The Jive

Hip rocking and foot flicking

This video course includes teaching from Kevin and Joanne Clifton covering the Basic Step, The Windmill, Change of Place, American Spin, Stop & Go, Drunken Sailors, Kicks & Flicks, The Twist, Routine Breakdown and a Routine Demonstration.

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A happy, bouncy, uninhibited dance

Release energy and have some fun

Social Jive is a happy, bouncy, uninhibited dance with rock steps and triple steps (chasses), with plenty of hip rocking and knee lifting for the energetic. This foot pounding action accents the 2/4 and 4/4 rhythms used.

It is a stationary, non- progressive dance characterised by strong leads, pushes, pulls, kicks and flicks and underarm turns.

The Jive is a great social dance that allows couples to release energy and have some fun. Figures are lifted from each of the hybrid versions of Jive according to age, ability or competition rules.

Perfect to pair up

Grab a friend or loved one and get put your best feet forward as you learn to dance

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Kev is a complete joy to learn from! His ability to break things down into layman’s terms, so it doesn’t feel too overwhelming, is so impressive. His patience and kindness are testament to how capable he is as a teacher. All hail King Kev!

- Stacey Dooley

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Here since the late thirties

The Jive emerged in the late thirties and early forties and really took hold in the 50’s. It is believed that its early origins are from Afro-American roots and brought to the fore by big bands like Cab Calloway.

American soldiers brought the dance to Europe in the 40’s and various versions included the Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie and Swing, all played at medium to fast speeds and including leaps, throws and gymnastic moves as a kind of freedom from the trauma of conflict.

Where it all started

Jive became the UK’s generic term for the dance, a word possibly lifted from the African glib or foolish way of talking meaning fun.

The Brits calmed the music down and eliminated the throws to make the dance more socially acceptable and accessible but the advent of rock n roll music allowed the dance to continue in its fast and acrobatic forms.

In 1968 the competition world adopted it as one of the five Latin American dances where it is now universally danced at around 44 bars per minute. Socially, the chasse is retained in preference to kicks and it is danced at a slower speed.