Contemplating Soul Line Dance

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

Baby Why Me Soul Line Dance

I have been line dancing for over three years now! I recognize this line dance as the first one that I’ve been able to learn simply by observing this group’s performance, instead of needing the dance to be broken down. It could be that the line dance is ultra beginner, but also I notice my brain is starting to be able to pick out steps when I’m watching a line dance. I am still no good at learning on the wood.

One of my classmates shared this line dance with our instructor as one that looked fun and easy. It has been in our rotation for a couple of months now.

YouTube video performance: And 5,6,7,8 Line Dance Class – Macon, Georgia
Choreographer: Answorth Robinson
Song: Why Me
Artist: Reggie P.

Smile Soul Line Dance

I have been line dancing two years, and have many favorites! Here is my favorite line dance from August 2017.

The most important thing you should do while dancing this line dance is:

Smile

Choreographer: Troy Jones of Dance Without Drama

Description: 32 Count, 4 Wall, Intermediate Soul Line Dance

Music: “Smile” by Leven Kali

Intro: 64

STEP RIGHT SIDE, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, HOLD, TURN 1/4 LEFT, 1/4 LEFT, 1/2 LEFT

1-4 Step right side, cross left over, step right side, touch left together

5-8 Turn 1/4 left and step left forward, turn 1/2 left and step right back, turn 1/4 left and step left side, touch right together

JAZZY LADY, FULL TURN LEFT

1-2 Step right forward, step left forward

3&4 Triple in place right-left-right

5-6 Turn 1/2 left and step left forward, turn 1/2 left and step right back

7&8 Triple in place left-right-left

TOE TOUCH RIGHT, TOE TOUCH LEFT, SAILOR RIGHT, SAILOR LEFT

1-2 Touch right forward, step right together

3-4 Touch left forward, step left together

5&6 Right sailor step

7&8 Left sailor step

TOE TOUCH RIGHT, TOE TOUCH LEFT, SAILOR RIGHT, SAILOR 1/4 LEFT

1-2 Touch right forward, step right together

3-4 Touch left forward, step left together

5&6 Right sailor step

7&8 Left sailor step turning 1/4 left

REPEAT