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Ballroom Jive

In Ballroom dancing, Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1940s. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance. Glenn Miller introduced his own jive dance in 1938 with the song “Doin’ the Jive” which never caught on.

Jive is one of the five International Latin dances. In competition it is danced at a speed of 176 beats per minute, although in some cases this is reduced to between 128 and 160 beats per minute.

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 (Chasses), which use straight eighths in ECS and hard swing in Jive.

The basic step is a six beat pattern, comprising eight weight changes.


4 beats in each bar (measure)


1, 2, 3 a4, 5 a6


42-44 beats per minute



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°American Spin
°Back Basic
°Change of Hands Behind Back
°Change of Places Left to Right
°Change of Places Right to Left
°Chicken Walks
°Curly Whip
°Fallaway Rock
°Fallaway Throwaway
°Hip Bump
°Miami Special
°Reverse Whip
°Rolling Off The Arm
°Shoulder Spin
°Simple Spin
°Spanish Arms
°Stalking Walks, Flicks and Break
°Stop and Go
°Toe Heel Swivels
°Walks (Triple Count)
°Whip Throwaway





Dance Steps