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How to Do a Shuffle Step & Polka Step for Line Dancing

Learn how to do the shuffle step and the polka step for line dancing in this Howcast dance video with expert Robert Royston.


"Hi my name is Robert Royston. Im 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 it's like to move to America's music, and that's country music.
Two very similar terms and very similar steps but a definite difference in style and technique are the Shuffle Step and the Polka Step. Now they do kind of fall into the umbrella of the triple step. The triple step is three steps to two beats of music, which we talked about before. But the Shuffle and the Polka have to do with really traveling movements like if you're really moving if you're doing a ten step or a cotton eyed joe or one of those dances where you're really going to cook down the floor. A Shuffle Step, usually done to really fast music, and we shuffle our feet right underneath ourselves. Step together step, step together step. So we shuffle step, shuffle step. You should be sliding your feet, shuffle step, shuffle step. It's also very smooth, you'll notice there is no bounce in the head. That's a shuffle step.
A Polka Step does the same step together step, we are more on the balls of our feet and there is going to be a little bit of a bounce or lilt to it. Polka step, polka step, you can't polka quite as fast as you can shuffle. So it's a little slower sometimes when you get to polka step. Polka step Polka step, or shuffle step shuffle step. And it's important to understand the difference. If you try to do a Polka Step to a really really really fast you are going to struggle alright. And if you try to Shuffle to a Polka song your going to feel like you are standing still while everyone else is passing you. So shuffle doesn't travel as much. Polka travels a lot. Shuffle very smooth. Polka has bounce or lilt to it. So that's the difference between the Shuffle Step and the Polka Step."

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