This monthly party at the Rivoli ballroom is one not to be missed. If you enjoy live music, dancing and generally having a good time in an interesting venue then this night is ticking all the boxes!
Doors open at 8 with a beginners Jive lesson starting at 8.30pm, so if you’ve never jived before you need not worry. There were a large amount of people taking part in the lesson on our recent visit, this did make it tricky to see the moves you were being taught in detail but we managed to pick up enough to give it a good go.
After the lesson you’re left to your own devices, so with what you’ve learned you can attempt to dance the night away. There’s a wide range of both ages and abilities here and you don’t need to have your own partner, although for a novice like me it was nice to be able to dance with someone I knew! The dancing is great fun, but equally enjoyable is watching those that have clearly jived many a time do their thing.
The venue is a real gem, an original 1950’s ballroom, you have the feeling of stepping back in time or into a film set when you enter the Rivoli. The large sprung dancefloor has a small stage at one end and is set against a back drop of large chandeliers, glitter balls and red velvet walls.
There’s a live band with DJs filling in and a music policy of Jive, Swing and original R&B. All in all, a top night out.
Jive Party, Rivoli Ballroom Brockley Road London SE4 2BY. Monthly on Saturday’s 8pm-1am