Dance Steps to "Soul City Walking"

by Emily Bennett

The 1970s was a time filled with dances like "The Hustle" and "The Disco Swing"; but another dance -- this one with country influences -- emerged as well. This dance is called "Soul City Walking." Because it is a line dance, there's no need to interact with a dance partner, making it a simple dance to master. The dance is composed of a pattern that repeats again and again. Once you learn the basic steps, you can add your own nuances.

Before the Dance

Stand in a line with the other dancers, at least one arm's length apart. Stand with both feet together in preparation for the song to start. You'll start dancing once the music begins.

Beginning Steps

When the lyrics start, tap your right foot two times in front of you then two times behind you. Make sure not to shift your weight onto this foot. Tap the foot twice more in front of you, twice more behind you, then one more time in front of you.

The Pivot

Once you've done this, lift your right foot. Standing on the ball of your left foot, pivot to your left. Now you're ready to begin the traveling steps.

Backward and Forward

Walk backward with your right foot, left foot, right foot, and touch your left foot next to your right. Then walk forward with your left foot, right food, left foot, and then touch your right foot next to your left. Repeat the backward walk. These steps cover 12 counts in the music.

The Grapevine

Next you'll do a grapevine. Step out toward the left with your left foot, right foot, left foot, and touch your right foot next to your left. Then, step out to your right with your right foot, left foot, right foot, and touch your left foot to your right. Repeat the grapevine toward the left again.

Stepping Out

Take a big step out to your right with your right foot, and slide your left foot to meet it. Then take a big step out to your left with your left foot, and slide your right foot to meet it. Now, standing on the balls of your feet, click your heels together two times.

Repeat

Repeat all of the above steps throughout the rest of the song. Remember, you should always turn 90 degrees to your left each time you repeat the sequence.

About the Author

Emily Bennett has been acting and publishing articles since 1999. She specializes in public speaking, accents, poetry, and theatre. Her work has been published online at Notes on the Road and The "RADA Literary Magazine." She holds a B.A. in acting from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has coached actors and professionals throughout the U.S. and England.

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