Move Springer Throw Sway
D Basket Double Hand Manhattans Octopus* Swizzlestick
Progress to Intermediate
Beginners often ask how long it will take them to get to Intermediate level.
The answer is that there is no answer to that! It really depends on the individual, whether you have other dance experience and how quickly you learn the moves and the correct techniques to master the basics. Attending workshops such as the Intromediate Workshop, doing plenty of Beginner and Beginner Progression classes and practising the beginner moves as much as possible (our twice monthly dance parties are excellent ways to improve your “freestyle” dancing and dance with a variety of different people of varying standards) will help you move up quickly to Intermediate standard.
As a general guide we recommend that you have completed at least eight Beginner (and Beginner Progression) classes before attempting to move to the next level. Be aware that there is a big jump between the Beginner and Intermediate classes so don’t move up too early.
Before moving up, try our monthly Intromediate class at Rosehill (usually the last Sunday of the month) to get more confident to make that step up to Intermediate.
When you do move to intermediate level, the teachers and the dancers in the class will expect you to be able to:
confidently lead or follow
have good balance in spins and firm tension
demonstrate good safe and secure technique in dips and drops
freestyle effortlessly and
be totally confident with counting the beat and keeping the rhythm of the music.
If you are unsure whether you are ready to move up or not, check with your Beginner Progression Teacher at your next class.
Beginner / Intermediate Routine Courses
Just ask any of our course participants and they’ll tell you what a great way learning a routine is to increase your knowledge of Modern Jive moves, give yourself a challenge and enhance your style.
Specially choreographed for beginners (from 4 weeks upwards) to intermediates, our routines are great FUN and will help you put together some stylish beginner move sequences in a relaxed and very social learning environment. Sign up with a partner or we’ll do our very best to help you find one. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform the routine at some of our organised social events and / or dance displays.
Check our routines page for details of the next scheduled routine.
What’s Happening in March?
For full details plus a list of our major events in the next 12 months, see our Events Page