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Introduction: Jive. This is a pretty fun, pretty fast dance. Not as fast as quickstep per say, but to make this dance look good, you need to have good weight transfer. Using weight transfer as a way of gliding/sliding/stepping yourself into place is true for all dances, but especially so in Jive. Not to mention, Jive's defining feature is the "dip."
Frame: Standard. Count: 12, 3-a-4, 5-a-6. This can also be said, Rock-Step, Trip-le-Step, Trip-le-Step. (hyphens represent beat separation).
Leaders and Followers: For Jive Basic, you match each other. In Jive moves however, it's usually the leader who stays in place and the follower who has to do all the moving.

Instructions (Leader Perspective)
Rock Step
Start in normal frame, weight evenly distributed.
1 (Rock): Left foot steps behind right foot. Left foot lands such that the feet form a "T". The right foot (if you extended its vector) should be bisecting the left foot. (Admittedly, this is an approximation, and it doesn't have to perfectly "bisect" the left foot. But for our purposes of description here, it works). Regarding your right foot, you lift your right heel, but maintain contact with the floor through the ball of the right foot.
2 (Step): The right heel comes down, the left heel comes up.

Now, there isn't much of a weight transfer in the rock step. Why? Because there's no time. Weight-shifting, even fast, requires some time, which you do not have that luxury in rock step. Just keep your weight centered in the rock step and you'll be fine.

2 Triple Steps (or chasses)
Count: It's called "triple" step, but that does not mean the count is a triplet. Triple Step does not mean waltz, where you go 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Instead, if you take a beat and subdivide it into four, here's how the counts match up:
Beats: 1 ti te ta 2
Jive: 1...........ah 2
So for the counts, the "ah" or "ple" does not come halfway between the beats, but halfway between the midpoint and the end of the beat.

The most difficult part of Jive is the weight transfer. Please keep this in mind as you read the instructions below.

1: You just finished a rock step. From there, your left foot steps next to your right, with the left heel raised. The feet should be very close, perhaps a maximum of 12 inches away from each other. Note: Your knees should be close together, like there's a rubber band binding them.
Weight is now distributed 25L-75R(approximation). The reason for this will become clear in the next step.
AH: Your right foot steps next to your left foot. The way it does so is via a little cheating in weight transfer. You should have enough weight on your left foot that you can momentarily lift you right foot, scootch it over to where it needs to be, without falling over. At this point, both knees are bent and together and there should have been a noticeable reduction in height.
2: Left foot steps left because of the right foot pushing off. As you transfer you weight from you right foot to your left, the right foot should come off the floor. Note: Your standing leg must go straight. Straight, I say.

Going Back: The same thing, only opposite directions.
Author's Note: Jive, as said before, has the trickiest weight transfer. So don't be shy about talking to a veteran for help!

Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Do what the leader is doing, only in opposite directions. The same ideas of weight transfer still apply.

Tips and Tricks
  • Small Steps: It is impossible to Jive while taking huge steps. Keep your steps small, and it'll all come a lot easier.
  • Toes and Balls: When doing the triple step, always be on the balls of your feet. You need to stay light and fast, to move as quick as you should.
  • Dips: Jive is primarily marked by its dips during the triple steps. Think of it as a physics problem: You have a U-shaped ramp. A box starts at the top of one side and is released. There is no friction. Hence, the block keeps on going back and forth between the two sides, reaching the same height. That's what you want to do in the triple steps of Jive: you may be dipping down, but that's just energy being stored to push you right back up.
  • Rubber Band: As said before, think of a rubber band keeping your knees close together. That should help with the weight transfer.
  • Knees And Efficiency: When stepping, lift your knees to almost about waist level. This serves two purposes. First, it looks good on the floor. Even though knees have nothing to do with the dips, it looks like you're working harder/you know what you're doing. Second, unless you are doing extremely efficient weight transfer, this will become very tiring. This should not be tiring at all.

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