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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.

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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.

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


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.

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


Minstead, Thursday 4th 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 = Sway       Move 2 = Comb       Move 3 = Teapot

 

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Armjive Sling Spin = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per normal Armjive. Men let go with your right hand, step in to the left as you pivot a quarter turn to your right, whilst pulling with the left hand at waist level to make your lady step forwards to begin to swap sides. Men continue to swap sides as you pull back & 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 2 = First Move Penguin = Beats 1, 2 and 3 as per a normal First Move. Men, lead your ladies forwards so that you rock forwards onto your left foot, ladies right foot, facing each other in a ballroom dance style of hold. You then both rock your weight from foot to foot another 3 times (men = right, left, right – ladies = left, right, left ) At that point you have both rocked your weight from foot to foot a total of 4 times. Those 4 steps should be done on just 2 beats and as you rock from foot to foot you should both rotate clockwise. This means that the men are travelling forwards pulling their partner forwards as you both rotate. When you have completed the 4 steps, men, twist the ladies out to the right and you should be in the same First Move position that you were in on beat 3. Finish like a normal First Move Pushspin.

Move 3 = Catapult Secret Block Spin = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Catapult. Men step forwards and lean forwards as normal but offer your left hand underneath your right arm, past your right hip – do not turn at all to face the lady. Men step back to the left, as you pull with your right hand at waist level to make your lady step forwards into your right hand side – ladies take hold of the man’s offered left hand with your left (you should now both be side by side facing the same way). Men keeping hold with both hands (don’t do anything with the left), pull with the right hand at waist level to make your lady turn 1 complete turn anti-clockwise on the spot – as the lady is turning men quickly step round behind her & in beside her on the other side – men keep your right hand at waist level, but flip it over and open it so you are now palm to palm & blocking your lady (you should again both be side by side facing the same way, but with the lady now on the man’s left). Men pull back and let go with your right hand to spin your lady clockwise, as you step forwards swapping sides turning to your left to face (keep hold with your left hand for as long as possible, but you will have to let go eventually as the lady spins). Slide and catch man’s left to lady’s right. Travelling return. Step back.

Move 4 = Basket Spinning Top = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per normal Basket. Men step directly behind your lady so you are looking at her back. Then raise both hands above her head. Men let go with both hands, and slide your hands down the lady’s arms and body, to her hips, taking 2 beats. Men keep your hands on the lady’s hips as you push with your right hand and pull with the left to twist the ladies slightly to her left. Men pull and let go with your right hand as you push and let go with your left, to spin the ladies in a clockwise direction. 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 7th December 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 Pushspin       Move 2 = Comb       Move 3 = Octopus

 

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 = 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 man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Pretzel Cloak

Move 4 = Drop Kick

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


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.

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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.

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