Tuesday October 17 , 2017
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Rock'N'Roll

Although easily recognizable, there are many variations on Rock'n'Roll. Common to all though are the fast pace, body rocking and distinctive 'back beat' - which make it contagious and a lot of fun.

Rock'n'Roll :: Sample Video

Lively and energetic, rock'n'roll is danced on the spot (does not travel around the dance floor) and can be danced to most fast music with a strong beat, so it is a favourite at both ballrooms and night clubs.

Rock'n'Roll dancing mostly uses the basic step, and simply adds a variety of fast turns, which makes it both easy and fun.

It is danced with relaxed, slightly bent legs and with hips moving in opposite directions to the legs and upper torso (which sways slightly), giving it the distinct rock'n'roll forward and backward sway.

Typically rock'n'roll music has 4/4 timing, though the rock steps themselves cycle every three beats. Rock music's strong beats within the bars allows for this odd timing to work.

Beginner Routine

The man's (or leader) and woman's (or follower) step are mirrors of each other.

Man's Basic:

(1) Left foot forward;
(2) Replace weight on Right foot;
(3) Left foot back (only ball of foot touches ground);
(and) Replace weight on Right foot;

Woman's Basic:

(1) Right foot forward;
(2) Replace weight on Left foot;
(3) Right foot back (only ball of foot touches ground);
(and) Replace weight on Left foot;

Man's Turn:

(1) Left foot forward;
(and) Turn on ball of Left foot (1/4, 1/2 or full turn, clockwise or anti-clockwise);
(2) Replace weight on Right foot;
(3) Left foot back (only ball of foot touches ground);
(and) Replace weight on Right foot;

Woman's Turn:

(1) Right foot forward;
(and) Turn on ball of Right foot (1/4, 1/2 or full turn, clockwise or anti-clockwise);
(2) Replace weight on Left foot;
(3) Right foot back (only ball of foot touches ground);
(and) Replace weight on Left foot;

Some Intermediate Steps

  • Throwaway
  • Underam turn
  • America turn
  • Sweetheart
  • You turn I turn

Sample Rock'n'Roll Music