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How to Do the Slosh Dance

Updated April 17, 2017

The Slosh dance isn't easy until you memorise all your steps. Until then, you're a hazard to your line-dancing neighbours. As dances go, it's fairly straightforward to learn this globally popular dance that emerged in the disco-soaked '70s, requiring at least a modicum of rhythm, memory and coordination. Grab some friends and a song you love, then keep your eyes on somebody who already knows the moves -- until you're ready for others to watch you for reference.

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  1. Play a song in 4/4 (four beats a measure) time.

  2. Walk forward in a short zigzag line by taking three steps diagonally, starting with the left foot, then a right-foot kick toward the right, diagonally. Plant the kicked right foot on the next beat and take three more steps, ending with a left-foot kick to the right and a step.

  3. End the third line section with a right kick fully to your side and three steps directly to the side of the room, ending with the following moves on a successive beat: a tap with your right hand of your left foot in the back, a right elbow to the right raised knee and finally a clap under the left raised knee.

  4. Immediately lower your left knee as the first of three diagonal steps toward the left and the repeat of Step 2.

  5. Continue turning toward a different side of the room as you continue through the Slosh. After your fourth progression through, you should be facing the same side of the room as when you started.

  6. Warning

    Different cultures will adopt different hand movements into the dance, such as clapping under raised knees. See if you can start the next trend.

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About the Author

Dan Harkins has been a full-time journalist since 1997. Prior to working in the alternative press, he served as a staff writer and editor for daily publications such as the "St. Petersburg Times" and "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram." Harkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Florida.

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