Looking for a new challenge in your dancing? Learning a choreographed routine could be your next step!
Each year we offer a number of routine courses, always with an optional performance goal at the end of the course.
Even if you choose not to perform the routine, learning it is a great social experience that gives you the opportunity to get to know dancers from your neighbouring venues, and can be very rewarding for every level of dancer.
Other benefits of learning a routine are:
- enhancing styling and learning performance techniques
- learning those finishing touches that make the advanced couples look great
- aiding memory retention and increasing your repertoire of moves
- increasing awareness of and appreciation for musical interpretation on the dance floor
- appreciating and experiencing better techniques in your dancing
- social interaction with other dancers learning the same routine
- gaining confidence through performance that not only helps you in your dancing but in day to day life too!
So, if you’re keen to learn a routine, read on for what’s coming up from your choreography crew and start looking for a partner. And on that note, check out our Routine Survival Guide too – you’ll find it very informative and good advice for those who haven’t learnt a choreographed routine before!
Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company prides itself on its high quality routines with thanks to some of the most experienced and creative Modern Jive choreographers in the country. Click here to view a list of their choreographed routines taught to students from 1998 to date.
See below for info on our upcoming routine courses.
For footage of some of our previous routines, visit our Ceroc Routine Performances page.
All routine courses currently suspended due to Covid-19.
Routine Booking Conditions:
- No refunds apply after 7 days before course commencement.
- Any bookings/payments made after 5pm on the Friday prior to course commencement will attract a $10 per person late fee.
- All dancers learning and performing routines give rights for Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company to publish footage of the performance(s) on our website and other appropriate media. Rights to publish such footage remain with Ceroc & Modern Jive Company only.
- Should you or your partner have to miss a session due to unforeseen circumstances you will be expected to catch up via video or private lessons and a review of your performance will be conducted by your teachers before inclusion in performances.
- For Champs Routines, Champs Crew couples will be selected based on their level of performance AND their commitment to all dates in the course including the two additional sessions.
Routine Survival Guide!
Whilst learning a routine is undoubtedly a fantastic experience, there can be some unexpected challenges that we’d like to tell you about!
- Choose your level wisely, and if necessary ask the advice of the routine teachers. Decide firstly whether you’re up to the challenge of learning a choreographed routine where you need to remember and execute a sequence of moves that can last between 3 to 4 minutes. If that in itself is a challenge, or if you are not confident doing multiple spins, dips etc, don’t be afraid to sign up for a routine at a lower level than your current dance ability, and progress to a higher challenge next time. Doing a routine is as much about improving your dancing as it is about having fun. Doing a slightly easier routine can help to reinforce good dance technique in a way that a more challenging routine may not.
- Ensure you have the time and dedication to put in at least one practise session with your partner between each scheduled rehearsal session. This is the key to performing the routine to your best. Also ensure that your partner has the same expectation and commitment.
- Experience tells us that life partners unfortunately don’t always make good dance partners during routine courses! Yes, there are many cases that prove us very wrong, but there are far more that prove us right! Why not consider both signing up for the same routine but with different partners? That way you go through the learning challenges with someone else, but you both spend your rehearsal days in the same place, and who knows, maybe you might get to perform it together at a later time.
- Having ulterior motives for asking someone to learn a routine with you is rarely a good idea. Choose a partner who matches you on the dance floor, not on the dating scene! Coffee, brunch or movies is far more appropriate for a first date than Week One of the next intermediate routine course! Amorous intentions during routine courses are often not appreciated, and not only do you lose your chance of a date with that person, but generally you end up not completing the routine either!
- Understand that everyone has a different learning style. If you’ve signed up for a routine with a new partner, understand how they learn. Think about how you give them feedback – they may not respond well to frustration and loss of patience. If in doubt about to give feedback to your partner, ask your routine teacher.
And remember, routines aren’t for everyone. If you struggle to remember basic class sequences and prefer to just dance socially with no extra challenges, then maybe routines aren’t for you. But for the rest of us – they’re the highlight of our Ceroc year! Enjoy!