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10 Country Dance Moves You Need to Master

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So! You decided to go out country dancing. Why wouldn’t you? It’s fun, you love dancing and you’ve got rhythm. But then it happens. You get out there on the floor, and some other couple is putting you and your partner utterly to shame. You look bad and end up not getting a second date. That could have been the love of your life, but you’ll never know because of your sad country dancing ineptitude.

This is your chance to learn a few of those dance steps! Even though they look intricate and complicated when put to music, these steps can be deceptively simple, and make you look like a pro!


Beginner Moves


These are the moves you need to master before trying anything fancier.

The Two Step

This move is the bread and butter of the dance floor; you’ve got to master the two-step before learning anything else. Luckily, it’s easy. It’s literally a two-step move, going quick, quick, slow, with the male partner in the lead.

The Sweetheart

Once you’ve mastered the two-step, you might want to try this move, which is the basic set up move for a spin. Essentially, the partners, holding hands, step back from one another, and then the female partner twists backwards so that the partners are now in a spooning type position. From here, you can launch into a spin, or any number of more complicated moves.

The Basic Dip

This move may look like it came straight out of Dirty Dancing, but it is much easier than it looks. It involves the male partner spinning the female counterclockwise, then placing her hand on his waist, and moving into a squat position, from which he can dip the female over his knee.


Intermediate Moves


If you’re already good at the basics, you can start with these more complicated steps.

Behind the Back

In this move, the male partner grabs the female’s hands from behind her back and leads her around behind him, where she grabs his hands from behind his back, and then swings back in front.

The Pretzel

This move is not for the uncoordinated. It involves a series of turns and a whole lot of arms swinging about. In essence, each partner swings around behind the other twice, turns around and swings again. Once you get it down, this move can be pretty impressive and doesn’t involve any flipping or lifting.

The Spinout

As is implied by its name, The Spinout involves the male partner spinning the female quite a bit. The move starts out with the sweetheart (mentioned in the Beginner’s section above) from which the male partner launches the female into two outward spins, then releasing her hands to spin her 360 degrees and then bringing her back around.

The Fall Down Dip

The fall down dip starts with the sweetheart moving into an outward and inward yo-yo type of spin, ending with the male partner clasping both the female’s hands and lowering her to the ground, and then raising her back up.


Advanced Moves


If you’ve seen all this before and are looking to be really adventurous, try these fancy steps on for size!

The Trust Fall

Starting out with the sweetheart, the male partner spins the female outward and back around, when her back is to him he grips her under her arms and braces her as she falls backward. The move ends with a behind the back type spin, spinning the female around the male partner’s back and ending up at his front.

Trust-Fall

The Between the Legs

This move involves a dip as well as some twisting, which is why it’s classified as advanced. The partners face each other and clasp hands with their arms extended. The male then spins the female without letting go of her hands so that her wrists are now crossed. He then dips her down to the ground and she slides between his legs. Next, while still on the ground, she spins around 360 degrees until she is facing back up with her arms now uncrossed, and he slides her back up into a standing position.

Between-the-legs

The Backflip

Starting with the sweetheart, the male partner spins the female outward. Instead of spinning back inward, she turns around backwards behind him, wrapping his arm around the front of her body. The male partner then squats and lifts her up from behind her knees, baby cradle style, to flip her over his arm, all the while, the female partner is bracing herself on his torso.

The-Backflip

Most of these dance moves can be found broken down in this instructional Youtube video.

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