How to Do a Jive Windmill Step

Learn how to do a jive windmill step 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.




Aaron: Hey guys. It's Aaron. Christina: And I'm Christina. Aaron: And we're professional dance instructors coming at you today from New York City. Today we're going to be talking a little bit more about our Jive Series. What we're going to be doing today specifically is talking about a little step we like to call the windmill. For starters what we're going to be doing is taking a two hand hold. Now this time we're going to switch it up and go palm to palm. This way we have a little bit more leverage guys, so as to lead the lady with. Starting this with our basic action and one, two, three and four, five and six, rock step. Opening ourselves up gentlemen so as to lead the lady past as we bring the arm up an over, shaping for the lady. Triple step, triple step, rock step. One two three, one two three, rock step. Guys, one more thing to pay attention here with this windmill action and shaping with our body, Swing and Jive being upper body dances. We want to take a look at this together. So as we come to one, two, again, gentlemen we're going to really elongate and our right side and also indicate for the lady as well, as we bring our right and left arm respectively up and over like a windmill. Rock step. One, two, three, one two three, rock step, one two three, one two three, rock step. Now let's add that with some music.


  • 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.