Jive is a rhythmical and swinging dance influenced by Rock & Roll, Boogie and the African/American Swing. The roots of the Jive are in New York, Harlem. In 1940 the jive was developed into the jitterbug and international Jive when it was transported to England and Europe by the GIs.
International Jive may be called “triple jive” because one takes 3 steps over 2 beats of music. There are two sets of triples. For the basic, the triples are first to the man’s left and then back to the man’s right. We like to count the steps in triples, “1-2-3” “4-5-6”. They can also be counted “3-a-4” or “Q-a-Q”. In a basic, the triples are side-together-side. In the turning figures, with the turn on 4, the 1st triple is forward-together-forward and the 2nd triple is back-together-back.