How to Do Sliding Doors in Swing Dance

Learn how to do sliding doors in swing dance from dance instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese in this ballroom dance tutorial from Howcast.

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Wish you could dance like the pros on Dancing with the Stars? In these dance videos, ballroom dance instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese teach you how to do the waltz, the foxtrot, the rumba, and the mambo; how to jive dance; and how to swing dance. With their help, you'll soon be owning the dance floor.

 
 

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Aaron: Hey guys, it's Aaron. Kristina: And I'm Kristina. Aaron: We are professional dance instructors here in New York City and today, we're going to be continuing in our Mambo series. We're going to be taking a closer look at the cross body lead. What we're going to be doing is starting in close position with our partner. Starting with our basic action moving forward for the guys. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Now, half a basic. Two, three and instead of placing our feet together, guys we're going to step out to our left and two, three, four as we bring the lady across, taking a closer look at the feet this time. Two, three, four. Now guys, we're going to rock behind with our right leg. Two, three, four. Together. Now, let's talk about the ladies foot work in that. Kristina: Ladies, you're going to start with a back rock on the right foot. Two, three, four. Now, you have your left foot going forward on the two, so you have to step forward, but you also have to pivot around to face the gentleman. Two, three, four. That's just stepping back and collecting your feet together bringing up your right foot to go back in the rock stat for the beginning of the sequence. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Aaron: Now, let's try that with some music.

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  • Aaron Mitchum

    Aaron has been teaching competitive and social Latin American and ballroom dancing for the last 12 years. He passionately works to bring all of his students to a very organic place of discovery through dance, knowing that no matter the individual's level or talent, any goal is achievable. Aaron is a graduate of the prestigious School of Drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts and is frequently on stage and screen. He is available for private and group instruction in New York City by appointment.

  • Kristina Reese

    Kristina Reese is a professional ballroom dancer based in New York City. She has traveled the country teaching, performing and competing. Her DVIDA certifications and dance knowledge along with her enthusiasm and passion for dance combine to create an enjoyable, educational and fun dance experience.