Wednesday, 21 of March of 2018

Basingstoke, Monday 8th 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 = Basket       Move 2 = Step Across       Move 3 = Side to Side


Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = 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 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 = Sway Cleaver Spin Out = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Sway. As soon as the lady has wrapped into the sway position, men take hold of your lady’s offered left hand with your left & then raise it to turn your lady out clockwise, as men step forward on their left foot & pivot ¼ turn to their right. As the lady completes 1 whole turn clockwise, men take the lady’s left arm over & behind your head, as whilst being careful with your elbow – raise your right arm up, over and behind the lady’s head. Let go with all hands as men lower their right hand down and place it behind the lady’s back at waist level near her left hip – ladies allow your left arm to drop down by your side so it doesn’t get stuck behind the man’s back. Men walk to your left for 2 beats as your pull with your right hand to make your lady walk forwards with you (you should be at a right angle to each other as you do this). Men pull and let go with your right hand at waist level to make your lady spin out clockwise swapping sides, as men step back to the right – on the opposite side. Face catching right to right. Return. Step back.

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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