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Choreography by Hartford Underground to Yacht Club Swing (Fats Waller)

February 7, 2010

Notes:

1. Dancing to the song starts with piano rolls (After “Hello Mama,…”)
2. Movements start on 1
3. Each point described below is an eight count

Movements:

“Foot rubs”: (2 counts per foot rub)

Weight on one side of the body, use the core to move the other side’s hip and thus, other side’s foot forward/back in 2 counts, while moving to the side where we have the weight. Embellish by using hand movement on the side we are moving towards (Brush off clothes, trucking motions etc)

“Swing out with eagle slide” (8*1 = 8 counts)

1-4 similar to swing out, except more pressure on leader’s left/follower’s right. Open up on the leader’s right and on 5-6, kick ball change out to the leader’s right side. As the foot comes down, eagle slide out on 7, land right foot down on 8.

“Yes” (8*1 = 8 counts)

(In choreography, follows the swing out with eagle slide)
Follow and leader’s face each other, weight on leader’s left, follow’s right. Leader’s right foot is out, slide it in, sliding the left one out, while the right arm stretches out forward. A 2 count move.

“Tabby Cat” (8*2 = 16 counts)

Leaders walk (or small kicks) forward, starting with left. (Each foot forward is a 2 count). By end of first 8, twist 90 degrees forward on the right (facing your left side) tap left foot behind right foot. Using the left foot pivot around, bring right foot around again (by 4) and bring hip in a “tabby cat” swivel up by 8.

Video on You Tube

First Phrase: Solo Movement

(Foot rubs)
1.     8 counts of foot rubs to the left
2.     8 counts foot rubs to the right
3.     4 counts foot rubs to the left, 4 to the right
4.     2 counts of foot rubs on right, 2 counts on the left, twice.
(repeat)
5.     8 counts of foot rubs to the left
6.     8 counts foot rubs to the right
7.     4 counts foot rubs to the left, 4 to the right
8.     2 counts of foot rubs on right, 2 counts on the left, twice.
(Solo jazz: Kick ball change, boogie back, Apple jacks, Fall off the log)
9. 1-2: Fall on left left foot
3-4: Kick ball change on left
5-6: Fall on left left foot
7-8: Kick ball change on left
10.1-2: Fall on left left foot
3-4: Kick ball change on left
5-6: Fall on left left foot
7-8: Hold
11. Boogie back on left, ends with Apple jacks on left
12. Apple jacks, ends with Shoe Shine
13. 1-4: Shoe Shine on left (extend back arm in line)
5-8: Shoe shine on right (extend back arm in line)
14. 1-4: Fall off the log (right to left)
5-8: Fall off the log (left to right)
15. 1-4: Fall off the log (right to left)
5-8: Fall off the log (left to right),
16. 1-4: Ending in Tranky Doo style circular shuffle forwards)
5-8: Ends with left leg out, use to that sweep left to right in a circle (Girls move more forward than the boys)

Second phrase: (Solo Jazz, 20s Charleston, call/response, Suzy Qs)

17. 1-8: (Girls only, Guys do minimal movement at the back) 20s Charleston left to right, jazz hands
18. 1-8: (Girls only, Guys do minimal movement at the back) 20s Charleston right to left, jazz hands
19. 1-8: (Girls only, Guys do minimal movement at the back) 20s Charleston mostly in place, jazz hands
20. 1-8: Girls: push around 1 turns, until guys come up and catch up in front
21. 1-4: Guys reach girls, girls do half push turn
5-8: Guys basket turn her back, Guys eagle slide forward, Girls go back
22. 1-8: Both Guys and Girls do Suzy Q’s right to left
23. 1-4: Guys: Rock step into savoy kick-tap
5-8: Guys: Charleston kick into back slide  – Girls: small 20’s Charleston to the “dingle”
24. 1-8: Guys rock step back with their left, triple step in front, to the right, kick ball change on right
25. 1-4: Guys slide forward, cross legs in front
5-8: Girls prepare to come forward
26. 1-8: Girls come forward to the guys in a turn, guys turn around bopping
27. 1-4: Guys catch the girls, down up, ending in both being one leg forward the other
5-8: Hold
28. 1-4: Hold
5-6: Guys turn around starting under the left arm
7-8: Guys turn around the girls starting under their left arm
29. 1-8: Prepare for sailor kicks (Rock step, block turn connection into back to back
30. 1-7: Sailor kicks forward, stop on 7
8: Hold
31. 1-4: Reverse sailor kick
5-8: Continue reverse sailor kicks, turn her out
32. 1-8: Rock step her inside turn into side by side connection

Third phrase: (Partnered dancing)

33. 1-8: Swing out at 45 degrees (from closed)
34. 1-8: Swing out at 45 degrees
35. 1-8: Swing out at 45 degrees
36. 1-8: Swing out with eagle side
37. 1-8: 8 counts of yes’s
38. 1-8: Rock step back together, move forward together, go into hand to hand Charleston, leader does not move, fakes her into going into hand to hand.
39. 1-8: Continue hand to hand, last 2 counts, big kick out at end
40. 1-8: Big rock step back, hand to hand Charleston with Savoy kick break, big kick at end
41. 1-8: Rock step back, lead her in, catch her by hand, leader faces audience.
42. 1-4: Shimmy out
5-8: Shimmy back in
43. 1-2: Rock step
3-6: Turn out (one circle)
7-8: Step out
44. 1-4: Walk back in, turn the other way as before
5-6: Leap up as in the “gaze afar” of the Big Apple
7-8: Kick out with inner leg
45. 1-2: Eagle slide forward
3-8: Walk forward, last step forward is on 7, pivot back on 7, step 8
46. 1-8: Walk back to where we started, with a quick turn (to our outside), face audience by 7 (is a rock step on left for leaders, girls fake it)
47. 1-8: Guys – normal Charleston
Girls – (end on wrong foot, just wait for leaders to kick out), they kick out with them
48. 1-4: Charleston usual way
5: As we kick back, slide back with the force of that kick
7: Step down with right leg onto spot we just vacated because of having slid back (almost a fall)
8: Hold

Fourth phrase: (Call/response, partnered dancing)

49. 1-8: Girls shimmy/boogie to left (Guys point to girls, focus on them)
50. 1-8: Girls shimmy/boogie to right (Guys point to girls, focus on them)
51. 1-8: Guys do the tabby cat walk
52. 1-8: Guys finish the tabby cat hip swivel
53. 1-4: Guys twist/swivel to their left
5-8: Girls come forward in hops or twists
54. 1-4: Guys twist/swivel in place (or slightly forward)
5-8: Girls catch up using hops or twists
55. 1-4: Rock step, inside turn, change of place. The turn is constrained since the leader’s arm blocks the follow and           both leader and follow face the audience
5-8: Leader and follow do taps with the inside foot so now both are wound up
56. 1-4: Follow is wound up, leader simply turns her forward, lets go. She switches place
5-8: Partnered 20’s Charleston (Leader facing left side)
57. 1-8: Partnered 20’s Charleston (Leader facing left side), By 7, start reversing sides
58. 1-8: Partnered 20’s Charleston (Leader facing right side)
59. 1-8: Tuck turn her out
60. 1-4: Bring her in, double turn, side to side by end of 4
5-8: Both hop backwards on the inner leg
61. 1-2: Nice chunky rock step with outer leg that was still in the air
3-8: Finish off with swing out from side by side
62. 1-8: Swing out
63. 1-4: Like a swing out
5-8: Bring her in on the leader’s right side, circular rock step her back on 7-8
64. 1-4: Tuck turn her out
5-8: Bring her in (single turn), drags

Notes from Diana:

Notes:
2. Movement starts go back and forth between 8 & 1, but choreography starts on 8.
“Foot rubs”
I like to think of this movement as weight transfers btwn toe/heel on one foot while moving in the direction of the moving foot.  The other leg acts as a counter-balance, moving in the opposite direction of where weight is on foot. Easiest to start movement w/weight fwd on toe w/foot in pidgeon-toe position.
“S/O w/eagle slide”
1-4 same, except compress in on 4 (lead L, follow R). Using compression, kick away from partner on 5, ball-change to 6, land on 7, hold on 8.
“Yes”
Stationary scissors slides, split weight.
1st Phrase:
1. 8cts to R, starting on 8
2. 8cts to L
etc…
9. Half breaks starting on L foot on 1 (3x’s, 1.5*8cts), Stomp hold on L on 2nd 5ct;
half break = stomp wt fwd on L 1ct, stomp wt bkwd on R 1ct, kick ball change 2cts
(Half breaks because only takes 4 cts vs. Full breaks which take 8cts)
12.  Apple Jacks 1-4, scuff up w/L, land on R, L, R, stick L leg out for shoe shine (5 6-a 7 8)cts
13.  Shoe Shine on L foot (1, 2), hop L (3), stick R leg out for shoe shine (4), shoe shine on R (5, 6), stand up (7)
14. Fall off log starting on ct 8. 4x’s ending on 6ct.
15. Tranky Doo style, circular shuffle to left ending w/left leg out to side and weight on R, 7-8-1-2-3 ct. Hold 4.
16. Transfer wt to L and sweep R around spinning clockwise back to front. 5, 6, land on 7ct, hold 8ct.
17. Girl’s part starting on 1: 4 cts 20’s Charleston on R, 4cts Paddle turn clockwise, 4 cts 20’s Charleston on L, 4cts paddle turn counter clockwise, 8 cts 20’s Charleston on R, 8cts 2 full spot turns end facing forward.
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