Tap, jazz, swing, and Lindy Hop came together in the 1930s and 1940s to create Jive, a challenging dance distinguished by its fast pace, high energy, and springing steps. Jive spread quickly from the U.S. to Europe, inspiring countless variations along the way. In 1960, three-time World Ballroom Champion Walter Laird designed the version of Jive found in professional ballrooms today: a vigorous, demanding dance that captivates audiences around the world.

Jive is one of the five International Latin dances.  A lively, and uninhibited variation of Jitterbug, many of its basic patterns are similar to those of East Coast Swing. However, Jive is much faster, and uses a lot of knee action.  Jive differs in that the count begins with the rock step, which is counted "1,2." The two triple steps are counted "3 and 4" and "5 and 6."  Originating in the United States in the 1940s, Jive was influenced by the Boogie, Rock & Roll, African/American Swing and Lindy Hop.  Jive is a very happy, boppy, energetic dance, with plenty of knee-lifting, bending, and rocking of the hips.  The fastest of the Latin dances, Jive incorporates lots of kicks and flicks, even twirling of the woman, and doesn't move around the dance floor like other dances.

Popular Jive songs: Workin For A Livin (Hewey Lewis & The News), Footloose (Kenny Loggins) and What I Like About You (The Romantics). 

Instructors: Michelle Kletz & Bumchin Tegshjargal

Click on the Spotify symbol to sample Jive music.

Core Steps: 4
Total Steps: 34
Total Course Hours:
Total Videos: 34
Languages: English

This program utilizes the Core Step System® method.

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