THE ELECTRIC SLIDE
Choreographer: Ric Silver
Originally danced to The Electric Boogie
Some background on the creation of the Electric Slide. Back in 1976, Neville “Bunny Wailer” Livingston wrote a catchy song called “Electric Boogie” for his childhood buddy, singer Marcia Griffiths. Then choreographer Silver created the electric slide, a 22-step dance to the song that incorporated grapevines and a series of forward and backward steps.
Over the next several years, this line dance really caught fire and became perhaps the most popular and most danced sequence in nght clubs, at private parties, corporate events and just about any place that had enthusiastic fans looking to cut a rug with their friends. However, somewhere along the way, the last 4 beats of the routine got left out and much to the dismay of the choreographer (Ric Silver) the routine went from a 22 beat sequence to an 18 beat line dance.
Today it’s still one of the most widely showcased line dances in the nation and it tends to cross all style boundaries as it can be danced to pop, disco, swing, blues and even latin riffs.
TYPE: 4 Wall Line Dance
CHOREOGRAPHER: Ric Silver
MUSIC: Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths
Original Choreography “The Electric” copyright 1976 Registered 2006
Managed by : KBT Enterprises 35 Village Lane Suite 2 Groton, CT
GRAPEVINE Right, TOUCH
1,2. Step to the right on RIGHT foot; Step LEFT foot behind Right foot;
3,4 Step to the right on RIGHT foot; Touch LEFT foot next to Right foot (clap)
GRAPEVINE Left, TOUCH
5,6. Step to the left on LEFT foot; Step RIGHT foot behind Left foot;
7,8 Step to the left on LEFT foot; Touch RIGHT foot next to Left foot (clap)
WALK BACK, TOUCH
9-11. Walk back stepping on RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT
Touch LEFT foot next to Right foot (clap)
STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP with 1/4 TURN , HOP
13,14 Step forward on LEFT foot; Touch RIGHT foot toe to Left heel (clap)
15,16 Step backward on RIGHT foot; Touch LEFT foot toe to Right toe (snap)
17,18 Step forward on LEFT foot; Touch RIGHT foot toe to Left heel (clap)
19,20 Step backward on RIGHT foot; Touch LEFT foot toe to Right toe (snap)
21,22 Step forward on LEFT foot turning 1/4 turn to your left; Hop
BEGIN DANCE AGAIN
Dancers Lashanna Holloway & Victor Sho
During the Spring of 2020 Paolo of PaoloSwings.com began developing Lindyland.com as a comprehensive visual resource for all the great Swing Line Dances and Partner Dances of the world. Phase One is compiling the top 20 Line Dances as found in the world of swing by end of summer 2020.
The Electric Slide was added to this collection in July of 2020. In this episode, the line dance is demonstrated in full and includes a break down of steps from this Lindy Hop specialist.
Paolo Pasta Lanna