Category: Line/Solo Dances

Stay Young

Many CDP dances will have more of one gender than the other. It is always good to have several dances in your case that are done in a circle and require no partners. Line dances are fine for providing a place for everyone to dance, but many of these dances are too difficult for the average ‘klutz.’

 

Stay Young

Jerry Helt

Formation: Single circle

Record: “Stay Young” by Rick Nelson.  Click here for Amazon Music.  You can listen to the whole song on YouTube.

Description

    1-4  Circle Left four steps.

    5-8  Face the center of the hall and side-close to the left twice.

  9-12  Repeat 1-4.

13-16  Repeat 5-8.

17-20  Walk diagonally left toward the center of the hall three steps and clap your hands together on the 4th count.

21-24  Back out following the same path four steps.

25-28  Walk diagonally right toward the center of the hall three steps and clap your hands together on the 4th count.

29-32  Back out following the same path four steps.

Note: Counts 17-32 should be danced in a V-shaped pattern.

 


Rocky Mountain Scramble

About three or four years ago I found a hoedown record that I just couldn’t seem to use as a hoedown. It had too much melody for my limited voice. I liked the music so Judy and I wrote a solo (line) dance for it. Since then I’ve found that it dances very well to Ricky Van Shelton singing Wild Man and a couple of other CW records.

It has proved to be a very popular dance in the Denver area and has even migrated to several other areas of the country as well. The dance teaches the difference between touch and taking weight on a foot very nicely.


Rocky Mountain Scramble

Calvin & Judy Campbell

Formation: No partners. All start facing the same direction in loose lines.

Record: YR 102 “Popps Hoedown” or Rickey Shelton “Wild Man”.  Click here for a sample of the music on Amazon

Description

    1-4  Step to right with right foot, step behind right foot with left foot, step to right with right foot and touch the toe of the left foot beside the right foot (Vine Right).

    5-8  Step to left with left foot, step behind left foot with right foot, step to left with left foot and touch the toe of the right foot to the floor beside the left foot (Vine Left).

  9-12  Starting with the right foot, take 3 steps forward (Right, Left, Right) and swing the left foot forward.

13-16  Starting with the left foot, take 3 steps backward (Left, Right, Left) and touch the right toe to the floor beside the left foot.

17-20  Lightly touch the right toe to the floor 3 times, moving in a diamond pattern (forward, to the side and on to the back). Finish by bringing the right foot up beside the left foot and changing weight to the right foot (Point, Point, Point, Close).

21-24  Lightly touch the left toe to the floor 3 times, moving in a diamond pattern (forward, to the side and on to the back). Finish by bringing the left foot up beside the right foot and touch the left toe to the floor (Point, Point, Point, Touch).

25-28  Starting with the left foot, take 2 slow steps forward (Left, Right) in 4 beats of music.

29-32  Take 3 quick steps (Left, Right, Left) forward and on the 3rd step with the left foot, turn 1/4 left face to end with the weight on the left foot and the right knee lifted slightly, ready for the routine to begin again.

Note: This dance has more of the country or western (CW) feel and dancies very nicely to many CW recordings. 


San Antonio Stroll

The following dance is published in “Sharing a Treasure of Dances“.

San Antonio Stroll

Formation: Dancers in a circle, facing around the hall counterclockwise.

Record: San Antonio Stroll by Tanya Tucker.  Click here for a sample of the music on Amazon.

Description

    1-8  Step to the left, cross right foot behind the right foot. Step to the left again. Swing right foot across in front of left (Vine Left). Step to the right, cross left foot behind the right foot. Step to the right again. Swing left foot across in front of the left (Vine Right).

  9-16  In place, step left and touch right toe to left instep. Step right and touch left toe to right instep. Repeat again (Rock Left, Rock Right).

17-24 Walk 3 steps toward the center of the hall the hall (starting with left foot) and kick right foot forward (Left, Right, Left, Kick). Backup 3 steps and touch left toe to floor. (Right, Left, Right, Touch)

25-32 Face counterclockwise and stroll 4 slow steps forward and finish facing the center of the hall again.


Alley Cat

Alley Cat

Formation: No partners. All start facing the same direction in loose lines.

Record:  “Ally Cat” by Bent Fabric  Click here for music sample on Amazon

“Popcorn” by Hot Butter.  Click here for a music sample from Amazon.

Description

    1-4  Point right toe to right and then touch right toe to the instep of the left foot. Repeat a second time (Right foot twice).

    5-8  Repeat the above using the left foot. (Left foot twice)

  9-12  Point right toe back and then touch right toe to the instep of the left foot. Repeat a second time. (Touch back right twice)

13-16  Repeat 9-12 using the left foot (Touch back left twice).

17-20  Raise the right foot and cross the right knee in front of the left knee twice. Finish with your weight on the right foot (Right knee twice).

21-24  Raise the left foot and cross the left knee in front of the right knee twice. Finish with your weight on the left foot (Left knee twice).

25-28  Raise right foot and cross the right t knee in front of the left knee. Finish with weight on the right foot. Raise left foot and cross left knee in front of right knee. Finish with weight on both feet (Right knee then Left knee).

29-32  Clap both hands on the first count and wait one count. Bend knees slightly and jump 1/4 turn to the right. On the last beat of the phrase, shift the weight to the left foot ready to begin the dance over (Turn & Clap).

Editor’s Note — In many areas of the country, this dance is done with a 1/4 turn to the right and not 1/2 turn.

 

 

The following dance is published in “Sharing a Treasure of Dances“.


Hully Gully

Hully Gully

Ben Highberger

Formation: Scattered around the floor all facing the same wall to start.

Record:  “Pink Cadillac ” by Bruce Springsteen  Click here for a sample of the music on Amazon.

“Little Black Book” by Jimmy Dean  Click here for a sample of the music on Amazon.

Description

1-8  Starting with the right foot, step to right. Step behind with the left foot. Step to the side with the right foot (Vine Right). The 4th step is a short kick with the left foot. The same action is repeated moving to the left and starting with the left foot, crossing behind with the right foot, stepping to the side with the left foot and kicking forward with the right foot. (Vine Left)

9-20  Starting with the right foot take 2 slow steps forward, then 3 quick steps with a right face on the 3rd quickstep & kick forward with the left foot on the 4th count. Back up 3 steps and pause 1 beat with the weight on the left foot.


Bob Howell and Ollie Mae Ray have published an excellent book titled ” Easy Level Solo Dances— The Bob Howell Collection.” The book is available from Siddle and Ray Publications for Dance, 1017 Williamsburg Drive, Charleston, IL, 61920. One of the first dances in the book is a “Golden Oldie” done to the tune of Ally Cat (ATCO 45-6226). The record can still be ordered from some record shops or from Wagon Wheel Records Even though this is an old tune, it still makes a hit with younger generations because the music is excellent and the dance is quite different from the usual solo routine.