Funky Bureau – Boogie Walk
A 1976 tune apparently available only in Japan.
The moves to the Walk are printed at the flip of the 7″ but what you get is a ridiculously simplified variation. The Walk was originally done a lot to Soul City Walk by Archie Bell & The Drells, and involved lines of people surging back and forth in unision as one unstoppable force on the dance floor. Every step took one beat. No improvising, you HAD to perform every move like everybody else, or else.
This is how the Walk was done. Starting with your right foot take 3 steps backwards. Right, left, right. On the count of 4, do a tap to the back with your left foot. That’s one-two-three-and-a tap. Then starting with the foot you just tapped with, the left foot, take 4 steps forward. Left, right, left, right. Next, repeat this whole pattern, stepping back and forth during 8 counts of music, starting with the same right foot you completed the first phase of the moves with. Next, keeping your body facing foward, take 3 sideways steps to the right like a crab, starting with your right foot that you just stepped foward with. That’s step to the right with your right foot, step to the right with your left foot which goes BEHIND your right one during this count of music, and then a step to the right with your right foot. On count 4, do a tap to the right with your left foot, in front of your right foot. Then do 4 steps back to the starting position to the left, starting with your left foot you just tapped with. When you do the steps to the left, spin completely around, clapping your hands on the final beat/step four.
Now you’re back in the starting position. To complete the action take step forward with your right foot and then step foward with your left foot. Repeat the same only stepping backward – back with the right, back with the left. Then staying in place in the starting position click your heels twice during 2 beats. Finally do 2 tap steps foward – not stepping anywhere, just tapping in place – with your right foot. That’s two taps foward during two counts of music, then two taps to the back. Then one tap foward, one tap back, one tap to the right side, and now we come to the tricky bit. For the next beat/tap step done during the 8th beat/count of this final phase of the series of moves, kick with your right foot in front of you while turning 90 degrees to the left, to face a new wall. Start the whole sequence again with your right foot, and repeat. After completing the patterns, you always turn 90 degrees to the left. Carry on doing this for hours till you reach the intended line dance nirvana.
The Walk later became the Bus Stop, the Los Angeles Hustle, and then the offical Line Hustle. In 1976/early 1977, the moves got capitalized by the makers of the Saturday Night Fever film fiasco who added naff stuff like pointing upwards with your finger. Of course, by that time nobody in their right minds would dance in a line anymore. Too bad as moving in a line with other people is not that bad at all. Now of course we’re back at it with the Zumba thing. I’ve been to a class twice. The moves are much more complicated than The Walk and you’ll start sweating like a pig after some 10 minutes. That’s the whole point. In other words a really good way to lose fat fast.