Hot Dance How-Tos

How To: Do the "Basket Whip" swing dance move

Swing dancing dates back to the 1920's, where the African American community, discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop, while dancing to contemporary Jazz music. The term "Swing dancing" is used to refer to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues and extends to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later.

How To: Crip Walk for beginners

Check out this instructional dance video that demonstrates how to crip walk for beginners. Learn all the basic moves from this c-walk tutorial like the V, the shuffle kick, the shuffle hop, and the inverted heel toe. Practice your dance skills and start c-walking like a pro in no time.

How To: Dance the body wave

Learn how to do the body wave, a basic dance move essential for popping and hip hop dance styles with this video tutorial. Follow these easy steps and you'll be popping and locking in the club in no time.

How To: Do the Dutch hakken dance to Gabber hardcore techno music

In The Netherlands, Gabber Hardcore is the music of choice for rebellious young people, much like punk and underground hip-hop in the US. It is a blisteringly fast style of electronic music which might seem hard to dance to at first. Enter the hakken, the dance of choice for the Gabber listener. Watch this video to learn how to do the hakken, and you will know what to do next time you're at a hardcore club in Holland.

How To: Do basic line dancing steps

Want to learn how to line dance like a cowboy? This country western tutorial teaches the basic steps of line dancing such as the jazz waltz, the grapevine and the kick ball change. Follow these simple steps and you will be slappin' leather in no time.

How To: Do a basic Jitterbug dance routine

In this how to video, Gary and Bonnie present an overview of some basic Jitterbug patterns. Learn how to do the cuddle back, the helicopter, the handshake and many other Jitterbug steps with this dance tutorial. Follow the steps in this lesson and you will be dancing the Jitterbug in no time.

How To: Freak dance and grind

Check out this demonstrational dance video that shows you how to freak dance and grind. This is a demo video that is meant to be casual and fun. Learn how to get nasty on the floor. Have fun emulating these dance moves.

How To: Do a grand pirouette combo

For a grand pirouette combination, you will need to begin in first position. Step forward with your left leg. This is your supporting leg. It will need to be bent and in plie'. Your arms should be outstretched from your shoulders. Extend your right leg. The knee should remain bent. Your left heel will be used to guide and engage your turns. Swing your right leg back and spin. Bring your arms in as you turn. You should be bobbing up and down on your heel, as you turn.

How To: Learn the basics of liquid dance

Here's an approach to different concepts within liquid through one of the foundational concepts- the handflow. You can use the handflow as a gateway of learning many other liquid dance concepts. Note: Be sure to click on Chapter 2 (A continuation of using the handflow as a gateway to several liquid concepts) and Chapter 3 (Another section of exploring several liquid concepts through the handflow) to watch the full liquid dance tutorial.

How To: Improve your locking

This locking tutorial teach you about some dancing movements by Shawn Phan in his own style. He describes some small things while dancing a few basic movements that are missed during dance steps. At first he gives a short description of dancing steps that he is going to describe through this locking video tutorial. He gives a simple idea to dance better and easy steps to do to make the dance more funky. Those who watch dancing and those who dance always expect something amazing in the perform...

How To: Do a "turtle" breakdance move

Breakdance, or breaking is a street dance style that evolved as part of the hip hop movement in Manhattan and the South Bronx of New York City during the early 1970s. In this breakdancing tutorial, you will learn how to do the "turtle" move. You have to practice these a lot in order to get good at this move. Watch this how to video and you will be breaking the "turtle" in no time.

How To: Do beginner swing dance moves

This five part how to video teaches you the basic steps for swing dancing. These steps are the basis for other more advanced styles of swing dance such as the Lindy Hop and the Charleston. Watch this tutorial and you'll be swing dancing in no time.

How To: Do the "Slap Leather" line dance

Learn how to do one of the most popular country western line dances, "Slap Leather" or "Slappin' Leather." This 40 count, 4 wall dance consists of heel-toe moves, the grapevine and the "Dorothy" step. This line dance is usually done to the songs "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Travis Tritt, "Redneck Girl" by The Bellamy Brothers and "Bible Belt" by Travis Tritt.

How To: Do the "Pretzel" swing dance move

Swing dancing dates back to the 1920's, where the African American community, discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop, while dancing to contemporary Jazz music. The term "Swing dancing" is used to refer to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues and extends to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later.

How To: Disco dance

Franco Tisko from Zero Patrol's school of disco teaches you how to do simple disco steps, advanced disco steps, spinning, and freestyle disco dancing. The video may be in Finnish, but nothing gets lost in translation.

How To: Dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller

Learn the dance steps to Michael Jackson's Thriller. There are a lot of videos, but sit tight, because this is a very thorough video series. Most of the instructional clips are very short and do not need to be watched more than a few times. Be sure to click on each chapter to take you through all 40 videos of the complete Thriller dance moves. This the official choreography for all Thrill the World events. Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's “Thrill...

How To: Do the kick ball change hip-hop dance step

The kick ball change is a step found in almost all forms of dancing, from ballet to tap to hip-hop. A kick ball change consists of three kicksteps and a ball change. That is, you kick your foot once and step forward, putting your foot down. Kick with the other foot and step your foot down. Switch to the other foot and kick, then step your foot down. Your other foot should be behind you a bit - you tap the ball of that foot on the ground, then tap the ball of your other foot (so you're "changi...

How To: Do the "Mucara Walk" latin line dance

The line dance is a dance with repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancing's popularity grew out of the 1970's, when the country-western dance continued to explore and develop this form of dancing.

How To: Dance like Usher

You want to dance like Usher? Usher is a performer who draws much of his influence from Michael Jackson, and one of his signature moves is a variation of the air walk. Find out how to pull off this moonwalk variation with help from this free dance lesson.

How To: Perform the Crocodile Roll Swing Lift

Lifts and throws are great fun and look amazing! And this crocodile roll lift looks fabulous with any style of dance, not just swing. The clip below will walk you through the entire crocodile roll lift, step by step, so that you can add a new masterpiece to your dancing!

How To: Matte down ballet pointe shoes

This video demonstrates how to matte down your pointe shoes for a recital or performance. For this, you will need a makeup brush and a container of translucent loose face powder. You may cut the powder in half, adding baby powder to it. This will lighten the powder a bit.

How To: Do a basic jive dance step

Begin with your feet together. Jive dance is very bouncy. So, all of your steps should have a bounce in them. You will also be placing the emphasis on the "and" of each count. Hop on your right foot and bring your left knee up on and. Step back on one. Hop and bring your knee up and step forward. Next, chasse to the left. Chase to the right. Then, repeat. Accentuate the hops, as you do it. Also, work your hips, as you move from side to side, in your chasse. Continue emphasizing the "and" in t...

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