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How to Do the Drunken Step aka Half Grapevine in Bachata

Learn how to do the drunken step aka half grapevine in bachata dance from Latin Dance company Joel Salsa in this Howcast dance video.

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Edwin: So this is the drunken step in the bachata, otherwise known as the grapevine. So we're going to start by doing the basic to the left and one, two, three tap, five, six, seven step. So the first thing to notice is we didn't tap this time, because we want to make sure that all the weight is on the left leg, to allow the right leg to go up. So let's try it nice and slow. Five, six, seven and one, two, three tap, five, six, seven step. One and a three and a five to collect your feet.

So now to collect your feet, there's a couple of different ways to do this. Gentlemen, if you feel that your feet are very slippery or there's powder on the floor you can easily bring it in very smooth to squeeze in your buttocks and squeezing your feet together or if you don't have time or the floor is too grippy, you could just hop and bring your legs together.

Daniela: And lades, you can also hop and bring your legs together. Since we have heels, it's very hard to bring it in slow, but another way is that if you're open here, you can just bring it in slowly one by one doing your bachata basic.

Edwin: And there's going to be a lot more to explore, in terms of closing your feet, you can also bring one leg in. So play around with this, see which ones will work. Let's try it nice and slow, from the top. Five, six, seve, tap and one, two, three tap. Here, we, go step. One and a three, and a five, six, seven and one.

Now let's talk about the timing of the grapevine going backwards. So the drunken step is supposed to look like you're kind of falling and catching yourself each and every time, which is what makes this step look so cool. So when you're making it over to the back make sure that your timing is nice and sharp. You're going to go one and a three and a five, six, seven and then you can either do a drop or just complete your basic to go to the left.

So let's try it with the timing. Nice and slow. Five, six, seven and a one, two, three tap, five, six, seven, eight. One and a three and a five, six, seven, eight and one. Now let's demonstrate it with the music. One, two, three, five, six, seven and one and a three and a five, six, seven, eight. Here we go. So ladies, notice how you can do different things. Gentlemen, we don't always have to do the same things. Let's try it one more time. Five, six, seven and, and that is your drunken step in bachata.

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