Is a solo dance that enjoyed brief popularity during the early 1960s. Its name derives from the Watutsi tribe of Rwanda and Burundi.
The Orlons, a vocal quartet from Philadelphia, had the biggest hit of their career as recording artists with their recording of “The Wah-Watusi”.
In the classic Watusi, the dancer is almost stationary with knees slightly bent, although may move forward and back by one or two small rhythmic paces. The arms, with palms flat in line, are held almost straight, alternately flail up and down in the vertical. The head is kept in line with the upper torso but may bob slightly to accentuate the arm flailing. The dance, which became popular in the American surf/beach sub-culture of 1960s, may be enhanced if one imagines that one’s feet are on sand.