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Dance Steps for Beginners

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Basic dance steps can help anyone become more graceful and agile. For some, taking a basic dance class is the foundation of a newfound hobby, while others prefer to dance at a novice level for the exercise. Whatever the reason, beginning dance steps are simple to learn and will get your body moving.

Basic Dance Steps

Taken from a wide variety of dance genres, the basic moves below will get you started on your journey as a novice dancer. This list will also benefit experienced dancers looking for a refresher course before teaching an introductory class of any style.

Ball Change
The ball change is found in most dance disciplines, including jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. Due to its crossover appeal, it's usually one of the first steps taught to new dancers. The ball change is completed in two counts - transferring weight onto the ball of the foot (1), then a step back onto the other foot (2). This step is usually connected to another step, such as the "kick ball change" movement. Customarily, the weight is transferred to a foot that is placed behind the other, though it can also be crossed or in front.

Chaîné Turns
Chaîné turns are an introductory quick turn used in ballet and lyrical dance, though they sometimes although found in other styles. The name comes from the French, meaning "chain." Chaînés are simply a chain of rapid turns on alternating feet. Starting in first position, the turns progress either across the floor in a straight line, or in a circle.

Dos-y-dos
The dos-y-dos, used in square dancing, involves two dancers facing each other. Next, they walk around each other in a circular rotation without turning. To complete a correct dos-y-dos, each dancer should face the same wall the entire time, ensuring there is a rotation rather than an actual turn.

Grapevine
Facing front, the dancer steps his right foot out to the side, and crosses in front with the left. The right foot then steps out again, followed by the left foot crossing behind. Repeat. The grapevine is used in jazz dance, as well as country line dancing.

Heel Turn
In ballroom dance, the heel turn involves turning on the heel of the supporting foot, while the other foot stays parallel. As the turn completes a full rotation, the weight is placed onto the other foot.

Rond
In ballet, the rond consists of a pointed toe on a straight leg (or bent at the knee) drawing a semicircle on the floor or in the air. This can also be found in ballroom dance.

Whether learning at home or in the studio, dance is a rewarding pastime you're sure to enjoy after you've mastered a few of the basics.
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