Dance Steps

        Every country dance is comprised of a series of dance steps. If you know each individual dance step, the process of learning new dances becomes quite easy. We have put together a comprehensive listing of common dance steps. As country dance evolves, new steps will be created but this list contains the
most common dance steps that country dancers are using.


Coaster Step: Triple step takes up 2 counts of music. Count is 1 & 2.
          Left Coaster
        1. Step back with left foot & step back with right foot.
        2. Step forward with left foot.
           Right Coaster
        1. Step back with right foot & step back left foot.
        2. Step forward with right foot.

Grapevine or Vine: This is normally done in three counts to the side in one continuous motion and the fourth count is usually a scuff or stomp, but can be anything.
        Left Vine
        1. Step to the left with left foot (please make this step small until you get real familiar with this move it will make it              easier to dance at dance speed)
        2. Swing your right foot behind your left foot and put your weight on your right foot
        3. Step to the left with your left foot and put your weight on your left foot
        4. The vine is finished on 3 counts. The fourth count is whatever move the dance calls for Right Vine
        1. Step to the right with right foot and put your weight on right foot
        2. Step behind with your left foot and put your weight on your left foot
        3. Step to the right with your right foot and put your weight on your right foot
        4. The vine is finished on 3 counts the fourth is whatever move the dance calls for.

Heel Click:
        Feet are together. Put your weight on the balls of your feet and swivel your heels out to different sides while keeping           toes together. Bring heels back together.

Heel Split: 2 counts
        With weight on balls of both feet, swing heels of feet away from each other. Bring heels back together on the second           count.  *Some very fast dances call for quick heel splits in one count of music.

Heel Swivel:
        Feet are together. Put your weight on to the balls of your feet,
        Swivel both heels to the right,
        Swivel both heels back to center,
        Swivel both heels to the left,
        Swivel both heels back to center.
        *There may be cases where you swivel from side to side without stopping in the center.

Hitch:
        Lift foot slightly off the ground, bending slightly at your knee.
        You will see some people raise their leg very high but this is just their style and is not necessary.

Jazz Box: 4 counts or steps
        Left Jazz Box
        1. Step across & in front of your left with right foot.
        2. Step back & to your left slightly with your left foot.
        3. Step back & to your right slightly with your right foot.
        4. Bring your left foot over & place it beside your right foot.

        Right Jazz Box
        1. Step across & in front of your right foot with left foot.
        2. Step back & to your right slightly with your right foot.
        3. Step back & to your left slightly with your left foot.
        4. Bring your right foot over & place it beside your left foot.

Kick-Ball-Change: Can  be done with either foot
        Right Kick-Ball-Change
        Weight is on left foot.
        Scuff your right foot in a forward motion on the floor.
        Shift weight to right foot and back to left foot.
        Put your right down, lift your left slightly off the floor and then put your left back down on the floor & shift your weight to          your left.

Rock step:
        Left Rock Step: 
        Weight is on your right foot,
        Step forward on your left foot, put your weight on your left foot and pick your right up slightly. Put your weight back

        down on your right foot.

Right rock step:
        Weight is on your left foot.Step forward on right foot, and back on left.

Sailor Shuffle: Triple step taking up 2 counts of music. The count is 1 & 2.
        Left Sailor Shuffle:

        1. Cross left foot behind right foot & step slightly to right with right foot.
        2. Step left foot in place. Lean body to the left during this shuffle.
       
Right Sailor Shuffle:
        1. Cross right foot behind left foot & step slightly to the left with left foot.
        2. Step right foot in place. Lean body to the right during this shuffle.

Shuffle Step: 3 small steps normally taken on 2 beats of music.
        Use  3 counts "One and Two" on 2 beats of music.Use small  1-2-3 steps.
        Right Shuffle:
        Step right, step left,  step right.
        Left Shuffle :
        Step left, step right, step left.

Step - Slide- Step:
        Step forward with one foot.
        Slide the other foot up behind the forward foot.
        Step forward again on the first foot.

Strut Step:
        As you step forward place the heel of your foot on the ground first, then place the front part of your foot down.

Toe Fans:
        Feet are together. Weight is more on the heel of your feet. You will fan only one foot at a time.  Keep heels together,          move so that the toes of one foot are pointing out Bring toes back together.

Toe Splits: 2 counts
        With weight on heels of both feet, Swing toes or feet away from each other. Bring toes together on second count.

 

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