The Secret to Go-Go Dancing

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When it comes to Gogo dancing, a very particular secret can help make the moves easier than you ever thought. Learn the secret to Gogo dancing with help from a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway performer in this free video clip.

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I'm Emily Loftiss, a former Radio City Rockette and professional dancer here in New York City. The question is what is the secret to go-go dancing? Well this originated at The Peppermint Lounge here in New York City in 1960. The whole purpose of go-go dancing is to get the crowd excited. You're supposed to bring up the momentum so everyone is not just sitting on their couches boring. So let me show you a couple dances that are always a surefire hit at any party or any club. So we can of course do the twist, easy easy, fun fun, go into the pony which is step, ball, change, step, ball, change. You can do any type of movement you want with it with your hands, then the swing. Who doesn't like the swim? Woo, do your arms any way you want. You just want to gyrate back and forth. Of course there's the shimmy, imagine you have fringe all over you, just shimmy any way to the audience, talk to people next to you, get those shoulders going, get your fringe moving. Let's go into the hitchhiker. That's right, looking for a ride. You can always go as fast as you want. In go-go dancing the more hair running around, the better. Let's do the temptation. Step together, step, jump, step together, step, jump, step together, step, jump, step together, step, jump. Last but not least my favorite is the mashed potato, down, down, do the arms wherever you want, just once again, it's about having fun. I say throw in some really fun winged eyeliner, a headband, a little mod outfit and you are ready to go. For any other questions please go to and check out my blog Loftiss Says.


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