How to Do the Hand Jive

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The movie "Grease" has been a household favorite since 1978. One of the most memorable scenes of the musical is without a doubt the high school dance. It is during that scene that everyone boogies to Sha-Na-Na's "Born to Hand Jive." By learning the steps, you'll be well-equipped to bust out a hand jive of your own next time the movie is playing. Here's how to do the hand jive.

  • Remember that each movement in this dance is doubled. Each step learned will be done twice in rapid-fire succession.

  • Begin the dance by slapping open palms on the tops of the thighs two times. As this dance is hardly demanding, it can be done while sitting down or standing up.

  • Follow the first step by clapping your hands twice.

  • Put your hands out with the palms facing down. Wave the right hand over the top of the left hand twice in a row. Switch hands and wave the left over the right twice in a row.

  • Make a fist with each hand with the thumbs facing each other. Take the right fist and tap the top of the left fist twice in a row. Switch hands and tap the right fist with the left twice.

  • Make a hitchhiking gesture with your right hand, jerking the thumb over the right shoulder twice in a row. Do the same thing with your left hand.

  • Repeat until the song is over.

Tips & Warnings

  • Feel free to add your own moves somewhere to jazz things up. Or you can borrow moves from the movie. That cowboy bit that Danny and Sandy do with the invisible guns and lassos is pretty good.

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