We teach authentic 6-beat jive - great for rock'n'roll and for rhythm'n'blues. We will teach you how to stay cool when the rhythm is hot and how to be a flash cat when the music is really jumpin'.
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If we have missed anything please let us know and we will be happy to respond. And then don't hang back any longer - you came here because you want to dance and so take your first step now.
You should contact us to arrange a start date after reading the details for your chosen venue and checking the calendar.
Beginners benefit from having plenty of practice / revision and so a good slice of the basic repertoire is covered each week on a 4-week cycle and in a few weeks you will gain a good grounding in the dance.
With new faces regularly joining us you will quickly get to know us and your fellow dancers.
Our clubs have dancers aged from their teens up to 80! We are teaching a very accessible social dance where you control how much energy you want to use - both in the class and when you go out socially. Dancing is a pleasant way to exercise safely and at your own pace, improving your balance, posture and agility. Although for those who want it we can add in some more energetic steps, these are optional and we will never push you to over-exert yourself.
Don't worry! We structure our teaching on the assumption that life can sometimes get in the way of dancing. We do not teach a routine like on Strictly Come Dancing because Jive is a free dance and not choreographed. For beginners there is plenty of revision and anything you miss will be covered very soon after your return.
You will cover what you need to make a start dancing socially in just 4 weeks of regular classes and you will have plenty of revision of those basics to build your confidence and perfect your technique and style. In class we suggest that you take the opportunity to practice with a variety of partners as this really helps you to learn from one-another: this is completely optional and some couples chose to stay together. On the Jive dance scene it is common to dance with a variety of friends and it is a very welcoming dance community for beginners.
For some people lack of confidence can limit your time on the social dance floor and so we give you lots of opportunity to build that confidence while in the company of your new dance class mates and to join up with them at the friendly social dances organised by RockinRhythm.
The most important thing to wear is a smile - it will make your dance partner very happy. Next you need shoes that allow you to turn easily on the ball of your foot: they should be secure and comfortable with a smooth sole. Clothing layers are a good idea so that you can adjust to suit the weather and the energy that you are burning. If you are exerting yourself during warm weather then a small sports towel can help you to stay fresh.
We may be offering some discounts if you make a multi-class purchase. Pricing info is included in the description of the individual class venue.
It's great if you have someone to come with you to the class but it is absolutely NOT A REQUIREMENT. About half of our students are couples who come together.
We keep a good gender balance between 'leaders' and 'followers'.
Jive Cats classes are friendly affairs. You want to learn to dance in order to have fun and so we like to make sure that the fun is included from the start. We are here to help you to progress in ability and confidence and so we are VERY patient and happy to take questions.
Each evening starts with time dedicated to learning and being coached to improve the basics with a short sequence of essential dance figures.
We give special attention to absolute beginners at the beginning of each evening. We will suggest some 'homework' that you can use to revise in your first few weeks and shall discuss with you when you will be ready to start tackling level 2 content.
Level 2 sessions include more demanding steps and figure variations. If part of the Level 2 class seems a bit too tricky for you just now we will show you how you can simplify it.
With patient progress just about anyone can become a competent Jiver. Thankfully, the fun starts straight away and then grows as your dancing blossoms.