1950s Rock & Roll Jive FAQs
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We cater for over 18s, but there is no upper age limit.
Are there any age restrictions?
All the moves we teach are developed with safety in mind, but the basic rule is that, Girls, if you aren’t ready for a move, aren’t comfortable with a move, or miss a lead -
What about safety?
Rock & Roll American Jive can be quite energetic! During a complete evening of dancing, it’s important that you drink plenty of fluids. We don’t sell drinks in class, so please bring your own refreshments. You may also like to bring a small sports towel with you!
Should I bring a drink with me?
One of the most difficult things to begin with is asking a relative stranger for a dance! To make things as easy as possible for everyone, we only have one class rule about this -
If you have come with a partner, you may want to dance mostly with your partner outside the instruction periods. That’s perfectly okay, but it really helps your dancing if you dance with other people too.
What about asking someone to dance?
There are lots of different styles of Jive around, so even if you've learnt another style, we do ask you to join in the first class for a few weeks until you are comfortable with the basics of this style -
I've learnt other forms of Jive -
Even after your first lesson, you'll usually be able to dance enough steps to make it a recognisable dance, but it takes a few weeks of practice to get it comfortable. Although people learn at different speeds, it generally takes about 4-
Our Beginners Courses are designed to give you a good grounding in the basic moves with the confidence to dance a variety of figures after completing the course.
How soon will I be able to dance?
What will we learn?
As well as learning the fundamentals of partnered Rock & Roll American Jive, during classes you may learn some other variations. These can include Progressive Rock & Roll which is danced in a circle to a set basic pattern with everyone dancing in time and moving on to the next person in the circle each time. And, as you become more proficient, there is another form of Rock & Roll American Jive where one leader dances with two girls at the same time -
We don’t encourage people to just come and watch the classes unless they are regular class members waiting for another class to start, or staying on after Class 1. Everyone in the hall is asked to join in the instruction periods, but may want to sit out through general practice. If you join one of our Beginners courses, everyone will be in the same boat, and probably feeling just as nervous as you are.
Can I just come and watch?
You don't need special shoes for classes, but they must have fairly slippery soles (for both the guys and the ladies), and they shouldn't be able to come off while you're dancing. Mules, trainers and shoes with heavy treads or non-
Girls often ask if they should wear heels -
What about shoes?
No special clothes are necessary -
What should I wear?
You don’t need to bring a partner with you for Classic classes, although you’re welcome to if you wish, but Ladies please don’t ask to dance together in our Classic classes -
Do I need to bring a partner?
Each week of the course, we'll start by going over the last week's move, then adding another figure. Each move is 'standalone' and can be added into your repertoire from the basic movement at any point in the dance -
I can't make every week of the course -
We know you can't always make every week of a 6-
I can't make every week of the course even though I've paid for the 6 weeks -
We believe that anyone can learn to dance given the right instruction and lots of encouragement! Give it a try -