Electric Slide is a dance whose movements describe a square. The dance was created by Rick Silver in a New York dance club called “VAMPS” specifically for Marcia Griffiths hit “Electric Boogie”, which sounded on every corner in the USA in 1976. Even today, the dance is very popular at weddings, bat mitzvahs , school dances and generally wherever people want to dance and have a good time. If you want to light on the dance floor, and not in the punch bowl, when you will once again perform your favorite dance, study the Steps below to start learning Electric Slide and turn boogie on to the fullest.
Part 1 step by step execution of the Electric Slide
- 1 Step right with your right foot. You must count 1, 2, 3, 4 in the rhythm of the music and take steps after each rhythm. This means that you must take a step to the right with your right foot at the count of times. This is the very first step to take a wrap to the right.
- 2 Step right with your left foot, crossing it from behind with your right. This is called a wrap because you will wrap one leg around the other. You can also put your hands in motion by slowly pulling them forward or lifting them up each time you take a step. In the clip “Electric Boogie” you can see how the dancers move their own hands, almost depicting the “Running Man” with them, decide for yourself how much you want to get involved in it!
- 3 Step right with your right foot. Thus, your legs will no longer be crossed.
- 4 Close your legs together by tapping your left foot on your right. Just drown with your left foot, without transferring your weight to it. You will take your next step with your left foot, so your weight should be completely on your right foot. You can also clap your hands each time you tap your foot to add flavor to this dance movement.
- Congratulations - you just finished twisting to the right! The entanglement consists of the movements listed in steps 1-4.
- If you want to simplify this dance and are not ready for entwining, instead of crossing one leg with the other, you can simply take a step with your right foot to the right, put your left foot to the right so that the legs meet, tap it and repeat again. Thus, you will get a step-tap, step-tap instead of entwining. If you choose this option, then you will need to be able to do this movement to the left.
- 5 Step left with your left foot. Now you need to repeat the steps described in steps 1-4, only with the left foot.
- 6 Step left with your right foot, crossing the right foot behind the left.
- 7 Step left with your left foot. Thus, your legs will no longer be crossed.
- 8 Slide your legs together, tapping your right foot near your left foot. Now, tap with your right foot while holding the weight on your left. Great job! You have completed entwining on the left side.
- 9 Step back with your right foot. From this step you will begin to step backward. As you did before, count 1, 2, 3, 4 to the beat of the music while taking steps.
- 10 Step back with your left foot.
- 11 Step back with your right foot.
- 12 Stomp with your left foot next to your right. Remember to keep the weight on your right foot. To add some taste to your steps, you can supplement them by raising the knee, kicking the legs, stretching the legs, lifting the thigh or any other feints with the left foot instead of just putting your legs together without putting your weight on the attached foot.
Stomp your left foot in front of your right. (to reproduce the original dance step 22, repeat 13, 14, 15 and 16).
- 1 Step forward with your left foot. Get ready to turn left, bringing your hips and hands into position, to be ready to make the “Rod and Brush” element.
- 2 Jump to your left foot when you rotate 90 degrees. This turn is known as a quarter turn. Turning to the left means your left shoulder is going back and your right shoulder is going forward. You can put your right foot forward and sweep the ground when moving to a new position, put any foot that is behind to move to a new position, so that the legs are again next to each other. Many also raise the knee (right knee) and / or clap their hands.
- 3 Repeat all these steps until the music ends. Start with the very first step. Please note that you - and hopefully the rest of the group - will move to a new position each time you repeat, continuing to rotate 90 degrees after each 18-step cycle. This is the beauty of the dance line - as soon as you can do it in one direction, all you have to do is keep turning and repeating it until the music ends.
To date, as already mentioned, an electric boogie includes styles: wave, robot, king-tat, digitis, liquid, boogie style, popping and techniques that create illusions, for example, ticking, stubing, exploited, slow motion.
The fantasy of the performer is not limited by anything, but in order to develop, you must definitely raise your level. To do this, you need to determine the minimum set of techniques and styles that the dancer will own.
Technicians in electric boogie:
- Robot - movements imitate a robot, there is a variety of options,
- Liquid / wave / digits: Liquid - came from rave culture, the style shows waves or contours of objects, wave-like brush movements are added to everything else.
- Waving - waves over the body. Digitis are waves that are performed by fingers,
- Finger tatting / king tat - complex geometric shapes with right angles are created in space using brushes and hands. Initially, an imitation of frescoes of the Egyptian pyramids was carried out, hence the name king tat (King Tutankhamun) came from. Or everything is done with the fingers
- Popping - is used as a basic style, the body takes an unnatural position, “funky” corners and their fixation are used, while the “pap” technique is used,
- Bug style - this style is based on the Bugalu Sam style, it combines postures with wave-like and circular movements of different parts of the body - “boogaloo rolls”.
- Slow motion - slow motion that mimics a slow motion video,
- Exploit - body movements during which there is a sharp acceleration, or any part of it, giving the impression of a jolt or explosion.
- Dimestop - fixing without sharp stress, a clear stop in the space of body movements, often the technique is used in the execution of the robot style, as well as king tat.
- Strobing is added - the dancer's movements imitate being in the strobe light.
- Gliding / floating - gliding - gliding, floating - walking from heel to toe,
- Dad - fixation of the body or its other part due to sharp relaxation and contraction of the muscles, from the outside it looks like a push.
The principles of electric boogie:
- Isolation is the ability to control a variety of muscle groups and body parts separately. Usually parts of the body move in several or one planes, while the body remains motionless,
- Endless movement / endless wave - complex waveting, a demonstration of a wandering wave occurs over the body of a dancer,
- Transformation - the transition from one style to another.
The more advanced the performer’s technique, the more surprising his dance will be, so this list can be continued and supplemented.
In the seventies, popping, locking and boogie were in the same vein of culture and music, but after electronic music began to develop, dance techniques dispersed. In the nineties, electro boogie departs from the funk mood and the rhythmic base of popping, acquiring the illusory nature of movement, the hypnotic performance.
The robot style influenced the electric boogie with its concept, and not with dance technique. Kink-tat introduced the ideas of transformation, intellectual and abstract dance. The liquid metal effect added liquid.
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