Calypso Dance Steps

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Calypso Dance Steps
Calypso dance uses four basic steps. (Dance silhouette image by huaxiadragon from Fotolia.com)

Calypso dance originates from the Caribbean Islands, particularly from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It uses a 32-count choreography, and involves a lot of footwork and hip movements. This dance takes on many different forms, but there are four basic steps to perform traditional calypso dance.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cross your right foot over your left foot, and then move your left foot back into place.

    Calypso Dance Steps
    Calypso involves a lot of footwork. (ballerina feet 2 image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Take a right step with your right foot. Bring your left foot against your right foot, and then take a step to your right with your right foot again.

  3. 3

    Cross your left foot over your right foot and put your right foot back into place.

  4. 4

    Step to the left with your left foot, bring your right foot against your left foot, and then step to your left with your left foot again.

  1. 1

    Cross your right foot over your left foot. Take a step to your left with your left foot.

    Calypso Dance Steps
    Hip bumps are a trademark of the calypso dance. (laughing female with hands on hips image by David Winwood from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cross your left foot under your right foot. Take a step to your right with your right foot.

  3. 3

    "Bump" your hips to the left two times, then to the right two times, and finish with an extra bump to the left. Bumping means small, quick hip pops to one side.

  1. 1

    Rock forward on your right foot, then rock back on your left foot.

    Calypso Dance Steps
    Feeling the rhythm is essential to mastering the calypso. (dance in colour image by Leonid Tarassishin from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Turn halfway to your right, and then take three more steps (not crossovers) to your right. Then take one step to the left and one step to the right.

  3. 3

    Take a step forward with your left foot and swivel your hips to the left. Then take a step forward on your right foot and swivel your hips to the right.

  4. 4

    Step forward with your left foot. Bring your right foot against it, then take a step forward with your left foot again.

  1. 1

    Take a step in place with your right foot, then make a halfway turn to your right (two separate steps.) Then take a step in place with your left foot, turning at a 45 degree angle to the left.

    Calypso Dance Steps
    Add some clapping and snapping for more involved step. (applause image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Complete the turn to the right, so that you are now 180 degrees from where you began this sequence. Then step forward with your right foot. Bring your left foot against your right.

  3. 3

    Step to the right.

  4. 4

    Quickly clap your hands 3 times, hold for a beat, and then quickly clap 3 more times.

  5. 5

    Shift your weight onto your left foot and "flick" your right foot up and to the right, at the same time snapping your fingers. Your arms should be at your sides at shoulder height. Repeat the flick and snap steps again with your left foot.

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