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Lesson1: The Basic Pattern Let's Dance To begin, it is important to be able to distinguish the unique 3/4 rhythm of the Waltz. If you happen to own the Do It At Home Ballroom for Beginners CD or cassette, turn it to track # 1, 2 or 3 to become familiar with this rhythm. Let’s look at some basic styling techniques. To create the graceful gliding appearance that distinguishes the Waltz from other dances, it is essential to stand upright with your weight directly centered over your feet. (Click here to look up a word in our glossary.) Closed Position The Waltz is danced in Closed Position. The Waltz Box Step As you practice the following variation, begin practicing individually, and when you feel comfortable on your own, move into Closed Position and practice with your partner. The Basic pattern resembles a box, and can be broken down into two half boxes - a forward half box and a backward half box. Click here to proceed to the next Waltz lesson.

Dance Step Diagrams Dance step diagrams are very helpful to those who are visual learners, and vital to those who are attempting to learn any form of dance outside of a formal studio environment. Thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of diagrams available for free. The Importance of Dance Step Diagrams There are a lot of great reasons to use dance step diagrams. Namely, they can be very helpful for those who are self-taught in social dance, or those who would like a light review of any dance form. If you will be using diagrams, make sure they are easy to read and of high quality. Types of Diagrams A dance step diagram can be in many different forms. A secondary form of diagramming is the sketch or use of dance photographs to teach a specific step. Finally, there are 3-D dance diagrams that can be created exclusively on a computer, using software programs such as DanceForms. Where to Find Diagrams If you're willing to pay a fee to learn social dance, a site like Salsa Boot Camp is a great place to start.

Learn to dance Waltz with 1. Left Box (Reverse) Turn Although Waltz has no one definitive basic step per-se, the Left Box Turn is often chosen as the starting point for most newcomers to the dance, and so it is sometimes though of as the Waltz basic step. Many people simply call it the "Box Step", because when taken without any turn, the steps which make up the pattern outline the four corners of a box, as can be seen in the diagram: For the sake of simplicity, the diagram illustrates a Box Step taken without turn. The actual amount of turn that one can take over the course of the six steps is optional -- anywhere between 1/8 and 3/4 turn may be applied, depending on the dancers' skill level and the purpose of the movement. Advanced dancers will actually use the Left Box Turn to travel down the line of dance, but this must be done in a very specific way.

Social Ballroom Dancing also country-western contains step diagrams Donald Daniel Originated 1999 Revised Dec 2014 If the lines of text are too long you can fix the problem with these instructions. back to homepage This article is about self instruction in simple social ballroom dancing (and country-western dancing ). There are 31 step diagrams in this article and the associated waltz article. Social ballroom dancing is the most civilized, decent, respectable, wholesome form of social dancing yet invented. Many beginners fear that they lack aptitude for dancing, they have "two left feet". This article is intended to impart a fairly thorough understanding of a subject that is more complex than most novices imagine. A dance competition is an exhibition; a social dance is not. Lest prospective ballroom dancers worry that my explanation of ballroom dancing might be less than legitimate, the book I use here is the most respected book in the world of competition ballroom dancing. back to top onestep

PEC: Lesson Plans for Physical Education Name of Activity: Basic Waltz Steps (February 2010) Purpose of Activity: Students will learn five basic waltz steps, the history of the waltz, geography and climate of the countries of Germany and Austria. Suggested Grade Level: 6-12 Materials Needed: CD player and appropriate waltz music. Recommended music: The following are suggestions from several different genres of music: Could I Have This Dance (For the Rest of My Life) by Anne Murray; You Look So Good in Love by George Strait; You Light Up My Life by LeAnn Rimes or Whitney Houston; Piano Man by Billy Joel; Try to Remember from the Fantasticks; Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. Beginning dance formation: The class will be in one large circle. Description of Idea Full Lesson Idea PDF Format Description of Ballroom Dance Position: * Partners should be about six inches apart. * Lead’s Position: The lead’s R arm should be placed firmly, with fingers and thumb held together, slightly below the follow’s L shoulder blade. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Printable Dance Steps While online dance instruction is great, sometimes having printable dance steps makes it easier to follow along when learning to dance. Luckily, many online dance sites have met this need with a wide variety of dances available to print. A Long and Confusing History There's an old saying: "Writing about art is like dancing about architecture." Most printable dance steps won't be that complex - usually simply foot diagrams, or lists of commonly known steps combined with the counts in the music when they are executed. Printable Dance Steps Sources Dance has always been a favorite social pastime, and the Internet has fueled this passion with a wide variety of websites. But when it comes to printable dance steps, you have to determine if the kind of dance you're going to learn really lends itself to just the dance steps. Ballroom Dance Swing Dance Swing dance enthusiasts can go to Sonny Watson's StreetSwing page and find a wealth of information, including step sheets for dances like the L.A.

Line Dances A list of the line dances taught at Sundance Saloon over the past several years. Line dances with an asterisk (*) denote currently popular dances at Sundance Saloon. Download stepsheets by clicking on the name of the line dance. These are pdf files which can be read by the free Acrobat Reader. The steps are specific to the way the dance has developed at Sundance Saloon. Videos of some dances are also available. *50 Ways [instructional video] Backstreet Attitude *Bad Romance [demo video] [instructional video] *Barn Dance *Bayou City Twister [demo video with minor differences] Bomshel Stomp [instructional video] *Boot Scootin' Boogie (a.k.a. Line dances introduced at Beatbox Country: Ain't No Other Man Country Girl Shake Imelda's Way Life Without U So Done Take U Home Tulane Additional line dances at Beatbox Country: Ain't No Other Man [instructional video] Fifty Ways [instructional video] Life Without U [instructional video] Take U Home [instructional video]

BootScootin Boogie Step Sheet | country line dancing music The Bootscootin’ Boogie Line Dance is one of the most popular line dances, and definitely high up on my all time favorites. Step sheets for the dance can be found on many line dancing web sites. It can be easily learned using the tracks from “The Line Dance CD” that graduate in speed (start slow – get faster), or from Line dancing DVDs. Boot Scootin' Boogie(a.k.a. Vancouver Boogie)Choreographed by Bill Bader Start dancing on lyricsRIGHT VINE, DIAGONAL HEEL/CLAP, LEFT VINE, DIAGONAL HEEL/CLAP1-4Step right to side, cross left behind right, step right to side, touch left heel diagonally forward (clap)5-8Step left to side, cross right behind left, step left to side, touch right heel diagonally forward (clap)STEP TOGETHER, DIAGONAL HEEL/CLAP, STEP TOGETHER, DIAGONAL HEEL/CLAP9-10Step right together, touch left heel diagonally forward (clap)11-12Step left together, touch right heel diagonally forward (clap)