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Chicken Walks

Jive Chicken Walks

The Chicken Walks is a Gold level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, movement, a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Start in Open Position.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
Q LF back, small step, with partial weight
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Increase tone in L arm to prevent Lady stepping back.
Merengue action is used on steps 1-3.
Step 1: R knee is firmly straightened on 2nd half of preceding step, making R hip to move back and to R. Then LF is palced back on ball of foot with knee flexed.
2 Q Taking full weight to LF, RF back, small step, partial weight
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End of previous step: Lower LF heel, straighten L knee, L hip moves back to L. RF is placed back on ball with knee flexed.
3 Q Take full weight to RF, LF back, small step, with partial weight
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repeat. Man's straightening and flexing of knees indicates to Lady to turn.
4 Q Take full weight to LF, RF back, small step
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Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
Q
RF point fwd in line with LF, no weight, R leg straight. L knee flexed.
Hips turn to R
RF on OE of toe pointing fwd. Keep weight/upper body forward. Keep LH at waist. Left shoulder forward.
2
a
RF step toward LF
Hips to normal
R shoulder forward.
3
Q
Point LF fwd, R knee flexed
Hips to L
LF on OE of toe pointing fwd
4
a
LF steps toward RF
Hips normal

5
Q
RF point fwd, L knee flexed
Hips to R
RF on OE of toe pointing fwd
6
a
RF closes to LF
Hips normal

7
Q
LF fwd
No turn
Step onto LF and rise (going to RLR chasse.)

Notes:
  • Timing: Other combinations of "S"s and "Q"s can be used. Examples: "Sa Sa Sa S",  "Qa Qa Qa Q", "Sa Sa Qa Qa Qa Q"
    • When dancing slow, L hand and arm can add styling.
  • Slow or Quick swivel action can be danced.