In 1987 Jim was dismayed to find that Big Ballrooms filled with beautiful music and happy people sadly no longer existed in the South West. He decided to do something about it and presented his first dance with recorded music on 20 May 1989. To help the dances to appeal to the widest range of people he developed the formula he grew up with when playing piano accordion and trumpet in a band for Dartmoor village socials in the 50s. Here dancing for fun as best you could was everything and 'strict technique' was unheard of!

Now 20 years later, Jim's considerably upgraded “Big Ballroom Mixed Social Dances” still retain the fun elements of a village knees up and attract both singles and couples of all ages and dance abilities. Ballroom, Rock and Roll, Latin, Popular Sequence, Line, Olde Tyme, Barn and Party Mixers are all danced in one fun evening and those who arrive without a partner can be sure they will not be left sitting out for very long. Excellent weekly attendances, plus the hundreds now happily coupled, or even married, after first meeting at “Jim’s”, is testament indeed to the success and quality of his highly popular mixed social dances.

If you are a couple or single, fairly new to dancing or have been doing it for years, do get along to one of Jim’s Candlelight Dances. A warm welcome awaits you.

Jim’s weekly dances alternate between Exeter and Plymouth. The Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, EX1 1BU, has a beautiful new cushioned oak ballroom floor just asking to be danced on, plus excellent full bar facilities with tea and coffee always available.

On alternate Saturdays, Jim can be found in Plymouth at the City College, Kings Road. Devonport, PL1 5QG. Again a fabulous venue where he creates just the right atmosphere with his own special lighting, trademark ruby table candles and beautiful mix of high quality music.

Jim’s partner, Trish, with help from friends Olympeas and Dennis, run a fine refreshment bar offering tea/coffee, soft drinks, cakes, hugs & kisses! All refreshment bar proceeds go to the PDSA Animal Charity.  If you fancy something stronger you are very welcome to bring your own tipple, but only at Plymouth please!

For more information see his entry on the Database of Information page or contact him on: 01626 335123.
Jim Fursdon

Jim & Trish