The UK Swing Scene – Modern Jive

The popularity of the swing movement in the US in the 30s opened the door for many other styles of music throughout the world. The UK was no exception to this. One of the most popular movements to come from this in the UK was Modern Jive. This style of music is still popular today, and inspired an entirely new genre of music.

Style of Dance

This style incorporates fancy foot work with fast paced music. The style can be said to be a blend of classic swing and rock. It is typically a male led dance, similar to the 2 step. The style can be rigid, and is difficult to learn, but most people have a great time learning.

Dance Classes

Regardless of where you happen to be in the UK, Modern Jive dance classes can be found almost everywhere. This style of dance combines several styles in to a new, more modern form of swing that focuses on foot work. The style was first popularized in the 80s in the UK, but the swinging scene in the UK really started to embrace the movement in the 90s.


For those who have excelled in classes, competitions are a good way to have fun and supplement your income. These competitions can be found all over the world, but are most popular in European countries.

Vacations and Holidays

Another idea for those in to the scene is to participate in a weekender. These are dance focused vacations that typically take place over a weekend. Different organizations throughout the country will host very large scale weekenders, sometimes drawing in thousands of dancers.

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