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This is the Official site for Jim Ferrazzano,
and the only site with his approval and cooperation.

As many already know, Jim's most famous dance is the "Tush-Push".

He once told me the first 20 counts were partially inspired by the "Mexican Hat Dance" and that the hip movements were originally pelvic thrusts, directed at the manager of the club where he worked. "Dakota" Dave Getty refused to send this to "Country Dance Lines" magazine so the pelvic thrusts were changed to hip bumps.

Here's an excerpt from a letter Jim sent me describing the origin of the famous Tush-Push.

It was in the fall of 1979 when I broke down in Texas and a Mr. Cryer gave me a job at Gilley's both teaching dance and doing odd jobs.

One night while I was waiting for my students I started working on a dance. I had the first 20 step counts done when my students started coming in. That night while I was teaching 2 step my notebook containing the new and as yet unnamed dance and 5 other dances disappeared. Things got really busy for me and I didn't get back to the dance for a few months.

I was invited to a New Year's party in Nashville and flew there with 3 friends; Becky Schofield, Russell Kirtpatrick and Russell's date (sorry I don't recall her name). Dinner music was a band playing big band and dinner music, kind of an opening for the headliners who were all country. They were playing a lot of cha-cha music and I started playing with my new dance. Miss Schofield wrote the steps out long hand on a napkin while I was on the floor dancing. If you have ever noticed the Tush Push (not yet named at that time,) feels like 2 different dances. The first 20 steps are very different from the last 20, the cha-cha steps being added months after the beginning was written. I was seated that night beside Jackie Ward, who invited me to come to Memphis and perform the new dance on Dancing USA the dance show he co-hosted with Melanie Greenwood. This was the first time the dance was performed for the public.

Becky wrote the dance down after returning to the hotel and washed the napkin. She returned it to the hotel the next day.

View Jim's original letter
(minor changes in spelling, punctuation and slightly edited for clarity)

An excerpt from an online history of line dancing explains Tush-Push's creation and validates Jim's story and also explains the concept that Melanie Greenwood was involved in its creation.

As Jim recalled, ?They were playing an awful lot of Cha-Cha's when I wrote it. A lot of people have put in hip bumps since then but originally they were pelvic thrusts. Jim scribbled his first line dance on a napkin kindly provided by the management and showed it to Melanie who promptly got up with him and began dancing the new creation. Other dancers took to the floor and the legend of the Tush Push was born. This, like Electric Slide, One Step Forward and other dances of that era, were to play a pivotal role in boosting the profile of line dancing but the real breakthrough was to come a decade later when New Country & line dance were paired together successfully for the first time.
Read more: http://www.eioba.com/a48655/linedanceing_how_did_we_begin#ixzz17BYPYaRL

 

NOTE: The song "Tush Push" used on this site, has never been released.
Written by James Williams and recorded by Brad Hawkins, James gave the rights to Jim Ferrazzano.
Jim is currently trying to sell the rights to several Nashville recording artists
For this reason, it is unavailable to the public.
Hopefully, it will be picked up and included on an album in the near future.

 

WEBMASTER'S NOTE:
When I began judging for the Country Western Line Dance Association (CWLDA) in the 90's, I became aware that this dance is often done incorrectly (i.e. Not as it was originally choreographed). One of the most prevailing errors is in the turns during the Cha-cha portion. They should be 1/2, 1/4, 1/2 but many dance it as 1/2, 1/2, 1/4. I also found that the opening steps often varied.
Since Jim Ferrazzano commissioned me to create these pages, I have searched the web for references to the "Tush Push". In every instructional video and nearly every written step description I have found, there are similar differences, some completely different that as the dance was written.
Here is the "Tush Push" as it was originally choreographed. Soon, I hope to be able to videotape Jim teaching this dance and finally get his original choreography posted as an instructional video.

 


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