Basic Steps

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.
CHA CHA/TRIPLE STEP How to do a CHA CHA STEP/TRIPLE STEP video(Left or Right) (forward, back, side) step, together, step.
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)
How to do a CROSS/UNWIND STEP video
Usually 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.
DWIGHT STEP How to do a DWIGHT STEP videoTouch lead toes to lead side & fan heel of opposite foot to the lead side, touch lead heel to side and & toes of opposite foot to lead side.
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.
How to do a HEEL JACKS STEP video
Step foot diagonally back. Touch other heel diagonally forward. Step beside first foot. Touch/step lead foot together. (The first step is syncopated)
Eg: Left Heel Jack: Step diagonally back right. Touch left heel diagonally forward left. Step left into centre. Touch/step right beside left. [Note: There is some variation with Heel Jack's, so check the dancesheet for any particular dance with them to find just which version the choreographer had in mind]
How to do a HEEL SPLITS STEP video
Also called Heel Spreads. With weight on toes heels are spread apart and back together.
HITCH How to do a HITCH STEP videoKnee 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.
HOOK How to do a HOOK STEP videoFoot 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 How to do a LINDY STEP videoComes from the old lindy swing. Shuffle to the side, rock back, recover forward. Can be done on either left or right side.
LOCK STEP How to do a LOCK STEP videoA 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.
MAMBO How to do a MAMBO STEP videoThis 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) How to do a MONTEREY TURN STEP video4 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.
PADDLE TURN How to do a PADDLE TURN STEP video A turn either left or right, using a series of ball changes with the weight staying over the turning foot.
PIVOT How to do a PIVOT STEP videoA 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 CHAIR How to do a ROCKING CHAIR STEP video 4 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.
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.
SCOOT How to do a SCOOT STEP videoStep left forward, slide/step right together.
SCUFF/BRUSH How to do a SCUFF/BRUSH STEP videoScuffs 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.
SKATE Slide nominated foot forward at 45°, slide other foot together. A skate may also be only the first slide. This is like when you were a kid and went skating.
STOMPS How to do a STOMP STEP videoFoot 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 How to do a SUGAR FOOT STEP video 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 How to do a SWEEP STEP videoAlso 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.
How to do a TOE SPLITS STEP video
With weight on heels, toes are spread apart and back together.
TOGETHER How to do a TOGETHER STEP videoStep one foot next to other foot.
TOUCH How to do a TOUCH STEP videoOne 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.
TWINKLE (IN A WALTZ) How to do a TWINKLE STEP video3 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.
VAUDEVILLE How to do a VAUDEVILLE STEP videoLeft: Step diagonally back left on left. Cross right over left. Step diagonally back left on left & turn body diagonally to the right. Touch right heel diagonally forward to the right.
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.
WIZARD STEP How to do a WIZARD STEP videoSometimes referred to as a Dorothy Step.
Step lead foot forward to the diagonal, lock other foot behind lead foot, step lead foot forward to the diagonal (on &)