Modern Jive

Background

Le Roc is French for rock'n'roll. Combined as one word and brought into the English language it is the name given to a stylish, modern jive which can be danced to virtually any music.

There are LeRoc clubs all over the UK and throughout the world and they are a great place to dance and make new friends. At a LeRoc evening you'll find great music, excellent teachers and a really energised atmosphere.

Usually they begin with a 45 minute lesson for beginners, which is generally followed by another lesson for the more advanced. After the lesson the rest of the evening is left for you to enjoy practising all you have learned to great music played in a party atmosphere.

LeRoc is so flexible musically that you can dance it to your own favourite music. LeRoc clubs play a wide range of music, from big band swing through rock 'n' roll and right up to date with tracks from the current charts.

History

As its name suggests, LeRoc evolved in France after American Gi's brought the jitterbug to France during the war. In the UK 60's dance crazes like the Twist encouraged people to dance alone, without a partner and a whole generation forgot how to partner dance. But in France many people carried on jiving, adapting it to suit slow, heavy disco beats and smaller dance floors. The dance became relaxed, with less emphasis on what the feet were doing but with new and exciting moves.

LeRoc was discovered by British people holidaying in France, and was also admired being danced by London's French community. Specialised clubs in London began promoting the French style of jive, such as LeRoc, Ceroc, and Cosmopolitan Jive. As the British embraced it, so they gave the moves their own custom made names like Wurlitzer, Swizzlestick and Yoyo. The original moves are the basis of LeRoc but the dance is still growing. There are now hundreds of named moves which are found as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and even Brazil. The dance is so verstaile that it can borrow ideas from other dance styles and adapt them to fit the LeRoc style. There is always something new to learn.

For more information on the history of LeRoc, Christine Keeble, a founding member of LeRoc, has written an article called Spotlight on LeRoc.

Easy to Learn

LeRoc is easy to learn. In your very first lesson you can learn three to four moves so you can start enjoying it very quickly without having to practise boring exercises.

The dress code is usually casual, but do make sure you are comfortable. It can get quite hot when you are dancing so some people bring a change of top. Also make sure that your footwear is suitable. Try not to wear rubber souled shoes such as trainers, as you will have trouble spinning.

There is no need to bring a partner with you. Throughout the class you will change partners every few minutes. This rotation of partners is a great way to get to meet loads of people in the class and actually helps you improve your dancing.