About Your Teachers
Jim is the founder member and formed Just Jive in 1996 after many years teaching freelance with other dance companies. He has performed in cabaret with many of the UK's top Swing Bands and has taught Jive and Lindy Hop at many events across the UK. Specialising in Jive, Lindy Hop and Balboa, once you have seen his technically precise style, you will always be able to spot one of his students!
John Hall & Gail Newman
Graduates of the Just Jive school and trained with some of the top UK and European teachers! John is a sought after joiner and runs a successful local business. He is a qualified Sports Therapist and Gymnastics Coach; Gail is a Practice Manager at an Accounting firm and has tried many dance styles before becoming hooked on Jive. What little spare time she has is spent indulging her other passion - singing. Specialising in Jive and Lindy Hop, you will always spot these two at dance weekenders! From flash moves, to subtle basics, these guys will always be first on the dance floor, and the last to leave.
Graduate of the Just Jive school and trained with some of the top UK and European teachers! Jane owns and runs a successful Beauty & Alternative Therapies practice
What are Lindy Hop and Jive Dances?
Lindy Hop is a partner dance that is generally said to have been 'invented' in The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, New York, in the 1920's and 1930's, and was danced to swing music. It is an African - American jazz dance that evolved from several earlier dances, most notably the Charleston. It was the American GI soldiers who bought Lindy Hop to Britain in the early 1940's. Lindy is traditionally danced to swing music. To give you a flavour of the types of tunes they danced to, listen to the classic big band sounds of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Glenn Miller, Count Basie or Artie Shaw. Also have a listen to some of the great singers of the day such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday or Frank Sinatra.
There are many modern Jive styles, our's is an amalgamation of footwork based moves with a smooth action. Unlike more Modern and Ballroom Jives (no wiggling or mincing) our style would be influenced by Rock 'n' Roll and Lindy Hop. We dance to music from the 1920's onwards, including Rock 'n' Roll and todays current tunes. Some of our favourite tracks which fill the floor include: Johnny be Good, Shakin' Mother for You and Dance with me Tonight.