Danny and Jodie Fail to Turn-Up to Jive Event

July 2, 2006

Author: Jon is one of the longest established MJ Organisers in the S West, operating as Jive Magic. In adiition he is the web-master of UK-Jive.co.uk, the leading MJ website.

Strictly Dance Fever finalists Jodie Binsteed and Danny Last failed to turn-up to an event they’d been booked to perform at. Booked to perform cabaret at Jive Magic’s June freestyle, organisers Jenn and Jon White had no option but to refund customers’ money after the dance duo failed to turn up.

“I was a little worried just prior to the event”, said Jon. “We’d been unable to get in-touch with Danny or Jodie all day. All we could do was leave voicemails on their answerphone. By the time our customers started to arrive, we were calling them every 10 minutes, trying to get hold of them.”

Jon continued, “By 9.30, it was pretty obvious they weren’t going to turn up so I stood-up on stage and made the announcement to a disappointed crowd of dancers.”

“Over the last two years, Jenn (my wife) and I have booked many of the top dancers from Strictly Come Dancing and Strictly Dance Fever, including Anton and Erin, Darren and Lilia, Ian and Camilla, Paul and Natasha, plus Joseph and Sadie. In each case, it’s been a real pleasure meeting these fantastically talented people and our Cardiff dancers have really enjoyed seeing their performances. Dealing with Danny and Jodie however has been a real disappointment and really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. We had so many people looking forward to seeing them.”

Jon conceded, “It’s unlikely we’ll book any more professionals for our events.” Having not yet received any explanation from Danny or Jodie as to why they didn’t turn-up, Jon has set-up a new web site for the Cardiff dancers to follow his attempts at receiving an explanation.

You can find out more by visiting: http://www.jodiebinsteed.co.uk


Blitz lose Prize Club – Follow Up

May 25, 2006

Following on from our previous news flash

A new team has taken over running freestyles and club nights at Bowden’s Cinnamon Club in dramatic fashion.


Blitz has run its club night at the venue for over ten years, recently on Tuesday and Thursday nights, with the occasional freestyle. Blitz is the dominant MJ organisation in the north of England, running nights at around 12 venues.


On Saturday April 29, about 10 minutes before its midnight finish, two ex-Blitz employees, Claire and Rak Kapur and their son, flanked by the venue’s security staff, entered the freestyle and handed out fliers to the 80+ dancers attending.


The fliers promoted “Cinnamon Jive’, taking over Blitz’s established Tuesday and Thursday nights at the venue. Fliers also had been placed dancers’ car windscreens in the car park.

About the same time, Blitz venue manager, Suzzanne, was called to the office of Cinnamon Club’s manager. She was told that Blitz’s agreement was cancelled with immediate effect and that the Cinnamon Club would be taking over the nights.


Within days, an email was sent to many Blitz customers, informing them of the changes and promoting Cinnamon Jive.


Dancers attending the freestyle criticised the way the changes were announced. "In all the years I've been coming here I've hardly ever seen the security guards. Tonight they came in like the Gestapo … it was very intimidating. I've no doubt they were there for the benefit of the team handing out the flyers, not for the benefit of the customers,” one dancer said.

The attitude of the new team handing out flyers was also criticised. A Blitz crew member said: "I was most disgusted and shocked on how this takeover has been done. I was there on Saturday when it all happened and felt that (Blitz Franchisees) Rob and Suzanne handled it with professionalism and grace. Which was most different from Claire and Rak attitude which was to me over the top and like "up yours".’

Cinnamon Club Director Neil Hughes explained the reasons behind its takeover of the club. In his eyes, Blitz had brought the problems on itself. It hadn't entered into a formal contract with the Cinnamon Club and, in his opinion, had not managed the venue well. This was evidenced by the numerous changes of franchisee managers in 2006 and customer complaints.

Mr Hughes said he was totally legitimate in protecting 'his' customers by taking the club over and putting his staff in to the run the nights. When asked about why he was putting in staff that Blitz had allegedly sacked for poor performance and customer complaints, he said that that was Blitz's opinion, not his.

Blitz declined to comment on this story.


On8 will be publishing an editorial about this incident and the current competitive state of the Modern Jive Buisness in the coming week


Breaking News – Blitz kicked out of home club

May 1, 2006

In a shock move last Saturday (29/4), the Blitz organisation lost its prime venue, the Cinnamon Rooms in Bowden.  This club was the genesis for Modern Jive in the North West and has been in Blitz’s hand for around 10 years.  In an unprecedented move, the owners of the venue, The Cinnamon Club, cancelled the contract with no warning, bringing in a team of ex-Blitz crew to run the Jive nights for them. 

At the time of writing there is no confirmation of who will be the resident teachers nor what response Blitz will be taken.  The impact on dancers is unclear at the moment though eye-witnesses reported several Blitz crew members being visibly upset by the surprise change. 

On8 is currently contacting all parties to establish the facts before publishing a full report next Saturday, including a full account of the events on the night, which included two security guards being involved!

News and Rumours – April

April 8, 2006

Well, first of all lets start with the latest BIG rumour we’ve heard. Apparently the word being passed round is that Ceroc HQ have bought all the LeRoc clubs in Bristol for £3m!!! Amazing news, would be even more amazing if there was any truth in it. That is more than it is believed it cost to buy the WHOLE of Ceroc™ when it was sold by its founders in 2004. The other slight flaw in the story is that LeRoc is loose federation of individual clubs, not a single organisation … oh, that and the fact that all the aforementioned clubs are still being run as LeRoc !

So … other rumours? I’ve been reliably informed that the entire Blitz organisation has been sold on to a key franchisee and that Ceroc Nantwich has been sold on … of course these two rumours are as factual as the rumour that Elvis has been spotted and is setting up a Modern Jive club in Accrington, playing only his greatest hits!


Any proper rumours?

Ceroc’s move into the Weekender market has caused a bit of a stir. After the huge success of their STORM weekender, the word on the street is that Ceroc will be putting on 8 weekenders next year. If true this is sure to have an impact on the current market. Apparently the number of weekenders is only limited by the amount of meteorological words that can be used (current events have been names ‘Storm’ and ‘Breeze’).

We are anticipating, ‘Gale Force 7’, Tornado, ‘Mild Flatulence’ and ‘El Nino’ with sponsorship coming from Tums. However, in coming to the 8, its unclear whether this number while include Ceroc’s existing portfolio of events including MJC, Rebel Yell and the Ceroc Spain weekenders.


On the southern scene, major changes at Jango …. Well actually it’s a case of back to the beginning. DJ TWK is moving on to do his own thing (Funky Lush) after a year of so of DJing at this Monday uber-club. At the same time the much loved Will & Kate teaching team are stepping down. This paves the way for Amir, the originator of Jango to return to running the venture. He will be teaching with Kate with DJ Sheepman manning the decks. May the fun continue.


Anticipation builds for the Ceroc Championships. There are many looking forward to the rematch of newcomers Simon Rich & Nicole v the established champion couple Phil & Yuko. This mouth-watering competition should be made even more interesting if Will and Kate are entering. There is still the possibility for an unknown couple to emerge from obscurity and produce an upset. The awesome Scottish couple, James and Melanie are also a force to be reckoned with.

As usual, if you hear anything interesting or you are in a position to confirm or rubbish a rumour, pleased feel free to contact us at On8.co.uk