Our aim is to provide a fun, comfortable environment for you to learn to dance, listen to some great music and enjoy the company of others. We pride ourselves on having a really nice bunch of people coming along regularly to our classes who all share our culture and values.
We want to be safe
- Dancing in bare feet is not permitted. Bare foot dancing exposes the dancer to greater injury, splinters and infection.
- We encourage everyone to wear some form of footwear to protect the feet. We recommend against open toe shoes when dancing.
Heels and Heel Caps
Narrow heels also inflict greater damage on people than broad heels and many of our venues have floors that are easily damaged by stiletto or narrow heels.
- If your heels are smaller than a 20 cent piece then you MUST wear protective heel caps otherwise you risk being refused entry.
- Safety note: narrow heels also tend to get caught in holes, gaps or other imperfections that maybe present in the floor. We are not responsible for the maintenance of the venues and so can only advise dancers of any possible circumstances that might impact on your experience.
- We have a range of heel caps available for purchase. Please ask at the front desk.
Side note from Deb - personal story "After going through many many pairs of stockings and getting small bumps to my toes in open toe shoes I decided Modern Jive was best danced in closed toe shoes."
Our aim is to create a safe and friendly environment where people can enjoy a great night out. Alot of people come to our classes and events! Occasionally someone comes into our environment and does not behave appropriately, please read our DanceSafe section for more:
Intermediate Level Assessment / Dance WoF
Dancing is a physical activity with the potential for injury. To reduce the chances of injury we have Dance WoFs (Warrant of Fitness) to help check dancers are ready for the next level up and to promote a safe environment.
- Once you feel you would like the greater challenge of a higher class then please ask for an assessment (or Dance WOF as we like to call it).
- Only a qualified teacher can pass a dancer as being ready for the next level. By all means ask a taxi dancer for any basic tips.
- We are here to help, ask for an assessment before you're ready to move up. During the course of a song in freestyle we can give you some pointers and offer feedback on areas for you to work on. These Teacher Tips can make a huge difference in your dancing.
Even with an assessment, all dancers must make the safety and well-being of their partner a priority. This is especially applicable for dips, drops and other moves where a dancer is dependent on another for balance or support. Please refer to dance etiquette for more information.
We encourage participation
It's much more fun to join in rather than sit on the side and watch. Do you like people watching you? Probably not!
- We're all about participation. Watching won't give you a feel for what a fun and rewarding experience Modern Jive classes can be.
- If you want to know what a class is like then come and join in and have a try. If you don't enjoy it or want to leave then we will happily refund you the cost of the class.
- If you've missed the beginning of the class, it's ok to have a quick peek but then we ask that you either join in or come back another time.
- Most people who come along to our classes have never danced before and their first Modern Jive class is often their first ever dance class. This can be a bit daunting and is made worse if they sense someone they don't know is watching their every move!
- Feel free to talk to the venue manager if you have a special requirement (there's a sign at each venue showing who the venue manager is).
We grow our community by rotating in group classes
Building a friendly dance community works best if people mix and engage with others. Being part of a group means joining in with the entire group.
- In group classes everyone rotates. If you'd prefer not to rotate then options include private lessons and workshops.
- We rotate to improve our own dance skills and to help others. If your goal is to learn to dance with a partner in as short a space of time as possible then rotating is the best way to achieve this goal.
- When couples don't rotate, each partner compensates for the other's mistakes and often blame their partner when something goes wrong! Having a non-rotating couple can be disruptive for both the teacher and other dancers.
We accept requests for a dance and avoid saying 'No'
At Fevah Modern Jive we're a pretty down to earth bunch of people, the top dancers and teachers understand what it's like to be a beginner in a new environment because that's often how we started.
We work hard to develop a culture of inclusivity at our classes and events. We want people who come along to feel welcome and to have a good time. As a new dancer and even as a regular dancer it can be scary asking people to dance.
We encourage all of our dancers to take any opportunity that is presented to them. If someone has the courage to ask you to dance, saying yes may just make their night.
A fear of rejection can be so intense it stops people from wanting to come back.
However, if there is someone that you do not want to dance with, you do not have to dance with them. The best way to do this, without making the other person feel bad is by staying busy dancing with other peoples or, dancing on the other side of the room.
DanceSafe: please talk to the venue manager (their name is at the bottom of the timetable sign near reception) if there is a reason you don't want to dance with someone, for example body odour, bad breathe, dangerous dancing, or they make you feel uncomfortable. We can then can discreetly deal with the issue (without mentioning your name) and hopefully help that person to get more dances.
We are not saying that everyone has the entitlement to dance with anyone else, remember that partner dancing is about being a good partner for someone else. We therefore do not demand that people say 'yes' if we ask them to dance as our motivation has been soured by our selfish approach and leaves the person we're demanding feeling uncomfortable.
Instead ask someone to dance because you think it'll be enjoyable for both of you: for the better dancer it's a chance to help bring on and give confidence to the less experienced and for the not so good dancer e.g. beginner then it's a chance to raise their spirits and help them feel welcome.
We give encouragement rather than unsolicited advice
We all have different approaches and different speeds of learning when faced with something new. There are many aspects to learning the lead and follow roles and it's best to let someone focus on one or two aspects rather than trying to get them to get everything right.
- We want people to feel great regardless of whether they get it right or wrong.
- It's better to give people encouragement or be the best lead or follow that you can. No matter how good intentioned, there is nothing worse than being given unsolicited advice or feedback on what we should be doing - it can be crushing!
- While we all want to help the newer dancers, often they receive conflicting advice as they go round the class. It is best to let them listen to the teacher, smile and help only when they ask for it.
We respect the privacy of others
While it's great to be able to share our experiences with friends or family we respect the private lives of dancers and crew.
- We do not record any classes without the permission of both the venue manager and the teacher.
- We avoid public discussion of people's private lives both at class and on our social media groups.
- When videoing or taking photos have as few people in the background as possible, if need be go to a corner of the room out of the way of other dancers and check with the venue manager when is the best time.
We aim to provide value
We take great care to offer an activity at a price that reflects the level of professionalism and courtesy.
- Your experience is very important to us and we don't want to take your money if the experience wasn't up to it.
- If you feel you haven't received value or that our standards did not meet your expectations, then do let us know and we'll be happy to give you a full refund.