“Evangelism is a sin”, source: Ignorance Paradox.
We all have our own preferences and ideas of how people ought to behave. I am not keen on telling others how they should do things. This however is a guide to my way of looking at the dance scene.
We are trying to create the friendliest most welcoming dance club in the region. For that to happen we have to jump on problems early rather than let issues get out of hand.
We dance in close quarters with one another. I always brush my teeth before I set out and wear a little deodorant. Some bring a change of clothes. After a few dances do the sniff under the armpits test.
Dance with all. Everyone. A very dim view is taken of those that refuse to dance with someone. That does not mean that it is fine to ask someone three times in one night. Unless you have danced with everyone else three times already that night. If you tell someone “Don’t dance with her/him” then you will be publicly shamed. That is bullying and outright unacceptable in Max Jive. If there is valid reason to refuse to dance with someone then let a member of staff know and they will address the problem. I have never refused to dance with someone, not once, never in twenty years of dancing. If people know that they won’t be turned down, they become less shy about asking people for a dance. Do not abuse this though. I repeat, asking someone for dance after dance is not always welcome.
Dress to impress is ideal, but there is no dress code. Invest in a few new things to wear. It helps.
For a start this is dancing not dating. Kissing is fraught with dangers. Some like to be kissed. Some really do not. Some seem to be fine with it, but they just don’t want to make a fuss. Being over familiar will be clamped down on. Use your discretion and be careful.
Leans, dips, and drops are often performed. Aerial moves are not permitted. Never perform a lean without asking first. Simply say “Lean?” beforehand. Some have bad backs and can’t do leans. Never begin the lean until you feel the lead, else you will end up in a pile on the floor. Correct methods will be taught in great detail for those wanting to do them.
If you stumble on a magnificent track, then post it on the Instagram account max_jive. The music is varied. From fast tracks, modern funky, 80’s, rock to blues for slow expressive dancing.
The aim is to find that balance between having fun and taking it seriously. In particular, we need the followers to follow. To make that happen, one on one remedial work will be carried out. Nobody likes being criticized. Whilst that is the case, some small changes will make your dancing improve a lot. You will feel it. You will understand dance much more.
Some have recommended don’t drink and dance. I say what better thing is there than dancing, having a few beers, great music and having fun. Most come to the conclusion that in life moderation is key.
The Plough Inn, Stoke Lacy, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4HG
Easy access off the A465 main Bromyard - Hereford road. 30 mins from Worcester.
Drinks available at the bar - please don't bring your own. Great food if you want a meal before/after.
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