Hoedown Throwdown Step-by-Step Dance Moves

by Goody Clairenstein
Learn the country-inspired moves to the

Learn the country-inspired moves to the "Hoedown Throwdown."

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The Hoedown Throwdown is an instructional dance song that was featured in Miley Cyrus' 2009 film "Hannah Montana: The Movie." Choreographed by Jamal Sims, the Hoedown Throwdown is designed to incorporate line dancing elements as well as pop and hip-hop dance styles in an effort to reflect the main theme of the movie, in which Hannah gets back in touch with her family and southern roots. With some practice and perseverance, you can dance like Hannah in no time.

Items you will need

  • "Hoedown Throwdown" song
Step 1

Pop It, Lock It, Polka Dot It: Hold your left hand out straight in front of you to "pop it." Turn your body to the left, bend your knees, and bend your right arm behind you to "lock it." Taking three steps forward, beginning on the left foot, which is in front (left-right-left), point your right hand back and forth to "polka dot it," keeping your left hand on your hip. This completes the first four counts of the dance.

Step 2

Countrify: Straighten your right leg, and with your foot flexed tap your right heel to the floor, then repeat on the left leg to "countrify it."

Step 3

Hip-Hop: On "hip," straighten your right leg out in front of you with your foot flexed, and cross your arms straight out in front of you. On "hop," place your hands on your hips. Bend at your knees at "it."

Step 4

Step your feet apart and hold your arms out to the sides, then step your feet together and fold your arms in on top of one another so that your hands almost touch opposite elbows, and hold them slightly away from your body. Clap the backs of your hands together and stick your left foot out straight in front of you, then bring your hands back down to the arms-folded position and bend your knees. Bend at your hips to the left, then bend to the right, maintaining the arms-folded pose.

Step 5

Brush your right foot out to kick with your right leg, and let the small jump turn you to the left, landing first on your right foot, with your feet hip-width apart and parallel. On "stick it," step your left foot so that your feet are together. Place your right foot in front of you and hold your right arm straight out, palm facing forwards, and drag your right foot backwards until it touches your left to "glide."

Step 6

Zig-Zag: Place your right foot in front of your left to "zig," then step your right foot to the side so your feet are apart to "zag." Lift your right foot behind you and touch your foot with your left hand. Take three steps forward, right-left-right, to "cross the floor."

Step 7

Hold your arms out to your sides, bent at the elbows so your hands reach up to the sky. Rotate your arms at the elbows so your hands point down to the ground. Do this twice as you step backwards four times, left-right-left-right, rotating your arms at the elbows up and down each time you take a step. Turn your body to the right side and repeat as you step backwards, right-left-right-left, moving your arms the same way.

Step 8

Place your left hand on your left hip and step out with your left foot as you mime holding a drumstick in your right hand. "Hit" the drum with your right hand as you step out, then step out with your right foot, placing your right hand on your right hip as you mime with the drumstick again in your left hand to complete "when the drum hits." Lift your arms out and up to complete a circle, ending with your hands on your hips.

Step 9

Pivot on your right foot, with your hands on your hips, so that your back is to the audience. Lift your left leg with your knee bent, and hold your arms up, bent at the elbows. Hop twice on your right leg as you turn back the way you came to face the audience, ending in a neutral stance with your arms at your sides.

Step 10

Repeat the zig-zag step. Step your left foot out and drag it back, then repeat on your right foot to "slide, slide." To "lean it left," bend your right leg at the knee and pop your left hip. Leaning slightly backwards, lift your hands individually, right-left-right, as if you were doing a bicep curl. Snap your fingers on the final hand-lift. Clap your hands three times, beginning straight out in front of you, then lift to clap at shoulder height, then lift your hands again to clap over your head. Turn to the right and shake your hands, arms, or shimmy your shoulders any way you like on "shake it out, head to toe," completing the circle turn to face the audience.

Step 11

Lift your right hand behind your neck and throw it gently out in front of you as you step your left foot behind your right on "throw it all together." Step your left foot forward so that your feet are parallel and hip-width apart, and lift your arms up, bent at the elbows, on "that's how we roll."

About the Author

Goody Clairenstein has been a writer since 2004. She has sat on the editorial board of several non-academic journals and writes about creative writing, editing and languages. She has worked in professional publishing and news reporting in print and broadcast journalism. Her poems have appeared in "Small Craft Warnings." Clairenstein earned her Bachelor of Arts in European languages from Skidmore College.

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