Line Dance Lingo

Here are the names of a few basic line dance terms and step sequences included in some of the dances we’ll do and what they really Mean.

Step
(1 beat move) place foot on floor and take weight onto it
Right Vine
(3 beats step right foot to side, step left foot behind right, step right foot to side
Left Vine
(3 beats) step left foot to side, step right foot behind left, step left foot to side
Note: A Vine is usually followed with a touch, step or some other 1 beat move making it a 4 count step.
Touch Or Tap
(1 beat) touch toe or heel to ground but don’t put any weight on it
Brush
(1 beat) brush foot forward and upwards past the foot you are standing on
Scuff
(1 beat) as brush but make contact with heel on floor
Hook
(1 beat) lift foot and cross in front of supporting leg
Stomp
(1 beat) make a ‘stamping’ action (don’t stamp hard to hurt your foot)
Toe Fan
(1 beat) move the toe out while keeping heel in contact with the floor
Heel Fan
(1 beat) move the heel out while keeping ball of foot in contact with floor
Heel Splits
(2 beat) keep weight on balls of feet move both heel out at the same time and then back together
Hop
(1 beat) spring into the air taking off and landing with same foot
Jump
(1 beat) jump forward or backward taking off and landing with both feet at the sane time
Hitch
(1 beat) to lift the knee
Rock
(1 beat) to transfer weight from one foot to the other
Slide
(1 beat) to draw one foot next to the supporting foot
Heel Strut
(2 beats) place heel forward on floor then toe onto floor taking weight onto foot
Toe Strut
(2 beats) place toe forward or backwards on floor then heel onto floor taking weight onto foot
Left ½ Pivot
(2 beats) step forward on right foot, keeping weight on ball of left foot make a ½ turn over your left shoulder so that you end up with your weight on your left foot and facing the wall that was behind you
Right ½ Pivot
(2 beats) step forward on left foot, keeping weight on ball of right foot make a ½ turn over your right shoulder so that you end up with your weight on your right foot facing the wall that was behind you
¼ Or ¾ Pivot
(2 beats) are executed in the same way but make ¼ or ¾ turn to the appropriate wall
Weave Left
(4 beats) step right foot across in front of left, step left foot to left side, step right foot back behind left, step left foot to left side
Weave Right
(4 beats) step left foot across in front of right, step right to right side, step left foot back behind right, step right foot to right side
Jazz Box
(4 beats) step right foot across in front of left, step left foot back, step right foot to right side, step left foot next to left. Also done leading with left foot i.e. start by crossing left in front of right

Syncopated steps are 3 steps forwards, backwards, sideways or on the spot, executed within 2 beats of the music. Most of the time these steps lead with the right foot, but can also lead with the left foot.

All counts are 1&2.

Cha Cha Or Triple Step
step(1) right (&) left (2)right on the spot. Or (1) left(&) right (3)left on the spot
Forward Shuffle
(1) step forward on right foot, (&) step left foot to right heel, (3) step right foot forward
Backward Shuffle
(1) step back on right foot, (&) step left foot back to right toe, (3) step right foot back
Chasse
(1) step right foot to right side, (&) step left foot next to right foot, (3) step right foot to right side
Coaster Step
(1) step right foot back, (&) step left foot back next to right, (3) step forward on right foot
Sailor Step
(1) step right foot back behind left foot, (&) step left foot to left side, (3)step right foot next to left
Mambo Step
(1) step forward on right foot, (&) lift left foot and replace it back down on the same place, (3) step right foot back next to left
Back Or Side Mambo
are executed in the same way but step(1) to the back or to the side
Kick Ball Change
(1)kick right foot forward, (&) step onto ball of right foot next to left foot and lift left foot slightly off the floor, (3) replace left foot onto floor on the same spot
Charleston Steps
(4 counts) (1)touch right toe forward, (2)step right foot next to left, (3)touch left toe back, (4)step left foot next to right

Don’t forget – there are lots of variations to the basic steps so don’t stress it.