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Minstead, Thursday 5th April 2018

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 = Basket Cog Turn

Move 2 = Hatchflick

Move 3 = Mirrored Catapult Sway = Step back man’s left to lady’s right. Step in as the man pulls down and then raises his left hand out to the left, to make the ladies turn to their right underneath. Men take another step forward to swap sides, lowering your hand to waist level and pivoting a quarter turn to your right so you end up with your left arm in a half nelson behind your back & the lady is facing the man. Men pull & let go with your left hand behind your back to make your lady step forwards, as you place your right hand (with thumb pointing up) onto your lady’s right hip & turn to your right as you start to walk round behind your lady. Ladies keep facing the same way as men continue to walk round behind the lady, whilst keeping their right hand still on the lady’s right hip. Men step in to the left of your lady & collect her in a Sway position. Sway backwards. Forwards. Men raise your left hand to turn your lady out clockwise in front of you. Face, with your left hand raised. Return. Step back to face with a crossed handhold.

Move 4 = Secret Lean = Step back right to right, men signalling by offering your left hand in front of you by your right hip. Both step in so 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 down by his hip. Men take a small step behind your lady with your right foot as you extend your right hand out to the right, ladies, you turn half a turn to your right. Men place your weight on your right foot and pivot around to your right to face your lady as you bring your right hand up into an ‘L’ shape. Men keep your left hand at waist level as you push and raise your right hand to turn the lady in a clockwise direction. As the lady comes round to face, men take your right hand over your head as you pivot a quarter turn to your right so you end up side by side with your lady with your left hand behind her back. Men lunge to your right with your right foot and allow the ladies to lean down your left hand side. Stand back up to your previous position. Let go with your hands and step away from each other sliding and catching man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

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Minstead, Thursday 29th March 2018

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 = Catapult       Move 2 = Comb       Move 3 = Manspin

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Armjive Man’s Turn = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Armjive. Both pull back with your left hand again, but men take your left hand over your head, let go with your right hand & turn ¾ turn to your left on the spot underneath your raised left hand. Men lower you hand to face and step back – you should be side on to your lady. Men take a large side step to your left past your lady as you pull with your left hand across in front of you at waist level to make the lady step forwards in front of you to begin to swap sides. Men pull back and let go with your left hand at waist level to spin your lady clockwise. Catch man’s left to lady’s right having swapped sides. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = Neckbreak Pushspin = 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 whilst keeping hold with your right hand – raise your right arm up over the lady’s head and step forward turning to your right to face. Step back to face with a crossed handhold. Men step in to the left as you look at your lady, whilst pivoting a ¼ turn to your right to face her, as you pull with your right hand at waist level to make you lady step straight forwards & men flatten your right hand so you are palm to palm. Men continue to swap sides as you pull back and let go with both hands (but more so your right hand in a Pushspin) – to spin your lady clockwise. Catch right to right. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Double 8 = 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, dip your right hand in between you on the halfbeat before raising it over the lady’s head to turn her in a clockwise direction. When she comes round to face lower your hands to waist level & men perform a quick clockwise Manspin on the spot – letting go with your right hand as you turn & as you face catch man’s left to lady’s right. Men now perform a normal Step Across so you both swap sides again. Face. Return, Step back.

Move 4 = 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.

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Minstead, Thursday 22nd March 2018

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 = Sway

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Wurlitzer Block = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Wurlitzer. Men sweep your right hand up out to the right and then over the lady’s head to turn her in an anti-clockwise direction. As the lady comes round to face, men lower you hand to waist level and then pivot 1 whole turn anti-clockwise to face your lady again & offer your flat left palm to your lady – ladies place your right palm on the man’s – the man’s right arm is behind his back. Men let go of your right hand behind your back, as you push and raise your left hand to turn your lady clockwise. Face.

Move 2 = Left Handed Duck Comb

Move 3 = Step Across Hip Swizzle = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Step Across. Men as you pull down with your left elbow to bring the ladies around to face – keep moving your left hand up and out to the left to turn the ladies in a clockwise direction. Just before the lady comes round to face, men 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, pull and let go with your right hand as you raise your left hand back in between you and over the lady’s head to turn her in an anti-clockwise direction as you both step back on to the side you each started from. As the ladies come round to face, men take your left hand across to the right at waist level. Men pull back and let go with your left hand at waist level – letting go to spin your lady clockwise. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Basket About Turn = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Basket. Men keep your hands on the lady’s hips as you take a step back directly behind your lady. Men pull with your hands on the lady’s hips to make her step back into your left hand side as you step in – you should now be side by side with the ladies on the left. Men step around in front of your partner to stand on her opposite side as you both pivot a further 180 degrees to your left. This should result in you both turning a total of 360 degrees and the lady should now be on the mans right hand side as per a normal Basket. Men raise your left hand to unwrap your lady. Face. Return. Step back.

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


Minstead, Thursday 8th March 2018

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 = Side to Side       Move 3 = Step Across

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = First Move Backslide = 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. As the ladies come round to face – men keep your left hand raised and step underneath it turning to your left like you would in a Step Across. Men finish turning to your left as you pull down with your left hand to face. 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 changing hands so you are right to right ready for the next move.

Move 2 = American Block Spin = 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 toward you with your right hand as you push slightly with your left hand so you end up facing each other having swapped sides. Men step in 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 (palm facing up) underneath the lady’s right elbow. Both continue to swap sides as men let go with their right hand & pull back with their left at waist level (allowing their left hand to slip round the lady’s elbow so that it is now over the top – blocking her) making the lady turn to her right to face – men taking their left hand across to left at waist level as you face. Men throw your left hand across to the right at waist level – letting go to spin your lady anti-clockwise. Catch right to right.

Move 3 = Hatchback Comb Change Hands = Step back right to right, men signalling by offering his left hand behind his back. Both step in so that your partner is on your right hand side, men take your hand across your chest and up near your left shoulder, ladies take hold of the man’s offered hand behind his back. Men take a step behind your lady as you extend your right hand out to the right at shoulder level – ladies turn to your right so you are looking over the man’s shoulder. Men raise your right hand back over your head as you turn to your left underneath to face your lady. Men take your right hand over the lady’s head to turn her in a clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face – men take your right hand over your head as you would in a Comb and lower the lady’s hand behind your neck – the lady’s left arm should be behind her back. Men change hands – ladies keep your hands where they are, as the men let go with both hands, take hold of the lady’s hand by her hip with your right, and take hold of the lady’s hand on your shoulder with your left. Keep hold with both hands as men extend their left hand out to the left at shoulder level. Men bring your left hand back in between you and your lady to then return her anti-clockwise. Step back to face.

Move 4 = Basket Bottle Opener

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Minstead, Thursday 22nd February 2018

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 = Teapot

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Catapult Cleaver = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Catapult. Men step forwards and lean forwards as normal but offer your left hand over your right shoulder. Men step back to the left, pulling with your right hand at waist level to bring your lady into your right hand side – ladies take hold of the man’s offered hand by his shoulder. Men take another step back as you pull with your right hand at waist level to start turning your lady anti-clockwise in front of you, as she comes round to face men raise your right hand to meet your left to turn your lady another whole turn in an anti-clockwise direction. 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.

Move 2 = Travelling Block Turn = Step back Man’s left to Lady’s right. Men step in to swap sides, as if to perform a travelling return, by pulling your left hand to lead the lady across – but on the halfbeat, once the lady is halfway across, men change hands so you are now right to right (men with your right elbow dropped to block your lady). Men push and raise your right hand to turn your lady clockwise, as you both continue to swap sides. Step back to face. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Sway Flip Flop First = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Sway. Men nudge the ladies across to the left in front of you as you step to your right behind her. Men pull with your right hand at waist level to make your lady side step to her right back into a Sway position – on the halfbeat as the men step to the left into a Sway position, men place your left hand underneath the lady’s left forearm & flick the lady’s left arm up into the air. Men immediately let go with your right hand, but allow it to slide round the lady’s back, as you quickly step underneath the lady’s arm you’ve thrown in the air and quickly walk round in front of her and collect her in a First Move position by taking hold of her right hand with your left by your left shoulder and placing your right hand on the lady’s left hip. Just like a First Move now – twist the ladies out to the side. Back up to the shoulder. To the ladies clockwise. Face. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Swizzle Slidebreak = Step back with a double handhold. Men step in to the left to begin to swap sides as whilst keeping hold with both hands, you take your left hand down towards the lady’s right hip, while you take your right hand up and out to the right over the lady’s head to start making her turn to her left. Continue to swap sides, men turning to your right to face your lady, lady’s keep turning to their left and as they come round to face men take your right hand out to the right at shoulder level (the lady’s right arm should now be behind her back in a half nelson). Men take a very small step forwards as you pivot a ¼ turn to your left to face your lady, whilst taking your right hand onto the lady’s left shoulder. Men keep hold with both hands, as you push with your right hand on the lady’s shoulder, whilst gently pulling with your left hand to make your lady pivot half a turn clockwise & the man pivots another ¼ turn anti-clockwise – you should end up side by side facing opposite directions, your partner to your right, with the man’s right arm behind the lady’s neck with his right hand still by the lady’s left shoulder. Men raise your left hand to take your lady’s right arm up & over behind your head so you should now both be in a Slidebreak Walkaround position. This move now finishes just like a Slidebreak Walkaround – both keep this position as you both walkaround clockwise for 2 beats. Both let go with your hands as you walkaround for 1 final beat stepping away from each other sliding and catching right to right. Return. Step back.

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Minstead, Thursday 15th February 2018

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 = Wurlitzer

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Basket Lady’s Comb Pushspin

Move 2 = Catapult Arm Turn = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Catapult. Men step forwards and lean forwards as you would do normally, but do not offer your spare hand out behind you. Men step back to the right, turning to your left slightly & sweep your left arm up underneath your lady’s right arm – so you are forearm to forearm & men let go with their right hand – ladies step forwards to the left. Men continue to step back to swap sides, as you raise your left arm to turn the lady clockwise using just your forearm. As the lady comes round to face having stepped back onto the side she started from, men sweep your left arm down, so you slide and catch man’s left hand to lady’s right hand at waist level. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Teapot Ladyspin = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Teapot. Men push and let go with your right hand behind the lady’s back, as you turn to your left sweeping your left arm down to waist level to face as normal, but as your left hand does come down to waist level men place your right hand over the top of your lady’s right wrist & let go with your left so you have changed hands. Men go as if to spin your lady by taking your right hand across to the right at waist level, but block her a second time by placing your left hand over the top of your lady’s right wrist & let go with your right so you have changed hands a second time. Men pull back and let go with your left hand at waist level to spin your lady clockwise. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Pretzel Basket = Men step back signalling for a normal Pretzel - man’s left to lady’s right, with man’s right hand offered behind his back in a half nelson. Both step in, men raising your left hand over the lady’s head as the ladies take hold of the man’s offered hand behind his back. Pass back to back, men lowering your left hand to waist level as you raise your right hand over the lady’s head. Men let go with your left hand as you keep your right hand raised to start turning your lady clockwise – as the lady starts to turn, men quickly turn to your right to face your lady & step in to the left beside your lady & take hold of the lady’s right hand with your left hand at waist level – the lady as she keeps turning clockwise is now wrapping into the mirror image of a Basket. Men as you lower your right hand to waist level, keep turning to your right until you face the same way as your lady, side by side, with the lady to the man’s left, both in the mirror image of a Basket. Men raise your right hand to make your lady step forward unwrapping anti-clockwise. As the ladies come round to face, keep hold with both hands – men lower your right hand to waist level as you raise your left hand to keep turning your lady anti-clockwise to wrap your lady into a normal Basket. Cradle backwards – this is now the link back to the beginning of the routine…

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Minstead, Thursday 8th February 2018

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 = Shoulder Slide       Move 3 = Hatchback

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Pull Under = Step back with a double handhold. Men raise your right hand, as you throw and let go with your left hand past your right hip – ladies step forward underneath the man’s raised right arm turning to their left – men step behind your lady turning to your right as you swap sides. Step back to face catching with a double handhold again. Men raise your left hand, as you throw and let go with your right hand past your left hip – ladies step forward underneath the man’s raised left arm turning to their right – men step behind your lady turning to your left as you swap sides. Step back to face. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = First Move Flick Spin = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal First Move. Men keep your left hand at waist level as you draw a large horizontal anti-clockwise circle out in front of you & your lady at waist level to make you lady step forwards & round, turning to her left. Men take your left hand out to the right at waist level in preparation for a spin. Men pull back with your left hand at waist level – letting go to spin your lady clockwise. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Neckbreak Shoulder Slide = 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, ladies step back on your right foot. Men push with both hands to make your lady step forwards out in front of you. Men step in to the right of your lady, as you pull with both hands to make the lady step backwards into your left hand side. Men let go with your left hand as you step forwards turning to your left in front of your lady to face, allowing your left hand to slide down the lady’s right arm and catch man’s left to lady’s right. Travelling return. Step back to face.

Move 4 = Basket Shoulder Block & Step = 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 1/4 turn to her right. Keep hold with both hands & men keep their left hand on the lady’s left shoulder, 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, men keep your left hand on the lady’s left shoulder (fingertips hold only & the back of the man’s left hand should be curled back round the lady’s shoulder) as men step to the left and pivot ¼ turn to their right, whilst extending their right hand out to the right in front of them so the lady’s left arm extended straight out in front of her at shoulder level. Men let go with your left hand as you raise your right hand and perform the mirror image of a Step Across – stepping across in front of your lady under her left arm, turning to your right. Men lower your right hand to waist level as you come round to face. Men throw your right hand away to the left at waist level – letting go to spin your lady clockwise. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

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


Minstead, Thursday 25th January 2018

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 = Sway       Move 3 = Catapult

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Step Across Backpass = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Step Across. Men as you pull down with your left elbow to bring the ladies around to face – keep moving your left hand up and out to the left to turn the ladies in a clockwise direction. As the ladies come round to face, men lower your left hand to waist level, turn to your right and transfer the lady’s right hand from your left to your right behind your back on the halfbeat, before then taking your right hand out to the right behind you at waist level. Men continue turning to your right to face your lady & as you do so take your right hand across to the right at waist level to wrap your lady into a Sway – this is the start of the next move…

Move 2 = Sway Walkaround (1) = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Sway. Both keep the Sway position as you both rotate about 1 whole turn clockwise over 2 beats, with the men walking forwards & the ladies walking backwards. Once you’ve finished the 2 beats of walking round, men raise your left hand to send the lady out clockwise. Face with your left hand raised and your right hand at waist level. Men raise your right hand to return the lady anti-clockwise. Step back to face letting go with the left hand.

Move 3 = Catapult Push = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Catapult. Men let go with your right hand and go to spin the ladies but do not let go with your left hand, as the lady’s back comes round to face you – place your right hand onto the lady’s right shoulder blade and push away. Ladies turn to your left as men turn half a turn to your right and offer your spare hand out behind you and lean away from your partner in a Catapult position. Men step back to the right bringing your lady into your left hand side. Men let go with your right hand and go to spin the ladies but do not let go with your left hand, as the lady’s back comes round to face you – place your right hand onto the lady’s right shoulder blade and push away. Ladies turn to your left as men turn half a turn to your right and offer your spare hand out behind you and lean away from your partner in a Catapult position. From here this move finishes like a normal Catapult, men step back to your right brining your lady into your left hand side. Spin the ladies. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Pretzel Comb = Men step back signalling – man’s left to lady’s right, with man’s right hand offered behind his back in a half nelson. Both step in, men raising your left hand over the lady’s head as the ladies take hold of the man’s offered hand behind his back. Both step to your left so you pass back to back, men lowering your left hand to waist level behind your back as you raise your right hand over the lady’s head. Men lower your right hand down to meet your other hand at waist level in front of your lady & collect both the lady’s hands in your right hand (let go with your left hand men). Men raise your right hand out to the right and over the lady’s head to turn her one complete turn anti-clockwise. When the ladies come round to face, men take your right hand over behind your head like a Comb, lowering the lady’s arms either side of your head. Men let go with your right hand as you both wiggle on the spot for 2 beats with the lady’s hands on the man’s shoulders & the man’s hand on the lady’s hips. Push away and both step back catching with a 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 18th January 2018

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

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Armjive Swizzle & Step =  Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Armjive. Men keep hold with both hands, and keep your right hand down at waist level, as you raise your left hand to turn your lady 1 whole turn in a clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face, men extend your left hand out to the left at shoulder level – ladies your left arm should be behind your back in a half nelson position. Men pull and let go with your right hand on the lady’s hip to make her step forwards, as you also step forwards underneath your lady’s arm – turning to your left. Both continue to swap sides, men swinging your left arm down to waist level to bring your lady round to face as you continue to turn to your left to face. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = Neckbreak Unwind = 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 down towards the lady’s hip & across in front of her at waist level to make her twist out to the side like a First Move Lady’s step back on your right) – and as the lady now faces the same way, men with your right hand tap your lady on her right shoulder – ladies take hold with your left hand. Men push with your right arm to twist your lady forwards slightly to her left. Men let go with your left hand, as you now pull back and raise your right hand to unwrap your lady 1 & ½ turns clockwise to face – men taking your right hand across to the left at waist level in preparation for a spin when you do face each other. Men pull back with your right hand at waist level – letting go to spin your lady in an anti-clockwise direction. Catch right to right.

Move 3 = Sway Rocks = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Sway. Men pull back with your right hand by the lady’s right hip & both step back on your right foot, both pivoting a ¼ turn to your right. Both rock your weight over your left foot. Both rock your weight over your right foot. Over your left. And again over your right. Men raise your left hand to turn your lady out clockwise. Both face stepping back on the opposite side from where you started, with your left hand raised and your right hand at waist level. Return. Step back to face with a crossed handhold ready for the next move.

Move 4 = Secret Catapult= Step back right to right, men signalling by offering your left hand in front of you by your right hip. Both step in so 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 down by his hip. Men take a small step behind your lady with your right foot as you extend your right hand out to the right, ladies, you turn half a turn to your right. Men place your weight on your right foot and pivot around to your right to face your lady as you bring your right hand up into an ‘L’ shape. Men keep your left hand at waist level as you push and raise your right hand to turn the lady in a clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face – men take your right hand across to the left at waist level (ladies your left arm should be behind your back in a half nelson). Men keep hold with your left hand as you throw your right hand out to the right – this should make the ladies turn to her left, at the same time men turn to your right so that your back is facing your lady. Men offer your right hand out behind you, ladies take hold and both lean away from each other in a normal Catapult position. From here this move finishes like a normal Catapult, men step back to the right bringing your lady into your left hand side. Men let go with your right hand as you step back spinning the ladies in a clockwise direction. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

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Minstead, Thursday 11th January 2018

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 = Side to Side

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Yo Yo Backslide = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Yoyo. Men take a step to your right as you transfer the lady’s hand from your right to your left over your head. Men take another small step to your right as you pull down with your left hand – if you look over your left shoulder your lady should be diagonally to the left behind you. Men take a big step back onto the side that you started on as you pull and raise your left hand to return the ladies – ladies step forward changing sides as you turn to your left. Face your partner.

Move 2 = Almost Pretzel Turns = Both step back, men, offer 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 left, as you take your offered right hand away before your lady has a chance to grab it, then turn to your left and change hands above her head. Men keep your right hand raised to turn the ladies another whole turn in a clockwise direction as you continue to swap sides. Step back to face. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Sway First Move = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Sway. Men let go with your right hand but keep it in contact with your lady as you slide it round onto her left hip, whilst you step round in front of your lady – swapping sides and collecting her in a First Move position. Men push with your left hand and step forwards with your left foot – ladies back on your right. Men pull back with your left hand at waist level as you step back with your left foot – ladies step forwards with your right foot. Men push with your left hand and step forwards with your left foot – ladies back on your right. Men bring your left hand up to your left shoulder as you step back with your left foot behind your right so you have turned a quarter turn to your left – ladies step straight forwards on your right. Men raise your left hand, and push and let go with your right hand on the lady’s hip – to make the ladies step forwards under your arm to swap sides. Men turn to your left having swapped sides to face, as you pull down with your left hand to bring the ladies round clockwise to face. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Side to Side Basket Spin Out = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Side to Side. Both step back out to face as normal but men offer your spare hand – ladies take hold. Men let go with your left hand, then step in side to side facing the other way. Step back out to face, still just man’s right to lady’s left. Men Pull and raise your right hand out to the left to make your lady step forwards into your left hand side turning clockwise. As the lady turns, as she faces you – men take hold of her right hand at waist level with your left, then continue turning her another ½ turn clockwise, so that she wraps in to the mirror image of a Basket. Men keep hold with both hands by the lady’s hips as you now take a big step round behind her and step in to her left hand side. Men let go with your left hand as you step forwards in front of your lady, turning to your right to face her, as you pull with your right hand at waist level to unwrap your lady 1 complete turn clockwise to face & prepare her for a spin by men taking your right hand across to the left at waist level. Men throw your right hand across to the right at waist level – letting go to spin your lady anti-clockwise. Catch right to right.

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