How to dance the stroll

The Stroll Dance Mixer How To

Posted on by Holly Collins

The Fabulous fifties are a great period. From race cars to poodle skirts, this is a fun era. Films like “American Graffiti” and “Grease” paid tribute to the stroll dance mixer. After doing an “American Graffiti” photo shoot for the Historic Elitch Theatre, I thought I would share how to dance the stroll.

History of the Stroll

The stroll was reported in 1957 by Billboard as a new dance craze. That same year the Diamonds had a hit song named the “Stroll.” By 1958 the stroll was featured on a local TV show in Idaho as one of the biggest dance crazes from American Bandstand. From there It became the feature dance on the TV show “Soul Train.”

The Stroll Dance Mixer How To

The stroll begins with two lines of dancers, gentlemen on one side and ladies facing them. While in line they keep time with the basic stroll movement described below. When they get to the top of the line, facing partners will “stroll” to the bottom of the line improvising their favorite dance moves.

Stroll basic movement
  1. Side left foot tap right foot 3 times, (Step left foot side, tap right foot in front, side, front. Count 1,2,3,4,)
  2. Side, cross behind right (Step side right foot, cross left foot behind right foot count 5,6)
  3. Side right foot tap left foot 3 times. (Step right foot side, tap left foot in front, side, in front Count 1,2,3,4,)
  4. Side cross behind left (side left foot, cross right foot behind left foot count 5,6)
  5. Repeat from the top until you are at the top of the line
  6. At the top of the line improvise your favorite moves down the line
  7. At the bottom get back in line and repeat the basic movement.
  1. Side right foot tap left foot 3 times. (Step right foot side, tap left foot in front, side, in front Count 1,2,3,4,)
  2. Side cross behind left (side left foot, cross right foot behind left foot count 5,6)
  3. Side left foot tap right foot 3 times, (Step left foot side, tap right foot in front, side, front. Count 1,2,3,4,)
  4. Side, cross behind right (Step side right foot, cross left foot behind right foot count 5,6)
  5. Repeat from the top until you are at the top of the line
  6. At the top of the line improvise your favorite moves down the line
  7. At the bottom get back in line and repeat the basic movement.

“The Stroll” by the Diamonds.

Film Locations

We filmed in two locations. The dance demonstration was filmed in front of Local 46 on Tennyson street in Denver with the friends of Historic Elitch Theatre. Dancers included Tim Nikkel, Tawyna Studdard Sarah Mares Angelic O’Halloren, Collette Susman, Jessica Virgo, Craig & Holly Tomazin.

The dance tutorial was filmed in front of the historic Olinger Moore Howard Chapel on Tennyson street Denver. The narrator is Holly Tomazin, sporting her great aunt Nelle’s blue dress she wore as miss Trinidad in 1950. Holly is assisted by her handy husband, Craig.

Last of all is a photo from the American Graffiti shoot taken on the lawn of the Historic Elitch Theatre by Aaron Virgo. Featured in that photo were Michael Bliss, Tim Nikkel, Tawyna Studdard Jesse Lockwood, Amanda Blackwood, Sarah Mares, Ruiari Sussman, Jimmy & Angelic O’Halloren, Collette Susman, Jessica Virgo, George the poodle, Craig & Holly Tomazin.

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What is the Stroll?



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The stroll is a dance of American origin, though now more popular in European 50s rock and 40s swing clubs. The dance is done to slow swing, rock, or rhythm and blues music and was greatly popularized by the 1957 hit, “The Stroll,” written by the Diamonds.

Actually, the stroll dates back long ago to couples lining up opposing each other, while the couple at the top dances through the line. Such dances were a component of many of the European dances done in the 18th and 19th century. One can often see examples of these types of dances in period films.

The stroll as conceived by American dancers is often credited to having first appeared on the 1950s show American Bandstand. However, evidence suggests some variant of the stroll existed prior to this time.

In general, couples line up opposing each other, while a single couple dances, struts or grapevines through the line. Each couple gets a chance to have all eyes upon them, so the dance is often a time to express individual characteristics. This is exactly the purpose of the stroll as done in the movie version of Grease. As well, many reference, George Lucas’ American Graffiti as a good example of the stroll.

Sometimes, people use the term stroll to refer to line dances such as the Electric Slide. These dances are usually all dancers moving in unison, as opposed to the formed line in which individuals can have a chance to promenade.

Most commonly, though, the stroll refers to the dance as conceived in the 1950s. For beginning dancers the stroll is one of the easiest dances to learn, since it is short, and mistakes are generally tolerated. The stroll also provides a nice break from the more demanding footwork required by faster music. Since one is primarily just standing, or moving from foot to foot and snapping or clapping, the only real movement of the dance is the strut down the middle of the standing dancers.

The stroll also provided a way for dancers in the fifties to perform a dance to slow music that did not require embracing each other. Thus it was likely popular for high school dances as it maintained decorum and kept couples from what school administrators might have deemed inappropriate behavior.

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent MusicalExpert contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent MusicalExpert contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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