Doesn’t spring make you want to kick up your heals? Easter is a time of rebirth and what better way to celebrate easter than with a new line dance? Celebrate Easter this year with the Easter Bonnet line dance how to dance to “In Your Easter Bonnet.”
Easter Bonnet Tradition
Wearing a spring head covering starts in antiquity. Wreaths of flowers or leaves were worn as a representation of new life or rebirth in the circle of life in pagan traditions. In the Christian church the spiritual rebirth was celebrated with a new set of clothes. Almanac writer Poor Robin in the 1700’s wrote,
“At Easter let your clothes be new
Or else be sure you will it rue.”
Sunday of Joy
After the Civil War, this tradition caught on in America after “Sunday of Joy.” This was the first Easter after the Civil War ended. Women cast off their dark mourning clothes for pastels with flowers to celebrate rebirth. In New York in 1870 the first Easter Parade was held from St. Patrick’s Cathedral down 5th Avenue.
American Easter Bonnet
In 1933 The Easter Bonnet took off with Irving Berlin wrote the song “In Your Easter Bonnet.” This showstopper was later featured in the film “Easter Parade.” Fred Astaire and vaudeville princess Judy Garland contributed to the 1947 peak of the Easter parade in America. The simple tradition of a new hat was something Americans treasured.
Easter Bonnet line dance how to
Step 1 Lock and kick forward and back.
Begin with the right foot forward, close left foot to right foot, right foot forward, kick left foot in front, count 1,2,3,4. (can be done with a lock step action)
Step back left foot, close right foot to left foot, step left foot back, kick right foot in front, count 5,6,7,8.
(can be done with a lock step action)
Step 2 Chasse and kick right and left.
Side right foot, close left foot to right foot, side right foot, kick left foot across right foot, count 1,2,3,4. (you can grapevine or 3 step turn the first 3 steps)
Side left foot, close right foot to left foot, side left foot, kick right foot across left foot count 5,6,7,8. (you can grapevine or 3 step turn the first 3 steps)
Step 3 Four step kicks
Step right kick left, step left kick right, step right kick left, step left kick right, count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
Step 4 Four Charleston kicks forward and back.
Step forward right kick left, step back left kick right, step forward right kick left, step back left kick right, count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
Repeat from the top until the song is over.
The song is “In your easter bonnet” by Irving Berlin. Filmed on location in my backyard.
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