The International Jive is a dance style that originated in the United States with African-American social dances in the early 1930s. The jive is the only International Latin dance with roots based on swing dancing, specifically the Jitterbug. While many of jive's basic patterns are similar to the East Coast Swing, the jive has a faster rhythm at 44 measures per minute, higher kicks, and more complex footwork. Jive is a high energy, fun, and infectious dance that makes it perfect for parties and social events.
Jive is a popular dance for lots of social gatherings like weddings, cruises, country club events, and social dance parties. Many popular songs, including rock-and-roll and pop, are perfect for dancing jive socially, or a slow version of the jive called single-time swing. Jive can also be a competitive Latin dance, and can often be seen in performances such as Dancing with the Stars.
Ways to Learn Jive at Arete Dance Center
Jive is one of the four dances we teach in our Introduction to Ballroom Series, along with Waltz, Foxtrot, and Cha Cha. We continue to teach the jive through all of our group classes as you move up the levels, giving more advanced routines and technique as you progress.
If you are just interested in learning the jive on its own, we recommend a private lesson with one of our professional dance instructors.