Welcome to Just Jive Lindy Hop
We are a dance company based in Gloucestershire and Swindon Wiltshire. Our teaching team has over 30 years of dancing experience between them. Combined with a background in music & dance and teaching & coaching in other disciplines, we are well equipped to make sure we can tune our teaching techniques to suit our students; whether that be a small private group, a regular dance class or at a major weekend event.
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.
Swing Jive is also a partner dance. 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. It also includes Jazz Steps and tricks. 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 performed by Olly Murs.
The Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. The term Balboa originally referred to a dance characterised by its close embrace and full body connection. It emphasises rhythmic weight shifts and lead-follow partnership. Variations done in closed position are called "Pure Balboa", and moves done in open position are called "Bal-Swing". Bal-swing also borrows moves from other dances, especially Charleston and features moves in open position.
Dance/ Practice nights are the perfect opportunity to get up and have a go at the moves you have learnt in class. Three hours of Jive and Swing music to get your feet tapping. Plenty of time to get those moves strung together. A chance to meet people from other classes in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All Swing styles welcome.