Basic Steps


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BOX/RHUMBA BOX How to do a BOX/RHUMBA BOX STEP video(Right or Left) Step right foot to side, slide left next to right, step right foot back, touch left next right. Step left foot to side, slide right foot next to left, step left foot forward, touch right foot next to left.
CHARLESTON STEP & CHARLESTON WITH A KICK STEP How to do a CHARLESTON STEP video and How to do a CHARLESTON WITH A KICK STEP video(Right or Left) step forward with left foot, kick with the right, step back with right foot, touch back with the left.
COASTER STEP How to do a COASTER STEP videoInvolves a pattern of steps: back-together-forward or forward-together-back. Can be done starting with Right or Left foot.
• Step back Right, & step back Left, step Right forward (back, together, forward)
• Step forward Right, step forward Left, step Right back (forward, together, back)
CROSS/UNWINDUsually a 2 count move. Cross one foot over the other stepping down on it. Turn 1/2 turn on balls of both feet so feet are uncrossed.
EX: 1. Cross right over left putting weight on it.
2. Unwind 1/2 to left on balls of both feet.
FAN How to do a FAN STEP videoWith weight on one foot, the toe of the other foot is moved out to the side and back. This is also a 2 count move.
GRAPEVINE How to do a GRAPEVINE video3 count move with the second step behind.
EX: 1. step left foot to left
2. step right foot behind left
3. step left foot to the left
The fourth count after a vine varies. It can be a hook, a hitch, or a touch, etc.
HEEL SPLITSAlso called Heel Spreads. With weight on toes heels are spread apart and back together.
HITCHKnee is raised straight up so leg forms an upside down L shape. The bottom part of leg hangs straight down from the knee and top part of leg is parallel to the ground.
HOOKFoot of one leg is raised and crossed over the other leg. Toes are pointing down legs will look like a “4” or a backward “4” depending on whether it is a right or left hook.
JAZZ SQUARE/JAZZ BOX How to do a JAZZ SQUARE/JAZZ BOX videoThis is a four count move and can be done starting with Right or Left foot. Cross Right over Left, step back Left, step Right to right side, step Left next to Right.
KICK BALL CHANGE/HEEL BALL CHANGE How to do a KICK BALL CHANGE STEP videoCan be done starting with Right or Left foot. Kick foot forward and step down on the foot, step down on the other foot (kick, step, step).
LINDY Comes from the old lindy swing. Shuffle to the side, rock back, recover forward. Can be done on either left or right side.
LOCK STEPA Lock step is like a vine going forward. Step forward on 1st foot, step 2nd foot behind and to outside of first foot (lock), step 1st foot forward. A step together step.
MAMBOThis is a syncopated step. Rock onto 1st foot, return weight to 2nd foot. Then step 1st foot next to 2nd foot. Mambos may rock forward, back, or to the side.
MONTEREY TURN (1/4 OR 1/2)4 count move. Touch 1st foot to side, turn 1/4 and step by 2nd foot. Touch 2nd foot to side, step 2nd foot by 1st foot. 1/2 Monterey is similar but it turns 1/2 on count 2. All else is the same.
PIVOTA pivot is a 2 count move. Touch one toe forward on the first count. Pivoting on the ball of the foot you turn on the 2nd count. Weight will end on the stationary foot which is forward after the pivot.
If you pivot with your left you will turn to the right.
If you pivot with your right you will turn to the left.
PIVOTS are usually 1/4 or 1/2 turns.
ROCK RECOVER How to do a ROCK RECOVER STEP videoThis is a 2 count move, you step forward, back or side on one foot on count 1 with weight rocking on to it. The stationary foot will lift slightly off the floor. On count 2 you shift the weight to the other foot.
ROCKING CHAIR4 count move and can be done starting with Right or Left foot. One foot stays in place,the other moves. Rock forward on foot 1, step foot 2 in place, rock back on foot 1, step foot 2 in place. One foot always stays stationary. Some start back first.
SAILOR STEP/SAILOR SHUFFLE
How to do a SAILOR STEP/SAILOR SHUFFLE video
This is a 3 step move to 2 counts of music:
1 & 2, 3 & 4, etc. The first step is behind, second to the side on the & count and the third step is next to other foot. It can be done left or right
EX: 1. Step left foot behind the right & step ball of right foot to right side
2. Step left next right
SCISSORS How to do a SCISSORS STEP video(Right or Left) side step, together, cross in front, hold.
SCOOTStep left forward, slide/step right together.
SCUFF/BRUSHScuffs are done with the heel. Foot swings forward with just the heel touching the ground. Brushes are done with the ball of the foot and can be done across, forward, backwards.
SHUFFLE How to do a SHUFFLE STEP video3 steps to 2 counts of music: it can move forward backward, or to either side. It can also be done in place. It is a step – ball – step.
EX: 1. Step forward on right foot and step ball of left foot next to right foot.
2. Step forward on right foot.
STOMPSFoot is put down flat with force. If it is a STOMP UP, weight remains on the other foot. If it is a STOMP DOWN weight is taken by the foot you stomped. A HEEL STOMP is done just with the heel.
STRUTS How to do a STRUT STEP videoStruts are a 2 count move. There are two kinds: In a HEEL toe strut, you touch the heel down on count 1 and drop the toe on count 2. TOE heel strut, toe is touched down first and heel dropped second.
SUGARFOOT Basic toe, heel, stomp. Touch toe of 1st foot beside instep of 2nd foot, touch heel of 1st foot beside instep of second foot, step 1st foot forward or across 2nd foot.
SWEEP Also called a RONDE. Toe moves on the floor from one point to another in circular pattern, typically front to back or back to front.
SWIVEL How to do a SWIVEL STEP video(Direction given for heels, right, left, center) both feet together with weight on balls of feet move heels to side.
TOE SPLITSWith weight on heels, toes are spread apart and back together.
TOGETHER How to do a TOGETHER STEP videoStep one foot next to other foot.
TOUCHOne foot touches the ground usually next to the other foot. Weight is on the other foot. The foot in the touch will be used next.
TRIPLE STEP/CHA CHA How to do a CHA CHA STEP/TRIPLE STEP video(Left or Right) (forward, back, side) step, together, step.
TWINKLE (IN A WALTZ)3 count move. One foot crosses in front of the other. The other foot steps out to he side uncrossing feet. First foot steps slightly back.
WALKIs just what it says. Walks may be forward, backward or diagonally.
WALTZ BASIC STEP3 count move. A basic waltz goes forward on one set of 3 counts and back on the other foot. The first count is long and the other 2 are short.
WEAVE How to do a WEAVE STEP videoA weave is a sideways move in which one foot will cross alternately in front and behind the other foot.
EX: Step WEAVE A weave is a sideways move in which one foot will cross alternately in front and behind the other foot.
EX: Step right to side, cross left in front, step right to side, cross left behind, step right to side.
Weaves can be several counts long and can start either with a side step, a cross in front or cross behind.