Learn to Country Dance: The Tush Push

Learn to Country Dance: The Tush Push

Originally published in the April 12, 1994 issue of Country Weekly magazine—the very first issue!

Each week we’ll bring you step-by-step instructions on a popular line dance – this week demonstrated by regulars from TNN’s popular dance show, Club Dance, at the Whitehorse Cafe in Knoxville, Tenn.


*Tush Push* — Solid Basis For Your Line Dance Repertoire

Best danced to any fast two-step beat — like Geroge Strait’s “The Fireman”

*Opening Basics*:

  1. Touch right heel forward
  2. Bring right foot back even with left
  3. Touch left heel forward
  4. Bring left foot back even with right
  5. Touch right heel forward
  6. Bring right foot back even with left
  7. Touch left heel forward
  8. Bring left foot back even with right
  9. *The Quick Part* Touch right heel forward
  10. Bring right foot back as you touch left heel forward (in other words, hop as you switch feet)
  11. Bring left foot back as you touch right heel forward (another hop)
  12. Leave right foot forward on floor and clap once.
  13. *The Hot Stuff*: Bump right hip forward twice with weight on forward (right) foot
  14. Bump left hip back twice with weight on back (left) foot
  15. Bump right hip forward once (weight shifts to right foot)
  16. Bump left hip backward once (weight shifts back)
  17. Bump right hip forward once
  18. Bump left hip backward once
  19. *The Shuffle*: Shuffle step forward, starting on right foot (shuffle step right, left, right — short, quick steps like a cha-cha)
  20. Step forward on left foot, putting weight on it and rock forward and down by bending left knee.
  21. Shift weight back to the right foot, hen shuffle step backward starting on left foot (step left, right, left)
  22. Step back on right foot, shifting weight to it and rock backward and down by bending right knee.
  23. Shift weight back to left foot, then shuffle step on right foot forward (step right, left, right)
  24. Step forward on left, with half turn to right by pivoting on both feet.
  25. Step on right foot, then shuffle step forward, starting on left foot.
  26. Touch right foot forward
  27. *Ending It*: Half turn left by pushing off on right foot, pivoting on left.
  28. Quarter turn to left, same push-pivot motion.
  29. Step right
  30. Stomp left

Repeat as often as music and time — and your partner — permit.

dance captions

Underline:

Each week we’ll bring you step-by-step instructions on a popular line dance — this week demonstrated by regulars from TNN’s popular dance show, “Club Dance,” and the Whitehorse Cafe.

left page pic:

The key to this dance is definitely in the push of the tush

right page:

  1. Opening Basics: First touch your right heel forward, return then do the same with the left foot. Do this twice.
  2. The Quick Part: No touch your right heel forward and quickly alternate to the left heel forward, hopping as you switch feet.
  3. Finish the quick part by leaving your right foot on the floor and clapping once.
  4. The Hot Stuff: bump or thrust your right hip forward then your left hip backward, shifting weight on your feet. Push that tush!
  5. The Shuffle: This is like a cha-cha step — three short, quick steps, right-left-right.
  6. Step forward with weight on your left foot, and rock forward and down as you bend your left knee.
  7. After you shuffle back, put your weight on the right foot and rock back and down, again bending your knee.
  8. Ending It: You complete the sequence with two turns, a step right and stomp on your left foot. Now you’re ready to go back to the beginning.

Run IDs over big pic on right page:

Melissa Edenfield, Randy Davidson, Debbie Carbaugh and Ricky Bailey, from left, are “Club Dance” regulars

How to Dance the Tush Push (PDF)

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