Jive developed from the popular American dances of the 1930’s such as Boogie-Woogie, East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Rock “n” Roll, Shag, etc. Eventually, all of these styles of dance would be coupled under the umbrella of “Jive”, but in the 1940’s a combination of these styles was given the name “Jive” and the dance was born.
During World War II, American G.I’s took this style of dance to Europe where it soon became very popular, especially among the young dancers. It was exciting, fresh, and new. It was adapted by the French and became very popular in Britain. Eventually in 1968, it was adopted as the fifth Latin dance in International competitions. The modern form of ballroom jive is a very “boppy” and happy dance. It incorporates many flicks & kicks.
The Jive music is written in 4/4 time and should be played at a tempo of about 38 – 44 bars per minute.
The Jive is a spot dance that does not move along the Line of Dance. Its relaxed, springy action is the basic characteristic of the International Style Jive with lots of flicks and kicks in the advanced style.