About Your Teachers

Jim Hannaway & Sarah Vernon

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! Sarah graduated from the Just Jive school after falling in love with Jive and Lindy Hop several years ago. Sarah joins Jim as his business partner and brings with her many years of experience in owning and running a business alongside a background in management training.  Together they love teaching and watching their students blossom. 

Lin Hooper

Lin has enjoyed dancing for many years and after discovering the Swing Dance scene she hasn't looked back. After graduating from the Just Jive School of Dancing, she is now one of the top teachers. She was a natural choice due to her technical ability and attention to detail. Her warm and encouraging personality brings out the best in even the most nervous student. 

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.

Shaun & Laure-Astrid Barker

Graduates of the Just Jive school, Shaun has been dancing for many years and has experience in many different styles, although he has truly fallen in love with the Swing family of dances (Jive, Lindy Hop & Collegiate Shag).  Shaun says "Dancing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on!"  and his classes emphasise having fun whilst learning to dance.  As Duke Ellington said " It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"  Laure caught the dancing bug in her teenage years (Street dance, Hip Hop, and Salsa) but it's at Just Jive that she discovered her passion for Swing dancing in its many forms several years ago. " Swing  is a truly fun social dance that will make you happy. I dare you not to smile and enjoy yourself!!"

Jane Asty

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

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. 

Jive

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.

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