Spotlight: Jive Dance

 Really energetic dance!

Really energetic dance!

Jive is a form of ballroom dancing which originated in the United States among African-Americans in the 1930s. It is danced in 4/4 time and was showcased in front of public in 1934 by Cab Calloway. Jive dance is a natural and dynamic variation of the Jitterbug which is a form of swing dance. Jive is one among the five international Latin dances which is danced at a pace of 176 beats per minute in competition. During 1930s and 1940s, Jive was a mode to symbolize smooth or foolish conversation to the players of swing music.

The basic steps of Jive dance include six beat pattern which comprise of eight weight modifications such as

1st and 2nd Steps to the left
3rd and 4th steps to the right and
5th and 6th steps are rock steps in which left foot is stepped back and right foot is also used. Generally, male partner is the leader in Jive Dance.

Since Jive Dance is very energetic, all the steps must be full of energy. It is started by placing both feet together. Each count is stressed in Jive dance. The right foot is made of leap and the left knee is brought up and stepped back once. The knee is leaped and brought up and a forward step is taken. Subsequent step is taken to the left and then pursue towards right. The same steps are replicated. You must emphasize your jumps. The hips are also made to move while side to side movements. Each step is led by bending of the knees. The steps of the female or following dancer are copied.

If you’re in the New York City area, check out the dance classes and tutors on HeyKiki. We can assist in finding the perfect choreography tutoring for you.

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