How to Tut

Tutting is a fun, intricate style of dance often associated with B-Boy and other hip-hop styles. It uses straight lines, clean movements, and is notorious for its use of box shapes. Learn how to tut dance with free video lessons from Howcast. We make tutting easy for beginners and advanced dancers!

How to Do a Basic Tutting Move

Here’s a breakdown of how to do a basic tutting dance move:

  • Step 1: Sweep your hands up and hold them in front of your chest, palms together and fingers pointing up.
  • Step 2: Slide your right hand up, so that the bottom of your right palm rests against the tips of your left fingers.
  • Step 3: Curve your right hand down, so that your palm covers the back of your left hand.
  • Step 4: Slide your right hand across your left forearm, so that your arms form a box.
  • Step 5: From the box position, make it so that both arms are lying down, one on top of the other.
  • Step 6: Slide the arms out, so that the fingers of each hand are touching each other.
  • Step 7: Put your palms back together, like they were in step 1.

To see how this move and another finger tutting move are done, watch the Howcast tutorial video above.

How to Transition in Tutting

In a transition, you’re going from one dance move to another. The most important thing about transitioning in tutting is that it’s not obvious. You need to make sure that your transition is clever and smooth. Here are some tips:

  • If you’re waving and want to start tutting, you can raise up your hand to tutting form as part of one of your wave movements.
  • If you’re botting, you can use one of your walking arm movements to get into tut form.

The idea is to keep it creative! To see what good transitions look like, watch Searich Wilson Hong perform basic tut dance transitions in Howcast’s tutorial video above.

Basic Tutting Combos

This is where you put together everything you’ve learned so far in this article. To build a tutting combo, you transition from one 8-count to another in a way that makes sense and is well-ordered. This will make a total of 24 counts.

Here’s what this will look like:

  • First 8-count -> Second 8-count -> Third 8-count

Each “count” is a separate movement that transitions into another movement, and the final count of each group will lead to the first count of the next group. As you can see, this is a very intricate process, and something that will take some practice to master.

Get Out There & Practice!

Now that you know the ropes, it’s time to practice! Refer back to the video tutorials in this article, and feel free to explore the rest of Howcast’s full dance tutorial collection here.

ABOUT THE EXPERT

Jamal Cumberbatch

Jamal is the owner and artistic director of Eternity Dance Academy. He is also an entrepreneur, musical artist and professional choreographer.