How to Learn Square Dance Steps

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Square dancing originated with the settlers who came to this country, bring with them their traditional dancing--what some would call folk dancing. As the settlers from each country gathered, bringing with them their own dances, the various dances changed and merged, and were guided by a caller who remembered the dance steps. This tradition became square dancing, which continues today. Do you wish to learn to square dance? Read this article for more information.

Do Sa Do

  • Stand facing the center of the room with your partner at your side.

  • Hold your arms up in the classic dancing position if you are a man. Hold your skirt with both hands if you are the woman.

  • Turn toward your partner, and advance forward. The man will pass the woman as she stands at his right shoulder and, without turning around, will circle around her, with his left shoulder passing the woman's left shoulder. He will then step backward into his position, facing the woman. The woman will do the same as the man, and will end facing the man.

Flutterwheel

  • Stand with your partner with other couples around the outside of a square. The women from couples who are standing directly across from each other step forward, link hands and circle around clockwise in the middle of the square.

  • Advance forward if you are the man left standing on the outside of the square without your partner. Instead of taking the hand of your partner, take the hand of the woman who stood opposite you across the square.

  • Return to your side of the room if you are the woman, and take the male from the couple who stood opposite with you.

  • Turn to face the center of the square.

Reverse the Flutter

  • Complete the same steps as in the Flutterwheel, but this time it is the man who steps forward, and links hand with the man from the couple who stood opposite him.

  • Step forward if you are the woman left without a partner, but take the hand of the man who stood opposite you across the square.

  • Follow the man as he returns to his side of the square, and turn with him to face your partner across the square.

Pass the Ocean

  • Advance forward to meet the couple who stands across from you.

  • Move to the right if you are the man so that the woman from the opposite couple will pass by you on your right.

  • Grasp the left hand of the woman from the opposite couple if you are the woman, and revolve so that the women face the center of the circle, but are not standing directly in front of the other.

  • Take the right hands of your partner if you are the men, and stand facing the center of the circle, but not standing directly in front of your partner. If viewed from above, it will appear that the four couples form a wave as they stand with their right hands grasped in the center of the square.

Right and Left Through

  • Advance forward with your couple to meet the couple who stands directly across from you. Move to your right to allow the woman from the opposite couple to pass on your right.

  • Take the woman's hand from the opposite couple and spin with her until you face the opposite side from which you originally stood. The woman who is your partner will do the same thing. She will move to the right of the opposite couple's man and spin with him until she faces the opposite side, then step forward with you to the edge of the room.

  • Place your left hand over the shoulders of the woman, take her right hand in yours, and turn her counter clockwise, stepping backward until you do so, until you both face the center of the room. The opposite couple will do the same as you and will end up on the side form which you started.

Learn More Square Dance Steps

  • Go to a square dance in your area. These can be found by looking in the paper or by looking in the phone book.

  • Join the group and learn more steps as you dance with the other dancers.

  • Continue dancing with that same group at other dances held by the same group, or at dances held by other groups, and continue learning more square dance steps.

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