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Did you know this about The Jive

In Ballroom dancing, Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930's.

It was originally presented to the public as 'Jive' in 1934 by Cab Calloway. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance. Glenn Miller introduced his own jive dance in 1938 with the song "Doin' the Jive" which never caught on.

Jive is one of the five International Latin dances. In competition it is danced at a speed of 176 beats per minute, although in some cases this is reduced to between 128 and 160 beats per minute.

Many of its basic patterns are similar to these of the East Coast Swing with the major difference of highly syncopated rhythm of the Triple Steps (Chasses), which use straight eighths in ECS and hard swing in Jive.

To jazz musicians who were the players of swing music in the 1930s and 1940s "Jive" was an expression denoting glib or foolish talk.

American soldiers brought Lindy Hop/Jitterbug to Europe around 1942, where this dance swiftly found a following among the young. In the United States the term Swing became the most common word used to describe the dance. In the UK variations in technique led to styles such as Boogie-Woogie and Swing Boogie, with "Jive" gradually emerging as the generic term.

After the war, the boogie became the dominant form for popular music. It was, however, never far from criticism as a foreign, vulgar dance. The famous ballroom dancing guru, Alex Moore, said that he had "never seen anything uglier". English instructors developed the elegant and lively ballroom Jive, danced to slightly slower music. In 1968 it was adopted as the fifth Latin dance in International competitions. The modern form of ballroom jive in the 1990s-present, is a very happy and boppy dance, the lifting of knees and the bending or rocking of the hips often occurs.

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Beginners ballroom dancing - The Jive

The five basic Jive steps we teach, will allow you to create your own Cha Cha dance routine by simply varying the step sequence. In fact, many experienced dancers enjoy this lesson, since, it gives them the opportunity to brush up on their technique and posture. It is always worth remembering: it is not the number of steps you know that will impress other dancers; it is how well you are able to dance the steps that is more important. To watch brief video clips of each of the steps and the full routine, please click the links, below.

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Jive lesson for the more experienced dancer

To keep our ballroom dance classes fresh and interesting, we periodically change the dance routine to include new steps or variations on existing steps. To watch brief video clips of each of the Jive dance steps or the complete dance routine, please click the links, below.

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Routines using the above steps: Routine 1.
Ballroom Dance Timetable
January 2017
9, 16, 23
30
February
6, 13
20, 27
March
4
Spring Dance
6
13, 20, 27
April
3, 10
17
Closed - Holiday
24
May
1
Closed - Holiday
8, 15, 22
29
Closed - Holiday
June
5, 12, 19
26
July
3, 10
17, 24, 31
August
7, 14, 21
28
Closed - Holiday
September
4, 11, 18
25
October
2, 9
14
Autumn Dance
16, 23, 30
November
6, 13, 20
27
December
4, 11
18
Xmas Party
25
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