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Shorty George, Boogie Walks & Scissor Steps in Line Dancing

Learn how to do a line dancing Shorty George, Boogie Walks, and Scissor Steps in this Howcast dance video with expert Robert Royston.


"Hi, my name is Robert Royston. I'm a five time world champion of country dance. Working with artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley. I really hope that you learn how to line dance and experience what it's like to move to America's music and that's country music.

Some really fun kind of advanced elements that you might have to learn for line dancing are Shorty George, Boogie Walks, and Scissor Steps. So Shorty George named after Shorty George Snowden who was a Lindy Hopper, a very famous Lindy Hopper, in the late 20s' in Harlem. George Snowden, or Shorty George, came up with this step and it's really a kick-ball-change kick-ball-change you do a kick-ball-change and then you're going to walk forward. The difference is, is when you walk forward you're going to bend your knees and you're going to swivel to the inside and outside of your feet. So you do a kick-ball-change and then swivel your knees as you walk forward. So as we do the Shorty George it goes; kick-ball-change walk, walk, walk, walk. That's the Shorty George. And the thing about it is we try to keep our feet, and I have these nice arrows that we call boots on my feet right now, right, we try to keep them pointing forward so we're not swiveling this way. Right? We're keeping our feet forward and our knees are folding from side-to-side. So that's called a Shorty George. And again kick-ball-change walk, walk, walk, walk.

A Boogie Walk, similar to a Shorty George, a little bit slower. You're going to brush-land and you're going to take both knees to that direction. And you're going to walk, so you're going to kind of reach, and walk your knees. So my knees are folding to one side and the other while my feet are trying to track straight. Boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie. So we're are going to Boogie Walk folding the knees, one more time. That goes, boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie. There's a gentleman named Bob Fosse who made the Boogie Walks very famous. By doing things like, this.

So we have Shorty Georges and Boogie Walks, both very similar, where I try to track my feet straight while my knees fold from side-to-side. And then we have Scissor Steps. Scissor Steps are just jumping and crossing, just doing a Scissor Step. Like we're scissoring our legs. A lot of times with the Scissor Steps they'll scissor and have you rotate, like they do in Good Times, scissor and have you rotate. So Scissor Step is anytime I'm scissoring my legs with a jumping step. Open, cross one foot, open, cross the other. As we scissor whichever foot crosses in front you're turning in the opposite direction. So if my right foot is in front, I'm turning to my left. If my left foot is in front, I'm turning to my right.

Shorty George, Boogie Walks, Scissor Steps just some more advanced stuff for your line dance tool-box."

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