Wednesday, 21 of March of 2018

Basingstoke, Monday 19th 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 Pushspin       Move 2 = Half Windmill       Move 3 = Step Across


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 prepare your lady for a spin. Men throw your right hand across to the left at waist level – letting go to spin your lady clockwise. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 2 = First Move Turn Out = Beats 1 & 2 as per a normal First Move. Men twist your lady out to the side as normal, but as you do so slip your right arm behind the lady’s back and place your right hand onto the lady’s right hip to prevent her turning any further than ½ turn, as you also let go with your left hand and collect the lady’s left hand on your right shoulder. Men raise your left hand out in front of your lady whilst pushing with your right arm to make your lady step forwards turning clockwise. Step back to face with your left hand raised & catch right to right at waist level. Return. Step back to face with a crossed handhold.

Move 3 = Secret Two Handed Swizzle & Comb

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