Dance Party Friday: The Twist

2014-05-02T07:30:00Z Dance Party Friday: The TwistArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 02, 2014 7:30 am  • 

Come on baby — let's do the Twist and get this weekend started. 

This almost-anyone-can-do-it dance is derived from '50s dances like the Jerk and Mashed Potato. Everyone got twisting with "American Bandstand" and Chubby Checker's 1960 cover of "The Twist," which was the B-side of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters' 1959 single, "Teardrops on Your Letter."

OK ... let's Twist.  Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Feet can be squared with knees or you can take a small step and have one foot farther forward than the other. Now twist those hips, torso and legs to the beat of the music and grind your balls of your feet into the floor. That's it. Arms swing and sway. Lift a leg or bend knees and twist low to the ground for style points.

To get you in the twisting mood, we've posted Checker doing "The Twist," an instructional video and a couple of our favorite Twist tunes.

Sources: Arizona Daily Star archives

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