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How to Do Hip Movements in Line Dancing

Learn how to do line dancing hip movements in this Howcast dance video with expert Robert Royston.


"Hi! My name is Robert Royston.I'm a 5-time world champion of country dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Carey Underwood, Brad Paisley. I really hope that you learn how to line dance and experience what its like to move to America's music, and that's country music.

So one of the highlights of line dancing is hip move ment, hip action, body rolls, all that kind of stuff. And country bars you see a lot of hip movement, hip rolls, hip bumps, right, hell digs, all kinds of stuff going on body rolls. So we should really break those down for you as well. Hip bumps are easy. The hip bump is just like you imagine somebody being there and you were doing the bump. And you were just bumping your hip against theirs. But you're doing it imaginary, yeah. Usually you double the hip bump. You go like two forward, two back and then you go back, forward, back, forward so you see kind of that bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump.

A grind though is bump, bump, bump, bump. The grind is a circular motion with the hips so your grinding, yeah. So it's a grind in the hips. Back when I was in high school we called it the freak. This is called the freak, alright. So we're gonna go bump, bump, bump, bump, grind, grind, yeah.

We also have hip rolls, you can roll the hip back and then forward, back and the forward. Or forward and around, forward and around. Or of course a full circle, yeah. So that's the hips rolls.

We also have body rolls. Now body rolls are not always easy to do. One of the best ways to practice a body roll is to kind of go up against the wall with your back and sit like you're sitting up against the wall. So put your body against the wall, your back, your head, everything. The let your hips come off first, then your stomach, then your chest, then the head last coming off the wall. So you sit up against the wall, push your hips up against the wall first, push up, and that teaches you to do an upward body roll. So we have...that.

You can reverse that by facing the wall. A good thing to do is to face a wall that has a corner to it so your head can pass the wall. As that happens you put your head pass the wall 'til your shoulder hits the wall. So your shoulder touches the wall, then your chest, then your stomach, and as a new body part touches the wall, you take another body part off. So the shoulder, so as my chest touches it I pull my shoulder back, then my stomach, then my hips, and I come back. So I roll against the wall, and then come off. So a body roll down, or a body roll up. Yeah. The thing to think about it is like having two fence like a fence post right here, that you're gonna try to step underneath and take your head first to see what's up before the rest if your body comes through. Same thing other side, Kind of coming underneath that fence post, you wanna see what's on the other side of the fence before your entire body comes through. So we can have side body rolls, right. We can have forward body rolls, right. And we can have up body rolls, yeah.

So we have hip bumps, grind, hip rolls, yeah. Then we have body waves or body ripples, right, down and up.

Not necessarily the hardest thing to practice and a lot of fun to practice. So make sure you close your drapes and don't let your cats watch you and practice your body rolls. "

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