Traveling steps are an important part of the dancers repertoire. This verbal guide will be most helpful if you have already seen these moves in person.

Basic Egyptian

The basic Egyptian is a walking hip lift. The standing leg bears most of your weight and remains flat footed. The accenting leg is on the ball of the foot with little weight on it.

  • Start with your weight on your right foot.
  • Shift your weight onto your left foot  and step and touch with your right foot while twist & lifting your right hip.
  • Plant  your right foot  and step forward and touch with your left foot while twist and lifting your left hip. Weight remains back on your right leg.
  • Plant your left foot and step forward and touch with your right foot while twist & lifting your right hip. Weight remains back on your left leg.
  • Plant your right foot and step forward and touch with your left foot while twist and lifting your left hip. Weight remains back on your right leg.

Arm positions: One arm behind the head, the other extended forward. The extended arm matches the leg you are twisting with.

Grapevine

  • Start with weight centered and intent to move to the right.
  • Step out to the side with the right foot
  • Step the left foot infront of the right foot
  • Step the right foot out to the side
  • Step the left foot behind the right foot

Continue this pattern of right side – left front- right side – left back- right side – left front –  right side – left back until you wish to switch directions. When going to the left simply step out to the side with the left foot and then step with the right foot infront and behind the left foot. The new pattern will be left side – right front – left side – right back…

Side Step Touch

This move is perfect for layering with half hip circles to the front, hip snaps or arm and shoulder movements.

  • Start with weight centered
  • Step out with the right foot so that feet are slightly wider than hip width apart
  • Shift weight to the right leg and step and touch the left foot inside the right
  • Shift weight to the left foot and step out with the right foot so that feet are slightly wider than hip width apart
  • Shift weight to the right leg and step and touch the left foot inside the right
  • (to transition) Step the left foot back out to its original position
  • Shift weight left and step touch the right foot to the inside of the left
  • Shift weight to the right foot and step out with the left foot

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