The Shampoo



The Shampoo is a 1960s novelty dance in which the dancers imagine they are taking a shower.

The Dance

Imagining that they are all taking a shower, the dancers "pass the soap from one to another," "wash each other's backs," "wash that man right out [of their hair]," or they can "come up with any number of ludicrous contortions charging the atmosphere with electricity" [DB65].

The more agile dancers "inject a sliding technique reminiscent of 'slipping on the soap,'" incorporating the splits or "other acrobatic gyrations" [DB65].

When employing rubbing motions, you can rub with one hand for four counts, then switch to rubbing with the other hand for four counts [DB65].

The Pony can be used to travel around the room to change partners throughout the course of the dance [DB65].

The Music

Any music can be used for the Shampoo, but Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" (1958) is thematically appropriate.


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For more, see our two books on dancing:
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
and Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge.

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