4/17/03

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

My name is Ric Silver. In 1976, I choreographed "The Electric Slide" for Vamps Disco in New York City.

I am writing to inform you that I have retained the legal firm of Barnard, Loop & McCormick LLP to handle a law suit against DEJ Productions for their use of "The Electric " in the film "Nobody's Baby" and Touchstone Pictures/Warner Bros. for their use of "The Electric" in the film "The Replacements" without permission or credit.

In a search of the internet, your site has been listed as having "The Electric Slide" choreography and after viewing your site I have found that it as most of the sites I have visited have an incorrect version of my choreography. In as much as I have not given permission for anyone to print or film this choreography your site will be listed as a co-defendant in the above-mentioned suit.

I realize that this incorrect version of my choreography has been around for some 27 years and it seem pointless to try and correct it at this time but because of the legal ramifications, my lawyers have suggested that I take this approach.

  1. You may correct your site to reflect the correct choreography which I have posted at the end of this letter

    Or

     

  2. You can remove this illegal and incorrect version of "The Electric Slide" from your site.

(see http://ric06379.tripod.com or www.angelfire.com/ct2/thedancer )

www.sc.edu/union/Sears/d.electric.htm

 

Ric Silver

NYCsDancer@hotmail.com

16 Billings St

Pawcatuck, CT 06379

860-599-2525

 

 

 

 

"The Electric"

AKA The Electric Slide

 

Choreographed in 1976 for the re-opening of Vamps Disc at 71st and Broadway in New York City

The Electric Slide

TYPE: 4 Wall Line Dance Rating: Beginner to Advanced

COUNT: 22 STEPS: 22

CHOREOGRAPHER: Ric Silver

MUSIC:Electric Boogie - Marcia Griffiths

STEP DESCRIPTION:

GRAPEVINE Right, TOUCH

1,2. Step to the right on RIGHT foot; Step LEFT foot behind Right foot;

3,4 Step to the right on RIGHT foot; Touch LEFT foot next to Right foot (clap)

GRAPEVINE Left, TOUCH

5,6. Step to the left on LEFT foot; Step RIGHT foot behind Left foot;

7,8 Step to the left on LEFT foot; Touch RIGHT foot next to Left foot (clap)

WALK BACK, TOUCH

9-11. Walk back stepping on RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT

12. Touch LEFT foot next to Right foot (clap)

STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP, TOUCH, STEP with 1/4 TURN , HOP

13,14 Step forward on LEFT foot; Touch RIGHT foot toe to Left heel (clap)

15,16 Step backward on RIGHT foot; Touch LEFT foot toe to Right toe (snap)

17,18 Step forward on LEFT foot; Touch RIGHT foot toe to Left heel (clap)

19,20 Step backward on RIGHT foot; Touch LEFT foot toe to Right toe (snap)

21,22 Step forward on LEFT foot; turning 1/4 turn to your left, Hop

BEGIN DANCE AGAIN

 

More advanced dancers can vary steps with turns in grapevines or slide, slide, slide - kicks (14 & 18) touch behind or hand to floor (16 & 20) - Hop may be substituted with Tour d'lair (turn in the air).

This was originally choreographed for professional dancers and was done in 2 lines facing each other. They should BOX each other - that is to say, circle the opposite dancer. This version was only performed a few times with professional dancers as I found that non-dancers found the intricacies too difficult to handle. I only taught it as a single line dance at VAMPS. I hope that now that the dance has been around for a while, once they learn the correct 22 steps, they would be able to manage this version as well.

     
     

Created 6/02/76 by Richard Louis Silver

   
     

This choreography is also know as "The Freeze" or "The Arizona Slide" - both of which are incorrect versions of this original "Electric Slide" but with steps omitted.