Friday, 25 of May of 2018

Minstead, Thursday 19th 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 = First Move Pushspin

Move 2 = Half Windmill

Move 3 = Step Across

Intermediate Moves

Move 1 = Basket into Ladyspin

Move 2 = Pretzel Shoulder Spin = Both step back mans left hand to ladies right hand, men, offer your right hand in a half nelson position behind your back. Both step in, men, raise your left arm and take your offered right hand away before your ladies have a chance to grab it. Both pass back to back, both pivoting to your own right as you continue to swap sides, men, lower your left arm in to a half nelson behind your back & then men raise their straightened right arm up over the lady’s head and then lower their right hand onto the lady’s left shoulder – you should now be side by side facing opposite directions. Both walk round in a clockwise direction for 2 beats. Men let go with your left hand as you turn to your right to face your lady, whilst pulling & letting go with your right hand on the lady’s shoulder – to spin her in a clockwise direction. Catch man’s left to lady’s right. Return. Step back.

Move 3 = Archiespin

Move 4 = Armjive Swizzle, Wiggle & Spin = Beats 1, 2, 3 & 4 as per a normal Armjive. Men keep hold with both hands, keeping the right hand at waist level as you raise your left hand to turn your lady in a clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face again – men take your left hand out to the left at shoulder level for the swizzle, the lady’s left arm should be behind her back in a half nelson. Men take your left hand back in between you & your lady, then over her head to turn her in an anti-clockwise direction. When the ladies come round to face, men drop your left elbow to point to the floor & take your left hand over your head, as you turn half a turn to your right on the spot so your back is facing your lady and lower your left hand down near your right hip. Both wiggle on the spot for 2 beats. Men let go with your left hand, side step to your right as you pull with your right hand at waist level to make your lady step forwards into your left hand side. Men step back and to the left as you pull back with your right hand at waist level, and then take your right hand across to the left at waist level to prepare the lady for a spin just like a Wurlitzer. Men pull back and let go with your right hand at waist level to spin your lady in an anti-clockwise direction. Catch man’s left to lady’s right.

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