Step Glossary

All Step Moves are described from the perspective of being on the Right (R) Lead.  To switch to Left (L) lead, simply invert all the values!

“2 knees then ski”:  Step up with the R (1) do two L knees (2 3 4) step down with the L (5) and ski (6 7 8).  (Also, see “Ski”)

3-knee repeater:  Also called “Repeater Knee.”  Step up with the R (count 1) lift the L knee (2) tap the floor with the L foot (3) lift that knee again (4) tap L again (5) lift the L knee again (6) step down with the L foot (7) step down R (8).

3-count mambo: Step R foot on the L corner of the bench (count 1), step L in place (2), step R together, back in starting position (3)

5-count mambo: Step R foot on the L corner of the bench (count 1), step L out to the side of the bench (2) step R on the L corner (3) step L behind bench (4) step R together, back in starting position (5)

A-Step: Makes the shape of an A (or an upside down V): Start facing the Left wall.  Step up on the bench R-L taking your steps in front of where you were standing (counts 1 2).  Step R foot down in front of the bench, but behind where you were standing on the bench (3).  Tap the L foot down (4).

Alternating Lunges: Start on top of the bench.  Tap the floor behind you with your R foot (Count 1)  Step back on the bench R (2).  Tap the floor behind you with L foot (3). Step on the bench L (4).  Repeat as needed.

Basic 360: A Basic Step with a spin.  Step up with the R foot crossing the body (1). Step up with the L foot facing the back wall (2).  Step down on the floor R crossing the body (3).  Step on the floor L facing the front wall (4).

Charleston:  Step on the bench R (1).  Kick the L foot (2). Step on the floor L (3).  Touch the R foot back (4).

Corner-to-Corner: Step up on the L corner of the bench with the R foot (Count 1).  Lift the L foot* (2) Step down L on the floor (3) Step down R foot (4) Step up on the R corner of the bench with the L foot (5) Lift R foot* (6) Step down R foot (7) Step down L on the floor (8)
*Have fun! Do a knee, leg curl, leg side, glute sqeeze, hop, whatever!

Criss-Cross Repeater:  Start facing the L wall. Step on the bench R (1).  Lift the L knee (2).  Touch the floor in front of the bench with your L foot by twisting the body slightly to the back wall (3).  Lift the L knee (4). Touch the floor behind the bench with the L foot (5). Lift the L knee (6). Step on the floor L (7). Step on the floor R (8).

Karate knee: Step on the bench R and lift L knee (counts 1 2) step down L-R (counts 3 4) step behind you with the L and kick the R leg (counts 5 6) walk back to the bench R-L (7 8).

L-Step:  Step the R foot to the L corner of the step (count 1) lift the L knee (2) step off the side of the bench with the L foot (3) lift the R knee (4) step back on the bench with the R foot (5) lift the L knee (6) step crossing back with the L foot (7) step home with the R (8)

L-Step “with Elvis”: Step R foot on the L corner of the bench(count 1), lift L knee (2), step L off bench to the L side (3), tap the R foot on the bench while turning the L knee inward (4) step R on the bench (5) lift L knee (6) step L behind bench facing front (7) step R together, back in starting position (8)

Mamba: 4-count move, basically a mambo forward and a mambo back.  Step forward, either on the step or the floor, on the R foot (count 1) and step back on the L foot (2). Then step back on the R foot (3) and forward on the L foot (4).

Mambo:  2-count move — Step forward, either on the step or the floor, on the R foot  (count 1) and step back on the L foot (2).  The first step can be taken on the bench or on the floor.  Usually it is crossed over the L foot.

Mambo Cha-Cha-Cha or Mambo Cha-Cha:  Do a mambo R-L (counts 1 2) then a triple step to travel R-L-R (counts 3&4).

On the angle: Do the named move facing the corner of the bench at an angle.

Over and back: Do one of the named move to the front of the bench and one of the named move to return to home

Over the Top:  Turn to face the left edge of the bench while stepping up with the R (count 1) step up with the L foot (2) step down in front of the bench R (3) tap down with the L (4)

Repeater twist: Same as a 3-Knee Repeater, but with the addition of an oblique twist into the lifted knee.

Scissor: Step R foot up on the bench facing the L wall (count 1), hop R on the bench, lifting the L leg in extension behind you (2) step down in front of the bench on the L foot (3) step down in front of the bench with R foot (4)

Shuffle Stroll: Shuffle from the R side to the L by doing a triple step with the R  foot on the bench and the L on the floor (counts 1 & 2) as in a shuffle turnstep.  Then, while facing L, take 2 steps forward (L-R, counts 3 4) do a pivot turn (5 6) and take two steps back to the bench (L-R, 7 8).

Ski:  Jump to put your right foot walking distance behind your left with your weight even between them.  Then jump to switch your right foot in front, left foot in back.  Then jump to switch again. And again.  However many times it takes.  🙂

Straddle:  Two meanings — (1) a four count move where you face the L end of the bench as you step up with the R, then up with the L, then down with the R on the floor to the front of the bench, then finally down with the L on the back side of the bench.  (2) a 2-count move to exit by stepping down with the R foot on one side of the bench and the L foot on the other side.

V-Slide:  Step up wide with the R foot, then wide with the L foot.  Step down with the R foot, crossing it behind the L foot, then step to the side with the L so that you end up behindand to the L side of the bench.

V-Step:  Step up wide with the R, then wide with the  L, then step down normally with the R foot and follow with the L (4 counts)

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