How to Learn to Shuffle Dance

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How to Learn to Shuffle Dance
Dance steps can be easy to learn. (Dance wih Me image by Andrew Brown from

You’ve seen them sliding and gliding around on the streets and in the clubs, those dance kings and queens who make shuffle dance look like child’s play. While it may look hard, the fundamental are relatively simple. The main objective of the shuffle dance is to move through space by sliding on one foot as the other is used to add flair to your dancing. Once you get the basic steps down, you too can be on your way to shuffling with the best of them.

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  1. 1

    Stand with both feet flat on the ground. Point the toes of one foot inward, and the other foot pointed forward, so that your feet make a “T” shape. Twist the foot that’s pointed inward to the outside, and then twist back in again. You want to make sure your shuffle foot stays on the ground in order to get that sliding effect.

  2. 2

    Slightly lift your other leg straight up and down, making sure the leg goes up when your first foot twists inward, and down when it twists outward. Take it slowly at first to get the coordination of this move down. Instructional videos can help break this down visually.

  3. 3

    Find your internal rhythm or the rhythm of the music. Use this to help your body flow as it shuffles, as it allows you to actually dance instead of just going through the motions.

  4. 4

    Add a bit more flair to your shuffle by playing with the timing and placement of your kicks. Don’t be afraid to experiment, or borrow moves from other shufflers. But most importantly, figure out what shuffle movements feels best to you, add your own personality to the dance, and go out there and own it.

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