Modern Jive is a social partner dance often with a concertina (in and out) type of movement. It borrows from many dance styles and so we are likely to see an influence from other styles on the competition dance floor.
Modern Jive is predominantly learnt in classes where there are periods of social dancing or freestyle where everyone dances with each other and has a good time.
Local Variations - FAQ
Well travelled dancers know that each country and region has its own 'dance accent' that adds to the variety and appeal of Modern Jive. There are local preferences that are neither better nor worse compared to what they may be used to - they are just different.
In Christchurch we have four class nights a week with anything from 40 to 100 dancers attending each night. We emphasise having fun and being safe - learning to dance takes time and we like people to feel good at every stage of their journey of learning to dance. As a result we have a vibrant dance community who enjoy dancing socially in the city and trying a variety of dance styles.
If anything, we try to have as few rules as possible that allows us to dance socially with a partner to any music.
Do we have to dance in a slot?