What Are Some Basic Line Dance Steps?

Basic line dance steps include stationary, single-count steps such as the hold, in which the dancer stays in place for a beat without moving, and the bump, in which the dancer pops a hip to one side without moving the feet. Line dance steps also get considerably more complex, including the Charleston, a four-beat move that starts with a step forward followed by a kick with the following foot, a step back with the kicking foot and a toe touch with the original stepping foot. These moves come together to form complex line dance routines with names such as Cowboy Charleston, Canadian Stomp, Puttin' On the Ritz and Country Slide.

Some line dance moves are similar but with slight variations. For example, the hop and the jump are separate steps. For the hop, the dancer jumps in place on a single foot. For the jump, the dancer jumps either forward or backward on both feet. The number of times this step is repeated depends on the dance.

The hop and the jump are steps that are designated to take place over the course of a single musical beat. Other line dancing steps, such as the backward shuffle or scissor step, take place over multiple beats. Dancers typically lead with the right foot when completing these steps, but that is not always the case.