Many dance styles are created for particular tempos and styles of music. For example, Argentine Tango, Lindy Hop, Rock 'n' Roll, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Zouk, and the ten standard Ballroom styles (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Samba & Paso Doble).
They have particular footwork patterns that match the tempo of the music they are commonly danced to. Play a different genre of music and that dance style might not fit. These styles tend to be focussed more on dancing than on people - they're undertaken with proper dance shoes on specific dance surfaces to achieve the specific requirements of a style.
Modern Jive does not have formal footwork - we merely recommend leads initiate with the right foot and follows initiate with the left but it is not fixed in stone.
At more advanced levels we do not need step to the tempo of the music - we can also dance to the melody as well. The wide variety of music and the continuous evolution are just two of the reasons why Modern Jive is always fresh and rewarding.
Click below for specific information about timing and footwork.