How to Do the Alley Cat Line Dance

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How to Do the Alley Cat Line Dance
When the DJ says "Alley Cat," be prepared to join the fun. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you're at a wedding reception and the DJ announces that it's time to do the Alley Cat, you don't want to miss out on the fun. This is a simple line dance that anyone can learn. It consists of a few basic steps, making it perfect for people with two left feet who are tired of standing on the dance floor sidelines. There are several slightly different versions of the dance, but they all are based on most of the same basic moves.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stand straight with both feet together. Touch the floor with your right toe, about 1 1/2 feet to the right of where it was resting. Bring your foot back to its original position. Repeat a second time.

  2. 2

    Touch the floor now with your left toe, about 1 1/2 feet to the left of where it was resting. Bring your foot back to its original position. Repeat the movement.

  3. 3

    Touch your right toe back diagonally and touch the floor with your toe. Bring your foot back to its original position. Repeat the movement.

  4. 4

    Move your left foot back diagonally and touch the floor with your toe. Bring your foot back to its original position. Repeat a second time.

  5. 5

    Raise your right knee then lower it back down. Repeat a second time.

  6. 6

    Raise your left knee and bring it down. Repeat the movement.

  7. 7

    Raise your right knee and bring it down. Do this move only once this time.

  8. 8

    Raise your left knee and bring it down. Do this move only once this time.

  9. 9

    Jump up slightly on the next beat and clap your hands together once.

  10. 10

    Make a 1/4 turn to the right, on the next beat.

  11. 11

    Start from the beginning again, on the next count.

Tips and warnings

  • Traditionally, the dance's music gets progressively faster and by the end, dancers have a fun -- and sometimes futile -- time trying to keep up with the music.

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