Splash – Line Dance Class (October 29, 2011)

Conga Line (1930s)

Music: Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter

As a warmup, we did a conga line, simply walking in a line and following whatever the person in front of you does.

Then we proceeded to move through time, learning several popular line dances from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and one invented just this year, before circling back to the 19th century to learn a waltz mixer.

The Time Warp (1975)

Music: Time Warp (Glee Cast Version) by Glee Cast, or Time Warp (Movie Version) from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Other than the portions of the song where the narrator dictates the moves, this is pretty free form, but here’s what you need to know.

“It’s just a jump to the left.” – It’s just a jump to the left on the beat after this line, with hands on hips (narrator), or while throwing hands into the air (Transylvanians).

“And a step to the right.” – Right foot touches out to the right three times, hands flaring out each time. Hold the last one.

“Put your hands on your hips.” – Circle yours hands up into the air and around to your hips.

“Bring your knees in tight.” – Pigeon-toe your knees together.

“Pelvic thrust.” – Hips forward and back, forward and back, either slowly (early chorus), or double time (later chorus).

“Insaaaaane.” – Hips circle counterclockwise (early chorus), or clockwise (later chorus).

You can do many things on the “let’s do the time warp” line. I like this particular variation, which isn’t in either of the videos (original, or Glee version – I picked it up on youtube), but it feels good, and is certainly in the spirit of the dance.

First time:

“Let’s” – Right arm up diagonally.

“Do” – Left arm up diagonally.

“Time” – Right arm down to left hip.

“Warp” – Left arm down to right hip.

“Again” – Circle hands back up to diagonals.

Second time:

“Let’s” – Right arm down to left hip.

“Do” – Left arm down to right hip.

“Time” – Right arm up diagonally.

“Warp” – Left arm up diagonally.

“Again” – Lower hands down to sides.

The Bus Stop (1976)

Music: Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Starting on right foot.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Step right, cross back left, step right, close left and clap.

Step left, cross back right, step left, close right and clap.

Step right, pivot 180° and step left, pivot 180° and step right, close left and clap.

Step left, pivot 180° and step right, pivot 180° and step left, close right and clap.

Jump forward, hands up.

Jump forward, hands up.

Do it again, double time.

Chicken arms.

Touch right foot front and back (slow), front and back and side close (fast) and turn 90° CCW, step back right to start from the top.

The Saturday Night Fever Dance (1977)

Music: Night Fever by Bee Gees

Starting on right foot.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Step right, pivot 180° and step left, pivot 180° and step right, close left and clap.

Step left, pivot 180° and step right, pivot 180° and step left, close right and clap.

Kick ball change, kick ball change, sugar foot four times.

Disco arm four times.

Revolve arms around each other. Chicken arms with heel click on fourth beat.

Touch right foot front, back, side, close and turn 90° CCW, step back right to start from the top.

The Chicken Dance (1981)

Music: Chicken Dance by Roman Holiday Ensemble

In a circle.

Four chicken beak hands.

Four chicken arms.

Four tail wiggles.

Four claps.

Repeat four times.

Take hands in circle, and revolve clockwise. Reverse, revolve counterclockwise.

The Macarena (1994)

Music: Macarena (River Remix) by Los del Río

Right hand out in front, palm down. Left hand out in front, palm down.

Turn right hand palm up. Turn left hand palm up.

Right hand to left shoulder, left hand to right shoulder.

Right hand behind head. Left hand behind head.

Right hand to left hip. Left hand to right hip.

Right hand to rear. Left hand to rear.

Rotate hips counterclockwise.

Jump to turn 90° counterclockwise.

Repeat.

Tokyo Polka (2011)

Music: Levan Polka by Otomania & MIKU

Invented by Richard Powers this year.

Left Foot Heel Toe, Side Close Side Diagonal Forward Left, Right Foot Heel Toe, Side Close Side Diagonal Forward Right

Cross Over Left to Right Side, Replace Right, Side Close Side Back, Pivot 180° and Side Close Side Back, Rock Step

Cross Over Left to Right Side, Replace Right, Side Close Side Left, Cross Over Right to Left Side, Side Close Side Right

Side Close Side to with Left Foot Forward, Pivot 180° and Side Close Side with Right Foot Forward, Paddle Turn Clockwise 360° (to Face the Left Wall)

Spanish Waltz (19th Century)

Music: Over Sjo Och Land by American Cafe Orchestra

In Sets of Four, One Couple Facing Other Couple LOD, One Couple Facing Other Couple Reverse LOD

Intro) Honor Partners

1) With R-to-L Hands, Balance Forward and Back on First Foot

2) Leads Turn Opposite Follow Outside Turn, All Using Inside Hands*

3 to 8) Repeat 1 & 2 Four Times Total Until Back in Place

9 to 10) All Right Hand Star (360°) with CW Turn on Fourth Bar to…**

11 to 12) All Left Hand Star (360°)

13 to 16) Waltz Around the Set, then to Next Set (Forward from Starting Direction)***

We didn’t get to any variations, but here are variations for each section:

*Or two hand turn both hands up (Dishrag), or two hands left up, right down (Cradle)

**Or CCW Turn on Fourth Bar, or All Face In, Hop-Side-Close (Right Foot, then Left Foot)

***Wheel Around in Skater’s Position (Lead’s Left Shoulders Together), or Rotary Waltz, or…

For more choreographed dances, see Dancing Moves – Choreographed Dances.

For more choreographed dance music, see Dancing Tunes – Choreographed Dances.

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