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Modern Jive Dancing Group, Updated videos & moves (8/4/2020)

Hi Everyone,
So, Boris has banned us from holding hands with friends and strangers for a while due to Jiveillitis isolation.
While the class at Christ Church Hall is postponed you can still practice walking dancing on your own or with a partner in the comfort of your own home dancing to slow music styles you most enjoy.
This is also an opportunity for those who haven't yet joined U3A classes to use the time in isolation to learn a new skill or relearn the fun of dancing.
Christ Church Hall, Old Road East, Gravesend, DA12 5NR,
(near Echo Square ) 7.30pm - 9.30pm ---£3.00
Meopham U3A contact is Edina Geering.

For a link to Dance moves click HERE.
For the What to do & What to wear and Where does it happen ! click HERE.
For Alan's newsletter and written Dance moves click HERE.

This group is a joint venture with Gravesend U3A.

Come along to our newly formed U3A Modern Jive group. It’s a great way to meet people, have fun and keep fit in a relaxed atmosphere all whilst learning to dance. Modern Jive is much slower to dance that traditional Jive and has the distinct advantage of minimal footwork.

We are very fortunate to have an experienced couple, Alan and Lynne, who have agreed to get the dancing started and coach the group on a regular basis.

We appreciate this new day may not suit everone and may also help others who couldn’t make the previous days. (Our prevous site at Ascot Arms pub has closed).
At our last class we had a great fun night with lots of laughter and giggles as it went wrong sometimes, however, that’s all part of the learning experience as we meet new friends.    
Please see attached videos of the moves from last class to practice if you wish.
Listening to feed back after the first 2 classes we plan to simplify the moves for the next class and may lead the class from the floor to show and help where required.
Every class is a beginners class -- so if you haven't joined us before  it's ok to join now -- also if you have holdays or other commitments it's ok to miss classes without falling behind.

See you on the dance floor.

Alan & Lynne Scott

Please see below some of the comments received by participants

Thank you so much for a very enjoyable evening. What a turnout!  Although most of us went wrong at some point, it was still fun and we had a good laugh. 

Unfortunately, with old age comes very short memory!  It’s a brilliant idea to change partners all the time.  What I enjoyed most, and really thank you both so much, for kindly dancing with everyone.  I can’t believe that I jived for the first time ever! 
Regrettably, I will be on holiday for the next session, but look forward to the one after that.

I am really sorry I won’t be able to come this coming week as I am away on holiday.  I had such a good time at our first lesson.  I can’t wait for my next lesson and look forward to it.  Please don’t think I won’t return, I am hooked! 

Those movers and shakers among us were looking forward to shimming around the dance floor.  We were not disappointed.

There were approximately over 40 people from both Gravesend & Northfleet U3A and Meopham U3A.  As we all signed in we were given a name badge which we discovered was a great way to get to know each other.

Alan proceeded to explain exactly how the evening would be structured.  We then were shown the four moves that we were going to learn that night.  Alan said that we should remember to relax and smile.  This was not as easy as it sounds as we were so busy trying to remember the moves.  Gradually we were getting the hang of it and Saturday Night Fever came to mind!

It was a very good evening, well organized and very enjoyable.

Well done to both Alan and Lynne Scott.

Strictly here we come!

Just to say thank you so very much for a wonderful evening of Modern Jive, I had such a great time.

Thank you for the notification of the change to Monday and I hope to be there.  I know I was hopeless, but I did enjoy the last evening!  Thank you. 

Thank you both for a really enjoyable evening.  Well organised.
We are going to practice honest!

Hello, I said Hello....

Yes we are still open, Its about time for a change of attitude.... Things will be a long time getting back to the old normal so let's get busy being positive and planning for our continuing Meopham U3A future.
Group contacts have been emailed by Heather and me, (Gus) asking for information about your groups and your website page and if not much has happened PLEASE be courteous and at least reply  as it all helps us to understand how our U3A is coping.
Face to face meetings of any type are going to be difficult as we all have our own "Bubbles" to feel safe in but online group quizes, coffee mornings or just a phone call can be helpful for many who miss personal contact. 
Help is available and dont be scared to ask / email someone on committee who will point you in the right direction and for many try asking grandchildren for help, I do!!
As you can see from this list many of the groups are keeping the members informed of what is going on.

Amblers:   have done one distanced outdoor walk
Art Appreciation:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom - temporary members welcome
Bee Watch:   email bee sightings
Book Club 1/2/3:   all meeting via Zoom
Bridge:   hoping to organise meetings in gardens in groups of 4
Canasta:   weekly newsletter to keep in touch
Current Affairs1:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom
Cycling/For Softies:   have held one outdoor ride
French Advanced:   meet on Tuesday via Zoom
Improvers 1:   meeting via Zoom
Improvers 2:   meet via Zoom / WhatsApp
Intermediate:   Zoom on Tuesday evening
Genealogy:   Zoom meeting planned for July - new members welcome
German:   meeting twice monthly via Zoom
Guitar:   fortnightly Zoom / WhatsApp contact
History1:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Italian Beginners:   have met in gardens.
Italian Intermediate:
  Reviewing the situation ready for re-start in September
Meditation:   using WhatsApp for guided meditations
Music for Pleasure:   monthly Zoom - have honorary members
Needlecraft:   all active on WhatsApp
Painting/Drawing:   using WhatsApp to share and discuss work
Patchwork:   garden meetings planned
Petanque:  Awaiting goverment advice as to when restart is possible

Photography:   meet on Cluster to post photos
Quilting:   using WhatsApp to share work
Singing- ladies:   meet weekly on Tuesday morning via Zoom
Singing - men:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Spanish:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Wine Appreciation 1:   Zoom meeting on usual Thursday
2:   Zoom meet on Wednesday / WhatsApp group
3:   weekly Zoom meeting