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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Tony Huber
  • Course Code W24DNEE03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This evening JUST JIVING course is a Beginners progressive year-long course which explores a variety of Jive dances deriving from 20th century African-American dance culture. This first term invites you to join and learn JUST JIVING (Modern Jive) what is possibly the most popular and versatile partner dance at present. Learn to JUST JIVING (Modern Jive) in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. With step-by-step guidance, you will develop basic skills and uncover the joy of social dancing. Come by yourself or bring your friends and have fun dancing to a selection of your favourite tunes. Develop your confidence on the dance floor, make new friends and gain fitness. Warning: JUST JIVNG is easy to learn and it is addictive!!!

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn and demonstrate the essential footwork in Modern Jive
  • Develop and demonstrate elemental movements, techniques as well as rhythm, co-ordination, timing and style
  • Perform basic strolls to music
  • Acquire a fundamental understanding and level of skill in leading and/or following
  • Acquire and recall a repertoire of at least 8 basic moves and their terminology
  • Dance short routines in Modern Jive to slower tempo music with confidence

Class format and activities

The class will start with a warming up, usually by doing a stroll. You will learn individual dance moves through repetitive practice, following step-by-step demonstration and guidance from your tutor. The class will practice in pairs with different partners through frequent rotation and/or in small groups as well as working at your own pace. At the end of the session, learners will have the opportunity to dance a short routine with different partners in free-style dance at the end of the session. You will have the opportunity to work one-to-one with your Tutor and/or Assistant. You will have the chance to ask questions, discuss your learning with your fellow students, the Tutor and/or Assistant. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course, you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to an advanced-level course.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. This course is open to learners of all levels and abilities. No previous dance experience is required and no need to bring a partner. A level of physical fitness is required to maintain a session of sustained exercise. For adaptation of movement for individual learning needs, please speak to your tutor.

What you need to know before you enrol

You should have a reasonable level of fitness. As JUST JIVING (Modern Jive) is a partner dance, you should have the willingness to work with all participants. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.

What you need

You should wear appropriate and comfortable clothing and footwear for indoor use only. Footwear with a smooth sole is preferred; trainers and high heels are not suitable. Please also consider bringing a bottle of water.

What you can do next

You can progress to continue to study JUST JIVING in the next term in January 2025. Alternatively, the dance department offers a wide range of courses which your tutor would be pleased to discuss with you. Please contact dance@morleycollege.ac.uk for more information or visit our website at https://staging.morleycollege.ac.uk/