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How to Choreograph a Line Dance

Learn how to choreograph a line dance in this Howcast dance video with expert Robert Royston.

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Hi, my name is Robert Royston, I am 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 under 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 your really moving, if your doing a ten step or a cotton eye 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's no bounce in the head. That's a shuffle step. A polka step does the same step together step, we're more on the balls of our feet and there's 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 shuffle song you are going to struggle, right. And if you try a shuffle to a polka song you're going to feel like you're standing still while everybody 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 to the shuffle step and the polka step.

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