The Hucklebuck

Anonymous (2005)
from the Gold Coast of Australia.
This script was written and supplied by Charles Rowley, Australia, 10 August 2005.

"Inquiries from the one who introduced the dance to the coast has revealed that The Hucklebuck is not a formal dance. This is, therefore, not a formal script as the choreography appears to be a derived from an English dance. However this version appears to be the general con-census of opinion as to how it is usually danced by the majority, and it is really a fun dance.
     
It is simple and danced to slow jive music, and can include changing partners to become progressive."

Time 4/4.  32/36 bpm. Jive rythm.  Commence in Open Double Hold, man facing, lady backing to wall, throughout the dance.  Man's steps described, lady dances counterpart unless otherwise stated.

Bar

 

Count

1 TO 7 ZIG-ZAG AGAINST LOD AND AERIAL - 1 TO 7 ZIG-ZAG DOWN LOD AND AERIAL

1

In Open Double Hold, LF back behind RF, DC against LOD, slight turn to L (Lady RF back behind LF, DW against LOD, slight turn to R)

S

 

RF to side against LOD, turning to R

Q

 

LF fwd across RF, DW against LOD

Q

2

RF to side against LOD, turning to L

Q

 

LF back behind RF, DC against LOD, slight turn to L

Q

 

RF to side against LOD, turning to R

Q

 

LF fwd DW against LOD, turning to R

Q

3

Releasing RH, R arm extended towards centre, RF Aerial against LOD (Lady releasing LH, L arm extended towards wall, LF Aerial against LOD)

S

 

Resuming double hold, RF back behind LF, DC down LOD, com to turn to L (Lady LF back behind RF, DW down LOD, com to turn to R)

S

4

LF to side down LOD

Q

 

RF fwd across LF, DW down LOD

Q

 

LF to side down LOD, turning to R

Q

 

RF back behind LF, DC down LOD

Q

5

LF to side down LOD, turning to L

Q

 

RF fwd DW down LOD, turning to L

Q

 

Releasing LH, extend L arm towards centre, LF Aerial down LOD (Lady releasing RH, extend R arm towards wall, RF Aerial down LOD)

S

1 TO 3 ZIG-ZAG AGAINST LOD AND AERIAL - 1 TO 3 ZIG-ZAG DOWN LOD AND TAP

6

Resuming Double Hold, LF back behind RF, against LOD, turning to R (Lady RF back behind LF DC against LOD, turning to L)

S

 

RF to side against LOD

S

LF fwd DW against LOD

S

 

Releasing RH, extend R arm towards centre, RF Aerial fwd against LOD (Lady releasing LH, L arm extended towards wall, LF Aerial fwd against LOD)

S

8

Resuming Double Hold, RF back behind LF down LOD, turning to L (Lady turning to R, resuming Double Hold, LF back behind RF, DW down LOD)

S

 

LF to side down LOD

S

9

RF fwd DW down LOD, turning slightly to L

S

 

Tap LF to side down LOD, ww

S

SIDE, CLOSE, SIDE, TAP (LADY ALEMANDE TO RIGHT) - SIDE, CLOSE, SIDE, TAP (LADY ALLEMANDE TO LEFT)

10

LF to side down LOD, turning lady to R under raised arm (Lady RF to side down LOD, turning to R under raised arm)

S

 

Close RF to LF (Lady LF fwd down LOD, turning strongly R)

S

11

LF to side down LOD, tap RF to LF ww (Lady RF to side down LOD, tap LF to RF ww)

S

 

RF to side against LOD, turning lady to L under raised arm (Lady LF to side against LOD, turning to L under raised arm)

S

12

Close LF to RF (Lady RF fwd against LOD, turning strongly L)

S

 

RF to side against LOD, tap LFto RF ww (Lady LF to side against LOD, tap RF to LF ww)

S

BACKWARD WALKS TO CENTRE, TAP AND CLAP - FWD WALKS TO PARTNER, TAP AND TOUCH - BACKWARD WALKS TO CENTRE, TAP AND CLAP - FWD WALKS TO PARTNER, TAP, TAKE DOUBLE HOLD

13

Releasing Double Hold, LF back towards centre (Lady back to wall)

Q

 

RF back towards centre

Q

 

LF back towards centre

Q

 

Tap RF to LF ww, and clap hands

Q

14

RF fwd to wall (Lady fwd to centre)

Q

 

LF fwd to wall

Q

 

RF fwd to wall

Q

 

Tap LFto RF ww, touch LH to RH and RH to LH

Q

15

LF back towards centre (Lady back to wall)

Q

 

RF back towards centre

Q

 

LF back towards centre

Q

 

Tap RF to LF ww and clap hands

Q

16

RF fwd to wall (Lady fwd to centre)

Q

 

LF fwd to wall

Q

 

RF fwd to wall

Q

 

Tap LF to RF ww, adopt Double Hold facing Wall, in commencing position

Q

This dance can be made progressive during Bars 15 and 16.  As lady steps RF back three steps, (at an angle depending on distance DW down LOD), and taps, then steps fwd LF, (at an angle depending on distance DC down LOD), three steps, and taps to take the next partner in front.