How to do the hop step move in Irish Step Dancing. To prepare for the hop step move, the dancer points the right foot, lifts it behind by bending at the knee, initiates the hop, lands the right foot in front, then repeats that action on the left side, lifting the left leg behind, landing it in front. This alternation continues for a series of hop steps. Hop step right, and left, and right, and left. We'll look at that from the side view, so you can see how the foot is always pointed and lifted behind. Hop step right, and left, and right, and left. The dancer is always on the balls of the feet throughout the hop step sequence. Hop right, hop left, hop right, hop left. The hop step is different from the hop two three, because the dancer is not shifting the weight. In the hop two three, the weight shifts, hop front back front, hop front back front, hop front back front, hop front back front. By contrast, the hop step immediately alternates to the other foot. Hop step, hop step, hop step, hop step, with no additional weight shift. How to do the hop step in Irish Step Dancing.