Bunny Hop for Sitters

Formation: People sitting in chairs
Music: “Bunny Hop” on Capitol 6026

Download RTF file: Bunny Hop for Sitters

Intro or
13-16   Right heel and toe;
    1-4   – – – Left;
    5-8   Clap up two, down two;
  9-12   – – Wiggle Three;
13-16   Right heel and toe;

    1-4   Dancers use their right foot to do a heel, toe, heel, and set the foot down.
    5-8   Dancers use their left foot to do a heel, toe, heel, and set the foot down.
  9-12   Clap hands together as high as people can comfortably reach two times, and then two more times about lap level.
13-16   Wiggle or bump three times and pause.

Choreography by: Larry Strippy
Source: Printed in CDP Journal, February 1997
Usage: This dance was created for a retirement or nursing home environment where some dancers cannot dance on their feet. This allows them to participate while sitting down.
This routine requires a little more mobility of the feet than Teton Mountain Stomp for Sitters, but many of the residents will have danced to this music in their youth. The “Bunny Hop” was first made popular in 1954 by the Ray Anthony Band. The Collector’s edition 48 record was usually backed by the “Hokey Pokey”. If you remember the old conga line “Bunny Hop”, this version pretty much catches the flavor of the dance.

Historical Note: The Bunny Hop dance was created at Balboa High School in San Francisco in 1952. The dance is a variation on a conga line. Participants dance in a single-file line, holding on to the hips or shoulders of the person in front of them. Dancers stand on their left foot and touch the floor with their right heel, their right toe, then their right heel, and then step on their right foot. The dancers repeat the heel and toe sequence using their left foot. They then hop (usually 2-footed) forwards, backwards, and finally three quick hops forward to finish the sequence. The sequence is repeated throughout the tune with the first person in the line leading the group around the floor.

This page from http://dances.callerlab.org (CALLERLAB Dance Resource).

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