Jive evolved from the popular American dances of the 1930’s such as Jitterbug, Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Shag, Rock “n” Roll, etc. Eventually all of these styles of dance would be coupled under the umbrella of “Jive”, but in the 1940’s a specific combination of these styles was given the name Jive and the dance was born.
During World War II American G.I’s took the dance to Europe where it soon became very popular, especially among the young. It was new, fresh, and exciting. It was adapted by the French, became very popular in Britain, and in 1968 it was adopted as the fifth Latin dance in international competitions. In the modern form of ballroom, the Jive is a very happy and lively dance.
The Jive is a spot dance that does not move along the line of dance. Relaxed, springy action is the basic characteristic of the International Style Jive with lots of flicks and kicks in the advanced style