Dance Steps for the Funky Slide

by Derek M. Kwait
The funky slide makes for an electric night out.

The funky slide makes for an electric night out.

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Though most famous as the accompanying dance to the song "Electric Slide," the "funky slide" has grown into a popular dance that can be done to nearly any song in 4/4 time. Much of 32-beat line dance's enduring appeal no doubt owes to its ability to get even the shyest party-goer to want to join the group and get funky out on the dance floor.

Grapevines

The funky slide begins with a series of two grapevine steps, first to the right on beats one to four, then to the left on beats five to eight. To do the right grapevine, step your right foot to the right, then step your left foot to the right behind your right foot, then step your right foot to the right and finish by touching your left foot beside your right. Reverse the process for the left grapevine.

Steps, Then A Slide

On beats nine to 12, take four steps back, starting with your right foot. On "and 13," step the left foot to the left on "and," then the right foot to the right on "13." At this point your legs should be forming an upside-down "Y" with your body. Then, on "and 14," bring your left foot back to a normal standing position on "and" and do the same with your right on "14." On beats 15 and 16, take a big step forward with your left foot, then cross your right foot in front of it on 16.

Two Slides,Then Step Touch

Take a large step to the left with the left foot on beat 17, then on 18 through 20 slide your right foot next to your left, tapping it next to your left on 20. Repeat this to your right for beats 21 through 24. On 25, step forward with your left foot, then bring your right foot to meet and touch it on 26. Then step back with your right foot on 27 and bring your left to meet and touch it on 28.

Forward, Back, Turn

On beat 29, step forward with your left foot, then on 30 step back with your right. On 31 step forward again with your left foot. Finally, on step 32, finish it off by turning to your left and tapping your right foot next to your left. Repeat all steps beginning from beat one for the duration of the song.

About the Author

Derek M. Kwait has a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh and has been writing for most of his life in various capacities. He has worked as a staff writer and videographer for the "Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh" and also has training writing fiction, nonfiction, stage-plays and screenplays.

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