Hot Ballroom Dancing How-Tos

How To: Do Jive dance steps

Want to learn how to do the jive? Jive dance steps consist of triple steps and rock back steps while always keeping your body weight on the balls of your feet. Practice your jive dance steps with guidance from a pro: Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Dance the Grand March

This video is a demonstration of how to walk/dance the Grand March (also known as The March, Polonaise, Grand Promenade, and Opening March). This march is the formal and traditional way to begin a formal ball.

How To: Master simple ballroom dancing and the waltz box step

The pumpkin just turned into a carriage, your glass slippers look fantastic, and the Prince is on his way, but — dammit — you still need to learn how to ballroom dance. You will need a partner, a dance floor, masking tape, and waltz music. This video gives simple advice for dance posture, the basic waltz box step, and simple turns. Learn how to dance the basics of ballroom dancing, like the waltz box step, by watching this video dance instruction tutorial.

How To: Do the quick step ballroom dance

Get your quick step on with help from this free dance lesson! The classic quick step dance is a fun, yet fast ballroom dancing technique that incorporates very quick steps with alternating slower steps. Get a glimpse of what it's supposed to look like plus some helpful pointers from this dance pro: Rosario Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more dance moves from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ...

How to Dance the tango: the Tap on '2' - Embellishment

This is an instructional video on dancing the Tango, specifically the footwork. This elegant dance instructional goes over the Tap on '2' - Embellishment. This video illustrates tapping on the '2', if you count '1-2-3-4' for each beat. ('1' being the downbeat, '3' being the upbeat or exact middle, and '2' and '4' being the places in between or the quarter beats). It is a synchopated embellishment.

How To: Do the two-step

Do the two-step! This technique requires a pattern of slow, slow, quick, quick, then repeat. Start dancing your way to two-step perfection with the help of an expert: Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Perform the tango transition through the cross

In this video, we learn how to perform the Tango transition through the cross. As you start the Tango, you will stay close to your partner with both of your bodies. You will want to have your arms high and your body taught so that you can easily transition from one move to the other. Make sure the leader and the follower are both practiced so you transition into the cross more. The follower should pay attention to the leader's moves and both parties should be working together. Have fun dancin...

How To: Dance the Tango Tap on '3' embellishments

This video illustrates tapping on the '3' or the upbeat (halfway through the beat). Count '1-2-3-4' for each beat. ('1' being the downbeat, '3' being the upbeat or exact middle, and '2' and '4' being the places inbetween or the quarter beats). It is not a synchopated embellishment, as it happens on an even division of the beat.

How To: Dance Waltz Variations

This is a video demonstration of the late 19th Century waltz. This waltz is a ballroom and folk dance. The waltz first became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, and spread to many other countries in the years that follow. The waltz, and its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances. This video is only a demonstration, and unfortunately it does not giv...

How To: Dance the Schottische

The Schottische is a partnered country dance, Bohemian in origin. Schottische was popular in Victorian era ballrooms (part of the Bohemian "folk-dance" craze) and left its traces in folk music of countries as distant as France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Sweden. At the start of the 20th century in the Southern United States the schottische was combined with ragtime at the beginning of the 1900's

How to Do the Ragtime Dance: The Maxixe

An American Ballroom Companion presents this social dance demonstration from the Library of Congress. Watch this demonstration traditional dance video on the Ragtime Dance: The Maxixe. Not for beginners - this is not an instructional, step by step video. It is an authentic, professional demonstration of the Ragtime Dance: The Maxixe. The Maxixe is an Africanized polka or two-step dance, an Afro-Brazilian styling of the polka which was brought to Brazil by European immigrants.

How To: Waltz

In this expert video series, Sarolta Eke and Tamas Kassai show you how to dance the popular Waltz. With their instruction, you will learn basic waltzing steps and proper holding techniques. Also, learn more advanced moves like the whisk, progressive walk, and cross hesitation. The underarm waltzing turn is one of the most beautiful waltzing dance steps offered in this series. So, waltz right into our free dance lessons today!

How to Dance the tango: the Rulo Loco embellishment

This is an instructional video on dancing the Tango, specifically the footwork. This elegant dance instructional goes over the Rulo Loco embellishments. A tiny circle with your free foot as pivot during a forward ocho. Coordination of the foot circling and the hips flipping as your change direction is key. (I made this name up, so don't try to ask anyone else what the 'rulo loco' is. They will think YOU are loco!)

How To: Tango (for beginners)

As one of the sexiest, most passionate things you can do while still standing upright, the tango takes romance. It takes drama. And it definitely takes two. You will need a dance partner, patience and melodrama! Did you know? Buenos Aires is credited as the birthplace of tango, and is still a global destination for learning and performing the dance. This is a helpful videos for beginners looking to learn the basics of the tango.

How To: Dance the Tango Double Taps embellishments

This video illustrates tapping more than once during the beat. Possible combination are tapping on '2' + '3', on '3' + '4' or '2' + '4' with the step coming on the '1' always - the downbeat. (Using the system of count '1-2-3-4' for each beat, '1' being the downbeat, '3' being the upbeat or exact middle, and '2' and '4' being the places inbetween or the quarter beats).

How To: Teach beginners to ballroom dance

In this video clip series, our expert will discuss some popular types of ballroom dances, including foxtrot, cha-cha, swing dancing, waltz, tango and more. Learn secrets of ballroom dancing, tips and instructions on steps and holds, demonstrations of each of the dances for men and for women and much more.

How To: Do the Waltz

In this online video series learn how to Waltz from professional ballroom coach Kelly-Anne as she demonstrates Waltz dance steps including: male dance steps, lady dance steps, basic box dance steps for the Waltz, rotating box dance steps, timing for the Waltz, lady turn under the arm, progressive forward and back, the twinkle: lady's and gentleman's dance steps.

How To: Transition from close to open embrace in tango

In this video, we learn how to transition from close to open embrace in tango. Use elastic energy to give you an option to open up and turn or send your partner into a line. For the followers, you should know how to be active with your embrace. The left hand should be on the leader's right arm, especially when they are sending you away. Doing this will help you transition from closed to open more easily. It will give you the correct positioning so you don't have any fumbles when you are tryin...

How To: Improve the quality of movement in a tango dance

In this video, we learn how to improve the quality of movement in a tango dance. Focus on the connection with the other person, the music, and connecting with the body as you are dancing with the other person. Be very strong and heavy into the ground as you are dancing and very light as you are moving around. Do a strong walk and make sure you are in touch with the rhythm but also make sure your body moves lightly around the dance floor, like it's effortless. Keep your body in contact with th...

How To: Perform the organic gancho in Tango

In this tutorial we learn how to perform the organic gancho in Tango. when you are starting out doing this dance you want to make sure that both of your bodies are in the right spots. After this, try doing the closed and open tango individually and then together. Make sure the woman is moving around the man and that both of the bodies stay close together. As you continue to do the dance, you will go with the flow of the music but also make sure you are counting your steps, have fun and enjoy ...

How To: Dance the quick step

Like the foxtrot, the quick step follows a rythm that starts off slow then picks it up or a 2/4 or 4/4 time beat. It comes from the Charleston and actually got its name due to a quick step taken in the middle of the dance. See if you got what it takes to do the quick step with this helpful tutorial from dance instructor Nina Ortega.

How To: Perform baroque dance

Learn a few of the essential Baroque dance steps, originated in the court of King Louis XIV as theatrical entertainment. Later, Baroque developed into both ballroom dancing and classical ballet dancing. Quick a quick and free lesson from a pro: Rosario Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more dance moves from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Do a slow foxtrot

Learn how to do a slow foxtrot with help from this free lesson. The slow foxtrot is a smooth and soft international ballroom dance that marked its place in history by the orchestral music of the late 1930s and '40s. Learn this timeless ballroom dance with help from a pro: Rosario Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more dance moves from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Dance the Tango Beat in Front embellishments

This is a common embellishment for back ochos and takes a little practice to work up the speed to do it but once you do you'll find lots of places to fit it in. During back ochos, beat your free foot in front as it passes the other on the "&" count (halfway through the beat), before stepping behind into the next step. (You should feel the achilles tendon at the back of the free leg hit the lower part of the shin of the standing leg, just above the ankle.) Try not to let your legs turn-out as ...

How to Do the Ragtime Dance: The Maxixe (1st Step)

An American Ballroom Companion presents this social dance demonstration from the Library of Congress. Watch this demonstration traditional dance video on the Ragtime Dance: The Maxixe (1st Step). Not for beginners - this is not an instructional, step by step video. It is an authentic, professional demonstration of the Ragtime Dance: The Maxixe (1st Step). The Maxixe is an Africanized polka or two-step dance, an Afro-Brazilian styling of the polka which was brought to Brazil by European immigr...

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