Jive is a really easy to learn 1950s partner dance which people of all ages and backgrounds have gotten into in recent years.
Jive is a British term for a style of partner dance which is danced to Rock n Roll and Rockabilly music. Rock n Roll and Rockabilly music came out of the American south in the fifties from labels such as Sun Records. Sun Records alone brought the world such artists as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Jive is and easy to learn, high energy partner dance with less footwork than it’s parents and grandparents Swing & Lindy Hop.
The style is sadly under documented as back in the 50s filming people dancing would have been like filming people have a meal, very common. So what we’re left with now is techniques which have been passed on from one generation to the next by demonstration and word of mouth which is why we refer to it as a street dance.
Frankie V who started Diamond Jive in 2009 was taught in Australia originally and has been teaching and running events across the UK.
Here are some videos and slideshows taken from our classes and gig nights over the past 5 years.
Our friend Nicola Daley also filmed us dancing for one of her videos.