Category: Dance

Sep 14

Learn How To Belly Dance: Turning

How To Belly Dance for Beginners: Hip Turns (courtesy of ExpertVillage.com)

Now, you’re gonna learn how to hip-drop,kick, turn. You’ve learned how to hip drop, how to kick – now, you’re gonna learn how to turn!

So, the same position, on the diagonal, with your front leg bent and your back leg…sometimes it’s straight, sometimes it’s a little bit bent. It depends – when you start your turn, you know. Dance doesn’t have a lot of strict rules! Once you have ballet training, everything else goes in place. So, basically, you’re gonna start the hip drop that you know already, and you’re gonna incorporate the kick, and your back leg is gonna be doing the turn and the front leg gonna help, OK? And, that’s the turn.

Once again, you start with the hip drop, you’re gonna incorporate the kick. Now, you’re gonna turn! And, you just learned how to hip drop, kick, turn!

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Jun 29

Learn How To Waltz

How To Waltz (courtesy of byyoursideproductions.com)

The waltz was danced in the ballrooms of the Hapsburg court as early as the 1700s, and was once considered scandalous and violent, due to its close hold and rapid turning movements. However, by the end of the 18th century, opposition had faded away. And, during the 19th century, it was said to have been a favorite of Queen Victoria. Today, the waltz is considered graceful, elegant and a Cinderella dance of all the ballroom dances.

Lesson 1 – The Box Step

Are you ready to learn the waltz? Great! Waltz music is played in ¾ time, and has a very distinctive boom-tic-tic rhythm. Now, the dance waltz has a rise and fall which goes right along with that boom-tic-tic rhythm, and it looks something like this: boom-tic-tic, boom-tic-tic, boom-tic-tic, tic.

Now, another aspect of the waltz is that it’s a traveling dance, and travels counter-clockwise around the dance floor. But, before we move into the first step of the waltz, let’s review our dance position.

OK, as you notice, I am on his right-hand side, so I’m all set from his tie level, over.

If you look down at our feet, my right foot is pointed between his, and his right foot is pointed between mine, so that we are on our own tracks.

His right hand is on my shoulder blade, and his elbow always remains up, like this. And, my left hand rests on his arm without putting a lot of weight on it.

Now, this man is at my eye level, and between the two of us. It’s not gonna be too much this way and it’s not going to be too much this way. We’re gonna keep it right here in the middle, and I’m gonna slightly lean in to him, so that we have a pressure point here in this hand, a pressure point here in this hand, and he’s holding on to my back pretty good.

OK, now. What we’re going to do is we’re gonna demonstrate the very first step of the waltz, which is the Box Step. Ready, and…1-2-3, 1-2-3 – now, as we’re dancing, notice the rise and fall. 1-2-3, down-up-up, down-up-up, down-up-up, down-up-up.

OK, now that you’ve seen that, let’s see the man’s part! Ready, and…forward-side-together, back-side-together, forward-side-together, back-side-together. Let’s try that one more time! Left-right-left, right-left-right, left-right-left, right-left-right. Good! Now, let’s count it out! And… 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Good! Now that you have the man’s part, let’s do the ladies’ part!

We have…back-side-together, forward-side-together, back-side-together, forward-side-together. Now, let’s try this one more time! Right-left-right, left-right-left, right-left-right, left-right-left. Now, with the proper timing. And…1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3.

OK, now, let’s try that together! And, we dance…1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Now, once you feel comfortable with that, you want to rotate the step counter-clockwise, just a little bit at a time. So, we will do the same steps, and…rotate-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. One more time, and…1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Good!

OK! And, there you have your Waltz Box Step!

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Mar 24

Learn How To Dougie

Learn how to dance the Dougie! (courtesy of Billboard.com)

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Mar 10

Learn How To Hula Dance

Learn How To Hula Dance (courtesy of Howcast.com)

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Dec 08

Learn How To Swing Dance

Learn How To Swing Dance (courtesy of DanceCrazy.com)

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Nov 15

Learn How To Dance Bachata

Learn How To Dance Bachata (courtesy of MoshunPics)

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Aug 30

Learn How To Waltz

How To Waltz (courtesy of TheDanceStoreOnline.com)

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Aug 24

Learn How To Salsa

Learn How To Salsa (courtesy of Addicted2Salsa.com)

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Jun 01

How to Moonwalk Like Michael Jackson

Watch this easy to follow step by step dance tutorial from VideoJug.com to learn the classic moonwalk.


Famous Dance Moves: How To Moon Walk

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Sep 23

How to Dance Salsa – Short-Stride Salsa Dance Move

Learn how to dance salsa with this video from Addicted2Salsa.com

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Jul 25

Line Dance Instruction

Follow this line dance instruction video from TotalVidInc and you’ll be two stepping in no time!

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Mar 04

Dance Instruction – Basic Salsa Step

Learn how to dance salsa in this video tutorial from 5Min.com. Spicy!

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Apr 21

How to Make an Orbit Toy

Learn how to make an orbit toy with this video from wobertwee.

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Apr 21

How to Belly Dance: Hip Circles

Learn how to do hip circles with this video from kimbrgsm1.

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Jan 01

How to Crip Walk

You too can learn how to crip walk (also known as “how to c-walk” or “how to c walk”) with this excellent step-by-step ‘how to crip walk’ video from VideoJugSport!

This video takes you through all the steps involved in learning how to crip walk, including the Shuffle, the V, the Kick, and the Backstep,

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Dec 29

How to Snap Dance

The “snap movement”, doing snap dance moves to snap music, swept Atlanta, and is now moving across the country! Here is a great video that teaches you how to snap dance. Watch it and you’ll be snap dancing before you know it!

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Dec 08

How to Freak Dance

You can learn how to freak dance while bopping along to this clever animated freak dance video from CrabDance.net!

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Disco Hits: Le Freak

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Dec 06

How to Breakdance – Windmills

How To Do Breakdance Windmills (courtesy of Poppin Pac)

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