Holdin' Back the Water
Choreographer: Michael Barr,
Description: 16 count - 2 wall line dance.
That's right, 16 counts!!! Level: High Beginner
Music: Rompin' Stompin' Bad News Blues - Love Can Build a Bridge by the Judds, Love Can Build a Bridge, 84 bpm, 16 ct. lead Holdin Back by Redfern & Crookes, After All That, This, 77 bpm, 16 ct. lead
Music Note: The count for each of the suggested pieces of music uses the slow tempo.
1 - 4 WALK, WALK - FORWARD, 1/2 PIVOT, FORWARD
1 - 2 Step right foot forward; Step left foot forward;
3 Step ball of right foot forward
& Pivot 1/2 turn left, shifting weight forward to left foot
4 Step right foot forward
5 - 8 WALK, WALK - ROCK FORWARD, RETURN, 1/2 TURN
1 - 2 Step left foot forward; Step right foot forward;
3 Step ball left foot forward
& Return weight to right foot in place
4 Turn 1/2 left, stepping left foot forward
Styling: Allow your right leg/foot to swing around low after count 4 [like a sweep], preparing for the next step.
9 - 12 SYNCOPATED 3 STEP JAZZ BOX CROSS, SIDE, BEHIND
1 & 2 Step right foot across in front of left; Step left foot back; Step right foot to right side and slightly back [body is now facing the right diagonal]
3 & 4 Step left foot in front of right; Step right foot to right side; Step left foot behind right and slightly back
[when you step behind on count 4 allow your body to face the left diagonal]
13 - 16 RIGHT SCISSORS 1/2 TURN WALK (L, R, L,)
1 Step onto ball of right foot side right and slightly back [think ‘lift]
& Step onto ball of left next to right [think ‘lift]
2 Step right in front of left [think ‘lower']
Note: You have stayed facing the left diagonal during these last 2 counts.
3 Begin a smooth rounded [1/2 turn by count 4] to the left starting with a step on the left foot
& Continue your turn with another step heading around to your left on the right foot
4 Finish your 1/2 turn to face the back wall stepping forward on the left foot
Note: Counts 3 & 4 are meant to be a rounded turn, making an arch in 3 walking steps.