TITLE: THE CALLOWAY BOOGIE STROLL
48 Count, 4 Wall
Choreographer: Paolo Pasta Lanna (inspired by Cab Calloway)
Music: The Calloway Boogie
The Calloway Boogie Stroll (line dance) was first choreographed by Paolo Pasta Lanna, Lindy Hopper in 2006 and then re-imagined in 2021 with a more complete 6-bar sequence designed to fit the song Calloway Boogie (a blues phrase based song). The patterns for this line dance were inspired by Cab Calloway.
The choreography is designed to match the song “Calloway Boogie” the blues phrased tune by Cab Calloway. It combines classic tap and jazz steps in a unique and playful manner and is a throw back to the 1930s and inspired by Cab Calloway. This 6 bar stroll also turns ¼ to the right at the start of the “cab’s walk” pattern.
THE CALLOWAY BOOGIE STROLL
The Apple Jack
8-1 Kick Ball Change
2-7 Apple Jack
The Kick Cross
8-1 Kick Right Foot then Pull
2-3 Kick Right then place RT down full weight.
4-5 Kick LF foot then pull
6-7 Kick LF then place LF down full weight
The Time Step
8-1 RT Flap weight bearing, LF RT non weight bearing
2-3 Hop back on LF, Change weight RT
4-5 LF Flap weight bearing, RT LF non weight bearing
6-7 Hop back on RT, Change weight LF
8 Step RT
1-2 Rubber Legs LF then RT
3-7 Rubber Legs continue alternating weight
8 Finish with weight on RT
Quarter Right Turn at start of backstretch
1-2 Backstretch LF (mimic walk forward)
3-4 Backstretch RT
5-6 Backstretch LF
7 Backstretch RT (keep weight on LF)
Shim Sham Break
8-1 RT step, LF tap collect
2-3 LF step, RT tap collect
4-5 RT back, LF back
6-7 RT forward, LF forward
Choreographer | Dancer | Producer | Designer
Paolo is a 20 year veteran of Swing Dance specializing in the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Charleston and The Madison. He is also versed in the popular club style partner dances from Mambo to the Hustle. Paolo and his original partner Janice Wilson were the first Lindy Hoppers to TOUR with with Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and in 1998 they won the American Swing Dance Championships. They performed with shows “Swing Dance America” and “Forever Swing” The Musical Revue featuring Michael Buble. Paolo co-founded and launched the first Summer Jamboree Dance Camp in Italy, The Shake, Rhythm & Roll Festival in Asbury Park, and he’s the creative director of the Swing Remix dance spectacular in NYC. He coordinates dance teams Lindy Hop All-Stars, The Rhythm Stompers, and continues to hone his skills of the American born social dances, teaching and performing throughout the world. Paolo & partner Laurentina recently performed LIVE with Ray Gelato at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain.
Calloway Boogie (TheHidehoMan)
Short film with Cab Calloway, Jonah Jones 1950
Demonstrates – The Time Step, The Apple Jack, Kick Cross, Shim Sham Break, and The Swing Out.
Cab Calloway & his Band – Geechy Joe – Stormy Weather 1943 (BessJazz)
Demonstration of Rubber Legs, Cabs Walk
Band members include: Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter, Slam Stewart, Zutty Singleton.