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Jive

Author:
Dance History
Date Published:
February 5, 2004

Jive

Jive, brought over from America has been initially developed from a dance called "Jitterburg" by eliminating all its acrobatic elements and polishing the technique. The first description of Jive made by London dance teacher Victor Silvester was published in Europe in 1944. The Boogie, Rock & Roll and the American Swing also influenced this dance.

Jive is a very fast, energy-consuming dance. It is the last dance danced at the competitions, and dancers have to show that having dance four dances they are not tired yet and still ready to go hard at it.

Syllabus:

Bronze

American spin
Basic in place
Change of hands behind the back
Change of placed L to R
Change of places R to L
Chasses to L & R
Fallaway rock
Fallaway throw away
Kick ball change
Left shoulder shove
Link & link rock
Walks
Whip
Silver

Double cross whip
Reverse whip
Rolling off the arms
Spanish arms
Stop and go
Whip throwaway
Windmill
Gold

Change of places with ladies double spin
Chicken walks
Curly whip
Flicks into breaks
Overturned Change of places R to L
Simple spin
Toe heel swivels