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How to Dance Jive

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# Beginner Guides

Jive is a high-energy and fun Latin dance that is a staple of the international ballroom dance scene. It is characterized by its fast footwork and energetic movements, as well as its use of quick turns and kicks. Here is a breakdown of the basic steps and timing for dancing the International Latin jive.

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Breakdown of Basic Steps

Leader

1. The basic step is counted 123a45a6 (QQQaQQaQ). Step back on the left foot on count one, rocking forward to replace your weight to the right foot on count two.

2. Take a small step side on count three with the left foot.

3. On 'a' , close the right foot to the left foot.

4. On four, take another small step side with the left foot.

5. On five, take a small step side with the right foot.

6. On 'a', close the left foot to the right foot.

7. On 6, take a small step side with the left foot.

8. Begin again!

Follower

Step back on the left foot on count one, rocking forward to replace your weight to the right foot on count two.

2. Take a small step side on count three with the left foot.

3. On 'a' , close the right foot to the left foot.

4. On four, take another small step side with the left foot.

5. On five, take a small step side with the right foot.

6. On 'a', close the left foot to the right foot.

7. On 6, take a small step side with the left foot.

8. Begin again!

Timing

  1. Jive is danced to music with a fast, energetic tempo, typically around 160-180 beats per minute. It is danced to music with a 4/4 timing.

  2. Jive is counted 1-6, 1-8, or with slows and quicks, where a slow represents two beats, and a quick represents one beat.

In addition to the basic steps and timing, jive also involves the use of quick turns and kicks to add energy and flair to the dance. The man and woman can turn individually or together, using the momentum of their turns to add excitement to the dance.

Remember, jive is a dance that is all about energy and fun. As you practice these basic steps and timing, try to let the music guide your movements and let your body express the high-energy mood of the dance. With practice and patience, you'll be well on your way to becoming a confident and skilled jive dancer.

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