Jive Instructional Video
Ballroom Dance Video Instructions
Jive evolved from early swing dances like the Boogie-Woogie and the Jitterbug. During WWII American soldiers introduced it to Europe, especially UK, where it became very popular with the youth. In 1968 it was added as the fifth Latin dance in International competitions.
Jive is generally danced to music with four beats to the bar that usually contains bouncy rhythms and easy melodies. The basic step (for men) starts with a rock step (changing weight from one foot to the other) followed by triple step to the left (Left, Right, Left) and triple step to the right (Right, Left, Right). The lady mirrors the man. The timing is - 1, 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6.
In the following video, Louis and irina will show you the basic steps and moves: