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What is the jive?
Jive is a dance style of fast-paced considered within the ballroom dance in the category Latin-American dances. Of all, is the least known and, in general, which is danced in last place in the competition. The dance that requires more strength and fitness, is considered which is also evaluated by the judges of the Championships.
By the 1930s, the word "jive" was used by jazz musicians, who also played the swing music, such as an expression that denoted foolish conversations. But in terms of the dance, the Jive originated in the United States, by African-Americans, at the beginning of the 1940s. It arose from the Jitterbug, derived of the Lindy Hop, but in a more lively and uninhibited manner. At that time, American soldiers took the Jitterbug to Europe, where he found great acceptance among youth. He began to recognize as Boogie-Woogie or Swing Boogie, while in the United States, spoke of Swing.
Jive arose after European ballroom instructors saw as a vulgar dance boogie and decided to turn it into a more elegant style. In 1944, he published in Europe, the first description of this dance, performed by Professor Victor Silvester London dance. In 1968, became the fifth Latin American dance in international competitions.
Jive is a fast paced, which is danced in a 4/4 rhythm and at a speed of 44 to 46 times per minute in competition. He is characterized by rapid movement, many turns, especially made by the woman, made by man interact and pronounced movements of the hips, that also characterize the Latin competition dances.
Jive dancers are people in excellent physical shape. Dancing requires skill, strength and great balance. A pair of Jive shows great agility to the dance, and although the dance does not have steps, acrobatic, since they were taken away to incorporate more technical, is a rhythm full of dynamism, joy and great skill.