What does our jive dance look like?
Let’s begin by tracking down where jive. The term “Jive” originated from Europe! It is only a variety of the American’s Jitterbug at the time of World War II.
In ballroom dancing, the jive is a dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930s. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance. Many of its basic patterns are similar to these of the East Coast Swing with the major difference of highly syncopated rhythm of the Triple Steps. American soldiers brought Lindy Hop/Jitterbug to Europe in 1940s, where this dance swiftly found a following among the young. In the United States the term Swing became the most common word used to describe the dance as swing jive. The term “jive” is said to be adopted in the UK.
Jive is breath-taking and requires great stamina. The quickness of the music concludes the rhythm and the number of steps to take. It is usually reserved for the finale part of dancing competitions. The early nature of swing jive dancing revolves with the woman swirling around her partner with mixture of acrobatic moves such as lifting, dropping and dipping. As time passed by, the dance involves less foot effort but various partner twisting.
Since jive is a version of swing, the different styles of swing are also applied to jive dancing with slight timing variations. Examples of swing styles are the Balboa which involves more foot works and less body movements. Boogie Woogie danced by couples with two walk steps and two triple steps around a rock n’ roll music. And, Shag. Which in older style lets the man take the lead and show off while the woman is working on the basics but at the present women also take the floor and shine.