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JIVE Hopping part 03

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General Informations

JIVE is a Latin American dance that is danced in international ballroom competitions. It is closely related to boogie-woogie and rock `n roll. While rock `n roll is danced with hops, the jive has its own basic step that is not hopped. Jive is usually danced in an open dancing stance.
The "hopping" can also be used as a short warm-up interval.
Hopping steps are well suited for a short input about "cognitive skills with music".

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music
  • Examples from the category: "Short Dances"

Tips for implementation:

  • Different forms of organisations add variety and take some pressure off the teacher as the "presenter".
  • Play some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • If students know a few jive moves, they may combine these moves freely.
  • Use hopping and jive moves alternatively
  • If, for example, two hopping parts and a jive move are combined, a small combination can be formed for all of the class.
  • They can create their own moves

Tips relating to the music: further information can be found under the heading "Tips & methods" > Music 

  • For this example, several different music pieces are suitable. A clear rhythm with between 120 – 150  beats per minute (BPM) is helpful. (Rock n Roll,  Boogie Woogie)
  • Good, motivating music is very important. Use songs that are currently popular every now and then. Bring faster and slower music to the lesson. These add variety and motivation to lessons.