In the summer of 1958, Johnny Otis introduced "Willie and the Hand Jive" to the rock-and-roll era. Teenagers quickly adopted a dance called the "hand jive" and it has since been spotlighted in productions such as "Grease," starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, via Sha Na Na's hit "Born to Hand Jive." A repetitive dance, the hand jive consists mostly of hand movements that require the participant to do the same motion twice, changing dominant hands.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Slap your thighs, with your knees slightly bent, twice.
Clap your hands two times together in front of you.
Cross your hands twice, right hand over left and back at chest height. Repeat this action, this time crossing your left hand over your right.
Clench both hands into fists and bump your right fist onto your left fist two times. Switch dominant hands and bump your left fist twice onto your right fist.
Push your right fist, with your thumb extended like a hitchhiker over your left shoulder and repeat with the left fist, thumb out, over your left shoulder.
Repeat the series of movements throughout the song.
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