LEARN TO JIVE

1940s/1950s STYLE

IN JUST 8 WEEKS!

 

 

Dance classes held in Halifax & Sandbeds (Keighley) – West Yorkshire

 

 Dance Teachers:

Sue – 07771 863283 & Nigel – 07745 117619

THE STYLE OF JIVE WE TEACH

A COMBINATION OF TWO STYLES…

There are many variations of jive dancing, Ballroom, professional Jive, Ceroc (also known as Modern Jive), Laroc etc being taught at present time. At JIVE CLASS we do not teach any of those styles, we only teach authentic 1940's (Swing Jive) and 1950's (Rock'n'Roll) style of jive. The dance moves from both these era's are very similar in style, so we have taken the best from each to formulate...
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A brief history of jive…

The very early origins of jive dancing stem from the late 1920’s and 1930’s when it was known either as Swing or Swing Jazz in many quarters and was very much Charleston influenced. In America (not England) this form of ‘jive’ dancing was undergoing rapid changes during the late 1930’s as the Big Bands of the day changed their musical style and the masses (not just the elite) started...
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REMEMBER AT JIVE CLASS

We ONLY teach 1940s/1950s style Jive. We DO NOT teach: Modern Jive, Ceroc, Ballroom Jive etc.

NEXT COURSES & PRICING

Jmmive Class run six 8-week Beginners and Intermediate level Jive dance courses (on Tuesday & Wednesday nights) throughout each year in both Halifax and Sandbeds. The start dates (Week One) for the next new courses at each venue is as follows…

HALIFAX

Tuesday October 17th st 2017

Beginners Level at 7.15pm – Intermediate Level at 8.15pm

 

SANDBEDS (near Keighley)

Wednesday October 18thnd 2017

Beginners Level at 7.30pm – Intermediate Level at 8.30pm

 

Each lesson (Beginners or Intermediates) lasts for one hour in duration and the cost is….

£5 per person per lesson, which is paid on the night.

Reserve your places(s) now by using our online BOOKING FORM below.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If possible please try to attend with a dance partner, as we cannot always guarantee that there will be sufficient single ‘spare’ people to partner you.

BOOKING FORM & CONTACT US

To book places on the next 8 week jive dance course at either Hailfax or Sandbeds, please use the form below. Or send us a message via our contact form, to which we will reply within 24 hours (or sometimes longer at weekends).

If you prefer to speak to us in person please call either Sue: 07771 863283 or Nigel: 07745 117619. If we are not available to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Venues & Directions

If you live within the area shown below you are on average only 30 – 35 minutes driving time from either of JIVE CLASSES two dance teaching venues based in Halifax (Tuesday Nights) or Sandbeds near Keighley (Wednesday nights).

 

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JIVE CLASSES at HALIFAX

King Cross W.M.C.
Warley Road,
Halifax.
HX1 3SU

Sat Nav Co-ordinates: Latitude N53 42 53.7942
Longitude W001 53 10.6836

1940’s/1950’s Jive style dancing classes are held at the Halifax venue on Tuesday nights. Beginners class starts at 7.15pm, Intermediate class starts at 8.30pm

DIRECTIONS TO HALIFAX VENUE

From Halifax town centre:

At the large BURDOCK WAY roundabout in Halifax take the exit road signposted Rochdale A58.
Travel through several sets of traffic lights up first King Cross Street then onto King Cross Road before finally climbing up the slight incline of Aachen Way towards the big multi junction interchange at top of Aachen Way.
Whilst travelling up Aachen Way keep in the extreme right hand lane signposted/marked A646 Burnley. Once you travel through this big main intersection onto the A649 at  the first set of traffic lights ( about 100 yards ) turn right onto Warley Road. King Cross Club is approximately 250 yards up this road on your left. Parking is on the road  outside the club.

From Todmorden/Hebden Bridge area etc:

Travel along A649 towards Halifax, then at the set of traffic lights ( just before reaching the big Aachen Way main intersection ) turn left onto Warley Road.

JIVE CLASSES at SANDBEDS ( near Keighley )

Octagon Live
Bradford Road
Sandbeds
BD20 5LY

Sat Nav Co-ordinates: Latitude N53 52 7.1004
Longitude W001 51 45.5862

1940’s/50’s JIVE dancing classes at the Sandbeds are on Wednesday nights – Beginners class starts at 7.30pm, Intermediate class starts at 8.30pm

DIRECTIONS TO SANDBEDS VENUE

From Bingley direction:

Travel along Bingley main street (B6265 ) heading towards Keighley. Follow the road until you reach a roundabout. At this roundabout go straight ahead ( taking 2nd exit ) and stay on the B6265. Travel about a good half mile down this road and the Octagon Live venue is on your LEFT hand side just before the Airedale Heifer public house.

From Keighley direction:

Depending which way you arrive at the big roundabout (BEECHES TOBY INN on the corner) take the 2nd Exit (if on INGS ROA ) 3rd Exit if on A6035 (Bradford Road form Keighley town centre) onto the B6265 BRADFORD ROAD – signposted RIDDLESDEN.

Travel along this B6265 about a good half mile and the Octagonlive venue is on your RIGHT about 75 – 100 yards passed the AIREDALE HEIFER pub, which is also on your right hand side.

Or at the big Beeches roundabout continue on the A650 (to Bradford) road – continue straight on at next roundabout. Then at next roundabout take the 1st exit and travel a couple of hundred yards to another roundabout. At this roundabout take the 1st exit onto the B6265 passing the Brewers Fayre on your left. Travel about a good half mile down this road and the Octagon Live venue is on your LEFT hand side just before the Airedale Heifer public house.

Upcoming Social Events

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Sept

HALIFAX SOCIAL RECORD HOP

at KING CROSS W.M.C., Warley Road, Halifax. Great night of jive dancing with DJ6-5000 playing all your favourite songs. £4.00 - pay on the...

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27

September

SANDBEDS SOCIAL RECORD HOP

OctagonLive, Bradford Road, Sandbeds. Great night of jive dancing with DJ6-5000 playing all your favourites. £5 per person - pay at the...

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Some of the kind words and comments received by JIVE CLASS from past students.

“Could not dance a step before. Now out on the dance floor with the best of them thanks to JIVE CLASS.”

Dave – Keighley

“Learning to jive has put an added ‘extra’ into our relationship. Thanks JIVE CLASS.”

Pete & Julie – Halifax

“10 out of 10 tuition from JIVE CLASS. They ironed out all the things I’ve been doing wrong over the years!”

Mick – Bradford

“Really good fun and much easier to learn than I ever thought it would be!”

Maggie – Shipley

“If your looking for the best jive dance teachers in the area, look no further than JIVE CLASS. They did us proud!”

Brian & Pat – Sowerby Bridge

“JIVE CLASS made learning easy, fun and very enjoyable, thanks guys!”

Susan – Southowram

“Have no problem recommending JIVE CLASS to anyone wanting to learn to jive, very professional in everything they do.”

Tony & Jenny – Eldwick

“Jive dancing has changed my life. I used to sit home feeling sorry for myself and now I have lots of friends and I’m out of the house dancing several nights a week.”

Jim – Ilkley

“Fantastic! I wish I’d found jive dancing years ago!”

Kathy – Liversedge

Frquently Asked Questions

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IS WHAT YOU TEACH SIMILAR TO MODERN JIVE ETC?

NO! we teach authentic 1940’s/50’s style jive/Rock & Roll.  Modern Jive, Ceroc and Laroc etc are all modern day variations of jive and have little bearing to what we teach. If you wish to learn one of these styles you need to find another dance school provider.

DO I NEED A PARTNER?

In an ideal world yes! It will help you to learn the dance more quickly. At each dance class we have ‘helpers’ who will partner anyone who comes on their own. But we cannot guarantee that we will be able to partner you up every week.

DO YOU SWAP PARTNERS DURING A DANCE CLASS?

No we do not! We keep you with the same person or the person you came with. Some other dance schools do change/move partners around every 10 minutes or so but JIVE CLASS does not and never will do.

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE FULL SET OF 8 LESSONS BEFOREHAND?

No! We charge per person per lesson on the night and have a pay as you go policy. That way if you have to miss a week for any reason you do not pay for it etc.

IS THE BEGINNERS CLASS FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS?

Yes! Our beginners course is aimed at people who have never danced a Jive step before in their life. We teach you the core basics and build on the tuition week by week.

IS THERE ANY SPECIAL CLOTHING I NEED TO WEAR?

No! it is a dance lesson not a fashion parade. Wear anything that you feel comfortable in.

WHAT TYPE OF FOOTWEAR IS BEST?

Ladies we strongly advise you do not wear high heels, you will learn much easier and quicker in footwear that is as flat and low as possible, a small wide/flat kitten heel is acceptable. Also the sole of the footwear needs to be as smooth as possible, no chunky trainer style pattern. This goes for the guys also, do not wear trainers or any heavy grip pattern soled footwear. The simple thing being the lower, the smoother, the better!

CAN I BRING MY OWN REFRESHMENT TO THE DANCE CLASS?

Sorry, no! We have an arrangement that only drinks purchased at the venue can be consumed.

WHAT IF I MISS A WEEK?

If that should happen do not worry, we review all what we did/learnt the week (the one you missed) before at our next class. It will just mean you will have to work a little harder to catch up.

I HAVE WATCHED JIVE DANCERS AND ALWAYS WANTED TO LEARN, HOW EASY IS IT TO LEARN?

To a watcher it may seem an incredibly difficult dance to learn, far from it! There are only 3 basic foot steps to learn – all moves stem from this footwork. If you can count to 3 you CAN learn to jive!
By then end of the first lesson all beginners will be dancing! It is much easier to learn than it looks.

WILL I BE MADE A FOOL/EXAMPLE OF INFRONT OF OTHER LEARNERS?

Definitely not, this is not the JIVE CLASS way of doing things. We assist and help people as and when needed. We do have light hearted moments within a class but this is not directed at any one individual.

I WANT TO LEARN BUT MY HUBBY/PARTNER POINT BLANK REFUSES TO LEARN. WHAT CAN I DO?

A story JIVE CLASS have heard many times over and over. On the first night of a new course many of the guys (husbands/partners) have the scared rabbit in the headlights look on their faces. Do not really want to be there. By the end of the first lesson when they now realise they can do it (JIVE) and it was nowhere near as ‘painful’ or as difficult as they thought it would be, but more importantly they actually enjoyed doing it, 99% of them are hooked and all say see you next week.
How can you get your hubby/partner to attend? Show him this section (you are now reading) it might help to persuade him or why not offer him a trade, if he attends a dance class with you, you will try an activity favourite (go fishing, play darts, attended a football match etc.) of his.

CAN CHILDREN ATTEND A DANCE CLASS?

Yes! but with conditions attached. We are not allowed by law to put a child to learn with a ‘strange’ adult. They can learn with a parent or guardian but the difference in heights will cause many problems. Two children of similar age and height is no problem and preferred at Jive Class lessons.

WHAT IS THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL COURSE?

This is an 8 week course for people who have already learnt the basic moves taught in the beginners course. These moves are then expanded on to give dancers a wider repertoire of moves to use at a dance.

WHEN WILL I BE ALLOWED TO MOVE UP TO THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL?

That will be purely up to you. Jive Class do not push anyone to the Intermediate level nor do we bar anyone from moving up to the Intermediate level. The decision is 100% yours, you move up to the next level when you feel you are fully ready to do so. Some people go from one beginners course straight onto the next level (Intermediates) course. Others go through the beginners course twice then move up.

CAN I JUST ATTEND THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL COURSE?

Yes, if you already have a jive dance background. To start straight at this level is almost impossible and not recommended. If you are a competent jive dancer and know the basics, joining in one of JIVE CLASSES Intermediate level courses will not be a problem.