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Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop

The Jive that most people think of, the one that is danced at family parties and weddings is generally Rock 'n' Roll Jive.

Jive video

Danced to great, well-known tunes from the likes of Bill Halley and Elvis Presley the Jive is still enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide. Jive has always been a dance of the times. As musical tastes have changed, so has the style of the dance while retaining its inherent structure and its universal appeal. Whatever your musical tastes, there is a style of Jive of suit you from the Lindy Hop of the 20’s, through the Jitterbug and Boogie Woogie of the 30’s, the Swing of the 40’s,to the Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 50’s and 60’s and French Jive, often referred to as 'Modern' 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. The Swing was made popular in the big-band era, this jumpin’, jivin’, spinnin’, kickin’ dance can also be found at weddings, clubs, blues bars, and the big screen. Movies like Swing Kids and Swingers made swing dancing all the rage! The Lindy Hop is a dance based on the popular Charleston and named for Charles Lindbergh’s Atlantic crossing in 1927. It evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920’s and '30s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap and breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family. Boogie Woogie of the 30’s, the Swing of the 40’s,to the Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 50’s and 60’s and French Jive, often referred to as 'Modern' Jive.

Song examples:

  • Jump, Jive, An’ Wail - Louis Prima
  • Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
  • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
  • Hit the Road Jack – Buster Poindexter
  • In the Mood – Glenn Miller
  • Pick a Bale of Cotton – Lonnie Donogan