Actually Richard Silver does — a whole lot. He's the guy who invented the dance and got litigious about it. His story — and the origins of other classic dance moves — were part of a recent episode of the podcast Part-Time Genius , co-hosted by Will Pearson and Mango Hattikudur. Then choreographer Silver created the electric slide, a step dance to the song that incorporated grapevines and a series of forward and backward steps.
Electric Slide Basics
Choreographer, pianist and Broadway performer Richard L. There are several variations of the dance. The original choreography has 22 steps,  but variants include the Freeze 16 step , Cowboy Motion 24 step , Cowboy Boogie 24 step , and the Electric Slide 2 18 step. The step variation became popular in and for ten years was listed by Linedancer Magazine as the number-one dance in the world. In , Silver filed DMCA -based take-down notices to YouTube users who posted videos of people performing the step dance variation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF filed suit on behalf of videographer Kyle Machulis against Silver, asking the court to protect Machulis's free speech rights in recording a few steps of the dance in a documentary video posted to the Internet. Silver will license the Electric Slide under a Creative Commons noncommercial license  and to also post the new license on any of his current or future websites that mention the Electric Slide.
Variation #1 (As shown in video)
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The Electric Slide is a smooth, dynamic disco-style dance that you can enjoy performing at clubs, weddings, and other social events. Learning it is fun and takes almost no time at all. Try to learn these moves with at least two or three other dancers to optimize your fun and to practice how you'll actually be coordinating with others on the dance floor. It's also perfectly fine to go solo though! This is the perfect tune to play while you're learning the steps. Click on the image below for a printable, illustrated guide to the electric slide.