Daily Archives: June 10, 2017

Jive X at Larkhall Village, Nottingham

Larkhall Village, New Rise, Nottingham NG11 8BF.   (Off Nottingham Road, Clifton)

The first thing to say is two of us making our way to the club got lost.  Partly our own fault because we have not seen the map on the web site, partly the club’s fault because the map isn’t on a page marked MAP in big letters for idiots like me (go to this page and click on the event you want and then scroll down), and partly because my Sat Nav is out of date.

Fortunately the site is near one of the university buildings in the city, and some passing students took pity on an old timer and whipped out their mobiles and had the directions in a trice.

Larkhall Village is a new development of housing for older people, and it is a magnificent development – well thought through, right next to the tram stop, which itself has a large carpark that can be used by dancers.

The dance area itself is superb: a brilliant floor, a superb room, a bar next door, the look and feel of the whole place is terrific – as it should be from a modern, new environment. The only issue at the moment is the same problem that faces all new clubs – the numbers.  I have no doubt the club will grow, but for the moment (June 2017) the numbers are small.

Certainly other clubs in the area have grown from humble beginnings, and I have no doubt this one will as well.  But there is one virtue with small numbers – everyone gets involved and everyone dances with everyone else.

One other positive about the club is that there is a desire to put on dances when no one else is doing so.  Sometimes of course it can’t be helped – and the night I went coincided with another event in Nottingham, plus the Southport weekend, but most of the time there are no rival attractions locally and this helps.

  • Air conditioning: 5 out of 5.  Seemed the right temperature throughout to me.
  • Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 – everyone I met was friendly and welcoming.  In this regard the numbers to help because everyone works together to make it a good night.
  • Do ladies ask men: 5 out of 5.  Yes indeed.  I was asked as much as I asked.
  • Facilities: 5 out of 5.  It’s got a bar in the next room, places to sit outside if you want to chill, and it is all smart and clean.
  • Free water: Yes
  • Friendliness: 5 out of 5 for the Ceroc crew, and everyone I met there.
  • Location: 2 out of 5 – this is the problem of finding the place.  Indeed even after we found it, we couldn’t quite work out where to park and how to get from the tram stop to the venue.  But this is a minor point – you find it in the end, and of course there are other people around the ask..
  • Music: More than 4 out of 5.  Varied and different.  Not always to my taste, but still very acceptable indeed.
  • Parking: 4 out of 5.  Big free carpark which of an evening is fairly empty – it is there for commuters.   Because I can never work these things out, I wanted a big sign up that says “Larkhall Village this way”.
  • Space: 5 out of 5 – for now there is more than enough.  Might get crowded if it catches on.
  • Venue overall: 5 out of 5.  Excellent – if the numbers do start to turn up as I expect, then this will be a place to put on your dance agenda every time it is open.

 

Jiving as a way a living

Jiving is not just dancing – it is a description of a way of life.  A way of living that values creativity and endlessly questions the way we are told the world has to be.

One can jive through dancing, and through the way one sees the world.  And the two are of course linked – the more you dance the more you are likely to change the way you see the world.

The first part of this project – writing about dance and dance clubs is well under way.

The second part – the series “A woman asked me to dance” has also got going.  It expresses an artistic response to jiving – the dance.

Now for part three – how jiving is an expression of a way of living one’s life that is liberating, exciting and eventful.

In this third part I want to try and express the view that the world is not something that is out there and happening to us.  Rather the dominant force in the way we live is the way we see the world.

The problem is that most of us there is a perception that this is the world, and this is my place in it.  Here I want to try and show that this is not right.  The world can be anything you want it to be.  I want to show this through every day events and through how one can change the world in which one lives.

In this regard this web site is about having a good life.  Doing what you want to do, staying fit and healthy, not letting other people push you around, being a strong and independent person.

We’ve taken “Jiving” as the name, because jiving, the dance, embodies such a lifestyle, and it is one thing that those of us involved with the site do, and it is something that enjoy.

But also it symbolises a whole approach to life – a way of being that says, no matter what your age, what your background, you can get up and get involved.  You have the power and opportunity to be what you want.

Of course this view of the world takes in a million different actions and activities, and it is going to take a long time to build this site up into something that reflects this fully.

There is an index to all the articles on jiving, jive clubs and the like, here.

And because we’ve only just started the notion of articles about other issues in life, those articles will be listed below.  They will cover all sorts of issues from life.  The aim is to add several each week – and they might seem quite random, but put together they will represent a choice in the way you see the world and react to it.

Well, that’s the aim.