International Latin Jive

International Latin Jive
Brief Description
The Jive is a dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the 1930's. It was originally presented to the public in 1934 by Cab Calloway. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance. English instructors developed the elegant and lively Ballroom Jive, danced to slightly slower music. In 1968 it was adopted as the fifth Latin dance in International competitions.
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar) 
42 - 44 Bars Per Minute
Basic Rhythm
1234 1234 1234
Accented Second and Fourth Beat 
Timing & Beat Values
The Jive chasse is timed QaQ and is sometimes counted 3a4. A dance constructed using these chasses is usually referred to as Triple Jive. 
Two different constructions are used. The first and most fundamental is based on 1 1/2 bars of musicians consists of two steps timed QQ followed by two Jive chasses ted QaQ QaQ.
The second construction is based on one bar of music and consists of two steps timed QQ, followed by one Jive chasse timed QaQ.
The timing and beat values associated with each construction are:
 Step Step Chasse Chasse 
 TimingQaQ QaQ 
 Beat Value3/4, 1/4, 1 3/4, 1/4, 1 

  Step StepChasse 
Timing  QQaQ 
Beat Value 3/4, 1/4, 1 

Figures most commonly used to introduce Jive are those requiring 1 1/2 bars of music, namely the 1 1/2 bar construction.
Rhythmic interpretations from Lindy and Rock & Roll that can also be used during Jive are as follows:
1. The QaQ of the Jive chasse can be replaced by a single step, timed S.
2. The QaQ of the Jive chasse can be replaced by a tap step movement, timed Q,Q.
3. The 1 1/2 bar construction can be danced using six quicks in the following manner:
(1) LF Back (Q), (2) RF In Place (Q), (3) LF Closes To RF (Q), (4) Kick With RF (Q), 
(5) RF Closes To LF (Q), (6) Kick With LF (Q)
Lady Normal Opposite
Another interpretation of the Six Quick construction places the 
Kick on the 3rd and 5th beats of each bar, as follows:
(1) LF Back (Q), (2) RF In Place (Q), (3) Kick With LF (Q), (4) LF Closes To RF (Q), 
(5) Kick With RF (Q), (6) RF Closes To LF (Q)
A lop action is used throughout the Rock & Roll version of Jive. The forgoing rhythmic interpretations should only be used to assist the performance of particular movements or to introduce a variation in the basic pattern of the dance.
Music Style
Very Fast Swing Music
International Latin Jive
Close Hold
Close hold for Jive is the same as that used for Rumba, Samba and Cha Cha Cha, except that the arms are held a little lower.
Suggested Dance Figures
Suggested Music