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Stepping Out To Learn the Jive

Jumpin’ jive music and dance has kept children and parents at Upton junior school in Broadstairs on their toes.

Year 6 pupils studying World War 2 as their topic this term turned their attention to the dance floor to explore the craze that swept through Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s.

The popular syncopated rhythms of the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug were imported from their homeland by American soldiers serving abroad during wartime dance

In the United States, the term ‘swing’ became the most common word used to describe the dance, and the term ‘jive’ was adopted in the UK.

Parents were invited into school to enjoy learning the jive steps with their children, with dance trainer Lizzie Davies taking them through the steps.

Head of Year 6 Athanasia Papa-Adams and her fellow year group leaders organised the event. Miss Papa-Adams said:

“The session saw children pair up and learn the steps before putting it all together. It was tricky, but we worked hard and got the spins in too

Each class, their teacher and their parents thoroughly enjoyed it. Lizzie was brilliant at teaching the children the choreography, they were so engaged and gave it their all.”

Year 6 pupils have studied a wide range of topics for their in-depth research for the World War 2 topic.

Miss Papa-Adams added:

“It has really opened their eyes to what life was like for young people and families during wartime Britain.”


Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Free School.


Thank you Upton Junior School for sending us your press release – the jive is a high impact, fun dance routine and we’re sure you had great fun learning all about it! As you learn all about WWII we are sure you can understand why it was so important for people to go dancing and have fun – to let off some steam despite the hardships all around them. We love the music… you just can’t help but move to it, can you?

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