The Twist Dance in the 1950s

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The Twist dance is one that was made popular initially during the 1950s. Learn about the Twist dance from the 1950s with help from a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway performer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

I'm Emily Loftiss, a former Radio City Rockette and professional dancer, here in New York City. The question is, what is the Twist? Well, this dance was orginated in 1960. It's inspired by the Jerk, the Pony, the Mashed Potato, and the Funky Chicken. Everyone can do this type of dance. All you have to remember is to stay down. That's the most important thing about this. So, you're going to bend your knees, and your hips are just going to go back and forth, just back and forth. Doesn't really matter if it's slow, if it's fast. Your arms should be relaxed, and usually, you bring your elbows in. Very simple. Look, this is if we do both feet together--right, left, heels go back and forth, or just one at a time. And if you want to be really sassy, bring the leg up. Whoo! Hahaha! It's very easy. It's just like, "Come on baby! Let's do the Twist!" How fun is that? And you can bring it down this way, switch directions. So fun you can do it anywhere. If you have any other questions, please check out my website, and my blog, Loftiss Says.


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