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Choreographies of performance pieces

These are designed as aides-memoire for members of the EUSDS performance troupe to help them rehearse. While anybody else is welcome to use them, we would be grateful for an acknowledgement.




How big can you get? (Lindy Hop) (1999)
Choreographers: Ria DeBiase and Jamie Davies. This piece was performed, to an audience of about 200, by a beginner's class 5 weeks after they began to learn to dance.

Begin with girls in two groups at the back of the satge, apparently in animated girlie conversation.

1-8 Intro - men walk on and collect (or summon!) a girl each
1-8 ditto
1-8 ditto
1-8 ditto

From here, uncollected girls just look on for a while.

1-8 side by side jockey (swoop forwards on 5)
1-8 side by side jockey (swoop forwards on 5)
1-8 side by side jockey (swoop forwards on 5)
1-8 side by side jockey (swoop forwards on 5)

1-8 swingout
1-8 swingout from facing
1-8 swingout
1-8 circle

1-8 two couples swnigout, others retreat to wait

1-8 round the world
1-8 points
1-8 round the world
1-8 points

1-8 texas tommy - frog
1-8 low hand to hand Charleston
1-8 low hand to hand Charleston
1-8 Burst for freedom

1-8 Circle
1-8 jig walks
1-8 jig walks
1-8 mess around

1-8 swingout
1-8 man crazy legs, lady twist walk ruond
1-8 man crazy legs, lady twist walk ruond
1-8 fishtail off

In this section, the couples all watch and wait

1-8 'single' girls boogie forward
1-8 boogie forward
1-8 boogie back
1-8 boogie forward

1-8 Tacky Ann
1-8 Tacky Ann
1-8 Tacky Ann
1-8 freeze (pose!)

1-8 Suzy Q left
1-8 Suzy Q right
1-8 Suzy Q to wings
1-8 Suzy Q to wings

In this section, the couples come back in and the singles wait

1-8 Double time run up
1-8 Ball mash x2
1-8 mess around
1-8 swingout from facing

1-8 texas tommy
1-8 Low hand to hand Charleston
1-8 Low hand to hand Charleston
1-8 Burst for freedom

1-8 circle
1-8 jig walk
1-8 jig walk
1-8 mess around

1-8 swingout
1-8 swingout
1-8 swingout
1-8 circle

1-8 Charleston
1-8 Charleston
1-8 Charleston
1-8 swingout

1-8 man crazy legs, lady twist round him
1-8 man crazy legs, lady twist round him
1-8 cricle
1-8 8-beat double spin, lady turns back to man

1-8 tandem Charleston
1-8 tandem Charleston
1-8 tandem Charleston
1-8 Russian splits

For this last part, couples separate to side-by-side and the others come on to join the line up.

1-8 Charleston
1-8 Charelston
1-8 Charleston stomp hard on 5
1-8 Charleston - dip down on 1,2

1-8 Charleston - dip down on 1,2
1-8 "wilt" into the ground, starting stage left along line
1 - heads suddenly up and alert on 1.



Leroy Brown (Lindy Hop) (1999)
Choreography - Ria DeBiase and Jamie Davies

1-8 stick intro - prepare

1-8 Charelston on towards centre
1-8 Charleston to centre
1-8 link with partner and Charleston to position
1-8 finish the above

1-8 Swingout
1-8 Swingout
1-8 Round the world
1-8 Points

1-8 Swingout
1-8 Swingout backpass
1-8 Swingout
1-8 Circle

1-8 Throw away lift
1-8 swingout
1-8 crazy legs/ twisting walks
1-8 crazy legs/ twisting walks

1-8 Hip Lindy
1-8 spin out
1-8 ronde turn
1-4 man stays low, lady shows off,
5-8 swingout....

1-4 finish swingout
5-8 4-beat entry to tandem Charleston
1-8 Tandem Charleston
1-8 Tandem Charleston lady turns
1-8 Tandem Charleston.

1-8 Russina splits
1-8 turn lady out
1-8 Jan, Nav, Jeff: swingout; Matt, Colby: circle
1-8 Jan, Nav, Jeff circle; Matt, Colby swap partners on spin away.

1-8 leg points
1-8 leg points
1-8 double time run up
1-8 ball mash x 2

1-8 swing out
1-8 swingout 270degrees only
1-8 texas tommy
1-8 Frankie's dip

1-8 swingout
1-8 swnigout hand change
1-8 Flyin' Bridget
1-8 6 beat swingout and rock step

1-8 lift
1-8 Low hand to hand Charleston
1-8 Low hand to hand Charleston
1-8 burst for freedom, catch both hands

1-8 jitterbug (heels part)
1-8 jitterbug (kicks part)
1-8 chase the lady (she does twisting walk)
1-8 chase the lady (she does twisting walk)

1-8 prepare for lifts and drops (different for each couple)
1-8 prepare for lifts and drops (different for each couple)
1 lifts and drops.
 
 



Harlem Nocturne (Blues) (2000)
Choreographer - Jamie Davies.

Begin with men (Zoot hats etc)  in a tight knot, 'smoking' and looking cool, in centre of stage, girls (nice dresses) placed round towards edge of stage, individually, standing as if 'leaning on a lamp-post' (you know what I mean).

1-8 Girls click lazily to beat. Men fishtail forwards, low, towards girl of their choice
1-8 Girls click lazily to beat. Men fishtail forwards, low, towards girl of their choice

                     "A" couples                                                               "B" couples
1-8   Guy walks (odd beats) towing girl into close hold                     Wait and look on
1-8   Ballroom turn a/c
1-8   Open out 1,2, then 6 bt push spin to front.
1-6   Under arm turn
7-4   Cross hand turn to leave man in fron of girl, drop her hands on his shoudlers
5-4   Girls hands wander down over Guy's chests and Southwards...
5-8   Guys save their honour by stepping fwd and bringing girls
          in front with a catapult.

1-8   Freeze                                                                                    Boogie fwd
1-8   Freeze                                                                                    Boogie fwd (1-4), low turn 360 deg (5-8)
1-8   Freeze - conenct for dip on 7,8                                               Boogie fwd and connect for dip
1-8   Dip to left - each couple going on a different beat so the whole line up goes right to left. Recover on 8.

                                       all couples now the same

1-8   Fishtails
1-8   Fishtails - on 5-8, men slide behind ladies to be on other side.
1-8   Comb then side lean
1-8   Drop to right, each couple dropping on a different beat ina L-R progression across row.

1-8   Slow and easy get up

1-8  Tummy basket
1-8  West Coast pecks
1-8  Finish pecks, rock step and face on 5-8
1-8  Walk back (close hold, Tango-like)
1-8  Walk back (close hold, Tango like) to ladies' original positions
1-8 Fast, flowing ballroom turns

1-8 Slow and easy Tango leg lean (man face lady,R leg straight fwd L leg a little out to side, lady keep L foor juct in front of man's R, put R ankle right at top of man's L thigh and lean forwards opening your stride as much as possible, but keep head back out of kissing range. Hold
1-8  As music fades, get up into a really close hold (man stand up and forwards, but let lady disengage ankle first!) and faces come together (as if in a kiss) as the stage lights dim.
 
 
 



The Lindy Chorus (2000)
Chroeographer - (Frankie Manning? - this seemed to originate in Herrang in the last years of the 20th Century  and has become an internatinoal standard chorus)

This can be done to any reasonably-paced and reasonably constructed swing chorus (ie AABA, 8-bar). We normally use "Wednesday Night Hop" by Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy.

Begin as couples, facing each other, man facing the audience.

1-8 - Swing out
1-8 - Swing out (scissors variation)
1-8 - Circle
1-8 - Double under arm turn, lead lady to face front beside you.

1-8 - Charleston side by side
1-8 - Charleston side by side
1-8 - Charleston side by side
1-7 - Texas tommy - men tap on 7, ladies step.

8 -8  Suzy Q facing each other (R-R hold), down on even beats as usual
1-4   4-beat entry into tandem Charleston
 5-4   tandem Charleston
 5-4   tandem Charleston
 5-4   promenade Charleston

 5-4   promenade Charleston
 5-8   promenade Charleston - you gent to just turning left and then...
1-8   Drop push away (R foot on 1, turn her out on 3,4, rock step 5,6, turn her in on 7,8
1-8   Both spin round to reconnect in low hand to hand Charleston

1-8  Low hadn to hand Charleston
1-8  Break for freedom, finish facing each other, slightly offset to left.
1-8  Kick ups  past partner (LR rock step, kick L-down, kick R-down, rock step)
1-8  Hop back past parner's other side (L kick (1)-, hop (2)-down(3), fall off the log (start L on 4) turning)

1-8 Shimmy
1-8 Points
1-8 Round the world
1-8 Points

1-8 Round the world
1-8 Points
1-8 1st time - crazy legs wander about to change partner: 2nd time, Circle
1-8 1st time contd...then repeat from top. 2nd time, 6 beat turn then turn her a/c on 7,8 so her back faces you

1-8 Grab her hips on 1,2 and spin her on 3,4 as you turn away and crouch. On 5, she leaps into a piggy back.



Opus One (2001)

Music: Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra. Choreography: Jamie Davies.
This begins with partner dancing based on “The Lindy Chorus” (though look out for the differences!), then has a section of jazz steps, then regains partnerd dance. The partnered dance is in Roman script and the jazz steps in Italic.
 

Swingout
Swingout
Circle
Double under arm turn, leave lady to your R side

Charleston not connected
Charleston not connected
Charleston (connect)
Texas Tommy

Suzy Q (on 8)
4 beat entry to Tandem Charleston
Tandem Charleston
Tandem Charleston

Promenade
Promenade
Promenade (yes, a third set)
Turn out

Cross Charleston
Cross Charleston
Burst for freedom
Burst for freedom (yes, a second one)

Kick ups
Slide back
Fall off the log
Fall off the log

Boogie woogie  (as in Jitterbug stroll)
Boogie woogie  (as in Jitterbug stroll)
Boogie woogie  (as in Jitterbug stroll)
Gaze afar

Charleston
Charleston
Charleston
Mess around

Suzy Q L
Suzy Q R
Suzy Q L
Full break (easy form)

Tack Annie
Tack Annie
Tack Annie
Full break (easy form)

Chase
Chase
Chase
Chase -> mess around

Rocks
Rocks
Rocks
Mess around

Guys freeze – ladies slow turn to come to guys’ side

Swingout from side-by-side
Swingout
Circle
Double under arm turn

Charleston (smooth)
Charleston (smooth)
Charleston (smooth)
Swingout

Circle
Mess around
Rock step, face in , face away, face in, dip (/sit on knee).
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Charleston Routine (2001)

Music: The Charleston – Savoy Orpheans’ 1926 recording.
Choreography: Jamie Davies & Katie Brooks: this is easy chorography for the beginners' class.

Costumes
 Girls: Either 20s look summer dresses or Tennis/ croquet gear
 Guys: Cricketing whites/ striped blazer + boater/ plus fours.
 Chaperones: outwardly dark, sombre and strict (hair up), but colourful
   silly bloomers hidden under skirts if possible.
 

Piece begins with stage empty save for a bench in the centre, about 2/3 of the way downstage.
 

Intro:
8 Two groups of girls enter, each with a chaperone.
8 Chaperones meet and sit on the bench, girls form two chatty huddles stage left and right.     Sit on bench
 8
 8 Girls Start ‘feeling’ the beat  Chaperones begin to read ‘suitable’ material.

 8 Basic Charleston (begin with R tap fwd)
 8 Basic Charleston
 8 Basic Charleston
 8 Basic Charleston

 8 Kick across RLRR
 8 Kick across LRLL
 8 Basic
 8 Basic

 8 Tick tocks R
 8 Tick tocks R
 8 Tick tocks L
 8 Tick tocks L

 8 Girls, Basic; Guys enter (walking)
 8 Basic (notice guys); Guys admire ladies and approach (walk)
 8 Girls Hair fuss waddle
 8 Girls Hair fuss waddle

 8 Girls pose and look on. Guys basic with sweep
 8  Basic
 8 “girly chat” about guys; guys basic
 8 “ Basic

 8  Guys Crazy legs turn (90deg)
 8  Crazy legs, exchange gestures about how lovely the ladies are
 8  Crazy legs 270 deg
 8  Basic

 8  Guys Basic with dip
 8  Basic
 8  Hand cross
 8  Hand cross

 8 Girls Hair fuss waddle; guys slow low downs
 8 Hair fuss waddle;  Low downs
 8 Guys & girls; Basic with high kick Basic with high kick
 8 Basic with high kick Basic with high kick

 8 Basic hold hands Basic hold hands; Chaperones look shocked, rise
 8 Basic hold hands Basic hold hands; Chaperones Walk to split couples
 8 Sugar foot walk Moving ; chaperones send men back upstage
 8 Sugar foot walk Moving;

 8 Girls Tick tock towards guys who Tick tock towards gals. Cs look satisfied
 8 Tick tock towards guys Tick tock towards gals; Chaperones notice -
 8 Walk (like Worcester) away Walk (like Worcester) away; Cs separate them
 8 Walk (like Worcester) away Walk (like Worcester) away; Cs Return to bench
 

 8 On each ‘8’ a new person from one group comes to   Get disracted so that you don’t see the swooning
 8 distract both chaperones.  group
 8 The other group swoon at each other.
 8

 8 Basic (look innocent) Basic (look innocent)
 8 Basic (look innocent) Basic (look innocent)

Verse 12 8 Other group distracts
 8
 8
 8

 8 Basic (look innocent) Basic (look innocent)
 8 Basic (look innocent) Basic (look innocent)

 8 Girls Hair fuss waddle; guys Watch, triumphant
 8 Hair fuss waddle
 8 Basic
 8 Basic

 8 Girls Smacks
 8 Smacks
 8 Basic; Chaperones get up and look interested in dance
 8 Basic

 8 Basic (just nearest girls to bench); Chaperones  “ask for lesson”
 8 Basic (patronising)  Tentatively try
 8 Basic  Tentatively try
 8 Basic  Tentatively try

 8   Chaperonees shove girls aside – pick up skirts - Charleston high kick
 8   Hick kick
 8   Scarecrow
 8   Scarecrow

 8   Sugar foot fwd – release hair
 8   Sugar foot fwd – release hair
 8   Skip up
 8   Basic

 8   Travelling Charleston; guys start to pursue Chaperones
 8   Travelling Charleston
 8   Basic - guys crowd round and compete for chaperones' attention
 8   Chaperones sit on a guy's knee; abandoned girls look scandalized!
 


Cats' Corner to Zoot Suit Riot

Music: Zoot Suit Riot – The Cherry Poppin Daddies.
Choreography: Jamie Davies & Katie Brooks. This has the look of a Cats' Corner, and is suitable for a groups of dancers with varied experience and ability.

Choreography in progress

Begins with an empty stage.

8 Drums  - Cool walks on to position - make a large circle, facing outwards
8  “
8  “
8  “

8 Instrumental    Fall off the log
8                       Clap! - then big strong turn
8                       Fall off the log
8                       Fall off the log to cross R over L, then turn left into circle.

8 Instrumental    Charleston (just points rather than bouncy) – Rfwd, Rbck, L back, L fwd
8                       Big strong turn - 8 beats
8                       Walk backwards in Charleston style to open out circle (Charleston in place if at back)
8                       Walk a la pointy Charleston to open out circle : when not dacning, click and look interested

Couple ONE
8 Who’s that… Swingout from side by side
8                       Swingout
8                       Swingout
8                       Rock step, stomp under her arm, collect sbs

8  Fat Cat…     Charleston sbs
8                       Turning Charleston
8                       Turning Charleston
8                       Turning Charleston – kick up off (from “wrong side” hold)

Couple TWO
8 Zoot Suit..      Leap frog (lady over man)
8                       Charleston (use this one to connect sbs)
8                       Fast Texas Tommy from sbs
8                       Low downs

8 Zoot Suit…   6bt change of places and change hands R-R
8                      6 bt Arm grab spin -> frog (hold frog 5-8)
8                      6 bt change of places
8                     Suzy Q, parting and waving

Couple THREE
8                      Throw away
8                      Tow back (lady pulls)
8                      Circle
8                      Rock step, plonk, spin away

8                      Cross Charleston
8                      Cross Charelston
8                      Cross Charleston
8                      Tow away

Couple FOUR
8 Got me          Push spin
8                      Swingout
8                      Swingout
8                      Fast Texas Tommy

8 Zoot Suit       Throw the baby
8                      Throw the baby
8                      Throw the baby
8                      Fishtail off

Couple FIVE
8                      Ten League Boots
8                      Circle from sbs
8                      Jumpy fast turnout (6bt) - guy turn his back on 7-8
8                      6 bt left side pass, guy catch her sbs, prep down on 7-8

8                      Hip Hop with side rocks
8                      swingout
8                      girl jump round 1, drop kick 3, up5, jump to facing 7
8                      pimp walk and fishtail

Jazz Dancers
8                      Jazz leader cool walks on
8                      Jazz followers imitate

This next sction is based on 4-beat call and response, leader callnig, followers copying
8 Scat              Leading with left leg, tailfeather dip (followers echo)
8                      kick-cross-turn round
8                      Tick tocks
8                      Shorty George

8 Scat              Heel crazy legs heel
8                     R - LR (pose) (R on the strong beats)
8                     Shimmy
8                     Charleston off backwards

Couple SIX
8 You’ve got  Hip Lindy
8                    Spin out
8                    Slap round the head - guy turn his back to lady
8                    Pull through (prep 1,2m pull 3, lady flies 4-5, twist twist to end)

8 Zoot Suit    Banana
8                   Texas Tommy
8                   Banana
8                   Guy tows lady (guy crazy legs, lady spank the baby but without the actual spank)

8                  Circle (guy still crazy legs on the 1,2)
8                  6 beat turn out then rock step on 7,8
8                  Hip throw (Grab 1, perp 2, up on 3, connect 4, back 5, throw 6-7)
8                  Guy tow lady off

Solo guy - in this section one guy in the centre has a succession of partners
8                  Guy comes on with showy swingout with girl 1
8                  Sends girl 1 off
8                  Side guy sends girl 2 on
8                  Solo guy sends girl 2 off

8                  Sidy guy sends girl 3 on
8                  Solo guy sends girl 3 off
8                  Side guy sends gilr 4 on
8                  Solo guy takes her and himself off to the side

Everyone
8                  Middle section fall off the log
8                  Collect next sections into the fall off the log
8                  Keep collecting
8                  Turn and pose



Whaddya Want?
Music: Whadya Want?
Choreography: Jamie Davies & Katie Brooks.
The piece begins with couples in 1950s costume, already on stage in two lines, initally in close "coutship" type holds.

Intro
8                First Couples open and do step clicks
8                More do
8                Rest do
8                 Lock turn

A1 0:12
8                 Lindy turn
8                 Lindy turn
8                 Texas Tommy
8                 Low downs

A2 0:24
8                 Lindy turn
8                 Circle
8                 Push spin (8 bt)
8                 Points

B 0:37
8                 Charleston facing audience
8                 Charleston facing audience
8                 Charleston: collect man's R ladies' L hold, man drop to kneel on 7,8
8                 Lady cross R over L on 1 and lean away from man, R hand high in air: Freeze

A  0:49
8                 Lindy turn but starting with the 'wrong hand' hold
8                 Lindy turn
8                 Texas Tommy
8                 Mess around

Tell me 1:03
8                 Throw the baby (using these steps to turn the line into the circle)
8                 Throw the baby
8                 Throw the baby; end up with girls facing in to the centre of the circle guys facing out.
8                 Shorty George

Smooth sax 1:15
8                 rock step into low hand to hand Charleston
8                low hth Charleston
8                low hth Charleston
8                burst for freedom but keep hands low and lady turn her back to man at end

1:29
8                Tandem Charleston
8                Tandem Charleston
8                Tandem Charleston
8                Slow turn out: man mark time gently with R leg - remember to hit the 8 for the next section!

B 1:42
8                Boogie back (girls outwards, guys to centre)
8                Boogie fwd
8                Boogie back
8                Lady shimmy; man pimp walk to collect her side by side

A 1:54
8                Charleston side by side
8                Charleston turning
8                Charleston turning
8                Lady carries on turning 270 deg a/c, man turns to face her.

Tell me 2:07
8                 Throw the baby
8                 Throw the baby
8                 Throw the baby to end up in lines, guys facing audience.
8                 Points freeze

Boogie piano 2:20
6                 6 beat open
6                 6 beat open
6                 6 beat change of places
6                 6 beat pushspin
8                 lady twist, twist, twist-twist-twist man freeze

A  2:34
8                 Lindy turn
8                 Lindy circle
8                 Push spin: man grab lady's waist and stand behind her
8                 man stand still "at ease". Lady mime lyric "I just want a big man to love" to the audience.

A
8                 Rock step kick down kick down etc to exit: front row go off to your left, back to to your right. Keep the rhythm going until you are all off (sound man will fade slowly for you).



Charleston Cabaret

Music: The Black Bottom
Choreography: Katie Brooks & Jamie Davies. This is written for 5 ladies, all in 1920s period costume.

Intro
8         First girl scampers on: "penguin" pose when there.
8         next two girls ditto
8         "no no no" : next two girls ditto
8         start rocking hips subtly to pick up the beat

Black bottom A 0:09
8         Charleston to the front starting on R leg
8         Charleston to the front starting on R leg
8         Hitch
8         Mess around

Black bottom A 0:18
8         Kick in kick in R
8         Kick in kick in L
8         Black bottom
8        Hand cross-open-cross-open-hold

Black bottom B 0:27
8        Tick tocks to R
8        Pose in banjo break
8        Tick tock tick tock L
8        Pose in banjo break

Black bottom A'  0:35
8        Charleston
8        Charleston
8        Hitch

Boom-chings 0:42
8        walk around
8        walk around

Swanee River parody 0:46
8        soloist crazy legs hands fuss
8        chorus crazy pendulum
8        Charleston
8        Charleston

Continued...0:55
8        soloist crazy legs hands fuss
8        chorus crazy pendulum
8        Charleston
8        Charleston

Syncopated section 1:03
8        chase, centre person only
8        chase centre and next out
8        chase everyone
8        shimmy to front

Black bottom A  (lower) 1:12
8        front 2: Charleston walk with high camp hands
8        front 2: Charleston walk with high camp hands
8        back 3:  back crawl
8        back 3:  Knee pushes (R)

Black bottom A (lower) 1:21
8        front 2: Charleston walk with high camp hands
8        front 2: Charleston walk with high camp hands turn to face each other
8        back 3: back crawl L
8        back 3: knee pushes L

Smooth clarinet 1:29
8       front 2: partnered Charleston, rear 3 heel digs to keep time
8       front 2: partnered Charleston, rear 3 heel digs to keep time
8       front 2: partnered Charleston, rear 3 heel digs to keep time
8       front 2 now separate

Black bottom A'' 1:39
8       Charleston
8       Charleston
8       Hitch
8       Frog - soloist to front others to face back
8       Frog - soloist now to face back others to face front
8       Soloist shoved forward by others to perform, and others move back a bit

Black bottom A clappy 1:52
8       Suzy Q round to face audience
8       Suzy Q to the left
8       Spank the baby
8       Spank the baby

Continues... 2:00
8      Lower half shimmy while frogging right round in stages
8      again
8      tack annie
8      tack annie

Black bottom B 2:09
8      Soloist Charleston to front, spectators look puzzled
8      Soloist Black bottom facing audience
8     Soloist Charleston turning at end: spectators look worried
8      Soloist black bottom to back - spectators look shocked!

Black bottom A' 2:26
8      Everybody mimes playing of the instruments of the band as they walk (trumpet, banjo, trombone)
8      Everybody mimes playing of the instruments of the band as they walk (trumpet, banjo, trombone)
8      Everybody mimes playing of the instruments of the band as they walk (trumpet, banjo, trombone)
8      Front person Charlestons facing audience
8      Next two people fall into line exactly behind and charleston
8      Final two people ditto
8      The line pivots so it now runs across the stage

Black Bottom A 2.33
8         Charleston to the front starting on R leg
8         Charleston to the front starting on R leg
8         Hitch
8         Mess around

Black bottom A 2:42
8         Kick in kick in R
8         Kick in kick in L
8         Black bottom
8        Hand cross-open-cross-open-hold

Black bottom B 2:51
8        Tick tocks to R
8        Pose in banjo break
8        Tick tock tick tock L
8        Pose in banjo break

Final A theme
8       Charleston
8       Hitch
8       Sugar foot walk to final pose
8       Assemble pose.
 
 
 


Put a lid on it (2004).

 Choreography: Katie Brooks & Jamie Davies

Costumes: 

Guys: Black shoes (or b/w or spats?), black trousers, black shirt, white braces, white tie shades, black hat.

Girls: Black shoes, black trousers, white shirt, black braces,  black tie, shades, black hat.

 
“Look”: cool – not smiling.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Charleston next to partner not yet connected

 

A

Charleston next to partner not yet connected

 

A

Charleston, connecting with partner

 

A

Charleston turning (keep low and cool!)

 

 

 

0’16

A

Charleston turning

 

A

Charleston turning

 

A

Charleston turning

 

A

Exit Guy a/c;  girl c/w

 

 

 

0’20

B

Low h-t-h starting with R kick on 3

 

B

Low h-t-h starting with R kick on 3 with turn

 

B

Low h-t-h starting with R kick on 3

 

B (*)

Burst for freedom (but hands low)

 

 

 

0’29

A

Tandem, aud to diag left

 

A

Tandem, aud to diag left

 

A

Tandem

 

A

Turn the lady in front – guys move to make line up aud to left

 

 

 

0’39

A vocal

Locomotive Charleston (unconn)

 

A vocal

Locomotive Charleston (unconn)

 

A vocal

Locomotive Charleston (unconn)

 

A vocal

Rs-kd-kd-stepl-flickr

 

 

 

0’49

A vocal

Chase to l

 

A vocal

Chase r

 

A vocal

Chase l

 

A vocal

Sh G round.

 

 

 

0’58

B vocal

St Louis fotl towards line up

 

B vocal

St Louis fotl towards line up

 

B vocal

St Louis fotl towards line up

 

B vocal *

Line up with hat business.

 

 

 

1’08

A vocal

Promenade out (left people rs,kd,kd,kd; right people rs,kd,kd,k-turn)

 

A vocal

Promenade (left people kdm k-turn-kd, k-turn-; right people  kd,kd,kd,kick-turn-)

 

A vocal

Promenade (all kd, k-t-kd, k-t…)

 

A vocal

Prom shoot out – girls to guys’ left.

 

 

 

1’18

A sax

Proper jockey (all start left foot) but separated

 

A sax

Rs kd boogie down

 

A sax

Right heel fwd, back, fwd, back ***this is a change ***

 

A sax

20s style hands crossing on knees

 

 

 

1’27

A sax

Girls walk fwd 2 steps on a line then shimmy beats 5-8

 

A sax

Guys walk fwd x2 then also shimmy 5-8

 

A sax

All boogie fwd

 

A sax

B back no flick arms quiet legs quite straight

 

 

 

1’37

B guitat

20s Ch start tap L fwd

 

B guitar

20s Ch

 

B guitar

20s Ch, cross R over at end

 

B guitar

Staggered a/c turn (1-3-5-7)

 

 

 

1’46

A guitar

Shim sham basic but arms not shimmy

 

A guitar

Shim sham basic

 

A guitar

Shim sham basic

 

A guitar

B back no flick arms quiet legs quite straight

 

 

 

1’56

A deep sax

Guys Boogie fwd (arms down); girls fishtail back

 

A deep sax

Guys Boogie fwd (arms down); girls fishtail back

 

A deep sax

Girls boogie fwd (arms up), guys fishtail

 

A deep sax

Girls boogie fwd (arms up); guys fishtail

 

 

 

2’06

A deep sax

Tick tocks all to left

 

A deep sax

Tick tocks all to left

 

A deep sax

Tick tocks all to right guys drop back

 

A deep sax

Tick tocks girls to right guys to left (so girl now ahead of guy)

 

 

 

2’15

B vocal

Tandem basic – almost facing aud but slight diag to R

 

B vocal

Shoulder push turn and back

 

B vocal

Shoulder push turn and back (couple 1 catch under arms)

 

B vocal

Drop kicks on 1,3,5,7 down line

 

 

 

2’25

A vocal

Tandem arm over

 

A vocal

Tandem arm over DO NOT COME OUT

 

A vocal

Charleston separating (let go hands)

 

A vocal

Rs kick –cross –turn

 

 

Hats down over eyes.

 


Watch the Birdie (2005)

Choreography: Jamie Davies & Katie Brooks.

Costumes: Garden-party-ish: couples please make sure that your styles match each other in terms of era/ poshness etc.

 

I

 

 

Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

1-6

6 beat turnout

Prepare to photo F L couple

 

 

7-4

6 beat change of place

 

 

 

5-2

6 beat change of place

 

 

 

2-8

Quickstop

 

 

 

8

(hold pose)   

Lens cap gag

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

Swingout

Prepare same couple

 

 

8

Swingout

 

 

 

8

Circle to sit on knee

 

 

 

8

Pose sitting on knee, face diag  L 

Couple are now facing wrong way

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

8

Sbs Charleston (start with the kick down on 3)

Prepare back R couple

 

 

8

Sbs Charleston

 

 

 

8

Sbs Charleston – girls move out right to pose

 

 

 

8

Pose – C or BL girl gets in way

Wave girl away, annoyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

1-6

6 beat turnout – girls self-lead

Prep take girl from upstage

 

 

7-6

Swingout

 

 

 

7-6

Circle prep for squat

 

 

 

7-1-8

Squat pose

They are wrong way round again

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

Turnout so lady to right

 

 

 

8

Swingout

 

 

 

1-6

6 beat change of places

 

 

 

7-1-8

Step step under arm side pose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

Swingout (same orientation)

 

 

 

8

Swingout

 

 

 

8

Slap round the head

 

 

 

8

Points (freeze)

Cock a snook at photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

1-4

4 beat entry to T Ch

 

 

 

5-4

T Ch

 

 

 

5-4

T Ch

 

 

 

5-8

Start T Ch

 

 

 

1-8

Freeze on left foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

1-4

Cont T Ch

 

 

 

5-4

T Ch

 

 

 

5-4

T Ch

 

 

 

5-8

Under arm drop

 

 

 

8

Hold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

1-2

Get up

Misch. Dancer interacts with photog?

 

 

21-8

Disconn shag

 

 

 

12-6

Disconn shag

 

 

 

72-4

Disconn shag

 

 

 

53-2

Disconn shag

 

 

 

34-8

Disconn shag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

8

Bal-trot

 

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

 

8

Bal trot turnout sbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

8

Sbs Charleston

 

 

 

8

Sbs Charleston

 

 

 

8

Extended J drop (rs kd k&rsd).

 

 

 

8

Hold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

 rock step kick downs, in an c/w circle

 

 

 

8

 contd

 

 

 

8

 contd

 

 

 

8

 contd then freeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Streamliner (2005)

Choreography: Katie Brooks & Jamie Davies

Costumes:  Guys black trousers & coloured shirt, girls black skirt and T-shirt matching the guys' shirt.

 

 

Intro

8

 

8

 

8

 

8

 

 

0:13 ‘A’ theme

8

swingout from side-by-side

8

Swingout

8

Circle

8

double underarm turn

 

0:25 ‘A’ theme

8

Swingout

8

Swingout

8

Circle

8

double underarm turn into tandem charleston position

 

0:38 ‘B’ theme

8

tandem charleston

8

tandem charleston

8

turn out to face – followers adapt feet to ‘rs-kd-k and k and’ OR ‘rs-kd-k and step-step (R-L)’ to leave R foot free

8

points: facing for 4 then away for 4

 

0:50 ‘A’ theme

8

Swingout

8

Swingout

8

Circle

8

modified camel walks: rock-step kick-cross rock-step cross

 

1:03 ‘intro-like’ section

8

leader turns anticlockwise/to left, into frog position (follower freeze)

8

follower turns clockwise/to right, into frog position (leader freeze)

8

big strong turn (stepping fwd on to R foot)

8

frog facing back to back on 1, then frog into cross-charleston position, guy nearest audience on 4

 

1:16

8

cross-charleston start on 1

8

cross-charleston

8

cross-charleston

8

Butterfly – ending with lady nearer audience

 

1:28

8

cross-charleston

8

cross-charleston

8

cross-charleston

8

Butterfly to sbs

 

1:41

8

Charleston with drag back on 78

8

Push spin

8

Low downs

8

Guy &8 bda bda bda bdum towards lady, then lady &4 same away.

 

1:53

8

Swingout

8

Swingout

8

Swingout

8

Fast texas tommy

back

2:06

8

Chase along circumference girls a/c

8

Chase back

8

Chase again to new partner (1 place a/c)

8

mess-around

 

2:18

8

Girls chase in along radius

8

Both chase past each other along radius (guys now in middle)

8

Guys chase out along radius to original partner

8

Mess-around

 

2:31

8

Walk away slow man lr, lady rl, then 6 bt c-o-p

8

6 bt c-o-p with man turning at end

8

Circle

8

Rock back on normal leg, big strong turn lady normal big strong turn man mirror turn (step step at end)

 

2:44

6

Side by side kicks in (no rock step), out, in and turn to mirror hold

8

Side by side kicks a bit bigger; rock step, in, out, in returning to normal hold,

8

Side by side kicks

8

Ball mash * 2

 

2:56

8

Swingout

8

Swingout

8

Circle?

8

Adam’s move, ladies free to do hair fuss waddle.

 

3:10

8

Swingout

8

Swingout

8

Points towards and away

8

Points towards and away (with extra finger waggle)

 

3:22

8

Swingout?

8

Swingout?

8

6 beat back to sbs – rock step

8

Hoppy turnout then walk back on the quicks

 

3:35

8

Throw the baby passing

8

Throw the baby passing

8

Charleston (big) going to rock step at end

8

Cross – turn – frog to partner – frog to audience

 

3:47 END



In The Mood (2006)

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Choreography: Jamie Davies & Katie Brooks
Costumes:  Guys military (soldies & sailors);  girls 40s dresses.

 

 

 

Soldiers

Sailors

0

A

8

1&2, ch indep, meeting

 

 

 

8

Ch indep

 

 

 

8

Ch sbs

 

 

 

8

Ch turning

 

 

 

8

Ch sbs

 

 

 

8

Turn to partner, man crazy legs backwards, lady twist twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

A

8

Rock step both R; X Ch

 

 

 

8

X Ch

 

 

 

8

Butterfly

 

 

 

8

X Ch; turn out to sbs

 

 

 

8

Ch sbs; 3&4 come on

 

 

 

8

Ch sbs 3&4 come on more

 

 

 

 

 

 

45

B

8

Swingout

 

 

 

8

LT

 

 

 

8

LT

 

 

 

8

Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

8

Swingout

 

 

 

8

LT

 

 

 

8

LT

 

 

 

8

Man fishtail, lady twist; all just watch next section

 

 

 

 

 

 

108

C

8

Watch with quiet claps

1 swingout from wings

 

 

8

 

1 watch 2 swingout from wings

 

 

8

 

Both 8 bt sugar push

 

 

8

 

Low downs

 

 

 

 

 

118

C

8

 

1 circle then hold

 

 

8

 

2 circle

 

 

8

 

Push out, 1 kneel on beat 2, 2 kneel on beat 4

 

 

8

 

Leg sweep back a little, lady forwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

4 beat turnout -> Frankie’s dip

 

 

8

 

Contd… 4 beat turn

 

 

 

 

 

135

D

8

 

T Ch

 

 

8

 

T Ch

 

 

8

 

Push out

 

 

8

 

Push out

 

 

 

 

 

147

D

8

 

Prom

 

 

8

 

Prom

 

 

8

 

Prom stop – spinout

 

 

8

 

Circle

 

 

8

 

Rock step, prep, lift

 

 

 

 

 

200

A

8

Indep ch large, moving to circle

(as soldiers throughout from now)

 

 

8

Big Charleson

BIG

 

 

8

Throw the baby

 

 

 

8

Throw the baby in place

 

 

 

8

Reach down & up

 

 

 

8

Reach down & up

 

 

Silence

8

Freeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

Charleston

MEDIUM

 

 

8

Charleson

 

 

 

8

Throw the baby

 

 

 

8

Throw the baby in place

 

 

 

8

Reach down & up

 

 

 

8

Reach down & up

 

 

Silent

8

Freeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

Charleston

SMALL

 

 

8

Throw the baby

 

 

 

8

Throw the baby in place

 

 

 

8

Reach down & up

 

 

 

8

Reach down & up

 

 

 

8

Reach UP on 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

8

Swingout

 

 

 

8

L. turn with kick-away

 

 

 

8

L. turn with kick-away

 

 

 

8

L turn ladies jump, men down

 

 

 

8

L turn ladies jump, men down

 

 

 

8

Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runout

8

Charleston; first couples circle

 

 

 

8

Charleston; next couples circle

 

 

 

8

Charleston; next couples circle

 

 

 

8

Final couples circle – all to sit on knee

 

 


12th St Rag (2006)

Choreography: Jamie Davies, Katie Brooks & Cast

Costumes:  Clowns

8 Intro

 

 

8 Intro

 

 

SHAG SECTION

 

1-6 Shag kicks sbs fwds

7-4 Shag kicks sbs forwards

5-8 Freeze on outer foot

1-6 Shag kicks beginning on inner foot (on the 2nd slow)

7-4 Shag kicks

5-8 Freeze on inner foot

 

 

(0’11“)1-6 Shag kicks fwd

7-4 Shag kicks fwd

5-8 Freeze on outer foot

1-8 4 steps (on slows), flicking feet out behind, turning (man a/c lady cw) to face partner

1-8 Pecks (towards each other)

 

 

(0’11“)1-6 Shag kicks fwd

7-4 Shag kicks fwd

5-8 Freeze on outer foot

1-8 4 steps (on slows), flicking feet out behind, turning (man a/c lady cw) to face partner

1-8 Pecks (towards each other)

 

 

(0’23”) 1-6 Sailor step

7-4 Sailor step

5-8 Freeze on man’s left lady’s right foot

1-6 Sailor step starting on second slow

7-4 Sailor step

5-8 Freeze on man’s right lady’s left foot

 

 

(0’32”) 8 - Pimp walk, man forwards lady backwards (4 beats/pace), crossing legs over and swinging arms

8 - Contd...

8 – ladies shimmy, men fishtail cowering

8 – contd.

 

 

TRANSITION

 

(0’41”) 8

8

 

CHARLESTON SECTION

 

(0’45”) 8 ladies sugar foot walk fwd (start R): men hands on knees

8 – 20s Charleston

8 –R leg tap fwd, back., fwd, step back

8 – L leg tap back, fwd, back, step fwd

 

 

 

(0’54”) 8 – Charleston, reach down on 5

8 – kick high on 1, reach down on 5

8 – kick high on 1, finish Charleston normally

8 – stay on left leg and twiddle right one behind

 

 

 

(1’04”) 8 – Normal Charleston, turning towards partner

8- partner Ch (men start with the tap back on left)

8 – partner Ch – hold weight on R (men) L ladies

8 – partner Ch – hold weight on L (men) R (ladies)

 

 

 

(1’13”) 8 – man 1 turns lady 1, then turns under himself

8 – man 2 turns lady 2, then turns under himself

8 – normal Charleston, separate

8 – Charleston, getting into position

 

 

TRANSITION

(1’22”)8

8

 

BALBOA SECTION

 

(1’26”)8 Balboa basic

8 – Balboa basic

8 – Balboa basic

8 – ‘shuffle’ to man’s left for 8 beats (LRLRLRLR)

 

(1’35”) 8 – Bal basic

8 - Bal basic with sweeps

8 – bal basic with sweeps

8 – spikeout

 

 

(1’44”) 8 – elbow blocks

8 – elbow blocks

8 – come around

8 – Basic with turn out to sbs at end

 

 

 

(1’53) 8 – couple 1 turn out at one, couple 2 from beat 5

8 – man 1 turns under own arm on 1, man 2 on 5

8 – balboa basic

8 – balboa basic

 

 

TRANSITION

 

(2’02”) 8

8

 

 

TICK-TOCK SECTION

 

(2’06”) 8 Guys tick-tock

8 - contd, then freeze

8 - Ladies tick-tock

8 – contd then freeze

 

 

(2’15”) 8 – guys again

8 – contd

8 – ladies – lady 1 collides with guy

8 – domino effect.

 

 

(2’23”) 8 – girls spank the baby

8 – contd

8 – guys chicken walk

8 – contd

 

 

 

(2’32”) 8 –girl 1 turns round, then guy 1

8 – girl 2, then guy 2

8 – gi

 

 (very end needs to be done)

 

 


 Balboa for Billie (2007)

Music: Oh what a night! (Billie Holliday)
Choreography: Jamie Davies

Costumes: depression era working clothes (very late 20s/ early 30s)

You can see movies of the performances on ThursdayFriday and Saturday nights (.wmv format).


Intro

8

Still

 

 

8

‘feel rhythm’

 

 

 

 

0’05

 

8

Bal basic

 

 

8

Bal basic

 

 

8

Bal basic

 

 

8

Bal basic

 

 

 

 

0’13

 

8

Transition step to cross overs

 

 

8

Cross overs fluid

 

 

8

Cross-overs strong ‘stops’

 

 

8

Come-around to Lolly kicks

 

 

 

 

0’21

 

8

Lollies (around lady)

 

 

8

Lollies (around lady)

 

 

8

Lollies (around lady) tension phase exit

 

 

8

Come around to closed

 

 

 

 

0’29

 

8

Box basic (for man – back left, open right, fwd – front right, open left - back)

 

 

8

Box

 

 

8

Box

 

 

8

Step-close-lunge (guy’s left held back)

 

 

 

 

0’37

What a...

8

Bal trot

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

 

 

 

Those white

8

Come around to spike

 

 

8

Come around

 

 

8

Come around to spike

 

 

8

Come around

 

 

 

 

 

What a...

8

Bal trot

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

8

Bal trot

 

 

 

 

1’02

If you

8

Basic

 

 

8

Basic

 

 

8

Come around to spike

 

*

8

Triple turn on come-around

 

 

 

 

1’10

Sax

8

Cont. Come around and start basic

 

 

8

Walk fwds to add 2 lots of step step

 

 

8

Basic

 

 

8

Basic

 

 

 

 

1’19

 

8

Basic to paddles – leader paddling with R foot

 

 

8

Anticlockwise paddles contd

 

 

8

Paddles – leader paddling with left

 

 

8

Paddles coming upright at end

 

 

 

 

1’27

Clarinet

8

Ch – man start tapping back

 

 

8

Ch basic

 

 

8

Ch  - just move man’s left (lady’s R); step on last

 

 

8

Ch – just move man’s right (lady’s L); step on last

 

 

 

 

1’35

 

8

Ch – lady fudge feet (right fwd, right back, right fwd, right back)

 

 

8

Ch – to aud separately

 

 

8

Ch to aud

 

*

8

¾ flappers’ turn back to partner

 

 

 

 

1’43

Piano

8

Bal basic

 

 

8

Bal basic

 

 

8

Spike

 

 

8

Elbow blocks

 

 

 

 

1’52

 

8

Come around

 

 

8

Basic

 

 

8

Basic wtih break time ending

 

 

8

Rag doll walk back

 

 

 

 

2’00

Trumpet

8

Basic with turn out at end

 

 

8

Turn out

 

 

8

Catch in elbow blocks

 

 

8

Come around

 

 

 

 

2’08

 

8

Basic to crab walks (first crab is on 5, fed for man)

 

 

8

Crab walks

 

 

8

Crab walks back to basic

 

 

8

Come around to pop turn

 

 

 

 

2’17

 

8

Come around

 

 

8

Basic to low downs (jump into low downs on 3)

 

 

8

Basic

 

 

8

Basic to low downs (jump into low downs on 3)

 

 

 

 

2’25

 

8

Basic with turn out at end

 

 

8

Turn out

 

 

8

Catch in elbow blocks

 

 

8

Come around

 

 

 

 

2’33

 

8

Basic

 

 

8

Shuffle to right (diag right across stage)

 

 

8

Continue and exit to basic

 

 

8

Spike out

 

 

 

 

2’41

 

8

Come around to spike out

 

 

8

Come around to spike out

 

 

8

Come around to sit spin

 

 

8

Sit spin  END

 



Zip Gun Bop (2007)

Music: Royal Crown Revue

Choreography: Jamie Davies, Katie Brooks

You can see movies of the performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (.wmv format)

Guys come on from opposite wings *before* music starts. Meet – tense then hand shakes (or better, some business- eg buying violin case).
 

0

Intro

8

Guys small walks with clicks

 

 

8

Ditto

 

(siren)

8

Ladies come on

 

 

8

Join up with guys  - all men face audience

 

 

 

 

0’10

Intro contd

8

S/o  

 

 

8

LT

 

 

8

LT – cheat so men face anti clockwise round circle

 

 

8

Fast Tx tom (men now face clockwise)

 

 

 

 

0’21

 

8

Men walk fwd clockwise ladies walk back

 

 

8

Men fishtail ladies boogies forward should regain original posn

 

 

 

 

0’26

Well there’s

8

Circle

 

 

8

Blues turn (to sbs) use to align so that the turn out coming up is towards audience

 

 

8

Interrupted turn out

 

 

8

Facing jig walks, slowly rotating, ending sbs guys face audience at end.

 

 

 

 

0’37

See there

8

8 beat turnout

 

 

8

LT

 

 

8

Circle so guys face the outside of the ciricle at the end

 

 

8

Mess around guys face outwards

 

 

 

 

0’47

Zip gun,

8

Throw baby Ladies go far into centre

 

 

8

Throw baby Ladies go out to next man to the left

 

 

8

Throw baby (partner change) cheat to face aud at end

 

 

8

Russ Splits

 

 

 

 

0’58

(siren)

8

Tandem to promenade start facing audience

 

 

8

Prom across stage

 

 

8

Prom

 

 

8

Gentle stomp exit from prom aud will be to guys’ right

 

 

 

 

1’09

Well there’s flat-foot

8

Rock step, lead past, catch bal style and finish LT

 

 

8

LT just do a ¾ turn so aud is to man’s back.

 

Gunfire 5-8

8

LT to gallop (bts 1-4 normal, 5&6&7&8 gallop sideways to mans left) gallop across stage

 

 

8

Circle to face audience

 

 

 

 

1’22

Now you take

8

Charleston (gentle)

 

 

8

Camel walks

 

 

8

Camel walks to slide so now facing each other across stage

 

Rapid drum

8

Mess around (slow then fast)

 

 

 

 

1’30

Zip Gun

8

Throw baby Ladies go far into centre

 

 

8

Throw baby Ladies go out to next man to the left

 

 

8

Throw baby (partner change) cheat to face aud at end

 

 

8

Russ Splits

 

 

 

 

1’41

Sax smoothish

8

Turn out R-R (bts 1,2), then 6-beat blocked spin (8 in all) audience to Man’s right after the first 2 beats

 

 

8

8 beat catapull audience is to man’s left at the end

 

 

8

Swingout

 

 

8

Low down – out –out – out with boogie downs (audience to man’s left)

 

 

 

 

1’52

 

8

LT simple scissors

 

 

8

Lt simple scissors

 

 

8

360 deg Texas Tommy (aud now to man’s left)

 

 

8

Frankie’s dip (ends with both facing audience)

 

 

 

 

2’03

Hey spinach chin

8

Shag FOTL (‘runs’)

 

 

8

Suzie Q: leaders kick L (travel to R), followers kick R (travel to L) across stage

 

 

8

Regular-FOTL: leaders kick R, followers kick L to start

 

 

8

Suzie Q: leaders kick R (travel to L), followers kick L (travel to R); need to turn through 180º so backs to audience and follower on leader’s right

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Sbs charleston facing upstage straight into turning charleston to face audience

 

 

8

Continue turning charleston

 

 

8

Kick downs, peeling away from partner and round to face

 

 

8

Ordinary charleston on normal leg, facing partner across stage, aud to man’s right

 

 

 

 

2’24

‘so now you can’

8

Circle

 

 

8

Blues turn (to sbs) use to align so that the turn out coming up is towards audience

 

 

8

Interrupted turn out

 

 

8

Facing jig walks, slowly rotating, ending sbs guys face audience at end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

8 beat turnout

 

Rat-tat-tat 246

8

LT

 

 

8

Circle so guys face the outside of the ciricle at the end

 

 

8

Mess around guys face outwards

 

 

 

 

 

Zip gun

8

Throw baby Ladies go far into centre

 

 

8

Throw baby Ladies go out to next man to the left

 

 

8

Throw baby (partner change) cheat to face aud at end

 

 

8

Russ Splits

 

 

 

 

 

Zip gun

8

Charleston to audience (‘eyes and teeth’)

 

 

8

Charleston to audience

 

 

8

Charleston to audience

 

 

8

Modified Charleston: 1rock-2step 3kick-4down 5kick-6and-7down-8rock 1drop.

 

 


A Viper's Moan

Music: Mona's Modern Rhythmatists
Choreography: Jamie Davies (really for class use, but this is also suitable as a cabaret piece)


·          v quiet intro – do nothing

·          v quiet intro – do nothing

·          built up intro – step round

·          built up intro – step round

 

·          Archie turnout1

·          LT (long leg back for man)      * POINT A (see below)

·          LC with man Russell reverse

·          Closed LC

 

·          Archie turnout

·          LT

·          LC with man Russell reverse

·          Closed LC

 

·          Sbs to facing Ch and straight back

·          Sbs to facing Ch and straight back

·          Sbs to facing Ch: do a full Ch (5-4 of next)

·          Finish that facing Ch and go back to sbs

 

·          Archie turnout1

·          LT (long leg back for man)

·          LT (long leg back for man)

·          Front pass to jazz steps3, side by side

 

·          Step flicks, each on ‘own’ leg, bend down with L leg and up with R (man L 1st)

·          Step flicks, each on ‘own’ leg, bend down with L leg and up with R (man L 1st)

·          20s Charleston pushes (man pushing LLRR, lady RRLL)

·          Applejack back (or shorty fwd if running out of time to teach applejacks)

 

·          Step flicks, each on ‘own’ leg, bend down with L leg and up with R (man L 1st)

·          Step flicks, each on ‘own’ leg, bend down with L leg and up with R (man L 1st)

·          20s Charleston pushes (man pushing LLRR, lady RRLL))

·          Applejack back (or shorty fwd if running out of time to teach applejacks)

 

·          Rick step, kick down, cross, unwind to face partner

·          Lindy Ch facing each other

·          Lindy Ch facing each other

·          Lindy Ch facing each other

 

·          R-R hold: lady twist twist round, man do leg switches on the real slows (4 beats!).

·          Ditto up to beat 8

·          Fall off the log

·          Suzy Q

 

·          Case the joint

·          Contd

·          Contd

·          Exit with claps

 

·          Lindy turn

·          Then go to point A




 Streamliner

Stage empty at start: men enter from stage right and ladies from stage left during intro, and get into side-by-side position. All are in a big ‘circle’ (8 couples Thurs, Fri; 7 Sat).

 

Intro

8

All enter stage

8

 

8

 

8

 

 

0:13 ‘A’ theme

8

swingout from side-by-side

8

LT

8

Circle

8

double underarm turn

 

0:25 ‘A’ theme

8

LT

8

LT

8

Circle

8

double underarm turn into tandem charleston position

 

0:38 ‘B’ theme

8

tandem charleston

8

tandem charleston

8

turn out to face – followers adapt feet to ‘rs-kd-k and k and’ OR ‘rs-kd-k and step-step (R-L)’ to leave R foot free

8

Lady shimmy for 4; men shimmy for 4.

 

0:50 ‘A’ theme

8

LT

8

LT

8

Circle

8

modified camel walks: rock-step kick-cross rock-step cross

 

1:03 ‘intro-like’ section

8

leader turns anticlockwise/to left, into frog position (follower freeze)

8

follower turns clockwise/to right, into frog position (leader freeze)

8

big strong turn (stepping fwd on to R foot)

8

frog facing back to back on 1, then frog into cross-charleston position, guy nearest audience on 4

 

1:16

8

cross-charleston start on 1

8

cross-charleston

8

cross-charleston

8

Butterfly – ending with lady nearer audience

 

1:28

8

cross-charleston

8

cross-charleston

8

cross-charleston

8

Butterfly to sbs

 

1:41

8

Charleston with drag back on 78

8

Push spin

8

Low downs

8

Guy &8 bda bda bda bdum towards lady, then lady &4 same away.

 

1:53  (or 1:54 from end)

6 (11-16)

6 beat wind in (to sbs)

6 (17-24)

6 beat closed basic

6 (25-32)

6 beat push spin

6 (33-38)

6 beat change-of-places

8

Fast texas tommy

back

2:06

8

Chase along circumference girls a/c

8

Chase back

8

Chase again to new partner (1 place a/c)

8

mess-around

 

2:18

8

Girls chase in along radius (men out)

8

Both chase past each other along radius (guys now in middle)

8

Guys chase out along radius to original partner

8

Mess-around

 

2:31

8

Hip Lindy (keep her in the hip hold)

8

Bridget pot plant type exit

8

Circle

8

Rock back on normal leg, big strong turn lady normal big strong turn man mirror turn (step step at end)

 

2:44

6

Side by side kicks in (no rock step), out, in and turn to mirror hold; little

8

Side by side kicks a bit bigger; rock step, in, out, in returning to normal hold,

8

Side by side kicks – BIG!

8

Ball mash * 2

 

2:56

8

Swingout

8

Lindy turn

8

Circle to Adam’s move

8

Men pose, ladies free to do hair fuss waddle.

 

3:10

8

Lindy turn

8

Lindy turn

8

Points towards (4) and away (4)

8

Points towards (with extra finger waggle on 5-8)

 

3:22

8

Lindy turn

8

Lindy turn

8

6 beat back to sbs – rock step

8

Hoppy turnout then walk back on the quicks



1910-2010: A Century of Dance (11th-13th March 2010)

Overall structure

 

 

Cakewalk

8 Walk in singly

8 walk

8 walk

8 man offer hand

 

8 big trots

8 big trots back

8 big trots

8 big trots back

 

8 sideways

8 sideways

8 sideways

8 sideways

 

Charleston

8 get on

8 get on

8 Ch basic

8 Ch basic

 

8 Ch basic

8 Ch basic

8 Pushes

8 Pushes

 

8 Verse 2 from the Charleston stroll

8 “ (but slap behind rather than clapping)

8 “

8 “

 

8 Ch basic with sweep

8 Ch basic with sweep

8 Ch with scarecrow

8 Hands on knees

 

 

Balboa

8 run on

 

8 Bal basic

8 Bal basic

8 Bal basic

8 Bal basic

 

8 cross overs

8 cross overs

8 Come around to pop turn setup

8 pop turn

 

8 Bal basic

8 Bal basic

8 Bal basic

8 Come around to Lolly kicks

 

8 Lolly kicks

8 Lolly kicks

8 Lolly kicks

8 Sweep back

 

Lindy Hop

8 Run on

8 Lt

8 LT

8 Circle

 

8 Ch

8 Ch

8 Ch

8 Swingout

8 Suzy Q

8 Suzy Q

 

 

Shag

Run on: prepare to start dancing on ‘Let’s go to…’

 

6 Shag closed basic

6 Shag closed basic

6 Shag closed basic

6 Shag closed basic turning out on the QQ

6 side by side

6 side by side

6 side by side let go

6 side by side join move separate to facing

 

 

 

6 1 couple sailor step, the other flat top

6 ditto

6 ditto

6 basic

6 shag breaks

6 shag breaks

6 shag basic turning fast

6 shag basic turning fast

 

 

 

Freestyle Lindy Hop

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8….



 La Grande Pomme (11-13th March 2010)

“La Grande Pomme” is a big-apple sequence, choreographed by Angela Andrews and various swing dancers in the Montpellier region of France, especially Cathy and Gilbert, to “Jeep Jockey Jump”. These notes are compiled from study of a video of them performing this routine in the street outside The Comfy Pew in Gloucester in 1998. We think it is accurate, but please do let us know if we have made a mistake.

 

The dance begins with people running on (to the beat) and pairing up, facing each other but with no hold.

 

A theme:

 

Direct repeat of A theme:

 

B theme:

 

Another direct repeat of the A theme:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Zoot Suit Riot – Draft EUSDS Performance 2011

 

Intro

8 (drums)

Followers (“Ps” and “Qs”) already on stage, Ps stage left and Q s stage right. Leaders come on downstage, between the two groups of followers.

 

8

 

8

 

8 (guitar)

 

0:11 (Instrumental)

8

Fall off the log; clap on 8

P

8

Big strong turn

8

Fall off the log; clap on 8

8

1–4 first half fall off the log; cross R leg over and pivot turn

0:21 (Instrumental)

8

Rocks (“praise”) high first

Q

8

Big strong turn

8

Rocks (“praise”)

8

Hesitation Shorty George

0:31 (Who’s that …)

8

Swingout

L & Q

8

Lindy turn

8

Lindy turn

8

Guys’ pivot turn

0:42 (Fat Cat …)

8

Circle

L & Q

8

Niall’s move

8

Setup for sit dip

8

1–4 sit dip; 5–8 lead out to separate to side-by-side

0:52 (Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Throw the baby

All

8

Throw the baby

8

Throw the baby

8

Throw the baby (get into position for chase)

1:03 (Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Chase

All

8

Chase

8

Chase

8

Chase (leaders and P followers move to side-by-side facing AWAY from audience)


1:13 (Instrumental …)

8

Side-by-side charleston facing AWAY from audience

L & P

8

Turning charleston

8

Turning charleston

8

Turning charleston then kick-downs to turn to separate (♂ a/cw, ♀ cw) allowing steal by Q

1:23 (Whipped up jitterbug …)

8

Swingout (7–8 kick-down)

L & Q

8

Lindy turn (1–2 flick ball-change; 7–8 kick-down)

8

Lindy turn (1–2 flick ball-change; 7–8 kick-down)

8

Lindy turn with ♂ turn on 5–7

1:34 (Got me …)

8

Hip Lindy

L & Q

8

Gentle turnout

8

360 degree Texas Tommy

8

Bridget’s pot plant

1:44 (Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Throw the baby

All

8

Throw the baby

8

Throw the baby

8

Throw the baby

1:55 (You’re in a Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Points

L & P

8

Round the world

8

Points

8

Catapult but let go of ♀ half-way through

2:06 (You’re in a Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Tandem hold swivels (every other beat) L first

L & Q followers

8

Skate

8

Tandem hold swivels (every other beat)

8

Skate

2:16 (Drums)

8

St Louis fall off the log

P & Q

8

St Louis fall off the log

2:20 (Scat singing – 4-beat call and response with P followers followed by Q followers)

8

Tail-feather dip

P & Q

8

Kick-cross turnaround

8

Tick-tocks out 1st

8

Shorty George

2:31

8

Heel-crazy legs-heel

P & Q

8

Right left-right (right foot on strong beats)

8

Shimmy forward then back

8

Shimmy walks


2:42 (You’ve got me …)

8

Swingout

L & P

8

Circle

8

Reverse circle

8

Spanish arms with free spin for follower at the end

2:52 (Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Throw the baby

All

8

Throw the baby

8

Throw the baby

8

Throw the baby (♀ rock-step kick-down kick and step if on right leg)

3:02 (Zoot Suit Riot …)

8

Chase

All

8

Chase

8

Chase

8

1–4 chase; continue kick-stepping to get into place

3:13

P followers

Q followers

P & Q

 

 

 

 

(leaders leave)

8

Low downs (point R first)

Big strong turn

8

Tick tocks towards right in 1st

Suzy Qs towards left

8

Big strong turn

Low downs (point R first)

8

Suzy Qs towards left

Tick tocks towards right in 1st

3:23

P followers

Q followers

8

Low downs (point R first)

Big strong turn

8

Tick tocks towards right in 1st

Suzy Qs towards left

8

Big strong turn

Low downs (point R first)

8

Suzy Qs towards left

Tick tocks towards right in 1st

3:34 (Drums)

8

Fall off the log

P & Q – leaders now gone

8

Fall off the log, picking up more people

8

Fall off the log, picking up more people

8

Kick-behind-step, cross R leg in front; pivot turn to jazz hands pose

Draft 2012 choreographies - Charleston and Who You Gonna Call?

 

 



Jamie.Davies@ed.ac.uk
 
 
 
 
 
 

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