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The Jitterbug Stroll

JITTERBUG STROLL Line Dance
Choreographer: Ryan Francois
Length: 20 minute in depth Instructional 
Featured Instructor/Dancer: Paolo Pasta Lanna

The Jitterbug Stroll is one of the classic swing line dances. It was choreographed in 1992 by Ryan Francois, world renowned Lindy Hop dancer and teacher. Today it’s one of the favorites worldwide amongst swing dancers. 

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The Jitterbug Stroll line dance was choreographed to fit blues phrasing (6 bars of music per phrase). It’s also a stroll so it turns counter-clockwise in quarters after each completed phrase. The particular song it’s designed for is “Woodchoppers Ball.”
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THE STEPS

SHUFFLE FORWARD, CLAP BACK, and BOOGIE
SHUFFLE FORWARD, CLAP BACK, and BOOGIE
SHUFFLE FORWARD, CLAP BACK, and BOOGIE
STROLL AROUND (PIVOT TURN)
SHUFFLE FORWARD, CLAP BACK, and BOOGIE
SHIM SHAM BREAK (turn one quarter to left

KNEE SLAP KNEE SLAP, SHORTY GEORGE
KNEE SLAP KNEE SLAP, SHORTY GEORGE
KNEE SLAP KNEE SLAP, SHORTY GEORGE
STROLL AROUND (PIVOT TURN)
KNEE SLAP KNEE SLAP, SHORTY GEORGE
SHIM SHAM BREAK (turn one quarter to left)

SUZIE Q (Left)
SUZIE Q (Right)
SUZIE Q (Left)
STROLL AROUND (PIVOT TURN)
SUZIE Q (Left)
SHIM SHAM BREAK (turn one quarter to left)

KICK BALL CHANGE, KICK BALL CHANGE, TICK TOCK (to right)
KICK BALL CHANGE, KICK BALL CHANGE, TICK TOCK (to left)
KICK BALL CHANGE, KICK BALL CHANGE, TICK TOCK (to right)
STROLL AROUND (PIVOT TURN)
KICK BALL CHANGE, KICK BALL CHANGE, TICK TOCK (to right)
SHIM SHAM BREAK (turn one quarter to left)

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The Wobble

This is a full-length instructional class on the Line Dance called The Wobble. Each step is detailed out and includes multiple angles and demonstrations of the dance along with fun variations to the basic line dance.

LEVEL: 1
COUNT: 32 Count, 4 Wall

CHOREOGRAPHER: choreographed by “Butterball’s Posse” w/ the late Dave Bush, Jr (Godfather of Line Dance) in the mid 90s.

Dance host: Paolo Pasta Lanna © 2020 JumpinEntertainment.com

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This line dance was choreographed in the mid 1990s by Butterball’s Posse and the late Dave Bush Jr.(Godfather of Line Dance). During that time it was titled NASTY GIRL. Then in 2009 Jeremy Strong of Texas changed the name AND paired it with the tune THE WOBBLE by V.I.C. From then on it became known as the Wobble and has since become one of the most widely performed line dances in America. It’s a staple at many weddings, family affairs or night clubs

Music: most commonly danced to the tune THE WOBBLE by V.I.C.

Dance host: Paolo Pasta Lanna

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THE STEPS

  • Start after 24 counts
  • HOP FORWARD RIGHT-LEFT AS YOU ROLL YOUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR, HOP BACK RIGHT-LEFT AS YOU ROLL YOUR HANDS DOWN
  • &1&2&3&4 Hop forward right, left (shoulder width apart) as you roll your hands over each other facing the sky
  • &5&6&7&8 Hop back right, left as you roll yours hands below waist level.
  • STEP RIGHT, BOUNCE AS YOU LOOK LEFT. ROLL YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR, REPEAT ON LEFT SIDE
  • &1&2&3&4 Lean and bounce on your right as you roll your hands over each other facing left
  • &5&6&7&8 Lean and bounce on your left as you roll your hands over each other facing right
  • ROCK STEP, COASTER STEP, ROCK STEP, COASTER STEP
  • 1-2 Rock right forward, recover to left
  • 3&4 Right coaster step
  • 5-6 Rock left forward, recover to right
  • 7&8 Left coaster step
  • QUARTER TURN RIGHT, WALKING STEP
  • 1& As you turn ¼ left, step right to side, lift left up into not quite a hitch
  • 2& Set left down, lift right up
  • 3& Set right down, lift left up
  • 4& Set left down, lift right up
  • 5& Set right down, lift left up
  • 6& Set left down, lift right up
  • 7& Set right down, lift left up
  • 8& Set left down
  • REPEAT

The music used for in this episode is provided by bensound.com & epidemic sound

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The Electric Slide

This is a full length instructional class on the Line Dance called The Electric Slide. Each step is detailed out and includes multiple angles and demonstrations of the dance along with fun variations to the basic line dance.

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In 1976, Neville “Bunny Wailer” Livingston wrote a catchy song called “Electric Boogie.” 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 night clubs, at private parties, corporate events and just about any place that had enthusiastic fans looking to cut a rug with their friends.

Level: beginner
Choreographer: Ric Silver
MUSIC: The Electric Boogie

Dance host: Paolo Pasta Lanna

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THE STEPS

  • GRAPEVINE Right 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • GRAPEVINE Left 5,6,7 (Touch RT next to LF foot & clap)
  • WALK BACK 1,2,3 STEP,
  • TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, with 1/4 TURN LEFT
  • Start again with new WALL

The music used for in this episode is provided by Epidemic Music and BenSound.com

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The Charleston Stroll

The Charleston Stroll was originally choreographed by world renowned Lindy Hopper Sing Lim at the height of the swing resurgence in America. In her own words “I did it as a Charleston Class for Erin’s Swing Camp Catalina in 1998 or 99. I wanted to do something that the class could perform at the Sunday night barbeque.”

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The choreography is made to match the song “Put a Lid on it” by The Squirrel Nut Zippers. It has since been performed around the world to that number as well as other Charleston style music.

The line dance is a 16 bar (4 phrase) stroll that turns ¼ to the left after the patterns have been completed. It combines classic Charleston steps in a unique and playful manner that is a throw back to the roaring 20s.

Note: Camp Catalina which was held during the years 1994 – 2004) was the premier swing camp (hosted by the PBDA) which contributed to the resurgence and re-birth of The Lindy Hop in the USA.

THE STEPS

  • CHARLESTON BASIC (Turn ¼)
  • CHARLESTON BASIC (Turn ¼)
  • CHARLESTON BASIC (Turn ¼)
  • WHIRLY KICK (Turn ½ way around)
  • HITCH HIKE, HITCH HIKE, SHIMMY BACK, SHIMMY BACK, CLAP 3 TIMES
  • HITCH HIKE, HITCH HIKE, SHIMMY BACK, SHIMMY BACK, CLAP 3 TIMES
  • THE BLACK BOTTOM (The Butt)
  • OHH AHH, OHH AHH, (Ladies Forward “OOH” ON 1 and 5, Guys Forward “AH” ON 3 and 7)
  • REACH UP, LEAN BACK, CROUCH & TWIST GRANNY’S KNEES
  • JUMP CHARLESTON* SWIVEL & WAVE your hands (The Sing Lim swivel) SCARECROW
  • RUN Clockwise 3/4 to new WALL (FOLLOWS RUN, WINDOW WIPER HANDS. LEADS DO GROUCHO PECKS)

The music used for in this episode is provided by Epidemic Music and BenSound.com

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The Madison Time 3.0

This class was recorded LIVE during our filming of Line Dances at The Pier in SEPT of 2020. It is our newest release on the line dance with an extra focus on styling. This download includes a full length demonstration of The Madison Time (from the Lindyland team of dancers) and then break down each step and pattern by the line historian Paolo Pasta Lanna.

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The Madison Time is choreographed to match the calls of DJ Eddie Morrison on the track with the same title by The Ray Bryant Combo. Back in the day, it’s appeal stemmed from it’s calls, such as the “Jackie Gleason,” which imitates a shuffle performed by the iconic comedian, or the world famous “Wilt Chamberlain hook”, which calls for the dancer to stylishly dribble and shoot a basketball. These variations poked fun at popular figures in the era, providing amusement for the dancers and a certain prestige for the caller.

Dance historians also consider this dance to be the first of the Line Dances of America.

THE STEPS

  • The Basic Madison
  • Two Up, Two Back, & The Big Strong Turn
  • Two Up, Two Back, Double Cross and The Rifleman
  • The Big Strong M
  • T Time
  • The Cleveland Box Step
  • The Basketball with the Wilt Chamberlain Hook
  • The Jackie Gleason
  • Birdland
  • Two Up, Two Back, Double Cross and FREEZE

END

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The onset of the 1960s brought a wave of new fad dances to the social scene with The Madison topping out as one of the most popular.

There are a handful of theories of the origin of The Madison but is believed to have been brought to Baltimore by a local disk jockey (and football star), Claude (Buddy) Young. He first saw it while traveling through Chicago. He claimed that organist Bill Doggett recorded an instrumental number dedicated to the Bar “The Madison” in Cleveland and that later, while visiting his hometown Chicago, he saw teens dancing choreography to the tune. Then just 6 months after the dance landed in Baltimore, two major recordings were released. The first was by Al Brown who called out the steps to the accompaniment of his small dance orchestra. The second recording exploded by chance, when local radio disc jockey, Eddie Morrison, began doing calls on a whim over jazz records he played on the air. Listeners begged for more, and eventually Morrison was offered a recording deal with Ray Bryant and his New York Jazz Band. The tune sold 10,000 copies in the Baltimore area in its first week.

The music used for in this episode is provided by The Ray Bryant Combo and BenSound.com

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Rhythm N Blues line dance Instructional

This instructional covers every pattern and step in this marvelously challenging line dance originating from France.

Rhythm 'n' Blues
TITLE: RHYTHM N BLUES (aka HIDE & SEEK)
Choreography: William & Maeva (FR)
Demonstrations & Instruction: Paolo
length: 20 minutes

This is our downloadable instruction for the line dance

NOTE: The line dance was created to fit the song HIDE & SEEK by Joe Turner. The music used in this instructional (specifically for the dance demonstrations) is by Matthew Piazzi (vocalist), Nick Palumbo (guitarist), Paolo Pasta Lanna (percussion).

Opening credits music by BenSound.com

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The Dean Collins Shim Sham

This is a 24 minute tutorial and break down of the steps for The Dean Collins Shim Sham. This is a clear and detailed class that takes you from start to finish. We recommend that you first take the standard level 1 Shim Sham before taking this level 2 – 3 (advanced version).

The Dean Collins Shim Sham
The Dean Collins Shim Sham is a solo jazz line dance routine that begins with the familiar patterns of the original Shim Sham (a standard footwork from the tap dance world), but then diverges into material developed and choreographed by Dean Collins himself. This routine was originally created as a three-man performance in the 1950s for Dean Collin’s team members. Today it’s certainly one of the must know routines if you are at the top of your game in the field of Lindy Hop.

THE STEPS

CHORUS 1

  • Stomp Offs
  • Stomp Offs
  • Stomp Off, Kick Ball Change Break (2 Times)
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Pushes Cross Over
  • Pushes Cross Over
  • Pushes Cross Over, Kick Ball Change Break (Single)
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Tacky Annie
  • Tacky Annie Tacky Annie, Kick Ball Change Break (Single)
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Half Breaks, Half Breaks
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Half Breaks, Half Breaks
  • Dean’s Twist Break

CHORUS 2

  • Dean’s Suzie Q left
  • Dean’s Suzie Q right
  • Dean’s Suzie Q left, Kick Ball Change
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Slide Right, Slide Left
  • Triples Crossing
  • Shorty George into Pose & Swivel
  • Shorty George into Pose & Swivel
  • Tabby the Cat (on 8)
  • Triples Crossing Back
  • Dean’s Switch Kick Break (Rock Forward on 1)
  • Shim Sham Break

CHORUS 3

  • Savoy Kicks
  • Savoy Kicks
  • Dean’s Switch Kick Break
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Savoy Kicks
  • Savoy Kicks
  • Single Double Triple Break
  • Tap break (Lock Turn)
  • 10-Count Charleston Savoy Kick
  • 10-Count Charleston Savoy Kick
  • Walk-Off
  • Walk-Off
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The Shim Sham Line Dance

This instructional is on The Shim Sham line dance. Taught by Paolo of the Covid Busters Swing Team, we break down each of the steps with explanation taking you from the start through to the final patterns. Then when you’re ready you can pull up our demo on youtube for FREE and join along to dance with our Swing Team.

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The Shim Sham
The Shim Sham originated as a tap dance choreographed by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant in 1928. The piece was originally intended as a show finale that could be done by all the performers. Thanks to some of the all-time greats of Lindy Hop, like Frankie Manning, this dance also became the staple line dance in the world of swing.

Thanks to some of the all-time greats of Lindy Hop, like Frankie Manning, the Shim Sham also became a tradition of being danced at your local swing dance whenever the song Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It” would come on. This version that Frankie is known for having choreographed (beginning at The New York Swing Dance Society) is today the staple line dance seen in most every swing community world wide.

THE STEPS

  • Stomp Offs
  • Stomp Offs
  • Stomp Offs
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Pushes Cross Over
  • Pushes Cross Over
  • Pushes Cross Over
  • Cross Over, Cross Over Freeze
  • Tacky Annie
  • Tacky Annie
  • Tacky Annie
  • Shim Sham Break into
  • Half Breaks, Half Breaks
  • Shim Sham Break
  • Half Breaks, Half Breaks
  • Shim Sham Break

Repeat all 4 patterns and phrases again; then:

  • Boogie Back
  • Boogie Forward
  • Boogie Back
  • Boogie Forward
  • Boogie Back
  • Shorty George
  • Boogie Back
  • Shorty George (to your partner to finish dance)
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Balboa & Collegiate Shag TASTER

The Balboa & Collegiate Shag Taster features material from our Midsummer Night Swing 2015 Lesson plus lots of bonus steps that were not shown on stage. DVD is 25 minutes in length. This DVD was released July 2015.

Balboa & Collegiate Shag Taster
This collection is a basic sampling of the partner dance styles BALBOA and COLLEGIATE SHAG. It’s a great starter video for those new to these dancers or those that need a refresher on the basics.

BALBOA

  • Basic Footwork
  • Connection
  • Ins and Outs
  • Come Around Toss Out
  • Lollys

COLLEGIATE SHAG

  • Basic Footwork
  • Positioning
  • Turn to Open
  • Return to Closed
  • 6-Count Passes
  • Side By Side Positions
  • Camel Walks
  • Break Away
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Swing Intro Instructional Download

This Swing Introductory DVD Instructional is our comprehensive Starter Kit for Swing Dancers. This Instructional Features dancers Paolo Pasta Lanna & Lauren “Lollipop” Bova. DVD is 1 hour 5 minutes in length. This DVD was released in 2013.

SWING INTRO+ Comprehensive Starter Kit for Dancers
Material in this DVD is our comprehensive starter kit for Swing Dancers. It’s our Beach Style video that was filmed on the Boardwalk of Asbury Park, NJ. It’s ideal for those who want to learn the basics of Swing and increase their vocabulary of material. It also includes important lead follow techniques. Features dancers/instructors Paolo Pasta Lanna and Lauren Bova. Complete with dance demonstrations as well as a break downs of the moves.   Chapters include:

  • Partnering Techniques (Embrace, Connection Exercises, 6-Count Footwork, Wend Out and Return, Sling Shot & J-Hook)
  • Basic Passes (RT & LF Side, Waist Wraps, Over Rotate 360 Variation)
  • Tuck Turns (From closed and open, Turbo Tuck and Combinations)
  • Swivel Styling (Swivel Footwork, Sequences, Around The World)
  • Sugar Pushes (6-Count Sugar Push, Quick Quick Swivel, The Basket)
  • More Passes (Yo Yo’s, Back Door Pass, Duck Under, Kick Ball Change)
  • and more!

If you would like to purchase the HARD COPY DVD, visit our store!

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Lindy Hop 1 & 2 Instructional Download

Lindy Hop 1 & 2 is a comprehensive partner dance instructional focusing on the style of Lindy Hop. This Instructional Features dancers Paolo Pasta Lanna & Lauren “Lollipop” Bova. DVD is 1 hour 10 minutes in length. This DVD was released in 2010.

Lindy Hop 1 & 2 Instructional Dance Video
Material in this DVD is our most comprehensive collection to date. It’s ideal for those with some experience in the world of 6-count swing that wish to explore the more complex material most commonly seen in the Lindy Hop. Features dancers/instructors Paolo Pasta Lanna and Lauren Bova. Complete with dance demonstrations as well as a break down of the following steps:

  • 8-Count Footwork
  • Lindy Circle & Swing Out
  • Transition Steps
  • Swivels
  • In & Out Shuffle
  • Sling Shot
  • Slip Slop
  • Kick Away
  • Scissor Kicks
  • Basket & Pretzel Twist
  • Slide Variations
  • Dip Variations
  • and more!

If you would like to purchase the HARD COPY DVD, visit our store!

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The Definitive Madison Line Dance

This is the most comprehensive DVD Video Instructional on the Madison Line Dances. Featuring Dancers Paolo “P Lindy” Lanna and Jennifer Comar demonstrating and teaching. Bonus footage includes an interview with a committee member from the Buddy Deane Show.

The Definitive Madison Time Instructional Video
This is the most comprehensive DVD Video Instructional on the Madison Line Dances. Featuring Dancers Paolo “P Lindy” Lanna and Jennifer Comar demonstrating and teaching. Bonus footage includes an interview with a committee member from the Buddy Deane Show. “After years of research which involved trips to Baltimore and interviews with former Madison Dancers, we have finally uncovered all the original footwork and steps from two of the most popular Madisons ever recorded.” quotes Paolo.

This DVD features:

  • Two of the most popular Madison Line Dances ever recorded
  • The Madison Time (Ray Bryant version)
  • The Madison (Al Brown version)
  • Demonstrations of the line dances and a break down of each step
  • Partner version of the Madison
  • Interview with Linda Snyder, one of the original dancers from the Buddy Dean Show (which aired in Baltimore late 1950s and early 1960s)
  • History of the Madison
  • and more!

If you would like to purchase the HARD COPY DVD, visit our store!

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The COVID Busters Swing Line Dance

This is our Instruction for how to dance the Covid Busters line dance. Taught by Paolo of the Covid Busters Swing Team, this is a clear and detailed class that takes you from the start of the steps through to the final patterns.

The COVID Busters
The Covid Busters line dance was inspired by our mission to get people active and encourage our friends and fans to dance these patterns either on their own or with us. This dance was choreographed to fit the Ghostbusters theme (by Ray Parker Jr).

Find our showcase demo online thru our youtube channel Lindyland ; choreography by Paolo Pasta Lanna.

THE STEPS

  • Side Triples (We take this from the Potaburay in Tap)
  • Knee Pump stomp off and turn around
  • Slip Slops
  • Side Triples
  • Knee Pump stomp off and turn around
  • Slip Slops
  • Tap Cross Sequence
  • Grapevine to Left
  • Tap Cross Sequence
  • Grapevine to Right
  • Tap Cross Sequence (step behind)
  • Grapevine to Left (start with step behind)
  • Tap Cross Sequence (step behind)
  • Grapevine to Left (start with step behind)
  • Rubber Legs and Apple Jack back
  • Rubber Legs and Apple Jack back
  • Swivel to the Right (Half Turn)
  • Swivel to the Right (Half Turn) optional jog on 5,6,7,8
  • Repeat the sequence multiple times to fit the music as demonstrated in our showcase.
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The Majestic Line Dance Instruction

This episode is our instruction for how to dance the Majestic line dance. Taught by Paolo of the Covid Busters Swing Team, we break down each of the steps with explanation taking you from the start through to the final patterns.

The Majestic
This episode is our instruction for how to dance the Majestic line dance.

THE MAJESTIC

  • The Fish Tail
  • The Grape Vine
  • Birdland (Two pivots)
  • Cross over into The Camel Step
  • 4 Triple Steps
  • 3 Cross Steps
  • 3 Hops Back
  • Back & Forth Twice
  • The Heel Break (combining a Rock Forward on your Heel, A stomp off and cross, then a spin).
    Note: During the spin, the dancer then rotates 1 and ¼ Turn leaving the line turned ¼ to the Left
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The Tush Push Swing Version Instructional

This episode is our newest instruction for how to dance the Tush Push Swing Version line dance. Taught by Paolo of the Covid Busters Swing Team, we break down each of the steps with explanation taking you from the start through to the final patterns.

The Tush Push
This episode is our newest instruction for how to dance the Tush Push Swing Version line dance.

THE TUSH PUSH

  • 4 Triple Steps (with the last step of the triple converted to a kick) 3 Kicks (or heel touches) Weight Change onto Right Foot and clap on 4
  • Tush Push (forward on 5,6, back on 7,8
  • Tush Push (single time forward on 1, back on 2, forward on 3, back on 4)
  • Mambo forward (on 1,2, 3, Mambo back on 5, 6, 7
  • The Chase (same counts)
  • Fish Tail on 1,2 Shorty George (on 5,6,7) Turn ¼ to the Left
  • Repeat entire sequence
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The Majestic Line Dance – Demo

Here it is, because of your requests.

The Majestic Line Dance training demo for use in learning this dance.
The First take is a Slowed down version filmed from behind us for optimal learning. The Second take is at full speed and rotates as a Stroll.

Dancers: Paolo Pasta Lanna & Laurentina
Filmed at Westchester Ballroom in Briarcliff, NY
Video Editing © JumpinEntertainment.com 2016

Majestic Line Dance as choreographed by Paolo.

The tune “The Majestic” is performed by Dion DiMucci (released in 1961)

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The Majestic Line Dance – LIVE at Swing Remix

This is the Majestic Line Dance choreographed by Paolo Pasta Lanna in the style of the 1950s dance crazes. The music is by Dion.

Please feel free to pick up these steps and learn this wonderful sequence. It’s been catching on here in the USA and we’re happy to spread the dance all around the world.

Look out for a version we’re releasing later this month that will be filmed from behind us, so you can learn the steps faster.