All About the Dance Jive

The Jive is one the fastest dance of all five Latin dances, the Jive has a lively variation to the jitterbug and some basic patterns of the east coast swing, both the jive and the east coast swing consist of two steps and a rock step.

But the Jive starts in the count with the rock step first that’s counted three and four and five and six. Jive is a up beat dance that uses at lot of knee bending, lifting and twirling of the woman, rocking of the hips and lots of kicks. The Jive doesn’t move all over the dance floor even though it appears that way, the dancer’s actually keep their feet tucked well under their body’s with there knee’s close together. Jive can be danced to variety of up beat music including the blues, swing Chart Hits, Disco, Latin, Rock’n’Roll, Rhythm’n’Blues, Swing, Boogie-Woogie, Salsa etc.. Whatever style you prefer to use.

In 1942, an American soldier brought back the dance the lindy hop and jitterbug to Europe the two dance’s found a following among the younger generation. The term swing in the united states became the most common word used to describe the word dance. The UK techniques led to dance styles such as boogie-woogie and the swing. Then merging into the genetic term the Jive. English instructors developed the elegant and lively ballroom Jive, danced to slightly slower music. In 1968 the jive was adopted into the international Latin dance competitions.

The modern form of ballroom jive in the 1990s-present, is a very happy and boppy dance, the lifting of knees and the bending or rocking of the hips often occurs. The jive originated in the United States in the early 1930’s by the African Americans. The dance the jive is a variation between the jitterbug and the swing dance.

In 1934 Cab Calloway presented the dance the jive to the public, In 1968 the Jive was adopted as the fifth Latin dance competition. A good thing about learning the dance jive it’s fun especially if it’s partner dancing, Dancing Jive is a fitness, learning, dance and social event all rolled into one. Jive is a wonderful form of cardiovascular exercise,half hour of DANCING Jive will burn as many as 200-400 calories. That’s an equivalent amount to exercises like cycling, swimming or power walking. Jive increases your heart rate, helps you burn more calories, tones your muscles, and when your muscles are toned they help you lose weight.

Source by Amanda S Gilleland

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