The Electric Slide is a smooth, dynamic disco-style dance that you can enjoy performing at clubs, weddings, and other social events. Learning it is fun and takes almost no time at all. Try to learn these moves with at least two or three other dancers to optimize your fun and to practice how you'll actually be coordinating with others on the dance floor. It's also perfectly fine to go solo though!
Electric Slide Basics
The Electric Slide is most often performed to the song Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths. This is the perfect tune to play while you're learning the steps.
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Practice the Steps
To perform the grapevine, "weave" your feet around each other as follows. This is followed by a bit more footwork and a turn, then repeated until the end of the song.
1. Take one step to your right with your right foot.
2. Cross your left foot to the right, bringing it behind your right foot.
3. Uncross your feet by taking another step to the right with your right foot.
4. Bring your left foot to your right foot and close your feet together.
5. Take one step to your left with your left foot.
6. Cross your right foot to the left, bringing it behind your left foot.
7. Uncross your feet by taking another step to the left with your left foot.
8. Bring your right foot to your left foot and close your feet together.
Rock Forward and Back With a Toe Touch
9. Step back with your right foot, then bring your left foot to meet it.
10. Step backward onto your right foot, then tap your left foot in place.
11. Step forward with your left foot, then tap your right foot to the back.
12. Once again step back with your right foot, then tap your left foot to the front. As you do this, be sure that your weight is on your right foot.
Quarter Turn Left and Repeat
13. With your right foot, take a step forward. As you do this, turn your body a quarter-turn (or 90 degrees) to the left.
14. Repeat the entire dance as long as the group keeps going or as long as the music is playing.
Note: In Step 13 you're instructed to turn to the left, but it may be a right sometimes depending on the song and who is leading the dance. Be sure to check if you're in doubt. It is important that you turn in the same direction as the crowd, because everyone else in the line dance will be turning as well. In a line dance, turning the wrong way can be not just embarrassing but downright dangerous as people run the risk of colliding.
The Electric Slide remains a favorite because it is a simple and joyous dance for all kinds of celebrations. It's as much fun to learn as it is to perform! After you have learned the steps, watch our videos and dance along!