Basic Line Dance Step

By | April 6, 2021


Grapevine, also called the vine, is perhaps the most widely used line dance step. Grapevine is performed by walking to the side while the feet pass in front of and behind each other. You may have seen this move by watching football players.


Chasse (sha-say) comes from ballet and means chase. This step is found in several dances including line dancing. The dance step is where one foot moves to the side and the other follows it, when the next foot meets the front foot, the front foot takes off again. This can be repeated until you are on the other side of the room.


The cross or unwind is one foot that passes over the other and then you make a ball on your feet half turned so that your legs are crushed.


The fabric combines the vine with a cross in front and a cross behind. With this dance step you can travel in zigzag formation across the floor.


The hook is where you raise one leg and cross it over the other leg just below the knee.


The booklet is where the knee is lifted so that the bone of the leg remains to dive.


The underwater course is the dance step where you take a step back, then follow with the other foot. After both feet are steps forward with the first foot. This move can also be made step by step.

Splits and twists

The heel plate is when you put the weight on your toes and spread your heels out and back. splits by putting your weight on your toes, but instead of just spreading your heels, twist your heels while keeping your toes in one place.


The pivot is where you put one foot forward and turn and on the other foot ball. If you put your left foot forward, turn right. If you put your right foot forward, turn left.

Stomp and strut

The stomp is quite self-explanatory — this is where the foot is put on the floor by force. But there’s also a staple stomp where your weight is on the heel when placed on the floor. There are two types of supports: heel toe and toe heel. The heel bone is where the heel is lowered first, followed by the toe. Toe heel is just the opposite. Line dancing is a great way to have fun while tipping back a cold in your favorite honky tonk or just for a little exercise. You do not need a partner, just the knowledge of a few simple steps to get you in line and dance. Soon you will be Boot Scootin and do ‘The Cotton Eyed Joe.’