BOOGIE NIGHTZ JIVE “Wild West Freestyle”

Following my trip to Southport in June and meeting and getting to know the Sheffield jive-dancers, I’d heard so much beforehand about the inception of Boogie Nightz Jive which launched in June. It was great to finally go and experience it…

John and I arrived at Eckington Civic Centre on Friday night, after a fun road trip all the way from West Sussex. As we walked in, the crew were setting up the hall.. I was struck by the effort that had been made to make ‘Wild West Night’ so authentic, the props consisted of a Cardboard Jail, Wanted Frame, Saloon sign at the bar along with Saloon Rules..…

Dave (who runs Boogie Nightz) was greeting everyone as they arrived dressed as Cotton Eyed Jo, before he changed into another themed costume, the authentic American flag cowboy! His lovely kids Elicia and Jack were sitting on the door taking the entrance fee. They had both dressed up for the night, Jack in an Indian chief costume and Elicia as a cowgirl in her chequered shirt and authentic western ripped jeans – hats off to both of them as not many teenagers are that game!  The music started playing and the people started to arrive. I would say that 85% of the dancers were dressed up for the event; in the spirit of this themed evening, there were saloon girls, Native American Indian squaws, Braves, cowboys and cowgirls…

It was great to see Alan, Sue, Lynne, Paul again along with some other familiar faces I’d met at Southport. The minute we arrived we felt a warm welcome and my gut instinct (which I trust a lot these days) told me what a fabulous evening it was going to be…
Vic one the crew was taking lots of photos, and other people were taking selfies with the props placed around the hall. The music was spot on and DJ Kevin Hardy was rocking, it was hard for me to sit down. I was struck by the attention to detail in a very much thought out ‘Wild West’ themed playlist. I just wanted to keep on dancing.

As I danced with new faces, and told them the trip I’d made to be here, the warmth and friendliness was humbling. The quality of the dancing was excellent. Dave was busy making sure everyone was having a good time and noticeably dancing with a variety of ladies. This is something really important when running a dance because often people new to dancing can feel a little shy or intimidated and its important to make them feel its been worthwhile and enjoyable.
One of my highlights was a dance with Jack who was very impressive for a 14 year old.
The music changed halfway through for a Ceilidh and many participated in these couple of Scottish dances which looked like a lot of fun. A prize was given to the best dressed man and woman followed by nibbles which were welcomed by the dancers who had been busily working up an appetite.
Dave thanked everyone for coming and a group photo was taken shortly after..

The evening finished around 11.45pm, John and I were seriously danced out.. We had had such fun meeting some old and many new dancers. It was clear that the Boogie Nightz dancers have a serious zest for life and we very much felt welcomed with open arms… and my gut instinct was right, it was a fabulous evening, so a very big to the Boogie Nightz crew for your wonderful Northern hospitality and we can’t wait to visit again soon ….

For those reading this who are love or want to try Modern Jive and live or are visiting the Sheffield area, you can check out Boogie Nightz Jive on Facebook or they operate lessons every Tuesday from 7.30pm at Eckington Civic Centre, S21 4JG