Although the Jive is classed as a Latin American dance, it actually emerged out of the jazz and swing scene in America. It developed and changed as it spread between the East and West American Coasts.

During the Second World War it crossed the pond when American soldiers introduced, what they called swing, into Europe. The term swing eventually was replaced by Jive in the UK and the rest is history.

Considered the fastest of the Latin American dances, the Jive is an energetic dance, but not a travelling dance – meaning a small part or spot on the dance floor is used , and the couple does not travel around the dance floor.

This high energy dance is paired with the slower Waltz on the Dancemore teaching curriculum to balance the energy demand on students.

This is Candy Da Silva’s favourite Latin American dance.

Apple Music – The Jive

Spotify – The Jive

If you would like to learn how to do the Jive and other Latin American dances, we offer group dance classes and private lessons. Get in touch now to book your first class!