Dance & Dancing/alligator dance

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Meg wrote at 2006-06-26 14:47:35
The Alligator... best to have people stand in a line, side to side, but with a bit of room. Get with the beat... and here's how it goes, it's fast!!



Clap your hands twice together, clap your hands twice on your thighs, drop to your knees (so you're on your hands and knees) and clap the floor twice in front of you. Then drop flat to your stomach and slap the floor twice, roll to the left so your on your left side and slap the floor twice with your right hand while shaking your right leg. Lay on you back and shake your legs for two beats, roll onto your right side and clap the floor twice with your left hand and shake your left foot. Then back to your stomach clapping the floor twice... and work all the way back up. Once you clap your hands twice together, it's time to work your way back down!!



If you are moving too far down on the floor with the rolling, have the person on the very left run and shift to the other side, as much as needed. Be careful doing this with short dresses on!! And make sure each move takes two beats, it's a great workout! Hope that helps!!


Lis wrote at 2006-12-28 10:26:10
We used to do this dance to the song "It's Alright"


BucMan wrote at 2007-04-25 11:46:28
Betty,



I don't think Souleigh knew which dance you were talking about.  I don't have the choreography, but if the dance you are talking about involves clapping, slapping knees, slapping the floor, and then diving on the floor, rolling over 1/4 turn to the right and slapping the floor with one hand, rolling 1/4 turn to the right, rolling 1/4 turn to the right and slapping the floor, and then hopping back on your feet and starting over, I know exactly what you are talking about.  That is the best I can do without actually hearing the song and working through the dance, but I hope that helps.



FYI - My youngest sister brought that back in 2003 and three family weddings later it is a standard for the wedding party to participate and the guests to either participate or enjoy.  (Yes in dresses and Tuxes!)


Lynneranne wrote at 2007-08-25 23:05:32
You clap your hands three times

Then you hit your thighs with your hands three times

Then you drop to your knees on the floor hit the floor three times

Then you lay on the floor hit the floor again three times

Then you roll on your side and shake one leg

Then roll on your back and shake both legs in the air

Then roll to the other side and shake leg again

Then lay on your stomach and hit the floor three times

Then hop up to your knees hit the floor three times

Then stand up hit your thighs three times

Then clap three times...



REPEAT


Elise wrote at 2008-08-08 13:58:53
The dance we always did to "Takin Care of Business" was a lot less complicated than the other answers.  



You start clapping at chest level to the beats of the music - clap, clap, clapclapclap.



Then slap on the tops of your thighs to the same rhythm.



Then bang on the floor to the same rhythm.



Then lay on your stomach on the floor and bang on it to the same rhythm.



Then shake your right leg in the air to the same rhythm.



Then shake all of your limbs in the air.



Then shake your left leg in the air.



Then work your way back up -  banging on the floor while laying, whlie kneeling, slapping your thighs, clapping.



Repeat until the song is finished.


rachel wrote at 2008-12-27 06:32:10
i remember this dance! we always do it at weddings.

the dance someone posted above is nothing like the one i know.

each movement is repeated 5 times in the rhythm 1-2-345



1. you stand and clap

2. slap hands on your thighs, still standing

3. kneel on the ground and slap the ground

4. lay facedown on the ground and slap the ground in front of your head

5. lay on your right side, and kick your left leg in the air

6. lay on your back and kick both legs in the air

7. lay on your left side and kick your right leg in the air

8. repeat step 4

9. repeat step 3

10. repeat step 2

begin from step 1 and repeat the whole cycle




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