Contemplating Soul Line Dance

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Hangin’ on a String (released in 1985) has been a favorite song for over three decades. Most of the time when I look for a line dance to an old school song, I find one. And I’m happy because now I can dance to another favorite song.

But this time the search was fruitless. If there was a line dance created, it was not immortalized online. I realize there may have been a line dance created at some point, but I couldn’t find it.

I realized this was the perfect opportunity to choreograph a line dance!

My instructor, a prolific choreographer, says one of the things he does when I wants to create a line dance is he listens to the music and freestyle dances. Most of his line dances are among my favorites!

When I began creating Contemplating I knew there would be rocking back and forth, and hip sways. And I wanted it to be a beginner line dance. It took me a few weeks to create it! First I charted the song, (see my post How to Choreograph a Line Dance), then I started figuring out steps. Last but not least, I created the step sheet! Special thanks to Peter Blaskowski for finalizing my step sheet so that it follows “Kickish” guidelines.

YouTube video performance: Dance Without Drama
Choreographer: Starlene D. Stewart
Date Created: 9/25/17
Song: Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)
Artist: Loose Ends

Description: 64 count, 4 wall, beginner soul line dance

Intro: 64 (Start on Lyrics)

ROCK-RECOVER TO RIGHT, TRIPLE IN PLACE, ROCK-RECOVER TO LEFT, TRIPLE IN PLACE
1-2 Rock right forward, recover to left
3&4 Triple in place right-left-right
5-6 Rock left forward, recover to right
7&8 Triple in place left-right-left

CHASSÉ FORWARD RIGHT, CHASSÉ FORWARD LEFT, ROCK
1&2 Step right diagonally forward, step left together, small step right diagonally forward
3&4 Step left diagonally forward, step right together, small step left diagonally forward
5-8 Rock right side, rock left side, rock right side, rock left side

CHASSÉ BACK RIGHT, CHASSÉ BACK LEFT, ROCK
1&2 Step right diagonally back, step left together, small step right diagonally back
3&4 Step left diagonally back, step right together, small step left diagonally back
5-8 Rock right side, rock left side, rock right side, rock left side

TURN 1⁄2 LEFT, TURN 1⁄2 LEFT, SWAY HIP RIGHT, HOLD, SWAY HIP LEFT, HOLD
1-2 Step right forward, turn 1⁄2 left (weight to left)
3-4 Step right forward, turn 1⁄2 left (weight to left)
5-6 Rock right side, hip right
7-8 Recover to left, hip left

STEP RIGHT SIDE, LEFT, RIGHT, FLICK, STEP LEFT SIDE, RIGHT, LEFT, FLICK
1-2 Step right side, step left together
3-4 Step right side, flick left back
5-6 Step left side, step right together
7-8 Step left side, flick right back

TURN 1⁄2 LEFT, TURN 1⁄2 LEFT, SWAY HIP RIGHT, HOLD, SWAY HIP LEFT, HOLD
1-2 Step right forward, turn 1⁄2 left (weight to left)
3-4 Step right forward, turn 1⁄2 left (weight to left)
5-6 Rock right side, hip right
7-8 Recover to left, hip left

STEP RIGHT SIDE, LEFT, RIGHT, FLICK, STEP LEFT SIDE, RIGHT, LEFT, FLICK
1-2 Step right side, step left together
3-4 Step right side, flick left back
5-6 Step left side, step right together
7-8 Step left side, flick right back

JAZZ BOX, 1⁄4 LEFT/JAZZ BOX
1-4 Cross right over, step left back, step right side, step left together
5-8 Turn 1⁄4 left and cross right over, step left back, step right side, step left together

REPEAT

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