How to Do Solid Steps, Camel Walks & Slides in Line Dancing

Learn how to do solid steps, camel walks and slides in line dancing 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.

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Hi, my name is Robert Royston. I'm a five time world champion of country dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley. I really hope that you learn how to line dance and experience what it's like to move to America's music, and that's country music. So solid steps, camel walks, and slides, three other terms you're gonna come across in line dancing. A solid walk really just means a hard hitting that doesn't have much movement afterwards. You can land it bent leg, boom, boom, that'd be like a solid walk. Or you could land it straight leg, boom, boom, that'd be a solid walk, right? So it's just kind of a hit, hit, hit alright. If you take a solid walk and as you land that straight leg, boom, you took that solid walk and you really over exaggerated the break of the knee as maybe you lock stepped, bam. You get what's called the camel walk. Big exaggerated step, break at the knee, yea, same thing. Big solid walk, really exaggerate the break. Big solid walk, exaggerate at the break. You don't always have to lock step though, you could go boom, bah, boom, bah, that's a camel walk. You could go boom, bah, boom, step, step, break, step, step, break. As soon as we break a solid step with a kind of hard collapse of the knee, it becomes a camel walk, and we can camel walk sideways too. Boom, bah, boom. I can take my grape vine, right, and camel walk them to add a little style to it. So style walks, camel walks, now we have slides, just what it implies. Slide, slide, forward and back, slide, slide, forty-five degree angles,slide, slide, just sliding the step. So we can take solid walks, boom, boom, straight leg, boom, bent leg, boom, boom, boom, camel walks, boom, bah, boom, bah, and slides, slides, slides.

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  • 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.