Monday 22 May 2017

Jive talkin'- how the oldest dance in town is swinging back into action

Rachel Lavin investigates country and western jiving, the new youth dance craze sweeping the nation

Give us a twirl: Rachel Lavin has fun at a jive dance class taught by country dance instructor Niall Doorhy in Roscommon town. Photo: Brian Farrell
Give us a twirl: Rachel Lavin has fun at a jive dance class taught by country dance instructor Niall Doorhy in Roscommon town. Photo: Brian Farrell
'In large parts of rural Ireland, young people are coming to the country music scene in their droves. It seems country and western jiving is the new dance craze'

Rachel Lavin

Two steps, spin, unwrap your lady, and above all else, 'keep her lit'! These are the instructions being directed to me as I weave myself into a tangled knot of arms and misplaced boot, a twirl of check print shirts and confused expressions.

I've come to the Quad Centre in Roscommon town for a lesson in country and western jiving, taught by a very patient instructor, Niall Doorhy, to a class of more than 30 eager jivers.

Now, if only I didn't keep tangling myself up in their instructor.

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