In our Modern Jive class (and in fact in any modern jive class) the teachers will always give you tips on how to get the best from the class and tips for improving your dancing. Even if you are a beginner dancer, with no knowledge of dancing, on coming to a modern jive class you can be dancing in a matter of weeks or months.
However it doesn’t happen overnight and there is no magic bullet. You have to
- Listen to the teachers
- Do what they say
- Practice as much as you can in the practice session – with different people
- Dance with other dancers – beginner and experienced
Jive Nation Toronto modern jive dance classes are built around having a fun and social time, as well as learning to dance so there will always be plenty of time to socialize and make friends. We are one of the most friendly dance groups around. If you are learning to dance, as with anything new, practice is key. Use at least 20 minutes of the practice time in each class to dance the moves you learned that evening. You actually have an hour of practice each week. If you leave right after the lesson you will miss out on an important part of the class. If you stay and practice and dance with others you will see your progress and you will be able to dance with just about anybody.
Beginner Routine – Jive Nation Toronto
Ladies (followers) be patient with the leads as they learn. They have a lot more to process and at first it can seem overwhelming. You can help by enjoying yourself, by refraining from anticipating or leading the moves yourself, instead wait for him to lead the move. I promise he will learn much faster that way.
While I remember followers be sure to ask for a dance. Don’t simply stick to the person you came along with, dance with other people (including the teachers) and experience the different dancing styles. We are very fortunate to have a great balance of ladies and gentlemen and it’s a testament to how much you all help each other. Make the most of it!
Here’s a video of Matt and Nicky doing freestyle.