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The Lion Sleeps

32 Count 2 Walls Beginner

Choreographed by: Michael John Sr. & Michael John Jr. (UK) (1st April 1999)

Choreographed to: The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Tight Fit


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Last updated: 23rd November 2010
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Count Footwork
  STEP SLIDES RIGHT, STEP SLIDES LEFT
1-2 Step right to right side, slide left next to right
3-4 Step right to right side, slide left next to right (weight remains on right)
5-6 Step left to left side, slide right next to left
7-8 Step left to left, slide right next to left (weight remains on left)
  /Optional hand clap on counts 4 and 8
  DIAGONAL STEP TOUCHES X 4
9-10 Step forward right at 45 degree angle, touch left next to right
11-12 Step back left at 45 degree angle, touch right next to left
13-14 Step back right at 45 degree angle, touch left next to right
15-16 Step forward left at 45 degree angle, touch right next to left
  /Optional finger clicks or claps on touches
  SIDE SHUFFLE & ROCK STEP TWICE
17&18 Side shuffle to right on right-left-right
19-20 Rock left behind right, rock forward on right
21&22 Side shuffle left on left-right-left
23-24 Rock right behind left, rock forward on left
  SHUFFLES FORWARD, KICK TURN, RIGHT KICK BALL CROSS
25&26 Shuffle forward on right-left-right (optional hand movements below)
27&28 Shuffle forward on left-right-left (optional hand movements below)
29-30 Kick right foot forward, on left foot pivot 1/2 turn over left shoulder while kicking right foot back
  Option: Step right forward, pivot 1/2 turn left
31&32 Kick right foot forward, step right next to left, step left across right
  /Optional hand movements on shuffles forward to coincide with vocal sections where the words "the lion sleeps tonight" occur (on right shuffle). Place hands together in 'prayer position'. Place hands on right cheek and bend head down to the right as though imitating sleeping. On left shuffle, transfer hands to left cheek, bending head down to the left
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