I am just not able to keep up with the speed in jive. When I dance to the music of jive, my counting becomes fast but my footwork is not able to keep up with the pace.
I am just talking about the 6 count basic step (I think it is also called as chasse and rock). When I start dancing with the fast counts (1-2-3-a-4-5-a-6), it looks as if I am jumping and running and not dancing.
The worst part is that i start panting after a small routine and it is all wrong !!!
stay on the balls of your feet,make small chasses and use the large muscles of your legs keeping one knee flexed and the other straight.Repetition is the mother of skill,start with slower music and build up speed
Here is a simple way to gradually get used to the fast Jive chassés:
1) As a preparation, I recommend replacing all the chassés (timed QUICK-a-QUICK, in your example on 3a4 and 5a6) with single steps timed SLOW. This would change the timing of your example from "QQ QaQ QaQ" to "QQ S S").
2) Once you feel comfortable with the timing, the SLOW steps can be substituted by a tap-step movement, timed QQ (a QUICK tap in place and a QUICK step to the side). Your example then becomes "QQ tap Q tap Q". Now you have the 6 QUICK counts.
3) Finally, the tap-step movement can be replaced by a QaQ. You could start by just marking the "a" in place, just to get a feel for the QaQ timing. Gradually, as you feel more comfortable, you will find the time to do an actual chassé.
There is a Swing of the hip to the left and to the right on the Jive Chasse. And the footork is to the left T. T. T. with the hip to the right. Then we swing the hip to the left . Thats why it is called Swing Jive. The timing is 3/4. 1/4. 1.