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Basic Jive Steps

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The basic step for Jive is based on a simple six beat sequence: 1-2-3-a-4-5-a-6. The count begins with the rock step (left foot step back, right foot in place), followed by the two triple steps (Chasse) that are counted: 3-a-4, 5-a-6.

The Rock Step is simply changing weight from one foot to the other, except that it is taking a little step back, instead of to the side. A chasse is a series of three steps to the side.

Instructions & Diagrams:

Jive is danced with the lady and man facing each other. The man's left hand loosely holds the lady's right hand. The man leads starting with his left foot and the lady follows his movements.

Basic Men's Steps

Basic Jive Steps for men
  1. Step back with your left foot (Rock step)
  2. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3. Sidestep to the left with your left foot (Chasse to the left)
  4. Move your right foot to your left foot
  5. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  6. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it (Chasse to the right)
  7. Sidestep to the right with your left foot
  8. Sidestep to the right with your right foot
Practice these steps until you are able to do them in time with music. Don't forget to count: 1-2-3-a-4-5-a-6.

Basic Lady's Steps

Basic Jive Steps for women
  1. Step forward with your right foot (Rock step)
  2. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3. Sidestep to the right with your right foot (Chasse to the right)
  4. Move your left foot to your right foot
  5. Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  6. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it (Chasse to the left)
  7. Sidestep to the left with your right foot
  8. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
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