Lent 2021 Line Dancing

Easter 2021 Line Dancing


Week 1: Fri.22 Jan.2021

Lisa's "Salsa"

countsteps
1-4walk forwards (R-L-R) and tap/kick left
5-8walk backwards (L-R-L) and tap right
9-12grapevine right (side R, behind L, side R) and tap left
13-16grapevine left (side L, behind R, side L) and tap right
17-20stomp-stomp (R-L) and clap-clap
21-24stomp-stomp (R-L) and clap-clap turning ¼ R

One Step Forward

countsteps
1-2walk forwards left and tap right
3-6shuffle backwards (R back, L close, R back) and tap left
7-10chasse left (side L, close R, side L) and tap right
11-12walk forwards right and tap left
13-16shuffle backwards (L back, R close, L back) and tap right
17-20chasse right (side R, close L, side R) and tap left turning ¼ R

To make it fit 8 bar music repeats, either replace the side chasse with single side-tap or dance the shuffle backwards at double speed (with vocal phrasing).


Week 2: Fri.29 Jan.2021

The Freeze

countsteps
1-4grapevine right (side R, behind L, side R) + hitch/hop
5-8grapevine left (side L, behind R, side L) + hitch/hop
9-12walk backwards (R-L-R) + hitch/hop
13-16rocks fwd-back-fwd (L-R-L) + hitch/hop turning ¼ left

Waltz Across Texas

barfigures (3 steps per bar of music)
1LF cross basic (cross L in front, replace R back, side/close L)
2RF cross basic (cross R in front, replace L back, side/close R)
3L fwd basic (forwards L foot, close R, close L)
4R fwd basic (forwards R foot, close L, close R)
5L back basic (back L foot, close R, close L)
6R back basic (back R foot, close L, close R)
7L travelling turn (side L, turn ½ L, side R, turn ½ L, side L)
8into grapevine L (cross R in front, side L, cross R behind)
9cucaracha L (side L, replace side R, close L)
10R travelling turn (side R, turn ½ R, side L, turn ½ R, side R)
11into grapevine R (cross L in front, side R, cross L behind)
12cucaracha R (side R, replace side L, close R)
13L fwd half turn (fwd L foot, turn ¼ L, side R, turn ¼ L, close L)
14R back basic (back R foot, close L, close R)
15L fwd half turn (fwd L foot, turn ¼ L, side R, turn ¼ L, close L)
16R back basic (back R foot, close L, close R)

Dance a chasse instead of a travelling turn if floor space/surface is too dangerous.


Week 3: Fri.05 Feb.2021

The Electric Slide

countsteps
1-4grapevine right (side R, behind L, side R) + tap L
5-8grapevine left (side L, behind R, side L) + tap R
9-12walk backwards (R-L-R) + tap L (& clap)
13-14fwd left + tap R (& clap behind)
15-16back right + tap L (& clap in front)
17-18fwd left + heel scuff R turning ¼ left

Fix the sequence to go with the original music (ie 16 count repeat) by replacing the back walks with a single back step and tap (followed by the remaining steps).

countsteps
1-4grapevine right (side R, behind L, side R) + tap L
5-8grapevine left (side L, behind R, side L) + tap R
9-12backwards right + tap L; forwards left + tap R
13-16back right + tap L; fwd left + heel scuff R turning ¼ L


Week 4: Fri.12 Feb.2021

Stroller Cha-Cha-Cha or Stroll-Along Cha-Cha-Cha

This is an extremely flexible sequence using genuine cha-cha figures. It can be danced as a single wall dance or a 4 wall dance (turning ¼ R). It can be danced solo as a line dance or with a partner in sweetheart hold (shadow position) or facing partner with steps in normal opposition. It can even be danced as a rumba instead. Line dancers (and OAPs) would normally start on beat 1 of a bar. Modern ballroom & latin american dancers would start on beat 2.

barfigures
1LF cross basic (cross L foot in front, replace R back, chassé L)
2RF cross basic (cross R foot in front, replace L back, chassé R)
3Zigzag to R (cross L foot in front, side R, cross L behind, side R)
4LF cross basic (cross L foot in front, replace R back, chassé L)
5Zigzag to L (cross R foot in front, side L, cross R behind, side L)
6RF cross basic (cross R foot in front, replace L back, chassé R)
7Spot Turn to R (turn ¼ R + fwd L, turn ½ R + fwd R, turn ¼ R + chassé L)
8Spot Turn to L (turn ¼ L + fwd R, turn ½ L + fwd L, turn ¼ L + chassé R)

For the 4 wall version, turn less on the final spot turn (ie no turn into the final chassé).

For the sweetheart partner version, both still dance the same steps on the same foot but use switchback turns and locks instead of spot turns. The handhold is left-to-left and right-to-right over the shoulders, with the follower (or shortest person) in front and slightly to the right (then to the left between the switch turns).

barfigures
7Switch Turn to R (fwd L, turn ½ R + fwd R, fwd lock L)
8Switch Turn to L (fwd R, turn ½ L + fwd L, fwd lock R)

For the version facing partner the follower is on the opposite foot and the cross basics become shoulder-to-shoulder figures with leader stepping outside partner on each side of the follower in turn. Use a shoulder level double handhold, not close hold, for most of it but let go and push off for the spot turns.

barfigures as follower
1backwards cross basic (cross R foot behind, replace L back, chassé R)
2backwards cross basic (cross L foot behind, replace R back, chassé L)
3Zigzag to L (cross R foot behind, side L, cross R in front, side L)
4backwards cross basic (cross R foot behind, replace L back, chassé R)
5Zigzag to R (cross L foot behind, side R, cross L in front, side R)
6backwards cross basic (cross L foot behind, replace R back, chassé L)
7Spot Turn to L (turn ¼ L + fwd R, turn ½ L + fwd L, turn ¼ L + chassé R)
8Spot Turn to R (turn ¼ R + fwd L, turn ½ R + fwd R, turn ¼ R + chassé L)

As a rumba, all chassés and locks are replaced by single steps but the 4 step zigzag remains the same - using the gap beat.


Week 5: Fri.19 Feb.2021

Blackpool Belle/Bounce

This is a swing style dance using some genuine cha-cha and jive figures.

countsteps
1-4walks with swivel/pivot/switch-back turn (fwd R-L-R turn ½ L fwd L)
5-8walks with swivel/pivot/switch-back turn (fwd R-L-R turn ½ L fwd L)
9-122 taps (eg R heel then toe) + sailor step (R cross behind, L close, R side)
13-162 taps (eg L heel then toe) + sailor step (L cross behind, R close, L side)
17-20RF cross basic (cross R foot in front, replace L back, chassé R)
21-24LF cross basic (cross L foot in front, replace R back, chassé L)
24-28Spot Turn to L (turn ¼ L + fwd R, turn ½ L + fwd L, turn ¼ L + chassé R)
29-32Spot Turn to R (turn ¼ R + fwd L, turn ½ R + fwd R, turn ¼ R + chassé L)


Week 6: Fri.26 Feb.2021

Texas Stomp

countsteps
1-4walks forwards (R-L-R) and kick left foot fwd
5-8walks backwards (L-R-L) and stomp right closed
9-12chassé R (R side, L close, R side) and stomp left
13-16chassé L (L side, R close, L side) and stomp right
17-20R side, L stomp, L side, R stomp
21-24R fwd, L stomp, L back, R stomp
24-28fwd lock R (R-L-R) and scuff L foot through
29-32fwd lock L (L-R-L) and R knee hitch with ½ turn L

The eponymous "stomp" is a whole foot stamp on the ground but, unlike the paso doble appel, it is "without weight" - ie it acts like a tap or kick. Do scuff the ground but then immediately lift the foot again ready to make the next step. A hitch is a (scuff and) knee lift. Line dance locks going forwards don't have to be up on the balls of the feet but can instead be heel-toe-heel, especially if you're wearing cowboy boots. A forward chassé or shuffle is another option.


Week 7: Fri.05 Mar.2021

The Lemon Tree

countsteps
1-4grapevine right (R side, L behind, R side, L in front)
5-8cucaracha cross (R side, L side, R cross in front)
9-12grapevine left (L side, R behind, L side, R in front)
13-16cucaracha cross (L side, R side turning ¼ R, L in front)
17-20R side point, R cross in front, L side point, L cross in front
21-24R side point, R tap closed, R side point and hold
24-28R cross in front, L side point, L cross in front, R side point
29-32R tap closed, R side point, R tap closed and hold

To make the sequence fit into a small space, pull the foot backwards slightly for the cucaracha crosses, don't turn to a new wall at the halfway mark and cross behind rather than in front for the last section.

The original music & video is weirdly appropriate for lockdown isolation! Depending upon how you count your beats, it's either super fast or super slow.


Week 8: Fri.12 Mar.2021

Mamma Maria

Both of those tracks have bars towards the end which don't quite fit the sequence. I specially edited my version of Weapon Of Choice to be a better match but you could pick any alternative track you like. Eg one of the earlier examples or something with a charleston swing to it.

countsteps
1-4diagonal walks to right (RLR) and flick left foot across
5-8diagonal walks back left (LRL) and tap right foot
9-12diagonal walks to left (RLR) and flick left foot
13-16diagonal walks back right (LRL) and tap right foot
17-20charleston = R fwd, L flick fwd, L back, R tap behind
21-24charleston = R fwd, L flick fwd, L back, R tap behind
24-28grapevine right (R side, L behind, R side) + tap left
29-32grapevine left (L side, R behind, L side) turn ¼ L + tap R

NB in line dancing there wouldn't normally be any swivel on the charleston steps.


Week 9: Fri.19 Mar.2021

Jazzie Joe's

Once again the original (unedited) track has bars which don't fit the sequence. For exact 8 bar repeats try the following:

countsteps
1-4heel-toe struts (right foot then left foot)
5-8heel-toe struts (right foot then left foot)
9-12into jazz box: cross right foot in front, step back left foot
13-16ending with step side right for hip bumps (RLRL)
17-20diagonal slide fwd right, tap left foot and clap
21-24diagonal slide back left, tap right foot and clap
24-28sailor steps (R behind, L close, R side; L behind, R close, L side)
29-32R side point + hitch turning ¼ L; R side point + hitch


Week 10: Fri.26 Mar.2021

Square Tango

This line dance was based on a sequence dance for couples. The line version has many people holding hands to be linked together side by side in each line (but needing to let go for the left turn at the end!).

barsteps
1LF box = L fwd (S), R side (Q), L close (Q)
2RB box = R back (S), L side (Q), R close (Q)
3LS slide = L side (S), R tap closed (S)
4RS slide = R side (S), L tap closed (S)
5LF box = L fwd (S), R side (Q), L close (Q)
6RB box = R back (S), L side (Q), R close (Q)
7LS slide = L side (S), R tap closed (S)
8RS slide = R side (S), L tap closed (S)
92 walks = L fwd (S), R fwd (S)
102 taps = tap L foot crossed in front (S), tap L to side (S)
112 walks = L fwd (S), R fwd (S)
122 taps = tap L foot crossed in front (S), tap L to side (S)
13L chassé = L side (Q), R close (Q), L side (Q), R tap (Q)
14R chassé = R side (Q), L close (Q), R side (Q), L tap (Q)
152 walks = L fwd (S), R fwd (S)
16reverse turn = L fwd (Q), R side (Q), L back (Q), R close (Q)

March Of The Mods

This was allegedly based on the Finnjenka Dance (a folk dance). It's very much a drunken party dance for going around the room or even down the street. The lines are 3 people connected together via arms on shoulders - traditionally 2 men surrounding a woman and/or 2 women surrounding a man.

countsteps
1-4R up, R across in front of L, R up, R closed (while hopping on L)
5-8L up, L across in front of R, L up, L closed (while hopping on R)
9-12jump forwards both feet together, jump back both feet together
13-16march forwards: right, left, right, left


Week 11: Fri.09 Apr.2021

Red Hot Salsa

countsteps
1-8heel bounces: 4 right then 4 left with R arm sweep then L
9-16hip bumps: 2 left, 2 right, then L-R-L figure 8
17-242 rocking chairs (R fwd, L back, R back, L fwd and repeat)
25-32grapevine R + tap L, big slide left + tap R + clap
33-402 R flick-full-change, pendulums (R-L-R) + clap
41-482 R flick-full-change, pendulums (R-L-R) + clap
49-56R heel fwd + R close tap, repeat then same with L or to side
57-64R heel fwd + R close tap, repeat, R rondé + twist ½ L + clap


Week 12: Fri.16 Apr.2021

Cowboy/girl Charleston

countsteps
1-4charleston = R fwd point, R back step, L back point, L fwd step
5-8charleston = R fwd point, R back step, L back point, L fwd step
9-122 R heel/toe taps + zigzag (R behind, L side, R fwd)
13-162 L heel/toe taps + zigzag (L behind, R side, L fwd) + turn ¼ R

Girl version uses triple-step / chassé and turns ¼ left instead of right.


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