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California Dreamin'

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Count:
32
Wall:
2
Level:
Beginner
Choreo:
Choreographer:
S.M. Fulton (USA) - June 2022
Music:
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
 
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Alternate music:
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson – 56-count intro (start on vocals)
The Best – Edit, Tina Turner – 16-count intro
Edamame (clean version), bbno$ & Rich Brian - 8-count intro
Drop It to the Floor (feat. Nuz Ngatai), Fletcher Kirkman – 32-count intro
and many many more

Section 1: Walk x 3, touch, walk back x 3, touch
1 2 3 4Walk forward right, left, right; touch left next to right foot
5 6 7 8Walk back left, right, left; touch right next to left foot

Section 2: Grapevine to the right, 4 sways
1 2 3 4Step right to side, left behind, step right, touch left next to right
5 6 7 8Sway left, right, left, right, shifting weight each time

Section 3: Vine to left with quarter turn, 4 sways
1 2 3 4Step left to side, right behind, step left turning a quarter (9:00), touch R next to L
5 6 7 8Sway right, left, right, left, shifting weight each time

Section 4: Heel-step x 2, quarter pivot with touch and hold
1 2 3 4Right heel forward, step back next to L; left heel forward, step back next to R
5 6 7 8Step right foot forward, pivot a quarter (6:00), touch R next to L, hold

VARIATIONS:
Section 2 grapevine can be a rolling vine with touch.
Section 2 & 3 sways can be swapped out for double-bumps on each side. (5 & 6, 7 & 8)
Section 4 counts 1-4 can be 4 heel switches: heel-&-heel-&-heel-&-heel-& (1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &)

ONE-WALL VERSION FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, with these changes:
Sections 2 & 3: Instead of vines, do side-together-side-touch. Leave out the quarter turn on second vine. Continue with sways.
Section 4: For counts 5-8, instead of quarter pivot, rock out to the R, recover, touch, hold. A clap can be used in place of the hold.

NOTE: The sways in this dance are meant to help beginners get used to changing weight.

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