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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Written by Chris Sherwood.

Modern Jive or French Jive.

Often going under the trade names of Ceroc, Le-Roc and Le Jive. It is a simplified form of Jive, which can be successfully danced to a wide range of tempos, including contemporary chart music, which helps to make the dance broadly popular. Also there is little or no footwork, particularly at first, mostly consisting of movements of the arms. This makes it easy to learn and quite considerable progress can be made in a few short weeks and dancers can soon look quite professional.

What steps there are, are single steps to each beat of the music. So in 4/4 time music, 4 beats to the bar, you will be stepping 4 times.

This is a non-syncopated dance**.

Swing/Swing Jive.

Wide sweeping term-covering a Multitude of variants-referring to Dances which began during the Big Band era of the 1930s-1940s. Known as Swing after a type of dance band music popular then. Also to add to this point, the lady makes swing out actions in one of the basic moves.

The moves are syncopated**

Lindy Hop/Jitterbug

The Grand daddy of the Swing dances-arguably the most difficult of all the jive dances- developed through the 1930s. Authentic original moves were 8 beats of the music, but now 6-beat moves are used as well as 8-beat moves in the modern form. Consisting of circular turns, swing outs, kicks Charleston's, breaks, and air steps. Steps revolve around a combination of triple steps and single steps. May be danced to some contemporary music, but feels best to Swing and Jump Jive.

This is a Syncopated dance**

West Coast Swing

A form of jive, which uses a lot of, syncopated moves. It was developed in the USA in relatively recent years. The two of you dance in a rectangular slot, exchanging places within an imaginary rectangle. The idea is so people can dance on crowded dance floors without using a lot of room.

East Coast Swing

Similar, but easier than Lindy Hop, but usually with only 6-beat moves.



A non-syncopated dance, i.e. single steps. Generally fairly simple. Mainly the lady is revolved clockwise then anti-clockwise successively in sequences of 4 or 8 beats. Came about in the 1950s along with the music of the same name. Could be learnt quickly without lessons in its most basic form.


** Syncopation**

This is where 3-steps are taken to 2-beats of music i.e. The Triple Step. Non syncopated is where one step is taken to each beat of the music. So in 4/4 time you take 4-steps

A typically move in Lindy Hop for instance, would be, 10 steps in an 8-beat sequence. In 4/4 time that is 2-bars of music. A typical 8-beat sequence would be, 2-single steps, a triple step, 2-single steps and a triple step, which adds up to 10-steps over 8-beats.

Why 8-beats, you may ask? Many of the popular tunes at that time were 8-beats to the bar and some also say the count of 5,6,7,8 derived from this, so that you start on the next sequence of 1 to 8, These things usually have a historical connection. Also Modern Ballroom dancing was on a new threshold, at the same time as Lindy Hop was taking off with Quick Step and Foxtrot becoming derigriguer, so the 5,6,7,8 count became the norm' across the board in dancing as a whole.

There is nothing to stop you mixing moves from the different forms and many people do.

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Just want to dance the night away - June '99'. Written by Nigel Wood.

It finally happened,June 12th, Wes & Nigels birthday extravadansa. The planning started many months ago (for planning read arguing); let's hold the party here-no, let's start at this time-no that time, let's do this let's not........

The party nearly went the way my garden party went this year (so far) consigned to the compost heap of ambitious plans. It was not until the hero of the night Captain Wes took a firm grasp of the reigns of the runaway party horse and steered the errant animal back onto course that things began to fall into place. Room bookings were made; the Pavilion at West Park, West Bridgford-such a nice place for a summer dance, the food was planned, the games, the raffle, in fact just about everything. My only duty was to print out some invites, which I managed to get wrong! Despite the wealth of computing power available at my fingertips, I couldn't manage to add our two ages together ( there are three types of people in the world, those that can add up and those that can't).

The night was on us. As if by magic Chris and her bevy of beautiful daughters turned up half an hour before start time and arranged the most magnificent buffet I have seen for a long time, loads of Bagels with a whole range of tasty fillings, a variety of salads (including yummy Polish salad). There were even little flags stuck into the various dishes to let you know what you were about to eat.

Would enough people turn up? Well you did, about 80/90 of you just the right number for the hall. Thank goodness-I didn't fancy dancing the night away with Wes!

Moses and Marula treated us to a fantastic display of traditional jiving complete with throws, drops, twirls.....It was almost enough to make me hang my dance shoes up. Don't worry dancing partners everywhere I won't. The more foolish amongst us (including me) attempted the back breaking lady's reverse back flip (I am sure it has a real name). Ladies if the bloke you're dancing with adopts a strange grip and reaches around the back of your knees-RUN-it's the start of that back flip.

Games with a dance theme were played-with some really dodgy judging taking place. The only game I might have stood a chance of winning-no not absolute style perfection-was who can stamp the loudest at the wrong time, but we didn't play that.

Highlight of the evening for me was at the end when everyone sang Happy Birthday, not a big thing on the grand scale of things, but it made an (older) man happy.

Although my name was on the invite, I really must thank Wes, Chris and family for all the hard work they put in behind the scenes that made the event happen and a BIG thanks to you all for turning up. Apart from contributing to such an enjoyable evening, we were able to donate £105..00. to the Nottingham Hospice.

Nigel 'twinkle toes' Wood.

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