The Ginza




The Ginza is a 1960s novelty dance that has the partners alternating sinking to the floor.

It's named after the Japanese-themed Ginza discothèque in New York where it was created.

As one source notes, "it's really for the girls who dance in the hanging cages, but the patrons are doing it, too" [HB66].

The Dance

To dance the Ginza, face your partner, then sink to the floor by bending your knees. As you go down, your partner comes up, and vice versa. The hands are extended, holding chopsticks or "whatever prop you can dig up" [HB66].

The Music

"At the Ginza" by The Entertainers is thematically appropriate.


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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