One of the biggest challenges I find with new dancers is either they have trouble finding the beat of a song or they have trouble keeping that beat once they’ve found it. This is a great video that helps explain how to find that beat and ultimately how to keep it. I would add thatContinue reading “How to find the beat”
Level: Beginner Step count: 4 counts (1-2-3-4) Directions: Cross/step foot A over foot B (weight moves from B to A), step backward on foot B, step foot A to the A side, step forward on foot B (back to original position). Example: cross right over left, step backward on left, step right to right side,Continue reading “Step of the Week: Jazz Box (or Box Step)”
Level: Improver Step count: 2 ½ counts (1&2) Directions: Step/cross foot A behind foot B (weigh on foot A), step foot B to side B side (weight on foot B), step foot A to forward to A side Example: cross right behind left, step left to left side, step right forward/right to original spot DancesContinue reading “Step of the Week: Sailor Step”
Step count: 4 counts (1-2-3-4) Directions: With weight planted on one foot, use the other foot to step forward, rocking your weight onto the front foot (1), then rock weight back on the planted foot (“recover”) (2), step other foot backward (3), rocking weight onto back foot, then recover weight back onto planted foot (4).Continue reading “Step of the Week: Rocking Chair”
As I sit here watching my wonderful, yet terribly uncoordinated, husband attempt dance steps, I am reminded of two things: 1) I am one lucky gal to have a husband who, despite not liking country music and not having the natural ability to hear tempo (pretty important in dancing), is willing to continue to tryContinue reading “Carry your own weight”
The Move Step out, step other foot behind, step out again, tap other toe next to leading foot. Example: Step right to right side, step left behind right, step right to right side, tap left next to right (keeping weight on right) Dances featuring this move (not all inclusive): Bartender Stomp, Good Time, Double M,Continue reading “Step of the week: Grapevine (or “Vine”)”
You’ve heard me announce dances as 32 count, 4 wall dance with a tag, for example. But if you’re new to line dancing, you may wonder what exactly I mean. Here’s a great article to explain it: How to Read a Line Dance Stepsheet.
Inexperienced dancers should keep the following tips in mind before hitting the dance floor: Don’t be afraid to jump in and try it! Once you learn a few basic steps, such as the grapevine, you will find it much easier to pick up new combinations. You may want to start small. Don’t jump into theContinue reading “Line Dancing Tips”