Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ceroc?
Ceroc is a partner dance that is easy and inexpensive to learn and is usually danced to a variety of modern and older music. It's a modern style of French Jive (which is based on American Jive or Rock'n'roll dancing), with influences from numerous other dance styles.
Ceroc is an extremely flexible partner dance, and the main focus is on leading moves without needing to choreograph and learn routines. So it is well suited for improvised casual dancing at parties and other events. This doesn't make it plain or boring - advanced dancers develop their own style and learn to work with their partner to give the dance plenty of flair.
What's Lebop/Leroc/Lestep/Modern Jive?
Le Bop, Le Roc, Le Step and so on are basically just alternative names for Ceroc. There may be some minor variations in moves and technique taught between different dance companies, but with many thousands of Ceroc moves to choose from, this is hardly surprising!
CMJA stands for "Ceroc & Modern Jive Adelaide" :-)
What happens in a Ceroc class?
For the first 15 minutes of each class there is a 'Beginner basics' session for people who are completely new to Ceroc dancing. In these sessions we explain the basic Ceroc handhold and footwork used, and introduce the idea of leading and following. You should make sure you come to these sessions for at least your first few classes.
The actual Beginner lesson of approximately 45 minutes then follows, where a short routine of three or four moves are taught. At the completion of the beginner class there is a short freestyle session for practicing the moves that have just been taught and to provide an opportunity for one-on-one personalised help with the teachers if you have any questions.
After the freestyle session, the class breaks into two groups. New dancers go to a 'Extension' class where the focus is on the key skills needed to progress to the Intermediate level, while the more established dancers have an Intermediate lesson. If you're new to Intermediate then don't be too disappointed if you find the Intermediate classes difficult at first - the moves and the intermediate techniques used can take a while to get used to, and the class is taught at a faster pace. After the Progession/Intermediate lessons there is another freestyle session so you can practice your moves some more and socialise with other dancers.
What does 'freestyle' mean?
Freestyle is where people dance with whomever they want, practicing whatever moves they want, while the music plays and the lights flash.
In freestyle, you can (and should!) ask anyone to dance, even if you think they are at a different skill level to you. In Ceroc etiquette it's considered rude for someone to refuse to dance when asked, unless they have a good reason (eg. total exhaustion after dancing a really fast song!)
Are there big routines to learn?
Yes! But don't worry - Ceroc is as much about learning to dance freestyle with improvised combinations of moves as it is about choreographed routines.
However, routines can help you learn a lot of moves in a short time and we do teach several full routines to a complete song every year. Watch out for flyers at your next class - you will be surprised how much your freestyle can improve after learning a routine!
How much does it cost?
Entry to a class night is $20 / $15 concession, which includes two classes and up to 1.5 hours of freestyle practice & social dancing time.
We also offer the following passes, valid for 3 months from their first use:
- 5-class pass: $80 / $60 concession
- Term pass: $80 / $60 concession (valid for a single 6 week term at Unley)
- 10-class pass, plus a private lesson: $210 / $170 concession
- Couples 5-class pass: $140 (5 classes for dance couples attending together)
- Couples 10-class pass, plus a private lesson: $320 (10 classes for dance couples attending together)
We also offer 1-hour private classes for $80, and wedding packages (which include 5 private lessons and a 5-class pass) for $440.
Do I need to bring a dance partner?
You don't need to bring a dance partner since we rotate every few minutes in class to make sure everyone gets plenty of practice. But it's always good if you bring someone along to help keep the number of guys and ladies balanced!
What do I wear?
Clothes you are comfortable in - most people come along in neat casual clothing. For the ladies, it's best to start with flat-soled shoes with straps to ensure they will stay on while you're spinning.
Have a look at Susan's dance shoe page for everything you could possibly want to know about footwear at Ceroc classes!
Are there videos or DVDs that I can learn from?
Yes, there are plenty available! It is always helpful to supplement classes with videos and DVDs. Talk to Michael at a class, or check out the Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company web site.