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Simple Dance Steps

When you learn any dance form, you always start off with simple dance steps. They are like the key stones to learn that particular dance form and other forms similar to it. Scroll down to get a low down on what these dance forms are.
To know how to dance is really a great value addition to your personality. You can be an instant hit in a group and what is more it is a great way to be in shape as well! However, all of us need not be a La Michael Jackson or Jennifer Lopez or Shakira to enjoy and learn dancing. You can simply do it because you love it! However, when you start learning a dance, you are naturally taught simple steps to start off with. Then you graduate to the advanced stages and take it further. Look no further if you are planning to dabble into dancing, because the text to come will make your work easier!

Simple Dance Steps for Beginners

Chain or Chaines
A French term for chain, chaines refers to a series of rapid turns at the first stance where the feet is alternated in a progressive manner. This progression can either be in a circle or a straight line.

Close
Close is a basic movement where the gap between the feet is closed. This means that here in this position the dancer has ended the move with his feet together. Usually it is done by getting the back foot forward. This is amongst the simplest dance steps for kids.

Flare
This involves sweeping the foot (which is not bearing the weight) in an arc, ensuring that the toe is in contact with the ground sans putting weight on it.

Heel Turn
This is a ballroom dance move for couples. Here the heel of the weight bearing foot is turned. At the same time the other foot is held parallel and close to the foot which is turned. The weight is then transferred from one foot to the other.

Enchufla
Again this is one of those enchanting ballroom dancing steps, especially in Salsa. The outcome of this step is dance partners who are facing each other change positions. However, they retain the contact either with one or 2 hands and along with that they step for rotating in concentric circles at 180 degrees. All this around the same point in opposite directions.

Draw
In this step the dancer touches the toe of the non-bearing foot on the floor as far as possible from the supporting foot. The dancer then moves it toward the supporting foot, but does not put weight on the foot which he is dragging.

Point
The dancer stretches the free or non-bearing foot forward or even backward. Then he touches the toe on the ground.

Stamp
In this step you simply stomp the flat part of your foot on the floor. But at the same time you should not transfer the weight on that foot. This is the non-weight bearing foot, you would be doing the stomping with.

Open Turn
This is again amongst the simple dance moves involved in ballroom dance. Here while doing the last step, the dancer passes the moving foot beyond the support, on the contrary to closing in with the support foot.

Outside Partner Step
This refers to a step which is taken with a partner next to the moving foot, for instance, to the left of the left foot. While doing this, the feet tracks of the partners are not supposed to overlap. This is one of the basic steps in salsa dancing.

Brush
The dancer touches the toe of non-weight bearing foot on the ground. The dancer then moves the toe a short distance in the direction of the supporting foot. In some cases the free foot is moved against the supporting foot without putting weight on it. Brush is undoubtedly the simplest step!

Press
A step forward with the free foot is first taken by the dancer. The dancer puts a partial weight on the ball of his foot. The supporting leg of the dancer is straight and the leg which is pressed is kept in a bent with a slight pressure on the floor. The dancer's body leans forward a bit.

If you want to learn more dance steps, enroll in a dance class and rock the party! Or, there are umpteen web resources to learn these steps! Have fun!
By Medha Godbole
Published: 3/23/2010
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