Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jive - Hip Bumps

(Sorry for the delay on this and the following entries... I had a busy few days and didnt manage to get my days straight before I threw myself into the heady enjoyment of it all. Will get back on track and back to normal this week.)

Hip Bumps in Jive are one of those steps that you either find fun and amusing or think are silly and not worth doing. Either way, it is worth setting them out here and letting you choose whether you incorporate them into your dancing or not!

Quite simply, the footwork for both parties is very similar to that of the Basic Movement, but has a curve in terms of the direction you are moving.

Starting in Left to Right hand hold, you both do your rock step as usual (Counts 1, 2) and then, keeping the connecting hand down and slightly in front of your body, do your chasse sideways in towards your partner (Counts 1-2-3). Tap your hips together on the last half of the 3rd beat. And chasse back out away from your partner either in a straight line away in order to repeat the hip bump, or swinging back around to face your partner. (Counts 1-2-3).

Leaders'/Men's Footwork diagrams:
(The last chasse isn't included in the diagrams as it can either go straight to the side or curve back around to face your partner.)

Followers'/Lady's Footwork diagrams:
(The last chasse isn't included in the diagrams as it can either go straight to the side or curve back around to face your partner.)

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