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Minstead, Thursday 30th November 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = First Move       Move 2 = Pushspin       Move 3 = Hatchback

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Yoyo Shoulder Drop = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Yoyo. Men take a step to your right, as you take your right hand over your head and lower the lady’s hand onto your left shoulder. Men step forwards offering your left hand behind you so that you back catch man’s left to lady’s right. Men step back as you raise your left hand up and out to the left (careful with your elbow), so the ladies step in underneath your raised left arm starting to turn to their left. Men take another step back as you lower your hands to bring the ladies round to face in an anti-clockwise direction.

Move 2 = Armjive Spin Out

Move 3 = First Move Shoulder Pivot = Step back man’s left to lady’s right. Both step in to the left as you look at your partner & men place their right hand onto the lady’s nearest (right) shoulder. Men let go with your left hand & step forwards to swap sides, turning to your right to face your lady, as whilst keeping your right hand on the lady’s right shoulder – you push with your right hand to make your lady pivot ½ turn to her right & step back to face on the opposite side. Men keeping your right hand on the lady’s right shoulder – you pull with your right hand to make your lady step forwards pivoting ½ turn anti-clockwise, as the man steps into the left – only just past the lady, whilst facing her the whole time– you should end up at a right angle to each other with the man’s right hand still on the lady’s right shoulder, with the man’s right arm across the lady’s shoulders, behind her neck – men also offer your left hand out in front of the lady at waist level & ladies take hold with your right hand. Men raise your left hand as you push and let go with your right arm to make the ladies step forward under the man’s left arm. Men lower your left hand to bring your lady clockwise round to face. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Cross Wrap & Basket = Both step back with a double handhold. Men, pull and raise both hands up and to your left to begin to turn your ladies clockwise past your left hand side. Continue to swap sides and step back to face with a crossed handhold. Men step in to the left as you look at your lady whilst sliding your right hand up the lady’s right arm & on to her shoulder, as you raise your left hand out to the right to wrap the lady into a shoulder Basket. Cradle backwards & then forwards. Men let go with your left hand as you pull back and raise your right hand to unwrap your lady 1 & ½ turns clockwise. Face and prepare like a Wurlitzer. Men spin your lady anti-clockwise. Catch right to right.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 23rd November 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Basket       Move 2 = Teapot       Move 3 = Side to Side

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Throw Away Step Across = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Step Across. Continue to swap sides, men pull down with your left elbow as you turn to your left to face your lady and throw your left hand out to the left at waist level – letting go to spin the ladies in a clockwise direction. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = Basket Elbow Spin = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Basket. Men cradle your partner backwards as normal, but as you do so let go with your right hand and place the palm of your right hand around the inside of your partners right elbow. Cradle forwards. Men let go with your left hand as you nudge your partner with your right shoulder to unwrap her clockwise leaving your right hand on the ladies right elbow. As the ladies come around to face the man’s right hand should act as a block which stops you when you are facing each other. Men throw your right hand over to the right, letting go to spin your lady anti-clockwise. Catch right to right.

Move 3 = Catapult Wrap Round = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Catapult. Men step forward & lean forwards but do not offer your left hand out behind you. Men keep hold with your right hand at waist level as you raise your left hand nice & high over your lady’s head (careful with your elbow!) while stepping back to the right turning half a turn to your left – wrapping yourself into your lady’s right arm – you should end up stood side by side with your partner on your right facing the opposite way, with the man’s right arm in a half nelson behind his back – men place your left hand onto your lady’s upper right arm to keep the position. Both walk round in this position clockwise for 2 beats. Men take your left hand off your lady’s arm as you turn to your right unwrapping 1 whole turn clockwise in front of your lady – keeping your right hand at waist level. Men as you come round to face your lady, take your right hand across to the right at waist level & wrap your lady into a Sway – this is the start of the next move…

Move 4 = Swirling Sway = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Sway. Men keep hold with both hand as you nudge the ladies forwards while you take a step back and lean away from each other so you are in a Catapult position albeit with the men behind the ladies rather than in front. Men keep your left hand low as you step in to the left of your lady, raising your right hand over her head. Men keep your left hand low as you step round in front of your lady, raising your right hand over your head as you turn to your right to face. Men keep your left hand low as you keep turning to your right an extra whole turn – as you come round to face your lady (men your left arm should be in a half nelson behind your back) lower your right hand at the same time as bending at the waist and ducking under your lady’s outstretched left arm (really relaxed left handhold required!). Men keep hold with both hands, slide your left hand off your back, then stand up raising both hands together to turn your lady anti-clockwise. When your lady comes round to face, men turn slightly to your right and take your right hand over behind your head – as you take your left hand over behind your lady’s head. Let go with both hands and step away from each other sliding and catching man’s left to lady’s right.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 9th November 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Armjive       Move 2 = Wurlitzer       Move 3 = Manspin

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = First Move Eight

Move 2 = Hatchcheek = Step back right to right, and as you do so, men signal by offering their left hand behind their back in a half nelson. Both step in so that your partner is on your right hand side, men take your right hand up near your left shoulder, ladies take hold of the man’s offered hand behind his back with your left hand. Men extend your right hand out to the right at shoulder level to turn the ladies out to the right, so that she is now looking over your shoulder. Men keep your back facing your partner and keep hold with both hands, as you look over your right shoulder, taking your right hand in between you and your lady, then over her head, and then down to waist level – ladies you should have turned to your left, and you should both now be back to back with the lady’s arms crossed in front of her with all hands by your sides. Both wiggle on the spot for 2 beats. Men let go with both hands & gently nudge your lady out with your bum. Both turn either way to face & catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Hip Swizzle Walkaround = Both step back man’s left to lady’s right, men offering your right hand in a half nelson position behind your back. Both step in, men, raise your left arm to make the ladies step underneath and start turning to their right, as you take your offered right hand away before your lady has a chance to grab it, then turn to your left and place your right hand onto the lady’s nearest (right) hip. Step back to face having swapped sides, men extending your left hand out to the left at shoulder level. Men, keep your right hand in contact with your lady behind her back, as you raise your left hand back in between you and your lady to return her in an anti-clockwise direction as you step back onto the side that you started from – collecting her in a First Move position. Both walk round in a clockwise direction for 2 beats. Men walk round for 1 more beat as you pull and let go with your right hand on your lady’s hip, whilst raising your left hand to turn her out clockwise. Face. Return. Step back to face.

Move 4 = West Manhattan = Step back man’s left to lady’s right. Step in Square on to your partner changing your handhold to a ballroom grip, the man’s right hand can go onto the lady’s left hip and the lady’s left hand can go onto the man’s right shoulder. Men push forwards with your left hand to make the ladies step back with her right foot as you step forwards with your left. Step back to your previous position. Men take your left foot and step in between you and your partner diagonally forwards to the right, ladies step back with your right foot diagonally to your left. On the half beat step back to your previous position. On the next half beat – men take your right foot and step in between you and your partner diagonally forwards to your left, ladies step back with your left foot diagonally to your right. Half beat – men take another step forwards with your left foot in the same direction, ladies take another step back with your right foot. Half beat – men rock your weight back over your right foot, ladies your left. On the next half beat – men step back with your left foot diagonally to the right, ladies step forwards with your right foot. Half beat – men step back with your right foot, ladies step forwards with your left foot back into your original position. Men twist your lady out to the side just as you would in a First Move. This move is now the start of the routine again.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 2nd November 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Step Across       Move 2 = Yoyo       Move 3 = Ladyspin

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Sway Change Hands = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Sway. Men Sway your lady backwards as normal but as you do so take your left hand across in front of your lady, and take hold of her right hand (Men you should now have both your arms round your lady’s waist). Men Sway your lady forwards twisting to her left as normal – albeit with both your arms still round her waist. Men let go with your right hand as you raise your left hand to return your lady nearly 1 and half times in an anti-clockwise direction in front of you. When the lady comes round to face, men do not step back – instead keep your left hand raised and perform a Step Across underneath. Men continue to swap sides as you would in a Step Across & face. Return. Step back to face.

Move 2 = Wurlitzer Left Handed Pushspin = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Wurlitzer. Men keep hold with your right hand as you raise it over the lady’s head to turn her in an anti-clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face, men take your right hand out to the right at waist level, at the same time offer your left hand as a flat palm by your chest. Men with your right hand throw the lady’s left hand onto your flattened left palm, so that you are palm to palm – left to left. Men push down and to the right with your left hand, letting go to spin the ladies in an anti-clockwise direction. Catch man’s left to lady’s right and both step back.

Move 3 = Neckbreak Shoulder Block Spin = Step back man’s left to lady’s right – men signalling with your right arm in an ‘L’ shape at shoulder height. Both step in so that your partner is on your right hand side, men taking your left hand up near your left shoulder while you take your right hand over the lady’s left shoulder with your palm facing the floor so that you can see your fingertips as you look behind the lady’s head – your right hand/arm should not be in contact with the ladies at this point. Men stay on the spot as you take your left hand around in front of your lady to make her turn half a turn to her right to face the same way as you, and place your hands on your lady’s shoulders – left on her left, right on her right. Men push with your right hand to gently twist your lady slightly to her left into your body. Men push and let go with your left hand, as you pull with your right hand to make your lady turn ½ turn to her right – blocking her from turning any further as you’ve kept your right hand on your lady’s right shoulder. Men pull & let go with your right hand to spin your lady anti-clockwise. Step back catching man’s left to lady’s right.

Move 4 = Yoyo Counter Lean = Step back right to right. Step in like a normal Yoyo, men taking your right hand across your chest and up near your left shoulder, but change your grip here so yours & your lady’s right thumbs are interlocked like an arm wrestlers grip, with your fingers wrapped round the back of your partners hand. Keeping this grip, men take a small step behind your lady with your right foot, as you extend your right hand out to the right to make your lady pivot half a turn clockwise like a normal Yoyo. Men put your weight over your right foot and pivot ¾ turn clockwise, as you pull with your right hand at chest height to make your lady pivot a ¼ turn anti-clockwise & as you both face the same way – men deftly slide your left foot alongside & up against your lady’s right foot & place your left hand (thumb to the floor) on the lady’s right hip – you should both be side by side facing the same way, with the lady to the man’s left, right hand to right hand still with the arm wrestlers grip & the outside of the man’s left foot alongside & up against the outside of the lady’s right foot. Next – the lean – Men leave your left foot where it is as you side step to the right with your right foot, leaning to your right (counterbalancing your lady), as you gently push and let go with your left hand on the lady’s hip, whilst extending your right hand across towards your lady – Ladies – You can either keep your right foot where it is & mirror your man by side stepping to the left with your left foot (supporting yourself as you lean to the left), or ladies keep their feet together, keep a strong core and try and keep your body straight from head to toe and lean to the left only supported by the man – which ever lean the lady chooses, it takes two beats to slowly and in a controlled way lean away. Then men pull with your right hand to both stand up vertical again, men take your left foot away from your lady’s foot & out of her way as you bring your right hand up into a Yoyo type ‘L’ shape as the man begins to step to the left behind the lady to begin to swap sides. Men continue to swap sides as you push and raise your right hand to turn your lady clockwise. Face. Return. Step back.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 26th October 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = First Move       Move 2 = Octopus       Move 3 = Shoulder Slide

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Right Handed Step Across = Step back right to right. Men step forward and slightly to your left as you raise your right hand, stepping under your ladies raised right arm and pivoting to your left – ladies step straight forward. Men as you continue to swap sides and turn to your left to face your lady, keep your right hand raised and take it over the lady’s head to turn her in a clockwise direction. When she comes round to face lower your hands and both step back. Step in to return. Both step back.

Move 2 = Catapult into First Move = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Catapult. Men lean forward as normal but do not offer your spare hand out behind you. Men step back turning to your right wrapping your lady anti-clockwise into a Sway position. Sway backwards, and then forwards. Men nudge the ladies across to the left in front of you as you step to your right behind her. Men keep hold with both hands as you raise your right hand and take a small step forward under your lady’s right arm – lowering your right hand to your right shoulder so the lady’s arm is behind your neck. Both stay on the spot as men let go with both hands and pivot half a turn to your left and collect your lady in a First Move position – left hand by your left shoulder, right hand on the lady’s far hip. Just like a normal First Move now – Men twist the ladies out to the side – this is the start of the next move…

Move 3 = First Move Back Slide Spin Out = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal First Move. Men bring your left up near your left shoulder to bring the ladies back round as normal, but keep you hand moving – raise your left hand over your head and pivot half a turn to your left so your back is facing your lady. Men lower your left hand down to your left at waist level & then whilst being careful with your elbows – transfer the lady’s hand from your left to your right hand behind your back & extend your right hand out to the right at waist level behind you. Men turn to your right to face your lady as you take your right hand across to the right at waist level and change hands again, so you are now man’s left to lady’s right. Men pull back with your left hand at waist level – letting go to spin your lady in a clockwise direction. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Sling Wrap Step Across = Step back man’s left to lady’s right. Men step forward to the left, turning a quarter turn to your right, as you lead the lady forwards by pulling with your left hand to the right at waist level – Ladies step straight forward. Men keep hold with your left hand as you flick it round behind your lady at waist level, to wrap her 1 complete turn clockwise into the mirror image of a Basket - the lady should be to the man‘s left – men offer your right hand, ladies take hold. Men side step to your left round behind your lady, as you raise your right hand over her head. Men lower & let go with your right hand, as you raise your left hand & step forwards underneath, turning to your left like a Step Across. Just like a Step Across men continue turning to their left to face. Return. Step back to face, changing hands so you are right to right ready to go back to the beginning of the routine.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 19th October 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Pushspin       Move 2 = Catapult       Move 3 = Comb

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Yoyo Overhead Spin = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Yoyo. Men point your left foot to your left as you shift your weight over it as you take your right hand over your head. Men keep your torso straight as you bend your knees & pivot to your left on the balls of your feet to face your lady and throw your right hand from over your head – down and to the right at waist level – letting go to spin your lady anti-clockwise. Men uncross your legs by sweeping your right foot around the floor as you stand up & step back to face, catching man’s left to lady’s right. Step in & men offer their right hand – ladies take hold with your left. Step back out with a double handhold.

Move 2 = Static Basket Spin Out = Step back with a double handhold. Men pull with your left hand at waist level to make your lady step straight forwards without turning, as you step in to the right of your lady whilst raising your right hand out to the left across in front of your lady & over her head. Men walk round behind your lady to the other side as you lower your right hand down to waist level in front of her – you should end up in the mirror image of a normal Basket, both facing the same way with the ladies to the man’s left. Men let go with your right hand as you step forwards onto the side you started from, turning to your left to face your lady, as your pull with your left hand at waist level to unwrap your lady 1 complete turn anti-clockwise on the spot. Step back to face.

Move 3 = First Move Chase = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal First Move. Men raise your left hand up and out to your left as you guide your partner across in front of you with your right hand, beginning to turn her clockwise out to your left hand side. Turn the ladies another turn clockwise as you both travel forwards. When the ladies have completed the second turn, men pivot ¼ turn to your left and pull your partner in so that you are facing each other in a ballroom dance style of hold. Men pivot the ladies out to the right as per beat 3 but you should now both be facing the opposite direction ready to repeat yourself going back the opposite way. Men bring your left hand back to your left shoulder as per beat 4. Men raise your left hand up and out to your left as you guide your partner across in front of you with your right hand, beginning to turn her clockwise out to your left hand side. Turn the ladies another turn clockwise as you both travel forwards. When the ladies have completed the second turn, men pivot ¼ turn to your left and pull your partner in so that you are facing each other in a ballroom dance style of hold. This move now finishes in exactly the same way as a normal First Move - Men twist the ladies out to the side. Men bring your left hand back up near your left shoulder. Turn the ladies clockwise. Face. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Wurlitzer Hip Swizzle = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Wurlitzer. Men push down & away letting go with your left hand like normal, as you step to right of your lady on your right foot, pivoting half a turn to your left, sweeping your left foot around the floor behind you & prepare your lady by taking your right hand forward in between you at waist level – you should end up side by side, roughly facing the same way, with the man’s right hand (& lady’s left) extended out at waist level in front of both of you. Men pull back & raise your right hand to turn your lady anti-clockwise. Just before the ladies come round to face, men place your left hand (with thumb pointing to the floor) onto the lady’s left hip & then men lower your right hand out to the right at waist level to make the lady finish her turn to face you. Men take your right hand back in between you & over the lady’s head, as you gently pull and let go with your left hand on the lady’s hip, to turn her clockwise. Face & men offer their left hand – ladies take hold with your right. Men let go with your right hand as you raise your left to return your lady anti-clockwise. Step back to face.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 12th October 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Basket       Move 2 = Manspin       Move 3 = Hatchback

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Secret Move

Move 2 = Helicopter Comb = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Comb. Men let go with your right hand and bend your head forwards so you can roll your head to the left under the lady’s arm, at the same time straighten your right arm and swing it first under the lady’s arm then as you look up at your lady – up and over the lady’s arm (men you are basically drawing a vertical clockwise circle with your right arm). Men continue to swing your straightened right arm around underneath the lady’s arm, you should now be forearm to forearm as men raise your right arm to turn the ladies in a clockwise direction. As the ladies come round to face step back sliding and catching right to right. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Catapult Half Nelson

Move 4 = Basket Back to Back = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Basket. Men cradle your lady forwards as normal, but as you do – raise your left hand (with the lady’s right) up onto her left shoulder. Men push with your left hand on the lady’s shoulder as you pull with your right hand at waist level to make your lady turn 1/2 turn to her right to face you. Keep hold with both hands as men raise your right hand out to the right and then over the lady’s head to turn her anti-clockwise. When the ladies come round to face, both step back with a crossed handhold. Both step in, both turning a quarter turn to your right as men raise both hands taking your right hand over your head and extending your left arm so that your left hand goes over the lady’s head, you should now pass back to back. Both take another step to your own left, lowering your hand in a large arc until your left arms are in a half nelson behind your backs, than let go with both hands and step back latching your right hands. Men throw your right hand out to the right – letting go to spin the ladies in an anti-clockwise direction. Catch man’s right to lady’s right.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 5th October 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = First Move Pushspin       Move 2 = Half Windmill       Move 3 = Step Across

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = First Move Manspin = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal First Move. Men take your right hand off your lady’s hip and step forwards turning to your left, latching the lady’s right hand onto your right hip like you would in a normal Manspin. Men continue to turn to your left to face as you swap sides, sliding and catching man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = Left Handed Catapult

Move 3 = Shoulder Pivot = Step back man’s left to lady’s right. Men pull with your left hand at waist level to make your lady step straight forwards without her turning, as men step in to the right and place their right hand onto the lady’s far (right) shoulder (careful your hand/arm goes nowhere near your lady’s neck!). Men let go with your left hand, as whilst keeping your right hand on the lady’s right shoulder – you pull with your right hand to make your lady pivot 1 & ½ turns anti-clockwise on the spot, as the man walks just over half way around the lady in an anti-clockwise direction, whilst facing her the whole time – you should end up at a right angle to each other with the man’s right hand still on the lady’s right shoulder, with the man’s right arm across the lady’s shoulders, behind her neck – men also offer your left hand out in front of the lady at waist level & ladies take hold with your right hand. Men raise your left hand as you push and let go with your right arm to make the ladies step forward under the man’s left arm. Men lower your left hand to bring your lady clockwise round to face. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Sway Lean = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Sway. Men keep hold with your left hand, but let go with your right hand, as you step forward to swap sides turning to your right to face your lady – you should now be left to left. Men step in raising your left hand out to the left to turn the ladies in a clockwise direction. As the ladies come round to face, men turn a quarter turn to your left and take the lady’s hand over your head (like a Comb – but the mirror image) and lower her hand onto your left shoulder, at the same time – men take your right hand behind the lady’s back and onto her right hip – you should now be side by side facing the same way, with the lady on the man’s right hand side. Men keep the right hand side of your body straight as you lunge to your left with your left foot – leaning the ladies down your right hand side. Stand back up to your previous position. Men let go with your left hand and step away from your partner sliding and catching man’s right to lady’s left and taking your right hand out to the left at waist level in preparation to spin the ladies – all on the same beat. Men throw your right hand out to the right at waist level – letting go to spin the ladies in an anti-clockwise direction. Catch.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from www.danceyourselfdizzy.co.uk


Minstead, Thursday 28th September 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Armjive       Move 2 = Octopus       Move 3 = Side to Side

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Double Backhand Comb

Move 2 = First Move Flick = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal First Move. Men twist your lady out to the side, but step forwards on your left foot as you do so, so that you end up at a right angle to your lady. Men raise your left hand to turn your lady anti-clockwise on the spot. When the ladies come round to face – men lower your left hand down in front of your lady before then throwing the lady’s right hand straight up into the air & letting go – ladies stay on the spot & allow your right hand to be flicked up into the air, as men step forwards underneath and turn half a turn to your left. Men you should again be at a right angle to your lady, but the lady should now be to the man’s left – as the lady’s right hand falls down, catch man’s left to lady’s right. Men raise your left hand out to the right in front of you to return your lady anti-clockwise back onto the side she started from. Step back to face.

Move 3 = Neckbreak Catapult = Step back man’s left to lady’s right – men signalling with your right arm in an ‘L’ shape at shoulder height. Both step in so that your partner is on your right hand side, men taking your left hand up near your left shoulder while you take your right hand over the lady’s left shoulder with your palm facing the floor so that you can see your fingertips as you look behind the lady’s head – your right hand/arm should not be in contact with the ladies at this point. Men stay on the spot as you take your left hand around in front of the ladies and transfer her right hand from your left to your right – you should end up both facing the same way with your right hand near the lady’s right shoulder. Men offer your left hand to your lady at waist level in front of you – ladies take hold with your left, as men pull your right hand round gently to twist the ladies slightly to her left into your body. Men raise your left hand to turn your lady clockwise round to face, and take your left hand (with the lady’s left hand) to your right shoulder. Men turn half a turn to your left so your back is facing your lady, as you raise your right hand up over your head and onto your left shoulder – men both your hands should now be on your shoulders with your arms crossed, and the lady’s arm should be crossed behind your neck. Men let go with both hands and step forwards, leaning forwards, offering both hands out behind you like a Catapult. Men step back to your right bringing your lady into your left hand side. Men go as if to spin your lady, but do not let go with your left hand – ladies turn clockwise. As the ladies come round to face, catch right to right, but your also still have hold left to left, with the lady’s left arm in a half nelson behind her back – this is the start of the next move…

Move 4 = Catapult Comb Change Hand & Walkaround = Beat 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Catapult. Men step back to your right bringing your lady into your left hand side. Men go as if to spin your lady, but do not let go with your left hand – ladies turn clockwise. As the ladies come round to face, catch right to right, but your also still have hold left to left, with the lady’s left arm in a half nelson behind her back (this is the end of the previous move). Men take your right hand up and over behind your head like a Comb. Both wiggle on the spot as the man lets go with his right hand and takes hold of the lady’s left hand down by her hip. Both wiggle on the spot as the man lets go with his left hand and takes hold of the lady’s right hand on his shoulder. Men extend your left hand out to the left at shoulder level. Men take your left hand back in between you & your lady, then over her head to turn her in an anti-clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face, men lower you left & raise your right & step in to the left (under your right hand) past your lady and then side step to your right across in front of your lady & lower your right hand to waist level in front of you – you should now be stood side by side with the lady to the man’s left, the man’s left hand by his right hip with the lady’s right arm behind his back at waist level. Both walk clockwise for 2 beats (men walking backwards, ladies walking forwards) Men let go with your left hand at waist level, as you step back raising your right hand to turn the ladies clockwise. As the ladies come around to face, men lower your right hand out to the left at waist level. Men throw your right hand out to the right at waist level – letting go to spin your lady anti-clockwise. Catch with a double handhold.

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Minstead, Thursday 14th September 2017

Please note that these Modern Jive move descriptions are intended to be used as a memory jogger for those who attended the dance class rather than a training aid for learning the moves from scratch. Much more in-depth move descriptions and videos are available in the Dance Yourself Dizzy Members Area.

Beginner Moves

Move 1 = Basket       Move 2 = Wurlitzer       Move 3 = Shoulder Slide

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Crossed Armjive = Step back man’s right to lady’s right, men offering their left hand underneath. Both step in as the men pull back with their left elbow and push with their right – this should make the men turn to their left and the ladies turn to their right. Men pull back with your right elbow, making both of you pivot to face the opposite direction. Men pull back with your left elbow again, making both of you pivot to face the opposite direction again. Men take both hands out to the right at waist level in preparation to spin the ladies. Men throw both hands together out to the left at waist level – letting go to spin the ladies in a clockwise direction. Catch. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = Recurring Sway (Variation) = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Sway. Men keep both your hands at waist level, and push forwards with your left hand, as you step forwards turning to your right – this turns your lady to her right in front of you, so you should be stood directly behind her facing her back. Keep both hands at waist level still, as men pull back with your right hand so you both continue to turn to your right – stepping back on the opposite side in the mirror image of a Sway with the ladies to the man’s left. Men nudge the ladies across to the right in front of you as you step to your left behind her, the ladies should now be back in a normal Sway position. Men Sway your lady backwards as normal as per beat 3. Men keep both your hands at waist level, and push forwards with your left hand, as you step forwards turning to your right – this turns your lady to her right in front of you, so you should be stood directly behind her facing her back. Keep both hands at waist level still, as men pull back with your right hand so you both continue to turn to your right – stepping back on the side you started in the mirror image of a Sway with the ladies to the man’s left. Men nudge the ladies across to the right in front of you as you step to your left behind her, the ladies should now be back in a normal Sway position. Men Sway your lady backwards as normal as per beat 3. Men raise your left hand to turn your lady clockwise. Face with your left hand raised and your right hand low. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = American Shoulder Drop = Step back right to right. Both step in, men turning a quarter turn to your right taking your right hand out to the right at waist level, ladies step in turning a quarter turn to your left – men place your left hand on the lady’s left shoulder (you should now be stood behind your lady). Both continue to swap sides as men pull & raise your right hand to turn your lady clockwise. When the lady comes round to face, men drop your right elbow to point to the floor & turn half a turn to your left on the spot until your back is facing the lady, and latch the lady’s right hand onto your right shoulder. Men keep facing away from your lady, as you let go with your right hand & step forward allowing the lady’s right hand to run across your shoulders then down your outstretched left arm and back-catch man’s left to lady’s right. Men take a big step back and to the right as you pull and raise your left hand to make the ladies step forward underneath your left arm turning to her left (men make sure your left elbow is pointing to the ceiling as you do this and not at the lady’s face!). Step back to face.

Move 4 = First Move Sling Spin = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal First Move. Men twist your lady out to the side with your left hand like you would do in a normal First Move, but take you right hand off your lady’s hip and step forward to swap sides turning 1 whole turn to your right – keeping hold with your left hand at waist level. Men once you end up in front of your lady with your back facing her – step back to the right, as you pull with your left hand at waist level – to make your lady step forwards into your left hand side. Men take another step back onto the side you started from as you pull back with your left hand at waist level – letting go to spin your lady clockwise. Catch right to right. Return. Step back.

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