Hot Ballroom Dancing How-Tos

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 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 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...

How To: Use breathing & intention in tango

In this tutorial, we learn how to use breathing & intention in tango. Use the pattern of walking into the cross and add in elements of staying in the line. Lead the cross carefully and slowly by breathing slowly to help make an easy transition from closed to open. Put all these elements to help make the dance look better by paying attention to the details. Keep in mind that people are looking at you and want to see someone happy dancing. Keep a smile on your face but also make sure to pay clo...

How To: Perform basic Argentine Tango steps as the follower

Graciela Heredia, a professional Argentine Tango dancer and instructor of twenty years teams up with video jug to explain basic Argentine Tango steps for the leader. Many basics are discussed in the video as well as history, dress code, preparations for dancing, and the basic step. The basic step has 8 basic movements which are broken down into two parts and explained in this video. Perform basic Argentine Tango steps as the follower.

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: 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: Focus on milonga basic rhythm & phrasing in tango

In this video, we learn how to focus on milonga basic rhythm & phrasing in tango. Use your pattern to focus on the strong beats and dance to the rhythm. Find the one in your dance and have a sense of home base. Be grounded and use height change while you are dancing. Pay attention to the music as you are dancing and stay close to your partner as you are dancing. Keep close contact with them and make sure your body position stays upright, not straying from their side. Have fun while dancing! P...

How To: Do low and high leg wraps in tango

In this video, we learn how to do low and high leg wraps in tango. Whether you are doing a high or low wrap, you want to make sure you have total control over your leg. The leader should know how to position their body and have the right energy while doing this. The leader should have their thigh positioned in the correct place so they can receive the wrap and the woman can wrap correctly. You will have choices on how you articulate the wrap. Have the intention to have full contact with your ...

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: 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 Do the Ragtime Dance: Argentine Tango

An American Ballroom Companion presents this social dance demonstration from the Library of Congress. Watch this demonstration traditional dance video on the Ragtime Dance: Argentine Tango. Not for beginners - this is not an instructional, step by step video. It is an authentic, professional demonstration of the Ragtime Dance: Argentine Tango. Argentine Tango is a dance which originated in Argentina and then move to Uruguay. In the US it is known as Ballroom Tango.

How To: Do the Ragtime Argentine Tango (1st figure-feet only)

An American Ballroom Companion presents this social dance demonstration from the Library of Congress. Watch this demonstration traditional dance video on the Ragtime Dance: Argentine Tango (1st figure-feet only). Not for beginners - this is not an instructional, step by step video. It is an authentic, professional demonstration of the Ragtime Dance: Argentine Tango (1st figure-feet only). Argentine Tango is a dance which originated in Argentina and then move to Uruguay. In the US it is known ...

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 Butterfly

This video is of the late 19th Century dance called the Butterfly. The Butterfly is where a woman/man has fake butterfly wings attached to their arms and dances with them on. This video is only a demonstration, and unfortunately it does not give step by step instructions.

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 foxtrot

Learning how to dance can be a fun and exciting experience that teaches you not only how to dance, but a little about another countries culture as well. In this tutorial, you'll be finding out how to foxtrot. It's a ballroom dance that is done in a pattern of slow, slow, then quick, quick. Like any dance, it takes time and practice. So good luck, pay attention, and enjoy!

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: 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: Perform enrosques in tango

In this video, Homer and Cristina Ladas teach us how to perform enrosques in tango. For the follower, it involves the corkscrew action with no change of weight. You can do this in your own axis or an imaginary one. For the leader, it can involve not changing or changing weight. The eye of the eagle can be more comfortable for one person. To make it more exciting, you will delay the action and then give it a burst of energy. Just make sure to practice this so you have a good understanding of h...

How To: Lead in Argentine tango

We are shown a few steps in the passionate dance, the tango. It is emphasized that this erotic dance is 100% lead by the male. It is fueled by aggression and dominance by the male partner. The female is in his lead. There are eight top movements that are divided into two parts, then they are all joined together. The directions are given in a slow and simple manner that can be easily followed and practiced in your own home. Step by step with careful narration she guides you in the dance. With ...

How To: Dance the Foxtrot

In this video series learn to dance the Foxtrot from professional dancer and dance instructor Leslie Sack as she demonstrates Foxtrot dance steps such as the Foxtrot walk, basic step for men and ladies, left rock turn, Foxtrot promenade, right rock turn, Foxtrot patterns.

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: Foxtrot

In this series of video dancing lessons you'll learn how to dance the Foxtrot from professional dancers and dance instructors Sarolta Eke & Tamas Kassay as they demonstrate Foxtrot dance steps such as the Foxtrot walk, basic zig zag step for men and ladies, the rock turn, Foxtrot promenade, backwards lock moves and Foxtrot patterns.

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...

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