Modern Jive, is like a fusion of salsa, jive and swing...
Watching Modern Jive, is like a fusion of salsa, jive and swing, it is commonly danced to any four-beat rhythm, which means that the musical options
are extremely diverse. In any one freestyle session, the music played may include chart songs, classics, or something with a Latin twist. The songs can
range from slow to quick and lively. The basic step remains the same, allowing for the moves to be stylised to suit the music choice.
The male partner leads in Modern Jive while the lady follows; both roles require very different but complimentary skills. 'Leads' should able to think
on their feet and communicate their intentions to their partner effectively. 'Follows' are asked to keep the tension and contact with their partners so
that they can correctly interpret the lead.
The Modern Jive 'basic' step involves stepping back on one foot, transferring the weight, then returning to parallel, repeating and alternating between
feet. The partners face toward each other and generally keep at least one hand connected. This allows for the 'conversation' between lead-and-follow. Due
to this, the 'basic' step can be embellished, adding arm styling, accentuating hip movements, body facing, adding spins, dips and lifts.
Why Modern Jive? More than just a lesson, our classes are a great night out. There is a very social element to Modern Jive, with regular dance parties
and informal social events.
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