How To Do The Jive

How to do the jive? What is the jive anyway? In ballroom dancing, the jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1940s. It was a popular dance among U.S. soldiers in Europe during World War II. The soldiers introduced the dance to the British, who developed their own version of the dance. Now, the jive is part of the International Latin category of ballroom dancing.

The jive is a form of swing dancing. It is a quick and lively dance and a fast version of the Jitterbugg style of swing dance. It contains many kicks, turns, and swings. With a tempo of about two hundred beats per minute, the rhythm of the dance is quick-quick-quick-quick-quick-quick. The dance starts with the partners holding each other’s hand and standing away from each other. Unlike typical ballroom dances do, it does not move around the dance floor.
Because the jive is a quick and lively dance, it is important to warm up first before dancing. In fact, you should always warm up and cool down before and after dancing using the appropriate exercises in order to prevent injury to your muscles and body.

The basic steps for the leader in the jive, traditionally the man, are as follows: steps straight back with the left foot, lift the right foot and then put it down again, step the left foot to the side, follow with the right foot, step to the side with the left foot, lift the right foot and then place it down again, place the right foot to the side, follow with the left foot, pick up the right foot and move it to the side, and step back with the left foot. The follower does the mirror image of what the leader does.

Congratulations! You have just learned how to do the jive.

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