Chicago-16 Dance Instructions!

The 2016 Olympic Committee is having a video contest encouraging supporters to describe “Why Chicago should host the 2016 Olympics”.

I believe the answer is… Because we have a dance. And it’s called the Chicago-16. With the help of some wonderful friends, I have created a song and dance to answer the question of “Why Chicago?”

Below is a video explaining how to do the dance along with the text directions. We are going to film the dance at Plan B in Chicago’s Wicker Park on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 starting at 6pm. If you would like to be part of the video, please RSVP ( and show up! It’s all about having fun, not about having a PhD in dance!

Chicago-16 Dance Instructions from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.

1-4: Starting w your right foot, walk four steps forward. Roll your arms parallel in front of you.

5-6: Step out w your right foot to the right side. Pump right arm and body as if to mimic two heartbeats.

7: Left leg closes to right. Right arm raises straight up.

8: Drop down to a closed-legged squat.

1-4: Pump your body by standing and squatting every other count.

5-8: Pivot turn (step right forward, turn 180 degrees, repeat) Return to the front.

1-3: Kick right front w heel on ground, switching feet every other count.

4: Straighten legs to the side and face left.

5-6: Slap belly with right then left hand.

7: Slide to your left, extending your right arm and dragging right foot.

8: Close.



Jen Knoedl is Executive Producer of JenChicago Productions, as well as its enthusiastic video host. Click here to find out about sponsorship and partnering opportunities regarding travel, Chicago and entrepreneurship. Tweet Jen at @JenTravelsLife

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