How to Do the Slosh Dance
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.
- The Slosh dance isn't easy until you memorise all your steps.
- 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.
Play a song in 4/4 (four beats a measure) time.
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.
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.
Immediately lower your left knee as the first of three diagonal steps toward the left and the repeat of Step 2.
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.
- Different cultures will adopt different hand movements into the dance, such as clapping under raised knees. See if you can start the next trend.
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.