Modern jive beginners corner

If you’re new to modern jive, or still feeling like you’re a beginner although you’re past that total newbie phase, then you’re in the right place.

What about Dance is for all lovers of modern jive (with some learnings and sharing of other dance styles…because we can all learn from other experiences).  I try and cover all areas from tips to reviews, from opinions to shared experiences.

Tips for modern jive beginners

Moving up:

In modern jive classes, many say 6-8 weeks of beginners lessons before moving up to try intermediates.  If you don’t feel ready then don’t move up. Beginners review sessions really give a good boost to your learning because of the smaller group and chance to ask questions and perfect those moves in a slower paced environment.  A workshop is a great way to consolidate your beginners learning before giving you the confidence to move up.

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If you’ve danced before and find beginners easy (in particular women because following is the key skill to learn rather than moves), then ask a taxi dancer or teacher for a dance and get feedback on whether you’re ready to move up.  It’s better to make sure, than to move up before you’re ready and then get put off because you struggle in intermediates.

Enjoy it

If you enjoy your classes, that’s the best thing. If you have niggles or aren’t enjoying the venue, but still want to carry on dancing, look for another venue with different teachers. Many organisations run classes in different towns or areas, with different teachers. It might be a teacher issue, or the people at the venue.  Ask around for recommendations for friendly venues, venues who play music you love and where there are plenty of beginners.

Freestyles

The step up to freestyles is often scary. Some beginners launch straight into them, while others take their time.  Choose which is right for you.  It’s always worth finding a friend to go with the first time, if only to make you go and stay. Don’t worry if you don’t want to dance the first time, and just watch and absorb the atmosphere.

Some beginners don’t stay for a full class night, but trying the freestyle after classes is the best way to get the feel of a freestyle and practise in an environment with dancers you see each week.  It’s where you hone your social dancing, and once you’re comfortable in at class night freestyles, then you’re certainly ready to attend a full night of freestyle.

Look out for freestyles with an ice breaker class first. Most are more relaxed than a normal class, and you’ll get the chance to meet people as well as try some new moves. Just check the level offered first as some freestyles have an advanced class first, rather than general level.

I’ve included some of the popular beginner focused articles below – just click the image to get to the post.

If you’re moving into the improver/intermediate level, there’s plenty of tips and technique posts, as well as thoughts and observations about dance.  Head over to the improver page.

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