Wednesday, 21 of March of 2018

Winchester, Tuesday 13th 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 = Shoulder Slide       Move 2 = Octopus       Move 3 = Armjive


Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Almost Pretzel Let Go & Windmill Spin = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal Almost Pretzel - Step back man’s left to lady’s right with the men signalling by offering his right hand behind his back in a half nelson. Men step in raising your left hand – ladies step in under the man’s arm, turning slightly to your right as you try to take hold of the man’s offered hand behind his back. Men take your right hand away from behind your back before your lady can take hold and continue to swap sides lowering your left arm behind your back into a half nelson – as you do this offer your right hand out to the right at waist level, let go with your left hand behind your back and slide and catch right to right. Men step in to begin to swap sides like you would in a Half Windmill, pulling down and then raising your right hand. Men as you turn to your left, throw your right hand away behind your back to spin the ladies in an anti-clockwise direction. Step back having changed sides catching man’s left to lady’s right.

Move 2 = Return Close Hold

Move 3 = Octopus Wrap and Spin = Beats 1, 2 & 3 as per a normal Octopus. Men step in to the left of the ladies as you look at her, raising both your hands together over your head as you turn to your left underneath. Continue to swap sides, then as you face – briefly dip your hands in between your faces and then raise them both together again to turn the ladies in a clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face – men keep your left hand raised as you throw your right hand down and out to the left – letting go to spin your lady 1 extra turn in a clockwise direction. Men lower your left hand to face. Return. Step back.

Move 4 = Lady’s Wrap & Duck Spin = Step back right to right, men signaling by offering their left hand by their right hip. Both step in so that your partner is on your right hand side, men take your right hand up near your left shoulder, ladies with your left hand take hold of the man’s offered hand by his hip. Men extend your right hand out to the right so the ladies turn half a turn to her right on the spot. Men pivot to your right to face your lady as you take your right hand in between you, then over the lady’s head, to turn the ladies half a turn to her left – once the lady’s back is facing you, men lower your right hand down near your lady’s left hip – the man’s arms should be crossed behind the lady’s back and the lady’s arms crossed in front of herself. Men apply a little pressure with your right forearm on the lady’s back to make the ladies bend forwards. Men pull gently with your left hand as you push gently with your right hand to make the ladies start to turn to her right in a clockwise direction underneath your arms whilst she is bent over. Ladies, once you have completed 1 whole turn, stand up – your back should be facing the men. Men let go with your left hand as you pull back with your right hand – taking it out to the right at waist level in preparation for a spin. Men throw your right hand across to the left at waist level – letting go to spin the ladies in a clockwise direction. Catch. Return. Step back.

Full step by step video to all underlined dance moves are available  from