How to Dance Like John Travolta in Grease

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John Travolta starred with Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 classic musical film, "Grease." Together, the two did some of the most memorable dancing in film history. Whether it was on top of a car or on the prom night dance floor, John really did produce lightning on screen when he danced. It's the kind of moves that will be instantly recognised and appreciated when you show off some of your own at the next party or gathering. This would also be the perfect choice for your school's talent show.

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    Watch the movie. it's impossible to learn the moves without repeated viewings of the film. Treat it almost like a workout video. Clear the floor, put on some aerobic shoes and comfortable clothing, and let yourself go. Emulate his every move on the dance floor. Concentrate on "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning," "You're the One That I Want," and the entire prom sequence. His dances with Cha Cha are incredible.

  2. 2

    Ask a friend or girlfriend to practice with you. Although you can do the dance to "Greased Lightning" on your own, the others are tough to pull off without a partner.

  3. 3

    Take dance classes. Although this step can be complicated, it's important to get professional instruction on dance if you hope to pull of the moves of a skilled star. General dance classes should give you a better grasp and understanding of dancing.

  4. 4

    Set up a practice time. Five sessions a week is what you should shoot for. A sixth is preferable, but seven sessions per week would be pushing it. You don't want to burn out on dancing. You want to do it enough to get great at it. Try to plan for a time before or after school or work as this will keep you in routine easily. You know it's just another part of your schedule, and you will likely feel energised and happy afterwards.

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    Make a goal for each day. Work on one dance for one entire session and focus on an entirely different song the next time. This keeps different routines fresh, and it allows you complete focus on what you are doing in the moment.

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    Sit down and watch "Grease" without pressuring yourself after you have been practicing for a couple of weeks. The movie and dance moves will probably seem a lot different now that you are in on the action. Don't put pressure on yourself to get up and dance. Relax and study all the dance moves.

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    Do the hand jive. This is not a very important dance for John Travolta in the film, but it is a signature "Grease" dance move. Clap both hands to your knees twice. Clap your hands twice. Sway your hands back and forth, one over the other, twice each time. Repeat several times. Now you can hand jive like John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Tips and warnings

  • Improvise upon John's moves. You can make your dancing like John's without making it an exact copy.
  • Don't try to imitate John completely. Make sure you bring your own moves and creativity to the dancing.

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