How-To Videos

Learn:

Through Terminology-Based Videos

or

By Doing Dances


Learn Through Terminology-Based Videos!

  • What separates experienced dancers from beginners is that experienced dancers hear a dance term, e.g. grapevine, and know immediately which foot movements are associated with that term.

  • Learning the language of line dance is the best way to expedite your own journey.

  • There are a bunch of How-To Videos below that can help you learn line dance terminology.

  • Most videos cover moves that will be found in beginner-level dances, and so are taught at a slow pace with lots of practice. (More multi-level and quick-reference videos will be coming shortly.)

  • Below are two lists for your convenience.

  • Newcomers will benefit most by learning in the order presented in the Newcomers, Learn Terms/Moves In This Order section.​

  • An alphabetical list of terms can be found in the Terms In Alphabetical Order list, farther down, for easy reference.

  • In each list, just click on the name of a term, and its How-To video will open in a new window.

 

Newcomers, Learn Terms/Moves In This Order:

Click a Term Below to Access Its How-To Video in a Separate Window

To Watch All the Below Videos in Order (non-stop, one right after the other), Click HERE!

then Click Once On the Video Where You Want to Start Watching and Let It Ride!

  1. Know Where Your Weight Is

  2. "Step" vs. "Touch/Tap"

  3. Tempo & The Count

  4. Walks (Walk with Kick, Conga Walks, Walk with Taps)

  5. Skates

  6. Side-Togethers

  7. Grapevines (front-facing, basic right & left)

  8. Grapevines, Turning

  9. Weaves

  10. Lock Steps

  11. V-Steps

  12. Jazz Boxes and Turning Jazz Boxes

  13. Sways

  14. Hip Bumps (aka Hips or Bumps- Singles & Doubles

  15. Side-To-Sides (aka Side-Touches)

  16. K-Steps (aka Special K)

  17. Zig-Zags

  18. Cross Points

  19. Point Crosses (with Similarities to & Differences from Cross Points)

  20. Charlestons

  21. Rock Steps (aka Rock Recover)

  22. Rocking Chairs

  23. Side Rock Cross (aka Rock and Cross)

  24. Pivot Turns

  25. Toe Struts

  26. Toe Strut Jazz Boxes (Regular and Quarter-Turning)

  27. Heel Struts

  28. Heel Switches

  29. Toe Switches

  30. Monterey Turns - Quarter & Half  (Teaches Toe Switches too as foundational)

  31. Shoop-Shoop

  32. Rumba Boxes (aka Box Steps)

  33. ---- Moves Below are Beyond-Newcomer Level ----

  34. Mambo Steps
  35. Cha-Cha-Cha's - Intro to the Rhythm, A Drill, Triples, & Shuffles  If these terms are new to you, this covers all in one video and is appropriate for newcomers. For a shorter video, see the separate video called Triples & Shuffles.

  36. Cha-Cha-Cha's aka Triples & Shuffles (Basic Frwd,Bkwd,Side) This video is a shorter version of the one above called Cha'Cha'Cha's. This one has no intro, drill, or further info on the rhythm.

  37. Crossing Shuffles

  38. Coaster Steps (basic forward & backward)

  39. Lindys

  40. Sailor Steps - Basic & Turning Sailors

  41. Grapevines, Rolling

  42. Funky Vine (some call this a Vaudeville but a different move is also called a Vaudeville)

  43. Waltz - How to Count + a Little Drill 

  44. Waltz - A Beginner Dance to Learn Some of the Basics
    More to come; check back soon!

  Terms in Alphabetical Order:

Click a Term Below to Access Its How-To Video in a Separate Window

To Watch All the Below Videos in Order (non-stop, one right after the other) Click HERE!

then Click Once On the Video Where You Want to Start Watching and Dance On!

  1. Box Steps (aka Rumba Boxes)

  2. Cha-Cha-Cha's - Intro to the Rhythm, A Drill, Triples, & Shuffles If these terms are new to you, this covers all in one video and is appropriate for newcomers. For a shorter video, see the separate video called Triples & Shuffles.

  3. Charlestons

  4. Coaster Steps (basic forward & backward)

  5. Cross Points

  6. Crossing Shuffles

  7. Funky Vine (some call this a Vaudeville but a different move is also called a Vaudeville)

  8. Grapevines (front-facing, basic right & left)

  9. Grapevines, Rolling

  10. Grapevines, Turning

  11. Heel Struts

  12. Heel Switches

  13. Hip Bumps (aka Hips or Bumps- Singles & Doubles

  14. Jazz Boxes and Turning Jazz Boxes

  15. K-Steps (aka Special K)

  16. Know Where Your Weight Is

  17. Lindys

  18. Lock Steps

  19. Mambo Steps

  20. Monterey Turns - Quarter & Half  (teaches Toe Switches too, as foundational)

  21. Pivot Turns

  22. Point Crosses (with Similarities to & Differences from Cross Points)

  23. Rock and Cross (aka Side Rock Cross)

  24. Rock Steps (aka Rock Recover)

  25. Rocking Chairs

  26. Rumba Boxes (aka Box Steps)

  27. Sailor Steps - Basic & Turning Sailors
  28. Shoop-Shoop

  29. Side Rock Cross (aka Rock and Cross)

  30. Side-To-Sides (aka Side-Touches)

  31. Side-Togethers

  32. Skates

  33. "Step" vs. "Touch/Tap"

  34. Shuffles (Basic Frwd,Bkwd,Side) & Triples This is the same video as the one below called Triples & Shuffles.

  35. Sways

  36. Tempo & The Count

  37. Toe Struts

  38. Toe Strut Jazz Boxes (Regular and Quarter-Turning)

  39. Toe Switches

  40. Triples (Cha-Cha-Cha's) & Shuffles ( Basic Frwd,Bkwd,Side) If these terms are new to you, you may better learn from the Cha-Cha-Cha's video, above; it's longer and covers all this one does but provides more info and a drill, to get you better at these rhythms.  

  41. V-Steps

  42. Walks (Walk with Kick, Conga Walks, Walk with Taps)

  43. Waltz - How to Count + a Little Drill

  44. Waltz - A Beginner Dance to Learn Some of the Basics

  45. Weaves

  46. Zig-Zags
    More to come; check back soon!

 

Learn By Doing Dances!

Learn Slowly Through Newcomer Videos (no music)

  • Choreographed specifically with newcomers in mind, I created the below dances to help newcomers learn in the comfort of their homes.

  • Each video provides some of the most fundamental line dancing moves and their accompanying terminology, so lots can be learned by just dancing along!

  • If you're a newcomer, learning them in the order presented below can get you feeling more comfy in class as soon as possible.

  • The terms listed to the right of each video are those covered for each dance, so if you need practice with a particular move you can do that dance. 

  • The dances below, as they take thing slowly, have no music to dance along to, but if you'd like to dive right into a lesson and dance along with music, click on the Lessons & Dance-Along Videos menu option from above or click HERE to get right to it! Once on the Lessons & Dance-Along Videos webpage, start with the Level 1 videos and build up from there! More on this below.

 ==  OR  ==

Learn as if In Class, via My Online Classes!
(full lessons and dance-alongs with music)

  • For lessons WITH music to dance along to: 
    Click the
    Lesson & Dance-Along Videos menu option from above, or click HERE to go there now! Once there, start off with the Level 1 On-Line Class (or click HERE to start those videos now) then move your way up in levels as you get comfy! You can also choose a single Level 1 dance, from the list of separate dances that appear further on the Lesson & Dance Along Videos page!

  • Whichever path you choose, have fun!!!

Moves Taught:

- Walk

- Point

- Back Walk ("Back")

- Jazz Box ("Jazz," "Jazz Square," "Jazz Triangle")

- Turning Jazz Box

Moves Taught:

- Grapevines ("Vines")

- Side-To-Side ("Step,Tap")

- Turning Side-To-Side

- Rolling Vines (in second half - this is not a newcomer move)

Moves Taught:

- Heel Switches ("Heel,Steps")

- Walk

- Kick

- Back Walk ("Back")

- Turn

- Tap/Touch (interchangeable)

Moves Taught:

- Side Together

- Tap/Touch

- VStep ("Out,Out,In,In")

- Jazz Box

- Turning Jazz Box

Moves Taught:

- Walk 

- Back Walk

- Tap/Touch

- Pivot Turn (quarter left)

- Stomp (weighted)

Moves Taught:

- Toe Struts ("Toe,Heel")

- VStep ("Out,Out,In,In")

-  Jazz Box

- Turning Jazz Box

Moves Taught:

- Lock Steps ("Step,Lock,Step")

- Brush

- Side-To-Side ("Step,Touch")

- Pivot Turns (quart left, half right)

- Stomp (weighted)

Moves Taught:

- Points

- Toes Struts (forward)

- Zig-Zag ("Step,Tap," backward)

- Pivot Turn (quarter left)

- Stomp (weighted)

Moves Taught:

- Shuffle ("Forward Triple," "ChaChaCha")

- Pivot Turn (half left)

- Walk

- VStep

Moves Taught:

- Rock Steps (forward, backward, right side, left side, cross rocks)

- Triple Step ("ChaChaCha")

- Pivot Turns (quarter left, half right)

Moves Taught:

- Mambo Step (forward, backward, right side, left side)

- Walk

- Shuffle (forward)

- Pivot Turn (half left)

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