Jive developed from the popular American dances of the 1930’s such as Boogie-Woogie, East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Rock “n” Roll, Shag, etc. Eventually, all of these styles of dance would be coupled under the umbrella of “Jive”, but in the 1940’s a combination of these styles was given the name “Jive” and the dance was born.
American C.I’s took this style of dance to Europ during World War II. It was an excitingly fresh and contemporary dance that became very popular especially among the young dancer at this time. French dancers adapted the Hustle which became very popular in Britain. Eventually, in the year ’68, the international competition adopted the dance as the fifth Latin Dance. The contemporary form of Jive is very “boppy” and joyful and incorporates many flicks & kicks.
Jive is composed of the same six and eight count pattern of East Cost swing. The music is written in 4/4 time and should be played at a tempo of about 38-44 bars per minute.
The Jive dance is a spot dance that does not move along the Line of Dance. International Jive Style is characterised by relaxed and spring action with lots of flicks and kicks in the advanced style.