Jive can be known by many different names. It is sometimes called Swing, the Jitterbug, Lindy hop or the Charleston, although it is a completely different dance. These dances are all similar, and their steps are interconnected. Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated among African-Americans in the early 1940s.In Ballroom dancing, Jive is one of the five International Latin dances. The dance steps are actually derived originally from country dancing. this energetic dance started in New York and caught on across the country in the 40’s. The jazzy steps and moves of Jive is what make it so popular.

Jive can be done in a ballroom setting or with a swing band, making it a very versatile dance. The most noticeable aspect of jive it its speed.

Jive's music eventually developed its own flavor in the 1950's and 60's. It contains bouncy rhythms and easy melodies. In competitions, partners are often judged on the energy that they give to its performance, in addition to the steps. 


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