Christine Keeble and Simon de Lisle
The original Modern Jive DVD

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Hand Jive

Hand jives are set sequences of hand and arm movements performed mostly while sitting down in theatres that emerged in the 1950's. In particular it was done to Johnny Otis's number, 'Willie and the Hand Jive'. Alternatively, it could be "danced" by a bunch of teenagers grouped around the jukebox in a crowded 1950's diner or café. In this setting, dancing with their hands only could also be a good idea because of the lack of room.

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