How To Do The Monestary

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How To Do The Monestary

Charise Roberts
January 23, 2024
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The Monestary dance move was named after a popular dance club in St. Louis, called club Monestary.

Some call this move the Chicken Head, while others say it’s similar to the Chicken Head. 

Bottom line is, when it comes to social dancing and party scenes, the Monestary is not one to be forgotten. 

Watch the move demonstrated here:

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How to do the Monestary:

  1. Start by doing a basic 2 Step, stepping from right to left to an easy-to-follow beat. Do this with a little bounce in your step. Every time you tap a foot on the floor, bend your knees. Once you've got the groove down, start going double time, stepping and bouncing twice as fast.
  2. The Monestary has a “1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4” count. So now, step with your right foot at 1 and tap with your left leg at “and”. When you tap, turn your left knee in. Practice this a for a few eight counts, alternating sides.
  3. Now all you need to do is add the arms. As you tap and your knee turns in, your arms are doing the same motion. So if you step with your right foot, and tap/turn your left knee in, pretend that your hands are pulling a string and the string is controlling your left leg – as your left leg turns in, your arms are turning in the same direction. At the same time, bring your left shoulder up. Don’t think of it as a big swing. It's a nice chill swing with a little bounce.
  4. Practice doing theleg motion and arm motion together slowly on both sides. Then, work your way up to tempo.

So now you know how to rock the Monestary!

For a little more flavor, you can also try a "single, single, double, double” variation where you step tap/turn left, step tap/turn right, then step tap/turn left twice before doing the motion on the other side.

Watch the video above as a reference for the variation!

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