The LeRoc Modern Jive Federation

The LeRoc Modern Jive Federation

The LeRoc Modern Jive Federation is a democratic organisation which is run by committee. Members give much of their time freely and are voted onto the committee annually at the AGM. The current committee members are as follows:

The Committee (2015-2016)

Main Committee:
Chair Sarah Price
Secretary Jan Heffey
Treasurer Michel Gay
Membership Secretary Bob Barrett
Examinations Officer Janet Gay
Sub Committee:
Teaching Development Officer Suzanne Spirydon
Northern Regional Officer Roy Greenhalgh
Southern Regional Officer Tim Coleman
Webmaster Russell Payne
Newsletter Editor Christine Keeble
Medals Officer Roy Greenhalgh


Key benefits of becoming a member of the LeRoc Federation

  • Accreditation of your teaching skills
  • Web presence (with links) on this Federation website
  • A supportive community of qualified LeRoc teachers
  • Moves workshops: one per year (where possible) plus another at the AGM
  • Competitive Public Liability insurance through the UKA

A popular new dance form often means would-be teachers 'jump on the bandwagon'. With our endorsed qualification you demonstrate that your expertise is valued and recognised by professionals. This competitive edge should help you attract big crowds and run successful classes.

Becoming a member of the LeRoc Federation automatically entitles you to become a member of the UKA. You can then enjoy various benefits of UKA membership such as conferences, workshops, magazine, public liability insurance cover etc.

Join the Federation - contact one of our LeRoc Federation Examinations Officers today!

A fun, versatile teaching approach

A wide spectrum of methods are used for teaching LeRoc. It is often offered in a club style environment, taught in numbers of 100 plus and it lends itself well to this method as it is, after all, a club dance. It is great fun when learned and danced in a large group. In such classes the fast moving, party atmosphere must be maintained so teachers condense their instruction into skilful cueing of the moves.

A more academic approach can also be used, with greater attention to detail of footwork and technique through workshops and individual tuition.

The Federation recognises that both ends of the spectrum - whether just for party fun or in pursuit of championship perfection - are equally valid. We realise that when teachers want very large numbers through their doors they must tailor their teaching methods to suit the market. It is important for us, in The Federation, to remember that LeRoc is a fun, party dance and so we should keep a fun, social approach to our teaching.

Is The LeRoc Modern Jive Federation a franchise?

No. This is a misconception brought about by the existence of a number of other organisations and private companies which trade under various names such as Ceroc, LeJive, etc. Some of these attach specific conditions of trading to their teacher training courses. The LeRoc Modern Jive Federation however is non-profit making and was set up by independent teachers for independent teachers. Our condition of membership is a high level of professional expertise.

The UKA

The UKA (United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance), founded 1902, is a corporate member of the British Council of Ballroom Dancing and the Central Council of Physical Recreation. It has gained NVQ accreditation i.e. the government recognises the UKA as an examining body for the National Vocational Qualification. If you pass the entrance exam to join the LeRoc French Jive Federation this automatically entitles you to become a member of the UKA. You can then enjoy various benefits of UKA membership such as conferences, workshops, magazine, public liability insurance cover etc.

What if I am a member of another dance association?

Though joining the LeRoc Modern Jive Federation entitles you to join the UKA, if you are already a qualified teacher belonging to another recognised dance association then you can waive UKA membership and pay only the examination fee plus the Federation membership fee.

History

In 1991 a group of independent dance teachers joined together to promote 'LeRoc' as the generic term for this modern jive style. Informal meetings took place to develop new moves and exchange ideas. As the group gained momentum, a series of highly successful promotions attracted both new business to classes and interest from established dance bodies, especially the UKA. In 1996 LeRoc it was decided to create an examination system for teachers, so that the public could be assured of obtaining a high standard of teaching.

All members of the LeRoc Modern Jive Federation have passed an examination to ensure their teaching ability. If you are unsure if your teacher is qualified check the website for a list of currently registered teachers.