Line Dance Basic Steps

Below are some basic steps for beginner line dancers. Hope it helps!!

Brush – A sweeping movement with the ball of the foot against the floor and ending in the air. Can be forward or backward action.

Cha Cha Cha A 3 step movement counted to 2 beats. A triple step counted 1 & 2. Usually done on the spot.

Charleston – A 4 step pattern. Step forward kick or tap, step back, touch behind. Counted 1 2 3 4. Sometimes starts with a tap forward.

Coaster Step – A 3 step pattern to 2 beats counted 1 & 2. A small step back with the leading foot replace the weight quickly onto the ball of the opposite foot close to the leading foot. Step forward with the leading foot.

Fan – Commence in the closed position, raise the ball of the foot and using the heel as a pivot take the ball of the foot to the side and return to the closed position. Can be done with 1 foot or both at the same time.

Flick – A low kick using the ankle and flexed knee.

Grapevine – A four step travelling movement counted 1234. Step to side, step behind, step to side and last step can be either a stomp, brush, kick or hitch. Can also occur with turns.

Heel Struts – 2 step movement counted 1 2. A heel dig followed by slapping the ball of the foot down onto the floor.

Hip Bump – To rock the hips in any direction in single or double count action.

Hold/Hesitation – To pause or sustain the position for 1 or more beats.

Jazz Box – 4 step pattern counted 1234. Commences with either foot. Step across, step back, step to the side and 4th step can be taken with feet closing or a small step forward. Can be done with or without a turn.

Lock Step – 3 step movement taken to 2 beats. A bit like a shuffle step but the second step is taken behind.

Rocking Chair – Rock forward right foot, replace foot on left and rock backwards right foot and replace weight on left. Can be counted fast 1 & 2 or 1234 which is slow. Also can start on the left.

Rumba Box – 8 count step. Step right to the side and take the weight. Left together take the weight step right forward and take the weight and hold. Step left to the side and take the weight. Right together take the weight step left backwards and take the weight and hold.

Sailor Step – A syncopated step. 3 step movement to 2 counts counted 1 & 2. Cross right behind left take the weight step left to the side take the weight step right to the side take the weight. Can be performed on the other side.

Shuffle – 3 Step movement taken to 2 beats counted 1 & 2. Can be taken forwards, backwards, sideways or cross shuffle. 2nd step can pass the first or be taken behind (also known as locking step)

Step Kick – Step right forward take the weight on your right and kick left. Can be performed on the other side.

Step Hitch – Step your right forward and take the weight and hitch your left knee up. Can be performed on the other side.

Stomp – To strike the floor with the whole foot to emphasise the sound. With or without a transfer of weight.

Swivel – A rotation on the balls of the feet using them as a pivot taking the heels to the right or left.

Side Touches – Step onto right foot and take the weight, touch your left next to right. Can be performed starting on the left.

Toe Struts – Would commence with the ball of the foot going down then the heel lowering to the floor.

Weave – Step right to the side cross left in front of right take the weight and step right to the right side and cross your left behind right. Can be performed on the other side.