ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE line dance (The Lindy Version)
EPISODE 27 | LINE DANCES at the PIER
CHOREOGRAPHER: Paolo Pasta Lanna
 
This line dance was first aired on DEC 23rd, 2020 in celebration of CHRISTMAS. The material is rooted in LINDY HOP and the Jazz Steps from that time period (1920s – 1950s). 
HISTORY OF THIS NUMBER
Paolo Pasta Lanna the founder of  Lindyland.com choreographed this on DEC 22nd. While searching for a Christmas inspired line dance suitable for his final line of the Season (for the Marathon Monday Dance Challenge), he discpvered there wasn’t one that was in a Lindy Hop style. So he decided to work one out from scratch. 48 hours later, this line dance was born.

 

 

THE STEPS

PHRASE 1
1-4 Pimp Walk for Fellas, Skips for Follow RT, LF
5-8 Pimp Walk or Skip RT, LF
1-4 Pimp Walk or Skip RT crosses over, LF
5-8 RT, LT hold, Triple Step to the right (RT, LF, RT)
1-4 Shish-Ga-Boom-Ba (LF kicks and swings, Triple Step LF, RT, LF)
5-8 Shish-Ga-Boom-Ba (RT kicks and swings, Triple Step RT, LF, RT)
1-5 Shish-Ga-Boom-Ba (LF kicks and swings, Touch Back LF, Step Forward LF on 5
6-8 Tap Tap Tap RT, RT, RT (while turning right 360º)

PHRASE 2
1-4 Drop Boogie (RT hold, LF, RT)
5-8 Drop Boogie (LF hold, Triple Step RT, LF, RT crossing)
1-4 Suzie Q to the left
5-8 Suzie Q to the left (and turning 180º left to face new wall) Repeat in reverse
1-4 Drop Boogie (LF hold, RT, LF)
5-8 Drop Boogie (RT hold, Triple Step LF, RT, LF crossing)
1-4 Suzie Q to the right
5-7 Suzie Q to the right (and turning 180º right facing original wall)

PHRASE 3
8-3 FALL OFF THE LOG (kick LF, Step LF Behind, RT, LF)
4-7 FALL OFF THE LOG (kick RT, Step RT Behind, LF, RT)
8-3 SLAP THE KNEE syncopation (Slap LF knee, triple step LF, RT, LF)
4-7 SLAP THE KNEE syncopation (Slap LF knee, triple step RT, LF, RT,)
8-3 SLAP THE KNEE, SLAP THE KNEE
5-8 HOP BACK (LF crosses in front, 3 hops on LF)
1-4 PIVOT AROUND (turning 180º right)
5-8 FINISH PIVOT (facing back wall)

repeat complete pattern 2 more times. Ends during the Slap the Knee sequence. 

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As stated by Paolo “I released this to add good cheer during a period of time in World History where entertainment, especially partnered dances has been greatly curtailed if not completely halted. My hopes is this brings new opportunities for dancers to be inspired, to learn about The Jazz Steps of the Lindy Hop, the grandfather of swing dance”