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Iko Iko

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Count:
32
Wall:
2
Level:
Intermediate
Choreo:
Choreographer:
Hedy McAdams (USA)
Music:
Iko Iko - The Zydeco Flames
 
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SIDE-TOGETHER-SIDE, SIDE-TOGETHER-TURN, PIVOT-STEP, PIVOT-STEP, TOE-HEEL, PUSH-HEEL
1&Step right to right, slide left foot beside right
2Step right to right
3&Step left to left, slide right foot beside left
4Turn body ¼ left (9:00) and step left forward
5&Step ball of right forward at a diagonal right & pivot (on ball of left) into a ¼ turn left (6:00), shift weight left
6&Step ball of right forward at diagonal right & pivot (on ball of left) into a ¼ turn left (3:00), shift weight left
7&Step toe of right forward, snap right heel down
8&Push off b from ball of left (keeping weight forward, over right leg) & lift up on ball of right, snap right heel down
The "&" counts follow whole counts in order to convey basic Cajun/Zydeco styling, up on first beat, down on second beat.

TOE-HEEL, PUSH-HEEL, TOE-HEEL, PUSH-HEEL, CROSS-HEEL, TOE-CROSS, TOE-CROSS, TURN-HEEL
1&Step ball of left forward, snap left heel down
2&Push off from ball of right (keeping weight forward, over left leg) & lift up on ball of left, snap left heel down
3&Step ball of right forward, snap right heel down
4&Push off from ball of left (keeping weight forward, over right leg) & lift up on ball of right, snap right heel down
5&Cross-step ball of left over right, snap left heel down
6Step ball of right to right
&Step left directly right (drop to full weight, cross right)
7Step ball of right to right
&Step left directly right (drop to full weight, cross right)
8Turn body ¼ left (12:00) & step back on ball of right
&Snap right heel down
Place ball of "push-off" foot slightly back and to the side (right for right foot, left for left foot) for balance and comfort
Lift right knee and point knee to right before stepping ball of right to the right and "push up" as you progress directly right.

BACK-TOGETHER-BACK, BACK-TOGETHER-BACK, BACK-TOGETHER-FORWARD-SCOOT, STEP-STOMP-STOMP
1&Step left back on diagonal left, step right beside left
2Step left back on diagonal left
3&Step right back at diagonal right, step left beside right
4Step right back at diagonal right
5&(Begin coaster step) step left back, step right beside left
6Step left forward
&7Scoot forward on left (lift right knee), step right forward
&Stomp left (slightly) forward
8Stomp right (slightly) forward

SIDE-SLIDE, TURN-SNAP, PIVOT-STEP, TOUCH-SLIDE, PUSH-CROSS, PUSH-CROSS, TOE-HEEL, ROCK-RECOVER
1&Step left to left, slide right beside left
2Turn ¼ left (9:00) and step left heel forward
&Snap left toe down
3&Step ball of right forward at a diagonal right & pivot (on ball of left) into a ¼ turn left (6:00), shift weight left
4Touch right toe forward on a diagonal right
&Slide right toe (slightly) back and across left foot as you snap right heel down (shifting weight right)
5Place ball of left on a diagonal (back & left) & push up
&Slide-step right across left (drop to full weight)
6Place ball of left on a diagonal (back & left) & push up
&Slide-step right across left (drop to full weight)
7Step ball of left back on a diagonal left
&Snap left heel down (opt: lift right foot)
8(Opt: swing right foot to the right, then...) Rock back on right
&Rock forward on left (in place)
Note that you progress back on a diagonal left for counts 5-7

REPEAT
Music is counted slowly to create a 32-count teaching tool for what is really a 64-count dance.

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