3hr Intensive Jive Workshop on Monday 3rd AprilTime (Monday):
19:00-22:00 3hr Intensive Jive Workshop
Venue: Greenside House, Cuffe Street, Dublin 1 (beside St. Stephen's Green)
Cost: 3hr Jive Workshop, €30 (20% discount)
For more details contact: 085-8434071 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What is RnR Jive?
- RnR Jive (AKA Single Rhythm East Coast Swing) evolved from the Lindy Hop. East Coast Swing is a Rhythm Dance that has both 6 and 8 beat patterns. The name East Coast Swing was coined initially to distinguish the dance from the street form and the new variant used in the competitive ballroom arena (as well as separating the dance from West Coast Swing, which was developed in California).
- East Coast swing was developed in the 1940's by dance studios for an easier, slower dance genre that was perfect for the Big Band music of the era. The East Coast swing is mostly a six-count swing dance with occasional eight count patterns thrown in for variety. The regional prefix was used to distinguish this form of swing from Western swing later called West Coast swing.
- Many people growing up in the 1940's, 50's and 60's dance East Coast swing in school and later at parties to the 1940's big band, the 1950's doo-wop and even blues, rockabilly and early soul music. East Coast swing is often associated with Elvis Presley music like Jailhouse Rock or songs like Rockin' Robin, Rock Around the Clock.
- East Coast swing works better for fast music. Single rhythm East Coast swing also goes by the name Jitterbug swing or just jitterbug.
- Jitterbug is a term used to refer to a form of East Coast swing that is perfect for fast tempo music. It is sometimes referred to as single rhythm East Coast swing.
- Swing dancing waned as Chubby Checker's song "The Twist" and the dance called the twist became popular and partner dancing changed to freestyle dancing or dancing apart from a partner. This trend lasted until the late seventies when disco and dancing became popular.
The best way to know RnR Jive is to see it dancedRnR Jive Demo
What is Jump Jive/Swing (AKA Jump Jive)?
- Jump Jive/Swing dates back to the late 1990′s swing revival in Southern California: Long Beach and Redondo. Originally termed Retro or Jump or Neo Swing, it followed the regional post-punk, post-rockabilly enthusiasm, as many punk bands and mosh pit dancers converted to swing
- Skippy Blair (mother of Jump Swing), saw young dancers jump around during the post rockabilly swing revival of the mid-late 90s. She noted the common practice jumpy 6-count kick pattern, made adaptations, and arranged a syllabus for her teacher workshops. Skippy adopted the name Jump Swing for her classes, abandoning the original home grown name Retro Swing. She has helped to spread the dance around the USA. She pioneered her own exceptional instructional approach, popular with many top teachers
- Sonny Watson compiled some of the Retro Swing with additions in his Retro Swing Video
- The original music featured an up-tempo amalgamation of rock, jump blues, piano boogie and big band swing – a strong backbeat is characteristic
- Jump Swing is danced to Up tempo Pop/Rock, Jump Blues, Neo Swing, Classic Swing and Piano Boogie
- Jump Jive/Swing has become popular because of the Movie “Swing Kids” and the Gap Commercial looks like a promo for our GSDTA Curriculum
- This new variety of Swing has the flavour of the old jitterbug with an easier approach that is FAST, FUN and EASY to learn!
- Jump Jive/Swing is simply taking the “Essence” of the look and feel of “SWING” and making it instantly available. By doing Jump Jive/Swing first, the student does not go through the “Beginner” look that plagues many dancers
- After learning all the variations, it is easy to substitute other RHYTHMS in order to conform to whatever style you wish to portray
- Jump Jive/Swing (AKA Tap-Step Jive/Swing AKA Kick-Step Jive/Swing) is danced with Delayed Single Rhythm and has the look and feel of Lindy Hop but doing the patterns more similar to the East Coast Swing
- The jumpy kick 6 and 8-count patterns segues nicely into Charleston
The best way to know Jump Jive/Swing is to see it dancedJump Jive/Swing Demo (1)
Jump Jive/Swing Demo (2)