Jolly Stompers Line Dancing

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Step Descriptions For Beginners

 

This is a description of the basic line dance steps. All these will be demonstrated in class but I know that when you get home, trying to remember which is which can be hard, so I hope that the following will jog your memory. Please feel free to speak to me anytime if you want to know more.

 

AND 

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½ of one count, used in syncopated steps i.e. 1&2

 

CHASSE

1&2

A sideways syncopated step pattern with either foot

leading, i.e. Right foot step to right side. And quickly

step left foot beside right foot. Right foot step to right

side.

 

COASTER STEP

1&2

A syncopated step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Right foot step back. And quickly step left foot

beside right foot. Right foot step forward.

 

GRAPEVINE

1 2 3

A travelling step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Right foot step to right side. Left foot small step

behind right foot. Right foot step to right side.

 

HITCH

1

Knee lifts slightly up whilst weight comes off heel of

supporting leg.

 

HOLD

1

No movement for the hold count.

JAZZ BOX

1 2 3 4

A step pattern with either foot leading, i.e. Right foot

step across left foot. Left foot step back. Right foot

step to right side. Left foot step beside right foot.

 

KICK-BALL CHANGE

1&2

A syncopated step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Low kick forward with the lead foot. And quickly

step on ball of same foot that kicked. Quickly

changing weight to the other foot on count 2.

 

MAMBO ROCK STEP

1&2

A syncopated step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Right foot rock forward. And quickly recover.

Right foot step in place. Can be forward, back or

side.

 

MONTEREY TURN

1 2 3 4

A four count standing step pattern which can start

with either foot, i.e. Right toe touch to right side.

On ball of left foot turn ½ turn right whilst closing

right foot to left foot with weight. Left toe touch to

left side. Left foot step beside right foot. Can be ¼,

½, ¾ or whole turn left or right.

 

PADDLE TURN

1 2

The un-weighted foot is used to propel the body

through a turn by rocking forward onto the lead foot

and recovering onto the other foot completes the

turn. Can be 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾ or whole turn left or right.

 

PIDGEON TOES

(aka HEEL SPLITS)

1 2

Start with feet together and weight on both feet.

Both heels lift and move apart to max 45 degrees

on count 1, replacing weight on both feet. Heels lift

and move together on count 2, replacing weight on

both feet.

 

PIVOT TURN

1 2

Can start with either foot stepping forward. Swivel

on balls of both feet required amount of turn, i.e.

Right foot step forward. Pivot ½ turn left. Can be ¼,

½, ¾ or whole turn left or right, usually with a weight change.

 

ROCK STEP

1 2

Weight is transferred to lead foot in direction

indicated, then weight is recovered back onto other

foot.

 

RUMBA BOX

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

A four count step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Left foot rumba box- Left foot step to left side.

Right foot step beside left foot. Left foot step forward

. Hold. Right foot step to right side. Left foot step

beside right foot. Right foot step back. Hold. (Right

foot rumba box travels to right side and back, also

called reverse rumba box).

 

SAILOR STEP

1&2

A syncopated step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Right foot sailor step back- Right foot step

behind left foot with right shoulder dropped, knee

bent. And quickly step left foot beside right foot.

Right foot step forward to right side.

 

SCISSOR STEP

1 2 3

A three count step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Right foot step to right side. Left foot step

beside right foot. Right foot step across left foot.

Can be syncopated.

 

SCUFF

1

Foot kicks either forward or back with heel striking

the floor.

SHIMMY

1 2

Shoulders shake forward and back alternatively,

usually whilst stepping to the side.

 

SHUFFLE

1&2

A forward, back or across syncopated step pattern

with either foot leading, i.e. Right foot step forward.

And quickly slide left foot beside right foot. Right

foot step forward.

 

STOMP

1

Strike the floor with either foot. Stomp up indicates

no weight on the stomping foot.

 

STRUT

1 2

Either heel or toe struts first. Heel-right or left heel

touches forward first then snap toe down of that foot

in place. Toe-right or left toe touches forward first

then heel snaps down of that foot in place.

 

SUGAR FOOT

1 2

Touch either toe to weighted foots instep, then

using same foot, touch heel to weighted foots

instep.

 

TRIPLE STEP

1&2

A syncopated step pattern with either foot leading,

i.e. Three quick steps on the spot. Can include a

turn.

 

 

 

I know this can seem like a new language but with a bit of practice these steps soon become automatic and please ask if you would like any of them demonstrated. There are more steps for intermediate dances but these basic steps appear in most dances. Please always remember that this is supposed to be FUN and there are no wrong steps-only variations!

 

 

                                             See you on the dance floor.  Julie

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