Dance Party Friday: The Stroll

2014-06-06T07:30:00Z Dance Party Friday: The StrollArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 06, 2014 7:30 am  • 

In the late 1950s and early ’60s teens dashed home from school to watch Philadelphia-based “American Bandstand” on television to catch other teens chatting with host Dick Clark about their opinions of the music being played, rating records (Think: "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it.”) and dancing to the day’s big hits. One of the big dances of the day was The Stroll.

Teens danced The Stroll to a Chuck Willis song, "C.C. Rider" and the 1958 Willis rock song "King of the Stroll," was written by Clyde Otis and Nancy Lee.

The Stroll is easy-peasy and similar to the Virginia reel, Clark once noted.

Here’s how it goes:

The dancers line up: Men on one side and women on the other, facing each other.

As the music starts, dancers start swaying and moving to the beat and doing a simple step. 

The first of each steps out and dances between the rows of dancers, showing off their best dance moves, of course.

Here a couple of videos to help you pick up the moves and stroll down memory lane. 

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