Jive, brought over from America has been initially developed from a dance called "Jitterburg" by eliminating all its acrobatic elements and polishing the technique. The first description of Jive made by London dance teacher Victor Silvester was published in Europe in 1944. The Boogie, Rock & Roll and the American Swing also influenced this dance.

Jive is a very fast, energy-consuming dance. It is the last dance danced at the competitions, and dancers have to show that having dance four dances they are not tired yet and still ready to go hard at it.



  • American spin
  • Basic in place
  • Change of hands behind the back
  • Change of placed L to R
  • Change of places R to L
  • Chasses to L & R
  • Fallaway rock
  • Fallaway throw away
  • Kick ball change
  • Left shoulder shove
  • Link & link rock
  • Walks
  • Whip


  • Double cross whip
  • Reverse whip
  • Rolling off the arms
  • Spanish arms
  • Stop and go
  • Whip throwaway
  • Windmill


  • Change of places with ladies double spin
  • Chicken walks
  • Curly whip
  • Flicks into breaks
  • Overturned Change of places R to L
  • Simple spin
  • Toe heel swivels

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