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Safety Advice

When you first start jive, safety never seems to be on ones mind.  After all, its just "dancing" - a delicate blending of the spirit of two bodies with music.  Well let me tell you, the worst injury I have seen was one beginner lady stepping on the foot of another.  The beginner lady felt terrible and soon never danced again.  The other's foot went black and she returned to dancing a month later. I'm know there are worse accidents, but usually from the more acrobatic moves.  The point here is that safety affects us ALL.

The moves on this site have been categorised with safety levels 1 through 5.

Safety Levels

0 1 2 3 4 5
Injury level (minor=bruise, major=hospitalisation) mi-no minor minor minor major major
Specialist training workshop needed - - optional yes yes yes
Good fitness required by both parties - - yes yes yes yes
Lady must consent to do the move - - yes yes yes yes
Unacceptable for normal crowd levels at venue - - care yes yes yes
Need spotters (helpers to catch!) when learning - - optional optional yes yes
Partnership practice essential - - - yes yes yes
Jewellery and sharp objects must be removed - - - yes yes yes
Special signals essential to communicate move - - - yes yes yes
Little time/ability to compensate for error - - - - - yes

Please note that these levels are to assist in filtering out potentially dangerous moves.  No numerical system can capture all safety issues and it is essential that you perform your own risk assessment for all moves practiced taking into account the move, your fitness, experience, dance floor etc and whether you really mind getting an occasional injury.

Note that these levels are not any standard or even known or used to my knowledge outside this site).  These levels are now grouped and further advice given:

General advice (levels 0-1)

Normal beginner or intermediate moves might not seem dangerous, but this is what one does most of the time, if not all the time, so an accident will occur sooner or later.  Indeed, I received a black eye once, when a lady performed and simple return!  I will never forget the actual squelching sound.....so:

Dips'n'drops (level 2)

Whereas the air steps following require training with a specific partner, dips and drops are more common and can and are led to ladies with whom one does not regularly dance with.  It is always best that the lady has been taught the basics of drops at a lesson or workshop, and then variations can be introduced. Indeed I would say that there is a basic vocabulary of drop moves that can be lead such as the First move drop, wurlitzer spin and drop etc.

Air-steps (levels 3 to 5)

Such moves (not all and "air steps", some are definitively "floor steps"!) require: