Modern Jive FAQs
What is Modern Jive?
Modern Jive is a very adaptable partner dance that takes inspiration from many different styles of dance such as French Jive, Rock and Roll, Latin, West Coast Swing and Ballroom Jive. It is very easy to learn and can be danced to a very wide variety of music, making it one of the most popular forms of partner dance in the UK.
Do I need a partner?
No. Many people come along on their own or with friends. During the classes, we change partners frequently so that you meet everyone and get to dance with people with different styles and amounts of experience.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You are likely to get warm so layers are a good idea. The most important thing is that you wear shoes that will turn and spin easily on a wooden floor and that are comfortable and secure on your feet.
Do I need to book in advance?
No. You can just turn up on your first night. It is best to arrive at 7.45pm so that you can get a drink and have time to settle in before the first class.
Me and my partner are coming. Can we stay together?
Yes, although it will make the dance more difficult to learn. When you dance with more experienced dancers, you can learn to lead and follow much more quickly. Also, the fun element to Modern Jive is its social nature.
Do we have to stay all night?
You are free to come and leave at any time. If you are a beginner, it is very beneficial to stay for the beginner recap class which finishes at around 10pm although the real fun and learning happens during the freestyles when you take to the floor for a dance.
I can’t make it every week. Does it matter?
No. It is not a set course and we teach different moves each week which are repeated over time, but obviously, the more frequently you can come along, the quicker you will learn.
Do you need to be fit and healthy?
Modern Jive is a gentle form of exercise and, as we say, ‘if you can walk, you can jive’. If you have any medical issues that you have concerns about, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you.
Are you open on Bank Holiday Mondays?
Yes, some of them. BUT, please do check our website to be sure.