Jive is one of the most widely-known and well-loved Latin dances of all time. The energy that it exudes is off the charts that dancers are able to perform it without having to go around and take up a large space on the floor. The leg movements and the speed are so breathtaking that it is amazing to watch professional dancers pull it off on international dance floors.
However, change is a constant thing in this world and the dance routine has seen a lot of improvements over the years. So much so that at this point, there is now a dance form referred to as Modern Jive.
As Jive became popular, there are other dance moves that are quite well-known as well. As a result, some dancers would put in a little bit of everything into Jive. As a result, the dance has been a collection of some of the dance moves coming from Swing, Salsa, Rock & Roll, and even Lindy Hop.
From here, Modern Jive started to surface taking off from the United Kingdom at around 1980s. A lot of people believe that there are three specific clubs in the area that played a big part in the introduction of Modern Jive – the Cosmopolitan Jive, Le Roc, and Ceroc. This modern take on the Jive also traces its roots from France after the WWII.
Modern Jive has a lot to do with how Michel Ange La was able to transition Le Bop to Modern Jive thanks to a club named Centre Charles Peguy. There were two people from France – Christine Keeble and James Cronin who both wanted to learn and bring the dance to London. They were part of Michel Ange La’s group.
Modern Jive has many variations and it only continues to evolve as time goes by. For some, this modern take is the simpler than the ones done in the professional circuits. The reason for this is that there is no required footwork to learn or master. This lenient approach to the lack of restriction on the dance move means there are a lot of variations to choose from.
On top of that, people would have an easier time learning the Modern Jive because part of the reason why it became popular is it aims to get people dancing. The simplicity and possibility of having so many moves from one single routine allow people to dance to the beat without having to worry too much about their footwork.
This makes Modern Jive a more relaxing dance compared to others where you are more concerned with enjoying your time with your partner. This makes that dance a lot more fun and social in nature. A lot of people learn the dance faster and gives them the opportunity to put in their own style and character into it.
As it is known as Modern Jive, there are a lot of people who learn the dance from specific clubs. As a result, they name their dance using the name of the club. This is where Ceroc started because a lot of people learned to dance the Modern Jive in Ceroc clubs. There are also up and coming groups promoting the Modern Jive and calling themselves Ginger Jive, Northern Jive, and even Jive+.