Modern Living: Kicking with Kung Fu

Back in 1844, social critics condemned the polka as a menace to life, limb and morality. They should have lived long enough to see the Kung Fu, the latest dance fad karateing the country. Inspired by the Oriental hand-to-hand combat form (via the weekly TV series of the same name) and a best-selling spin-off record called Kung Fu Fighting, the dance resembles a samurai samba.

Partners start by facing in opposite directions and bumping their hips together three or four times. Then there is a shift of the left foot so that the partners can face each other diagonally and rhythmically...

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