How-To Videos

Learn by Two Different Methods:

1) Through Terminology-Based Videos!

2) By Doing Dances!


1) 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.

  • Each is taught at a slow pace and will give you lots of practice to create muscle memory.

  • Below are two lists for your convenience:

    - The list below called "Newcomers, Learn these Terms & Moves in this Orderis a great tool for newcomers as it's set up to teach you in way that will make learning easier and progressive.

    The list below called "Terms in Alphabetical Order" is a great reference if you'd just like to hone in on a particular move. This list is better for those who've already been dancing a bit and already know the terms to some extent.

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

 

Newcomers, Learn these 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. CrossShuffs (aka Forward Cross Rock followed by a Side Shuffle - soon to come)

  41. Sailor Steps - Basic & Turning Sailors

  42. Behind-Side-Cross & Side Rock followed by Behind-Side-Cross

  43. Grapevines, Rolling

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

  45. Waltz - How to Count + a Little Drill 

  46. Waltz - A Beginner Dance to Learn Some of the Basics
    More to come!

  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. Behind-Side-Cross & Side Rock followed by Behind-Side-Cross

  2. Box Steps (aka Rumba Boxes)

  3. 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.

  4. Charlestons

  5. Coaster Steps (basic forward & backward)

  6. Cross Points

  7. Crossing Shuffles

  8. CrossShuffs (aka Forward Cross Rock followed by a Side Shuffle - soon to come)

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

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

  11. Grapevines, Rolling

  12. Grapevines, Turning

  13. Heel Struts

  14. Heel Switches

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

  16. Jazz Boxes and Turning Jazz Boxes

  17. K-Steps (aka Special K)

  18. Know Where Your Weight Is

  19. Lindys

  20. Lock Steps

  21. Mambo Steps

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

  23. Pivot Turns

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

  25. Rock and Cross (aka Side Rock Cross)

  26. Rock Steps (aka Rock Recover)

  27. Rocking Chairs

  28. Rumba Boxes (aka Box Steps)

  29. Sailor Steps - Basic & Turning Sailors
  30. Shoop-Shoop

  31. Side Rock Cross (aka Rock and Cross)

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

  33. Side-Togethers

  34. Skates

  35. "Step" vs. "Touch/Tap"

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

  37. Sways

  38. Tempo & The Count

  39. Toe Struts

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

  41. Toe Switches

  42. 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.  

  43. V-Steps

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

  45. Waltz - How to Count + a Little Drill

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

  47. Weaves

  48. Zig-Zags
    More to come!

2) Learn By Online Lessons & Dance-Alongs!

Newcomer / Early Beginner Videos

  • The below videos will enable you to learn as you would in a class but in the comfort of your home instead!
     

  • Each of the videos below provides a lesson and dance-along session for a newcomer-level dance.
     

  • Using these videos is a great way to: become familiar with the fundamental terminology of line dancing, practice commonly-used moves, quicken your overall learning, and improve your knowledge and skills to help you transition into any beginner-level class!

  • The terms listed to the right of each video specify the moves performed in that individual dance, so if you need practice with a particular move choose a dance that uses it! 
     

  • Following the order presented below can make learning easier.  There is a lot of material so don't take on too much too soon. Keep it comfy and fun!

  • When you are ready to move on to additional dances, click the Lessons & Dance-Along Videos menu option from above. Once on the Lessons & Dance-Along Videos webpage, start with the Level 1 videos and build up from there! 

  • Whichever method you choose to learn by, just dive in and give it a try. Line dancing is a process; it will not be mastered in 10 classes or even one year, but every time you dance, you will learn new terms, new moves, and new patterns, and they will all make learning the next dance even easier! It's all a wonderful journey - enjoy!

Moves Taught:

- Walk

- Point

- Back Walk ("Back")

- Jazz Box ("Jazz," "Jazz Square," "Jazz Triangle" right jazz box)

- Turning Right 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 ("Back")

- 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:

- Walk

- Kick

- Side-To-Side

- March Around

- Out-Out-In-In (on straight line)

- Double Hip Bumps

Moves Taught:

- Walk

- Kick

- Back Walk ("Back")

- Grapevines (right &left)

- K-Step ("Special K")

- Right-Turning Grapevine

- Heel Splits

Moves Taught:

- Side-Togethers

- Kick-Step

- Double Hip Bumps

- Single Hips Bumps (alternating)

Moves Taught:

- Side-To-Side

- Grapevines (right & left)

- Left-Turning Grapevine

- Rocking Chair

- Toe Struts (forward)

Moves Taught:

- Heel Bounces

- Rocking Chairs

- Grapevines (right & left)

- Walk Back

- Hop (think "Step,Step")

- Clap

Moves Taught:

- Side Points

- Toes Struts (forward)

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

- Pivot Turn (quarter left)

- Stomp (weighted)

Moves Taught:

- Lock Steps ("Step,Lock,Step")

- Brush

- Side-To-Side ("Step,Touch")

- Pivot Turns (quart left, half left)

- Stomp (weighted)

Moves Taught:

- Walk

- Side Toe Switches

- Back Walk

- Grapevines

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

Moves Taught:

- Step-Lock-Step, Brush

- Toe-Strut-Turning Jazz Box

- Mambo (right side & left side)

- Rocking Chair

Moves Taught:

- Weave (8-count weave starting like a grapevine)

- Side-Togethers

- Toe-Switches (side toe switches)

- Quarter Right Monterey Turn

- VStep

- Left Hip Bounces (or "Left Hip Bumps")

Moves Taught:

- Shuffle Steps (forward "Cha-Cha-Cha")

- Half Pivot Turn to Left

- Walk

- VStep

There is no music in this video but it's a great one for practicing your forward shuffle steps.

Once you have the pattern, feel free to click the orange button below and dance along to the music video which will appear in a separate window! You can do it! 

Moves Taught:

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

- Triple Step ("ChaChaCha")

- Pivot Turns (quarter left, half right)

Moves Taught:

- Grapevines ("vines" R & L)

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

- Back-Tap

- Double Hip Bumps

- Quarter Right Jazz Box with Cross at end ("Quarter Jazz Cross")