If there is one dance that embodies free spirited exuberance, it’s the Jive. Many of us have seen movies from the 30s and 40s where as soon as the music starts, the dance floor explodes with people having fun. And how many of wished that we could dance like that? Or, how do you begin to learn to dance like that? With one phone call to your local Arthur Murray Dance Studios, you can begin your journey to dancing the Jive.
The Origins of Jive
It will surprise a lot of people to learn that the Jive actually evolved in Europe. In the early 1940s, US troops based in the UK brought with them wild and exciting new dances to war-torn Britain, including the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug. Not knowing that these were actually separate styles, the Brits started to combine them, and so the Jive began to evolve.
A thorough understanding of the roots and evolution of what has become modern Jive dancing enables the instructors at Arthur Murray Dance Studios to guide you in your growth as you learn the Jive. As you improve, we will reveal ways in which each move has evolved (or has been combined with other moves) to become the more complex variants seen today. In time, you will also develop an understanding of the dance’s history, and how it informs your own performance.
Jive Dance Lessons
Before you finally decide that you are going to take lessons to learn the Jive, you need to be able to say yes to the following: 1) Can you walk? and 2) Do you want to have fun? Secondly, you need to be aware of possible side-effects. Many people who take Jive lessons report that they become fitter, find they have more energy, and have a really great time. If you are willing to risk these, then just look up your nearest Arthur Murray Dance Studio to sign up for your first lesson.
What about special clothing?
All you need is a smooth-soled pair of shoes and loose clothing. The great thing about learning to Jive dance is that there is no big up-front investment in expensive equipment. You probably already have all you need in your wardrobe.
How advanced a level can you reach in Jive?
Your final skill level depends on what you want to achieve dancing the Jive. Arthur Murray Dance Studios cater to all levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals. If you want, the instructors can train you as far as your abilities can take you. There are Jive lessons whether you want to dance for social purposes, or to progress to medal status.
What does Jive Dance Instruction Involve?
While many people can show you a couple of Jive dance moves, our instructors go much further. Every learner has individual instruction tailored to their needs and toward achieving their goals. Our classes are highly personalized, and will give you plenty of moves to practice in between lessons. Occasionally your instructor may recommend a lesson with one of our guest instructors, who can offer a second opinion on your growth as a dancer. You can take your lessons privately, or as part of a group of dancers at a similar level.
Jive at Arthur Murray Dance Studios
Arthur Murray began teaching America to dance almost 100 years ago. His best-selling book ‘How to Become a Good Dancer’ and TV show – along with his famous paper footprints – made him and his dance schools the most popular in the country.
Whatever your motivation – whether it is to gain more self-confidence when dancing, or whether you want to be able to join in the next time you are in a diner and everyone spontaneously gets up to Jive, or whether you want to become a professional dancer – Arthur Miller Dance Studios in Southern California can help you achieve your aim. Make a quick phone call and take advantage of the special rate introductory dance consultation and lesson, and have a taste of what we have to offer.