How to Do Turns in Line Dancing

Learn how to do basic line dancing turns in this Howcast dance video with expert Robert Royston.


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No need to sit out line dances anymore. In these videos, dancer/choreographer Robert Royston teaches you how to do basic line dancing steps and how to put them together for popular line dances like The Wobble, the Cupid Shuffle, the Cowboy Boogie, the Tush Push, the Good Time line dance, and the Sleazy Slide.



"Hi, my name is Robert Royston, I'm a five time World Champion of Country dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley... I really hope that you learn how to line dance and experience what is like to move to America's music and that's Country Music. So one of the elements that we wanna get good at in line dancing is different types of turns, so we gonna break down some different types of turns for you. The first one is called pivot, and there are really two different types of pivots. Basic, a basic pivot, is a half rotation with no collection. What that means is I rotate half way around and my feet don't come together, I rotate half way around and my feet don't come together. So if I did a series of pivots I would go pivot, pivot, pivot and my feet would never come together. We also have a type of a pivot turn that's also called the ""push turn"" where you step forward, pivot around and then redirect yourself. But again that's a half rotation and my feet have never come together. So I have a pivot turn, half rotation or I have a pivot turn each step being a half rotation, no collection. The other type of turn that we have is called the chaine turn. Now chaine in french means ""chain"" or linked"", right, and what it means is that we gonna do a half rotation WITH the collection. So I'm going to step, collect my feet, so I've collected my feet they've come together and then I'll step out again. So a chaine turn goes step, together, step, together, closing the feet. yeah? You'll also hear that sometimes called a ""Three Step Turn"", where you go ""step, together, step"" but's really just a type of because we are linking the turns together by closing our feet. And the last type of turn I want to talk about is called the Spiral. A Spiral steps forward with the right or the left, doesn't matter, but you are going to turn in the opposite direction. With a pivot or a chaine, as I step with my right I'll turn right, with both pivot and chaine. With a Spiral, if I step with my right I'll actually turn left, spiral the leg so it stays ribboned and then step out. So as I step, right, as I start to turn left, I leave my, my leg behind, so that it kinda creates a spiral or ribbon action, before I then step forward. So that I have a step, spiral, walk, walk So I'm gonna step right, turn left. Or, I'm going to step left, turn right spiral, walk, walk. So I have a nice spiral turn out of there. So we have pivots, half rotation with no collection, you can also do a type of a pivot that's a push turn. We have a chain turn which is collecting in the middle step. So you are gonna step, back together and then step. We also call that a ""Three Step Turn"". And then we have the spiral, where you step forward with one leg turning the opposing direction and letting the leg spiral around. You wanna make sure you practice all of those elements sometimes.


  • Robert Royston

    Robert Royston began his professional career on the competitive couples dance circuit in 1989, quickly ascending through the ranks and securing the US Open Swing Dance Championship and the World Country Dance Championship, titles he held for four consecutive years (1995 to 1998). In 2007 he became the youngest person to be inducted to the UCWDC Hall of Fame. His exciting, high-energy and original work next led to his choreographing and performing in music videos. An internationally-recognized judge and instructor, Robert teaches 22 different styles of couples dancing and runs his own production company, RoRo Productions.