Well Hello, Cooldown!

by: Ken Alan

EBB BY KEN ALAN Well Hello, Cooldown! Appeal to older adults' love of show tunes. Many people enjoy Broadway music. Hello, Dolly! may be one of the best-known shows. The original Broadway cast album is hard to find, but the movie soundtrack CD is available in major music stores. The following cooldown is set to the motion picture recording with Barbra Streisand and Louis Armstrong. Top hat and canes are optional. SLOW INTRO The song starts nonrhythmically. Perform standing calf, hamstring and hip flexor stretches until the male chorus starts (after about 2 minutes). Then: Reps Movement Pattern Part A (male chorus): "Hello, Dolly . . ." Music Counts 3x 1x 3x 1x 4x 4x 4x 1x 4x 1x 8x 8x alternating low kicks, travel diagonal forward R walk back 2 steps alternating low kicks, travel diagonal forward L walk back 2 steps alternating low kicks, travel forward alternating low kicks, travel back walk forward, lead R, hands on hips step-touch R&L, arms out to side walk back, lead R, hands on hips step-touch R&L, arms out to side walk circle R (complete the circle in 8 counts) rock hips half-tempo diagonal forward R/diagonal back L 6 2 6 2 8 8 4 4 4 4 8 16 1x 1x 4x 1x 1x 1x 1x 4x 4x 4x 1x 4x 1x 8x 4x double grapevine right (R), arms out to side 8 double grapevine left (L), arms out to side 8 16 step-touch R&L, swing arms R&L (Repeat on opposite side.) Part B: "We feel the room swayin' . . ." 4 walk R 4 counts, circle arms overhead to R step-touch L&R, sway arms overhead L&R 4 walk L 4 counts, circle arms overhead to L 4 step-touch R&L, sway arms overhead R&L 4 half-tempo walk forward, lead R, continue arm sway 8 half-tempo walk back, lead R, continue arm sway 8 regular tempo walk forward, lead R, hands on hips 4 step-touch R&L, arms out to side 4 4 regular tempo walk back, lead R, hands on hips step-touch R&L, arms out to side 4 walk in circle R (complete the circle in 8 counts) 8 half-tempo hip rock, R forward diagonal/L backward diagonal 8 Next: 1x Repeat Part C, R&L (starts with the instrumental music). 1x Repeat Part D (instrumental music continues). Note: Perform 4 hip rocks instead of 8 on the last movement. 1x Repeat Part A (Louis Armstrong begins singing). 1x Repeat Part B ("I feel the room swayin' . . ."). Note: Perform 7 hip rocks instead of 4 on the last movement. During the final men's chorus: 1x double grapevine R, arms out to side 1x double grapevine L, arms out to side 4x step-touch R&L, swing arms R&L 3x slow hip rocks GRAND FINALE 8 8 16 SLOW BREAK As music slows, perform range-of-motion exercises for R ankle: circles, flexion and extension. Repeat for L ankle. When music starts again: Reps Movement Pattern Music Counts Part C: Begins after "Tell it to me sweet . . ." Repeat Part D: Final verse ("I hear the ice tinkle . . .") to "steptouch R&L, arms out to side," adding: 8x final walk R and make a circle 8 8x rock hips half-tempo diagonal forward R/diagonal back L 16 4x half-tempo walk forward diagonal R 8 4 4x walk L 4 counts 4x walk R 4 counts, hold final count, arms out to side, smile 4 Ken Alan danced in New York and Las Vegas in a previous life. Currently, he produces music and videos for older adults and is an instructor at California State University, Fullerton. Reach him at www.kenfitness.com. The author would like to acknowledge Doraine Grusman, Mary Graves and Charlene Schade for their unending creativity and inspired choreography ideas.

IDEA Fitness Journal , Volume 2, Issue 8

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About the Author

Ken Alan

Ken Alan IDEA Author/Presenter

Ken Alan and Shannon Fable co-authored "Class Design and Delivery" in "ACSM's Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor". Ken holds certifications from ACE, ACSM, and AFAA. He co-stars in the Time...

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  • stevie larock

    Not sure if I understand all of these notes completely, but understand enough to make a great rountine for our members. They love it. Thanks. And more please!!
    Commented Oct 13, 2010