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Learn to Shuffle Dance: Full Beginner's Guide

teacher avatar Donald Cook, Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Learn to do The Running Man


    • 3.

      Perfecting Your Running Man


    • 4.

      The Class Project


    • 5.

      "What do I do With my Arms?"


    • 6.

      Wearing Shoes VS Socks


    • 7.

      The T-Step - Travel the Dance Floor


    • 8.

      T-Step Transitions/Variations


    • 9.

      How to Time Your Steps With Music - BPMS


    • 10.

      The Charleston Shuffle


    • 11.

      Charleston Variations


    • 12.

      A Stylish Bonus Variation


    • 13.

      The X-Step


    • 14.

      The Repeat Step Variations


    • 15.

      Advanced Variations: Moonwalk, Kicking Variations...


    • 16.

      Advanced Variations 2: Backwards Running Man, and a Bonus Variation


    • 17.

      The Spongebob Shuffle


    • 18.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Learn How to Shuffle Dance: Beginner to Advanced. A Step-by-Step Guide.

In this course, I will be teaching an easy-to-follow system of learning to shuffle for the first time. We start off with the most basic and important shuffling dance moves, and will gradually progress to intermediate dance moves and variations. This course is built in a way that you may follow along each lesson, as I go over each individual step so that you can avoid confusion and reliably learn how to shuffle dance.

I also go over common questions and key concepts so that you may understand the foundation of shuffling, and how to properly apply the moves you learn to combos, and dancing alongside music.

Some music used was created by Prod. Riddiman on Youtube, including "Far Away" and "Lost" and the rest was obtained from the Youtube Audio Library.

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Donald Cook

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Hey! I'm Donald, a YouTuber and college student who is passionate about learning new things, going on adventures, and sharing my experiences with others. My favorite part about it is inspiring people to try new things themselves and showing them that starting from zero is never a limiting factor in learning a new skill. 

The video that gave me results on Youtube was one in which I learned how to shuffle dance, starting as a complete beginner and having no experience in dancing. It was exciting to share my progress going from a stiff dancer to mastering shuffling and being confident on the dance floor. This video resonated alot with people as they could relate, and it inspired them to try to learn dancing for the first time.

I've decided to teach what I know on Skillsh... See full profile

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1. Introduction: It can be quite overwhelming to be stepping on the dance floor without even really knowing how to dance. It was definitely a feeling I experienced years ago. And the truth is learning how to dance. It's not nearly as hard as many believe it to be. Everyone. I'm Donald cook. I made a series on YouTube documenting my progress on shuffle dance. I used to be absolutely terrified of dance floor. I was just awkward, stiff, and even in my high school dances years ago, I was absolutely just too embarrassed to break out of my shell. But about a year ago, I finally decided to spend some time learning how to dance. But over the past year, I've built myself up to a point where I could say that pretty good. And by following through this course, you will learn everything I know, but the fundamentals you need to know broken down step-by-step, but also tips, tricks and follow along sections provided to you. We'll start off with the most basic shuffle dance moves, then go over some common questions later on, Linux on my favorite variations in a style that's easiest to understand, follow the instructions and advice given in this course can get used from a complete beginner point. Someone who can confidently shuffled downs. So let's get started. 2. Learn to do The Running Man: Hey guys, glad to have you here. This lesson is all about the first fundamental shuffled and snow that you're going to learn called the running man. The Running Man is to remove the fundamental move that ties together everything related to shuffling. Because it uses shuffling your feet around a basic footwork, gets you used to time your steps with the rhythm and also just looks pretty cool, especially for how easy it is. So learning this move is really worth your time. They could only be one when we take away from this, I want it to be the running man. Even just this move alone makes it look like you know how to dance. So without further ado, let's go ahead and learn this move. Let's just get started. You'll notice that the first thing you see here is three pieces of tape on the floor. These three things represent each plane that you can land during the running man or to an outside, just like this. One on the inside. Just like that. It's only three different places that each foot can be on during the running man. Just three hopeless simplifies things for you. It's the first thing I want you guys to do is just take a step forward like this. You find yourself in this stance. Usually it can be any foot. But for this tutorial and teaching, you guys, go ahead and say the right foot, right foot forward, left leg in the back. And this stance in this dance doesn't have to be too wide or too narrow, a skewed into this position right here. So if you're gonna be in the middle, basically what's going on here is you're gonna take your right foot, which is your front foot, and scoot it back. Just scooted back. They're used to that food it back. Your left foot, which is in the back, there's gonna be scooping up, scooping into the middle like that. What's going on here is you're going to combine these two movements into one, the scooting back your right foot and scooping up the left foot. That leads to this movement. You can think of it almost as like a little jump, a little hop that helps you guys hop into this position. You keep doing this over and over again. It'll get really simple. So try to send me a couple of you, alright. Up. Go back, go back, up, go back and off. Pretty easy, right? Not that hard. Pretty simple. We just did this easy little step. Good enough for the position. We're pretty much halfway through limiting the Running Man, somebody to different movements. Now we're gonna move on to the second step. So now, what's your disposition in the middle? Want you to take your left foot, which is the one that's upward right now, you're going to drop it down like that. And as you do that, as you drop this left foot down, your right foot, you're going to scoot back again. So just like this, this foot drops down, this one goes back again. Like that. I want you to try this with me a couple times. You're in this position, then the middle dropped down. Disposition middle, dropdown, position in the middle, top-down. Now you're in that same stance again, right? Except your feet are now swapped. You're now pretty much learned both of the movements and the running man. Here on out, you're doing the same movements again, except with the lake swapped. Let's start from the beginning. Let's make things simple. We'll start from the beginning, right here. That stands for right foot forward, left foot back, boon to the middle. And then we just dropped down to that same stance but with the feet swapped. Hope that's simple. It's not what do we do from here? You just do this again. We just go right back into that middle part. Now we take the left foot and now this one back. Now they're ripe fruit is a walnut scoops up. So we just learned earlier, gloom. We just did earlier except with the lake swapped. Now what we're gonna do this drop-down again? Yes, just drop down again. Once we do that, that's the full cycle. They're running man. Good stuff. Let's just try and do this one more time. School food. Let's go through the full cycle. Let's get this running man, hash into our brains That's really absorb it and learn it. So right foot forward, Bernardo stance, scoop up, drop down. And I went the same thing. We are swapped, skew club, drop down, the entire running managers doing this little movement, this little cycle over and over again. When you practice, I really want you to just get used to this foot work, make it natural. Wanted to keep doing it over and over again until it feels easy and natural to you. And to the point you don't really have to think about it so much. Just keep doing this over and over again. It's quite simple. As you get better at it, as it becomes easier to do. Make it faster. Let me show you guys what that looks like from the back. Hopefully that helps you guys out if you're confused. Don't worry too much about your form. Just get you to this foot, work this into your head. Get used to it. The front view, hopefully that helps. You just turn the running man. Good job. Now we're gonna do is we're going to spice it up, going to get used to this. We're going to add, do this alongside music. Speeded up a little bit again to this rhythm. So basically the running man when you're dancing, every time you dropped down to the stance side of the drum, the beat of the song. And this part is in-between. The beat of the song goes like 1.2 and 3.4. Let's do this alongside of song. I'll pick one with a slow rhythm. Follow alongside me. So we can just get used to doing the running man to the beat of the song. Once we do this, things will click. You'll know what it really means. I could do the Running Man and the star. 123. Let's start 1 and 2 and 3. 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 1, 2, 3, 4 and 1, 2, 3, 4 and 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. And boom. You able to follow along with me there. You just learned Running Man. You just learned how to shuffle. You can officially say that you can shuffle dance. That was a bit slower than what you would usually dance to. It a little bit awkward to do that. It's like you kinda wanna go a little bit faster. But it's just starting out. But they're pretty good temple to do things that you won't get too confused. You won't stumble on your feet too much. Let's go ahead and move on to a faster tempo. We can't keep up no pressure. That's alright, so keep practicing and maybe you could catch up to this eventually. Right? Okay. Okay, so follow along. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 3 and 4 and 1. 4 and 1 and 2, 3 and 4 and 1, 2 and 3 and 4 and 1, 2 and 3 and 4 and 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 1, 2 and 3. Again, we can't match that tempo. Let's keep practicing, man, you'll eventually get it. Cool. I want to do that while talking. So that's it, that's the Running Man. It's a really versatile move is the foundation of everything. Shuffling. You just learnt how to do it through an awesome, you just made every other dance move on this list a lot easier because you know the foundation for all of it. Thank you and see you in the next lesson. 3. Perfecting Your Running Man: Let's go over some tips to perfect a running man to make your formula is good as possible if you haven't got down this basic footprint yet, this basic cycle. Don't worry too much about these tips. But if you have nice tips of how you make that look good, you can look snazzy, I guess move with it. Alright, so the first thing I wanted to go over is to keep your Foster just relatively straight. Give me back straight. Won't be swaying forward. We're leaning back. They'll make your Running Man look goofy. Check this out. If I'm like leaning back. It looks kinda weird. I'm leaning forward looking at my feet the whole time. Then it just doesn't look right. Straight back, straight than it looks great. It looks effortless. It looks good. If you're just starting out, if you're just learning, that's alright. Look down at your feet a little bit. You're trying to see if you're doing the right movements. But to make sure your feet are on the right places, that's okay, that's alright. But if you get used to this, what do you becomes a natural? Want to start leaning, you wanna start heating up. We want to start actually looking forward. Start and stop with lying. I'm looking at your feet so often. But a second tip to make your Running Man look more smooth, to look more like it's actually shuffling. Not be hopping around so much, but you get past that beginner stage. You want to actually keep your feet pretty close to the ground like this. Actually shuffle your feet. You don't want to be actually hop in that much. It's now look kinda weird. Like if you're doing it that way. Like I'm really bouncing around, let's kinda goofy. But if you keep your feet close to the ground, it looks more like you're actually shuffling. It looks it looks effortless. By the end of the day you want to find your own unique style. There's a lot you can experiment with all shuffled dancing, especially with the Running Man and running that is a very versatile. You actually liked the bouncy look and you could actually do that on purpose. I feel like dancing or something hard and actually stop around, bounce around a lot like this. I don't believe you just said often unless I'm listening to something kinda hard. But you do whatever the heck you feel like doing at the end of the day, dancing is about self-expression. And a bouncing around is how you wanna do it, and it's how you feel like doing it naturally. Feel free to do so wherever you feel like whatever you enjoy doing the most while doing the running man as overlooked, but what will look the best? So other people, if you're forcing yourself to do something you don't really like doing. It's a little off. But I'd like to say that for beginners, keep your feet close to the ground. Your posture straight. Make it look effortless and make it look good. Alright, so before we move on to the next lesson, the sculpture is simple variation. You can apply it to your running man. If you are still struggling with your basic Running Man, haven't mastered it yet, you can skip right past this. Don't worry too much about this. So this will make some moves down the line a little bit easier if you learn this right now. And it's called the kicking running man. Basically what we're gonna do is while you're doing the running man, when you'd land but your front foot you're kicking out heel upwards just like that. Look just like this. Isn't physically add some style to your basic running man. You just Running Man. There are also some other things you can do to play around with your running man. Some things that look kind of cool, you could throw in there. One of those things is just to kinda like move around a little bit. We turn a little bit. Why would you be running man, even go in circles? So something like this. You might run them out. I feel like just moving around like this. She starts kinda diagonally pointing most eat while I'm doing the running down, turning around a little bit. Don't worry too much about these things. So if you haven't got good at the Running Man yet, but when you actually master the running man becomes natural to you. You can start playing around with the Running Man. Am I doing things like that? Well, my favorites is turning in a circle, so I'm just doing the running man. Let's just start turning. Again. If you haven't got good at their hunting men yet, you analyse gonna be kind of difficult. But once a rolling out becomes natural to you, it's something that you can naturally do without thinking too much, is durations are a lot of fun. They actually come quite intuitively. 4. The Class Project: A subdued, we're gonna be talking about the class project right now. And while it is optional, I want to see you as much as your guys as progress as possible. I really want this to be an experience where you guys learned something new. And aside from just watching the content, want you guys to put this into practice and learn some new dance moves. You can just write about your progress down below if you wish. And if you feel comfortable, you could even share a video or image of your dancing down below. And if you do decide to share a video, you can ask any questions to me about what you can improve upon, how it looks and I'll give you the best advice that I can. I won't judge you. I've promised you probably will dance better than I did when I was a complete beginner. Trust me. I also feel that taking the time to practice before sharing that experience with others can be a big step and actually taking action, a setting off a chain reaction and actually practicing more often and really improving the skill of dancing. But if you don't feel comfortable or just completely optional, and either way, I thank you for watching. So that being said, I'll see you guys in the next lesson and Peace out. 5. "What do I do With my Arms?": Yeah, so one of the biggest questions I had as a beginner shelf flu was, what on earth do I do with my arms? Like What do I like? What I actually do? Like I'd actually get the fabric down and watch the tutorial is learning the moves, are start shuffling for my little progress video. And that'll be due. I'll be doing this. I didn't know what the **** do my arm, so they would just be sitting there doing absolutely nothing. It was kinda sad. I have no idea what to do with my hands during that dance. What do you suppose to do with them? But you guys don't wanna go through that because I'm the best teacher ever. And I'm just going to tell you some tips, some actual concrete examples that you can steal and copy on what to do, but your arms. Now we're here, they'll change the scenery and I'm going to show you what to do with your arms. When to start off with using the running man as a template for these different chips. So let's do this. I'll tell you the first thing you can do with your arms. Especially the best while doing the running man. And the so basically, while doing the running man is to move your arms like you're running. You're running. Now, running man. That works perfectly. It's great. Step. You basically have your arm extended like you're running. This super-duper like characteristics, something, nothing super unique. But as a beginner, this looks pretty good and it's pretty easy to pull off. You won't get nervous doing this only dumb. But look how look correct. And if you're just starting out, you're like, Oh my God, I don't do my arms. I'm so bad at dancing. If you're just doing the running, man. I mean, is you have your friggin you have your arm out like this. So that works out. As you progress. You get more comfortable with your foot work. You get more confident, thinks it a bit easier for you. You could snap it up a little bit and make it look sick as heck. So just doing this, you can have a little bit more of a little chilled out, little arm, a little snazzy arm like this. Can get crazy with the arms. You can even fill them out, extend them a little bit like you're just floating around. Looks a little bit silly, but it can have a little bit of a stylized, unique motion to it like this. You can even do it normally like this. The exaggerate, how far your arms go out. Again, this can look a little bit unique, little silly, but it can help you stand out. You can get crazy with it. You can smile a little bit. This. Even when you're doing it that way, you can actually widen your stance a little bit. It feels kind of natural to widen your entire composer. Just take up space. Vgb, a dancer, you crazy. So that's the first thing you can do. Basically, just timing your arms with the running man like a running. And when you feel like being snazzy, when you feel more confident, you could exaggerate it, be snazzy would do whatever the heck you want with that basic foundation that just timing it with your running. Finally got the Running Man. Move number two. What to do with your arms is this little motion. Basically it's kind of like a normal dance, right? Just doing this thing. But you combine it with the Running Man. So it should look like this. Check it out. You can even just doing this. You can do a little bit of that. I don't recall this. I don't have official name, but I liked doing it. I do like doing this. My favorite ones to do. It just looks really chill. And you don't see it that often what the running man. So I like I think it's like my little thing till I like it. It's a little bit unique. How many people do it? So feel free to steal it from me. I want minds. So thirdly, here's the last little concrete thing you can just steal from this list is to do a little bit of this motion right here while doing the running man. Might be like that's kinda weird. Why is that on with the Running Man? Actually fits kinda well, so check it out. That's it. Let's kinda cool. I don't want to say about it. So yeah, as you would think, ideally, the best way to do this is to combine all three of these. You're running man, he's just doing whenever you feel like doing them never comes to mind. Whenever it feels snazzy just at the moment, something like this. Together you can just put just a running man alone, do a lot. And really it can look like you know how to dance and you're comfortable in your own skin. That's why I really advise doing the running man because they're running man. So he can do anything with your arms. It's sick, especially if you know the variations and stylistic tips I told you earlier in the course, combine it with these different arm movements and you're just running man alone. You really, how long your arsenal with dancing. You can get really far with it. So hold that really helped you guys out. We don't have to worry too much about what to do with your arms. Were just starting out. This time it with your arms. Basic normal, a little motion. What's that becomes pretty easy for you. Can really branch out, do a lot of different things with your arms. And just not worry about how you look because you urinate, you have your own, your own unique way of expressing yourself or dancing. And these tools are just taught. You can mix right in steel for a little bit as you get used to them. Snazzy it up yourself. Dance like no one's watching, but people who are watching, but they'll think you're super cool because you can shuffle, is I taught you and you'd be unstoppable. Thank you guys. I'll see you in the next lesson. Peace out. 6. Wearing Shoes VS Socks: Hey, so a common question I get from people who are starting to learn how to shuffle is dual wear shoes or socks. And well, the answer to that is first, wear shoes, but also it depends. The reason why I say that shoes are the go-to option is because when you go to events like parties, weddings, etc, what exactly are you going to do if you only know how to dance wearing socks? We're going to slowly take your shoes off one by one handedness. Some stranger in the crowd, the whole DOM for you, and then start dancing. I won't judge you if you do that, I'd gladly hold your shoes. But the thing is, it can really throw you off if you only know how to dance wearing socks. And then you step into a real-world situation with shoes on. And there's also the case where some moves like the kicking running man almost require you to be wearing shoes. For the kicking running man, you're going to be kicking your heel pretty forcefully onto the ground on each step. So it would actually hurt when wearing only Sachs. I've tried it. It's kind of annoying as for the surface or flourish and dance on, I'd recommend a hardwood floor if you have one or just any kind of flat surface is fine. Slightly harder to dance on something like concrete because it's a little bit more on groupie. What else shouldn't throw you off too much? As for carpets, carpets will fail you off the most because they have the most. Grip your feet on the slide across them as easily. But if you're already kinda good at shuffling, then it will still look good. Shuffling will still look good. It won't be thrown off very much by it. Only if you're a complete beginner, I would recommend staying away from carpets as much as you can when wearing shoes because your feet will slide across as gracefully in those scenarios. So if you're in the middle of some serious practicing session, I recommend wearing shoes. Hover. Does this all mean that wearing socks is a forbidden practice and that you're a big loser if you wear socks, because that's not the case and still some scenarios were wearing socks is completely okay. I mean, most of the skill that you will gain from dancing and socks is still going to switch over to when you put shoes on and wearing socks also make some moves kind of easier, like the Running Man, e.g. and also moves like the t-stat, which I'll be teaching you next lesson. Because in the T step, your feet usually are pivoting very closely to the floor, which means that because the stock has less than grip compared to the shoes bottom, you slide across a floor a lot more gracefully. If you also just chilling at home and you hear a bob Come on and you want to start shuffling. And you're not in the mood to find your shoes and slowly put them on. I mean, there's nothing wrong with dancing right there. And then, I mean, I do it sometimes for most scenarios and serious practicing, I'd say wear shoes because it is the most Robot application of dancing. However, if you're just as vitamin or maybe if you're learning to T step for the first time, e.g. wearing socks is completely okay. Thank you so much for watching this lesson and I'll see you guys in the next chapter. 7. The T-Step - Travel the Dance Floor: Welcome to the second major lesson of the shuffled dancing course. We'll be learning how to do the T step, which is an integral part of shoveled dancing, pretty much a traveling dance move that looks pretty smooth. I feel like this is just as simple, if not even easier than the Running Man. There's actually only two steps to this movement, so I hope that's encouraging the here. This is actually one of the movements that's easier to do wearing socks and shoes. If you, if you're a complete beginner, I would actually say it's okay to learn this for the first time wearing socks. And as you get used to this move, you can actually switch to using shoes in. I'm learning how to get used to this move. Wearing the shoes. Like I said, there's only two different steps and there's movement. If you had the first 50 per cent out of the way super quickly, it's gonna be using, trust me. So to start off, I want you to get into position. The first thing I want you to do is to stand. Normally. I know that's super hard. It's really hard to staff to get done, but I know you can do it. Yeah. So just stand normally. No money your business and from here, take your right foot and rotate it inward like that. Take a close look at that. Hopefully you don't get tripped out. I don't want you to get used to rotating it the wrong way. And in this example, since we're starting off with our right foot, right foot is turning towards the left, just like that. Easy peasy. That's half of the first step done with second half is combining this with raising your left foot like that. So raise your left foot up, raise your knee up like that. Just to hip level. Nothing crazy. As you do that. You want to invert this foot like that. You get used to that room and back. Boom, boom. Used to that until this isn't too hard to pull off. So you definitely understood everything by now because you're a smart person. And what I want you to do from here is to tap this foot on the ground. Now, there's leg is lifted up. In this case will be all left foot. Just tap it down like that. I'm just a light little tap and won't be stamping. It doesn't have to be a little delicate touch either. Just intuitive, little easy task. To complete. The second step, we're going to Ebert the foot now. And by that I mean, rotate the foot outwards like that. In the first step, we wrote it inwards. For the second step, we're going to rotate it out. So right foot is going to rotate to the right. So boom, that's the full second step. We went from this to this. Combine that all together. Tap an outward rotation of the other foot. Boom, boom, boom. Not too complicated at all. I trust. You've got the hang of that. Wants you to combine these two things. The one movement, so we're standing normally, just chilling, boom, boom. During this slowly is actually going to be harder than doing it fast when you actually do this faster once you've mastered doing this slowly and you start doing it fast, you'd be like, Whoa, this is actually super easy. So once you've done this, at least once, congratulations, you just don't have the T step. Even easier than the Running Man. You did your first T step and the running man was nothing deny 900 t-stat, but he stopped was a piece of absolute cake is the best cake you've ever had and you had a piece of it. You might be like, well actually the cake has no filling if someone is missing from this. Well, due to faulty step, to actually do it correctly, you have to do it like in a cycle they do over and over again. So boom, tap it down. And from here, we're going to actually just do the first step over again. Raise that foot up and rotate that foot inwards. Boom. And then we just do the second step again, tap and Alberta rotation and the other foot. Then we just do the same thing again. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Just get used to them. Or don't worry too much about your upper body. Just yet. Don't worry too much about how smooth or form looks. Just make sure that you're getting that. Raise and tap. Raise and tap, raise and tap. You should be traveling. If you're doing this correctly, you should be traveling to the other way. It should be traveling in the direction that the foot is tapping in. Traveling, you're doing it wrong. If you aren't traveling, you probably aren't doing the rotation of the foot. Once you start traveling and doing this over and over again, then boom, you actually got the T step down. At this point you might be like, Well the lesson length is longer than right now, How's, what else is there to do? Well, I'm gonna give you a few tips on the T step on how to perfect it and then make it look even better than it really is, and how to avoid common mistakes. First things first, practice the other side. You want to, but you want to be able to do the other side as well. You don't want to be stuck to one side for the rest of your life because that's just what if you want to move the other direction and that's just something you should remember once you master one side, push them legs, and just do the same thing on the other side. This is same exact concept. This left foot will be rotating inward, raising in this football raise up and rotates outward in a tab. First things first, I want you to keep your upper torso pretty straight. Straight as you can. Just like that, once you do avoid this leading to decide if you can. So don't be doing this is you're gonna be thrown off balance is going to be really difficult to do it. You might get a small urge to want to do that, but if you do that, you're going to probably fall over. And it also doesn't look very good. Lean to the side a little bit is fine. But I do recommend that unless you're going for a personal style, just keeping your body is straight as you can, is the best way to go. So next, I want you to avoid any unnecessary rotation of this upper torso like this. Remember you're like, well how does my body even do that? But this twisting, we will look more like this while doing the T step, you might even know you're doing it. Stupid nest. This mistake actually even makes move easier, which is why people make a habit of doing this is the thing I actually did the most as I twist my arm and upper torso to, to aid with the tapping of the foot and the traveling and the movement. We're going to notice that as you do this, first of all, if your upper body looks less composed as all over the place, because you're twisting around all over the place. You're kinda off-balance. And your legs start swaying around and all these weird directions because your body is twisting all over the place. Avoid that if possible. I would just starting out and you kinda have to do that to complete the movement. That's fine. Just avoid, avoid as much as you can as you get better at doing this movement and the footwork, minimize the twisting torso. This doesn't mean no arm work at all. It just means the torso assumption and be like, if your arms are just doing this simple like that, show that your challenge to add some flow to the movement. Really fine. So does next tip is a little bit different. It's more something to keep in mind. My hope that move click in your mind a little bit easier is that when you're inverting the foot on the first step, you will notice that when you bring this foot inwards like this, you're up on your heels for a second. You're rotating on your heels when you rotate inward, if you're on your toes and there's something wrong with you, you're gonna be on your heels while you do this. And when you evert the foot, when you're rotating outwards like this, you're actually on the balls of your foot for a second. Just know that when you do this, you're on your heels and for this moment you're on your balls of your foot. So that's something's just remember just in case you somehow doing that in opposite order. So what a t step on his own. It's pretty simple, not too hard. It's just two steps. I got to teach you guys some additional movements so you can actually increment the two-step to the rest of your shuffling dances. 8. T-Step Transitions/Variations: So first off, hello, enter into the t-stat from a running man. Like entering a running man from a normal stands still is pretty simple. You just hop out into a running man stance and then go through with the movement. But if I just stand here and I start off my grand dance routine in the circle of a club by just raising my foot up and doing a t-stat Kahn Dom home. So how do I enter the T step from the Running Man? Before we do this? While teach you guys an important term that I use throughout this course. And I call it the in-between step. Usually when you're doing some kind of shuffle move, in this example, they're running man. The in-between step is the portion in between the steps. So this stance here would be the actual stepping portion of a running man where my legs step on the floor when I raised that foot up. And how 1 ft on the floor. This is what I like to call it in-between step because it's the portion in between the steps. So this is called the in-between step. So let's apply this to how I got into g step from a running man. So while doing the running man, I'm at the in-between step from here. Instead of going through with the Running Man and hopping forward and landing like this, I'm going to actually kick this foot out to the site and begin my T step. So from this portion on the in-between step of a running man, it could be any part. But for this portion, I'm going to say my right foot on the floor. My left foot is up. This part of the running man. From here to evidence you step, I'll take my left foot and tap it to the side just like that. Tap my left foot to the left like that. While I do that, just do the two-step normally like rotate my other foot outwards. Boom, like that. So slowly will look like this. Boom. And I could just entered it to the rest of the t-stat from here. Boom, simple. Once you start building your running man up, you get better at a two-step kinda know how to transition. Now I'm pretty intuitively, especially after I explain that to you step-by-step. So if it seems a little bit hard to pull off now, I want you to work in those groups separately. And if you have mastered it, if it is still hard, I want you to practice this transition slowly. So boom, boom, boom, so slowly. And then do this slowly. And as you get better at it, you can speed it up. And just speed it up just over and over again. You speed it up. I keep saying never looked down at your feet. But remember that if you're learning something for the first time, as long as you stay conscious of the fact that you're keeping your head down for practice. It's okay. Look down at your feet while learning something like a transition and make sure you're doing it right. And then want to get better at it and it's not as hard to do. Then you start practicing again. Looking up and forward. Second thing I want to teach you is how to transition from the T Step, the T step, but switching sides. How do you do that? So let's say you're just doing your T step normally. My left foot tapping for it. And as example, like I taught you guys from the beginning of this lesson. In this portion, instead of just continuing to step one under T step, I kinda hop into almost an in-between step of the running man. So instead of just preparing to do the two-step, It kinda hop into like I'm about to do the Running Man. I'm like a hub in this in-between step. It's actually pretty similar to the one and the T step. But you want to have the mindset that you're about to do a running man. And from here, you actually go into the running man stands for just a second like that. So this is what it will look like. Boom, boom, boom. And then I just kinda hop here like I'm bothering my running man. Then plot my foot down, like I'm doing the running man. From here, I raised my foot up and I prepare to do the T step. So now I invert this foot, rotate it inwards, and I raise this one like that. Then I do my two-step on the other side. It's gonna be hard to pull this off if you haven't practiced the other side of the T step, you can't switch sides of the T-cell, but we can't do the other side. Once you've mastered both sides, the two-step naked practice to transition of linking the two sides together. Whole thing should look like this. Faster, will look like this. Boom. I just so skilled. Like I'm just such an amazing teacher. There's one extra move on to teach you in this lesson. It's a variation of T step. I just call it the spinning T Step. The way I do it, I almost call it like a helicopter because it is a helicopter is basically the two-step, but you turn in a circle. So don't worry too much about this just yet after you are only a beginner and you haven't even done the two-step or mastered it yet. Let's worry about this later. Don't stress out about this. But once you've mastered the two-step, know that you can turn a circle that while you're doing the moves. I said just traveling in a straight line to the side like you would in a normal two-step. I'm going to be twisting my body in a circle like that. So easily twisting my torso like this. And the direction I want to spin, but I'm traveling to the left. You actually feel it's more intuitive to spin my body to the right like this. And then boom, boom. Like a lot of moves will feel weird slowly, but once you do it fast, it won't feel that bad. I like to do it as I like to do the Running Man, the two-step transition, but then turn a circle and even just for the fun of it, except my arms out like this, like a helicopter man and it just looks like one of the coolest moves and know how to do all up together. It will look like this. Lonely. Want you guys to stress out about learning this just yet It's common advanced move almost. Maybe as you watch this course and get better along the line, they could return to this move later and learn this special helicopter spinning t-stat move later on. But that's what the T step, That's really all I got to teach you guys. It's pretty simple. Move in theory. Just these two steps over and over again. As you apply the tips I gave you in this lesson, you can really make your T step look floaty, elegant and it will become one of those moves. You can just peacefully use the glad across a dance floor. That's it for this lesson. Thank you guys and I'll see you in the next one. Pisa. 9. How to Time Your Steps With Music - BPMS: I do the talking about BPMs, or rather the beats per minute of a song. This term is used to find how fast the songs written really is, just like the name suggests, and it's a total amount of beats per minute of a song, e.g. let's say you're listening to an electrode dance song, maybe it's fast pace, so it has a BPM of around 120. This kinda beat is usually super quick, and if you want to shuffle all alongside it, you're gonna be almost sprinting in place at this point. It will take complete mastery of a certain movement to be doing it at 120 BPM. So now let's say we're listening to some kind of romantic, slower paced song. Maybe it has a BPM of 60. This is usually too slow to shuffle to it. It will look awkward if you just start shuffling to the beat of the song because synchronizing your steps with the song gets 60 beats per minute is going to be too slow to give that sense of momentum that makes shuffling look cool. So the BPMs of every song are very important if you want to dance alongside it because the BPM is dictate, the pace are gonna be dancing. I guess if you want, you can just ignore a song's VPM and just dance or whatever speed you want. But typically, dancing in sync with the songs. Beats per minute is what makes the shuffling movement look satisfying. What makes it fun to do. And when you're doing something out of sync with the beat of the song. Something we'll see MOF to onlookers and even yourself. And most cases you'll wanna dance alongside the songs BPM. So how do we do that? A lot of cases people are intuitively able to just dance alongside the songs BPM, they can hear it. Here. The rhythm, get a feel for it and start dancing in sync with the beat. So if you're doing the running man alongside a song, it'd be landing your steps on when that base hits on every beat of the song. However, in some cases, people aren't intuitively able to understand how to do this and that's okay. I'm going to quickly explain it. I didn't briefly go over it in a running man tutorial section. I wanted to get to the Running Man and scaling them down as fast as possible. So right now I'm gonna go ahead and explain this a little bit more in depth. If you wish, you can skip over this lesson. If you can already intuitively do that. So, like I said earlier, music most often uses a four count system to keep track of the song's beat. So it would go something like 12341234. However, we usually also count the rhythm and drums in between each major beat and the count that you would add an end in-between the numbers. So 12.3 and 412 and 3.4, and it sounds kind of silly account that way, but we do. So applying the system is shuffling, mix it a bit more easy to keep track of. Basically instead of the beat of the song or county, we're going to be counting the steps that you've shuffling, dance move. So let's look at the running man, e.g. on actual stepping portion or the Running Man where you land with both feet on the ground. That's where we count on the number. So 12341234, but on the in-between step or the Running Man, that's when we hit on the end. So 1.2 and 3.4, 1.2 and 3.4. So basically, when you listen to a song, you're gonna be doing your steps in sync with. So let's go ahead and see an example of that. Because to move like they're running man is continuous cycle. We just keep doing this forever and ever as long as you wish. And for every movement variation going forward, the count applies to pretty much every time you make a movement during the dance. Okay, So this sounds really annoying to keep track of when dancing. Who wants to count on their head or out loud forever when dancing? Well, I only really consciously use this system when I'm learning something really new and confusing. Or back when I was first learning and how to count to keep track on my Running Man, e.g. if you have to count, you really will only be doing this as a beginner. You will need to be counting to keep track of each individual step and make sure it's in line with the music. But trust me, when overtime, as you get really used to the movement and you're able to do it without focusing so much. You can intuitively time it to each beat of the song. You won't have to be counting the songs beats in your head and aligning your steps with it. It will just come very naturally if it isn't yet, just be patient, just keep practicing. And I promise you, you won't have to manually annoyingly keep track of it anymore. Okay, So what actual BPM should be shuffled to? What's the best range of BPMs for shuffle dancing. Okay, so let's start off. In my experience, my favorite BPM to shovel too is and then 110 to 120 range. Ideally, right out of 115 because 15 is very fast, but it's still slow enough that you can still make out most of the movements. You can see what's going on and it's satisfying to watch. It is quite tiring to be dancing that fast, but that's a sacrifice of shuffled dancing at faster tempos is that while it looks really cool and it's fun to do it that way. You'll get an a breadth fairly quickly if you haven't built up endurance and practice over time. And that's a quick side note, don't ever be hard on yourself if you can't maintain a pace, it does take a lot of time and practice to be able to consistently dance at faster rhythms without getting tired insanely quickly. So just keep noted that if you wanted to go for a longer shuffling session, I usually dance slower than that because you will just tie yourself out way too quickly if you're dancing at 120 or 115 ppm for an hour straight. So something to remember, 120 bpm is doable, but it's usually very, very fast. It feels like you're sprinting in place almost. If I do like a song enough, I will dance at 120 BPM. But I usually avoid it for alumni practice because it's just a little bit too fast where it's almost not really worth how tired I can get throughout the session this way. So, yeah, 120 bpm usually avoided unless I really liked the song. If it's like 130, I mean, maybe you can keep up with it for like 10/22, 140 BPM and above is practically undoable. It's just way too fast. And even if you could do that at that speed, it just wouldn't really look that good because you can barely tell what the person's doing. So let's go back down at 100 bpm is also one of my favorite things. And dance at 100 bpm is without recommend most beginners to dance that once you get accustomed to move and auto-focus so much, then you can start challenging. You start with vitamin with 100 BPM. Once you get really good and you can start following that page without much difficulty, then you can go to 1109 dB PM. Nine even PMS wanted to move, start looking kinda weird because it's not exactly fast enough. It still shuffleboard. You can still dance to that BPM. We'll look a little bit off, almost feel a little bit off because you'll wanna go a little bit faster. But the good thing about 90 BPM is that it's a lot less tiring and 110 or even 100 because it's slower. If I'm really tired, I'll put on a song with around the 90 ppm range. As for ADB PM and lower 80, just listen liquid anymore because at 80 it will just feel so slow. You know, it's only like ten, less than 90, it will feel really slow and you'll just want to keep going faster than that. Yeah, I don't work your mind ADP PM, unless you're learning something new and want to dance at a slower tempo. So anything under ADB PM, I just wouldn't recommend it's not shuffled bowl. It won't look good and won't feel good. You could technically is still sync your shuffle step to the beat of the song at ADB PM, but it's going to look off. Here's a good little piece of helpful information you can actually use in a few situations. And it's that you can actually dance that double or half of the BPM of any given song. What I mean by that is let's say a song as that like a BPM of 50. This is unsharp wobbles just way too slow. It won't look good. It's no flow. So it seems like okay, you can't answer the song. But if I were to dance at double the beat, so instead of going at 50 PPM as double my entire pace and land w minus steps I would normally, this means I'm dancing at 100 bpm instead. Now it actually looks good. You can actually enter a flow and you can actually dance like this. Let's say a song like 200 BPM. This is way too fast. You're not the flash, you can keep up with that. So we cut it down to 100 bpm, which is half of it. And this works out greatly. Hubbard is not met many songs that are gonna be that fast of a BPM. So there's not many situations that you can use this button, the ones that you can, well, now you know. All right, so how do we actually find out the songs BPM? Well, it's actually super simple. I don't have some crazy tip for you. All you have to do is just hop on the Google, type the song's name, and then put BPM right up to it and she'll get the piece of information you're looking for a fairly quickly. The only scenario where this won't work as if you pick a song that's really, really obscure. And then in this case it might not be documented BPM anywhere on the web. However, even in some cases where I pick a pretty obscure song, this hasn't happened to me. In the vast majority of cases. You will be in luck. But yeah, that's it for this lesson, you should now know how to correctly dense long silent music's timing correctly, and hope you found that very useful. Thank you very much for watching and I'll see you guys in the next lesson. 10. The Charleston Shuffle: Hey guys, In this lesson we'll be learning how to do the Charleston dance. This is once again another foundational move. This is probably the last super important thing I'll be teaching you in this course, everything else after. It's still important, but they're mostly variations and just sick moves you can do to just expand how much variety you have in your shuffled dancing arsenal. With that all being said, let's just get right into this. First we're going to get into position. And the first thing I want you to do is put your feet into this kind of the position. Basically you're just putting your heels together like this and rotating your feet outwards should look. So from here we're going again to the Charleston step position to do that. Take your right foot and cross it over your left. It's going to feel really weird, but you want your right foot to still be rotated outwards like that. So your right toe should be pointed to the right like that and your left toe should be pointing to the left. Still going to feel really weird, even for me right now, it feels unnatural because when you're not dancing and just kinda chilling in this position, it feels really weird like your body doesn't naturally want to do this. But trust me, when you start actually dancing and moving in and out of this position, it's gonna, it's gonna feel fine. So right now you're in this funky position to begin the dance. Now, you want to take your right foot and you're going to put it right here in the middle like this. You're going to hop to this position while lifting your left leg up like that. So from here it should look like this. Left leg lifts. Right leg travels just tomos where you'd be normally while you're standing, extend the left leg is lifted up. Your legs are crisscrossed like that. It's almost like the running man when you're hopping up like this, except your right leg is traveling diagonally. It's gonna be kinda weird. I feel similar, but it's not exactly the same thing. Alright, so you're here. Now what your left leg is lifted up? Right foot is on the floor. Take your left leg and plop it right here. Just crisscross it right over your right leg like that? Left leg over the right. And from here, your right leg is basically just travelling backwards and everting that foot again. Just like that. Boom. This leg is traveling diagonally like this. And this right leg is diagonally going backwards a little bit. So it's like you're in that crisscross position again, except the legs are swapped from where we started. And to complete this cycle, we're going to just take this left leg and put it right back in the middle like that. Diagonally move it. The right leg lifts up. Just like that. And they complete the cycle. You just do the same thing to the right leg. Criss cross it over and chocolates, left leg back. Boom. Just like that. Now right there as a full cycle, the Charleston movie isn't actually that complicated, but what makes it hard to do, it makes it hard to even understand for beginners is how weird it looks with the feet just constantly being rotated outwards and Cris crossing over each other. Just remember that every time you learn in this crisscross position, every time you land here, your feet should always be pointed outwards. Might be confusing because the legs are crisscrossed. But take a look at this. Left foot is always pointed to the left. Your right foot is always pointed to the right. You're in-between the steps. They're always pointed forward like that. But when you land the pointed outwards again, it's possible that you may really struggle to get this foot to stick outwards. Like maybe when you get into position slowly you can do it. But when you do the dance, you'd like, just don't wanna do it. It's just too fast of a movement. I know it might be kind of annoying, but you just got to keep practicing. Now, it's every time we'd land, just think about making this feat go outwards. And as you keep doing this over and over again, as time goes on you want and you won't have to force it as much. But the thing to note here is to not scrutinize your form too much. Because I find that sometimes when I'm going into faster rhythm or maybe sometimes I just kinda forget for a little bit. And as I formed, what kind of break down a little bit of the feet won't be pointed outwards as much as they would be in perfect form. But I find that if you're still having a good time, if you're still a little bit loose, as long as if you did pointed outwards at least a little bit, don't feel bad about it. It will still look good. It's those you've got the basic fundamental pattern and the movement down. It's still going to look good. To worry about perfecting a super, super sharp crisscross pointed feet. It focused on progressing that over time. So aside from that, let me just give you some more tips to improve your Charleston from here. So next you may overlook or may not know. So just like the Running Man, you want, you want your posture to be stacked up straight and you want to be mostly looking forward or at least not looking down if you're focusing super hard, I find that I'm not perfectly looking straight ahead every time. It's kinda like my eyes darting around or slightly looking down and that's fine. But don't ever just be looking at your feet like this while dancing. It looks kinda off. And people will be like, oh, what's his head down? None of this, none of this, none of that, none of this weird fallen over thing else you will fall into your back probably. I know I keep saying in a lot of these different dance moves to keep your posture straight. But it is something I really want you guys to remember for a lobbyist, different moves because the center of gravity, if you're leaning back or moving forward for most of these dances, it really does throw off your form and it actually makes it even harder. And it also doesn't make it look as good. But the reason why I keep emphasizing getting different in different moves is because some of these moves out you don't require the straightest back. So I'm moving to actually lean back a little bit. So for certain moves, want to distinguish that from you guys? Running Man, two-step and to Charleston. Your back is mostly straight moves. I'll be teaching you in the future what you actually move your back in a slightly different position. So just letting you guys know another thing you can add to your Charleston and might make it easier or may make it harder depending on your own style. For some people, it helps that while doing the Charleston there, here and the lift your leg up at an angle like this. Instead of just doing it a little bit. I mean, you kinda have to do this at least a little bit. Some people like to really exaggerate this and this helps them as they land already be in this everted foot position of the legs pointed outwards and just really exaggerates that pointed feed even more. And also helps with land that way too. If you want to do, if you want to focus on that as well, just add that through Charles. You can go right ahead. It's doing this. For me. It feels a little bit weird. I don't I could do it all the way like that. If you want, you can add that into your Charleston receiving makes it easier, or if you just like the look of it. This is not really that common mistake. Some people don't land on the balls of your toes. For the Charleston, you really, and for all of these different things you're landing on the balls of your toes is really helpful. Because from here I can just, I'm already in the balls of my toe and I could just bounce out of it like that. You don't want to land completely only on your toes. If you don't like, only be on your tip toes, but you want to have most of the weight on your toes. From here, you can just use that calf muscle on spring into position and keep going with it. If I'm lending on my heels, mostly on my heels, It's not going to really work out for me. Check this out. I can't really hop out of it very well. So this is not exactly that communism mistake, but it is one that some people make. So that's you try to avoid that. It's going to just be a lot harder and look a lot worse if you're landing on mostly your heels are flat footed. Alright, final little extra tip wanna do with your arm ensuring that Charleston. So kind of like the running and you can just do the running motion. That seems to work out for the most part, just like this. But something I find is that something a little extra you can do with this move that looks kinda good. And he might not really know what is the kinda just due to circular motion with the arms, just like this. For the Charlson, it looks really cool for some reason then basically it will look like this. You could also even sway your torso to the side just a little bit. I mean, if you do it excessively, you're going to lose that balance. But it's enough for the Charleston, if you really want to be really feeling it. Almost lean as you land on each leg like this. If you lean a little bit too much, it gets harder to rotate your foot outwards, but something you can do once you get better, you get comfortable. It's really feeling the movement. Just some extra tips from you guys because you don't know what to do with your arms and upper body. Alright, congratulations dude. You just learned how to do the Charleston or at least watched how to do it. Which is a pretty complicated for the most part. So good stuff. After this, we'll be learning some of those variations I told you about for the Charleston. So my favorite variations for any of the dance moves on this list, because they just look really cool and really fun to do it. We'll be learning just that next lesson. And I'll see you guys there. 11. Charleston Variations: Man, this is one of the fun parts of the course. We're going to Charleston variations. These right here is one of my favorites, especially because they look really cool. Most of them aren't that difficult to do. And if you already had a Charleston down, you can probably learn most of these in session are to. First off, we have the crisscross, or some people call it the diamond. It is probably the easiest Charlson variation I know, but it's super fun to do and it looks pretty impressive for how easy it is. So to teach you this, I want you to start off in the normal crop Charleston step position. A little crisscross right in the middle here. And what you're gonna do from here is hop out to the side, just about shoulder width and maybe even a little bit wider from here. And from this little stance here you're going to hop back into Charleston step, but with your legs swapped from before you hop into position. So let's say, so now from my right front of my left, hop into position. Now my left will be in front of my right. And that's the entire crisscross. Just keep doing that over and over again to transition into this. You're just doing your Charleston. It from here. Hop out, boom. And you could just continue Charleston too if you want. Like that. If you know how to do the Charlson already, this is pretty easy. It's I feel like it's even easier than just doing the Charleston normally, but knowing the Charlson beforehand and getting used to this little criss-cross will make the crisscross so much easier. So hopefully you got that all down, or at least the concept, because we're moving on to something that expands upon the crisscross and it can make it even cooler. But it's its own separate move to and it's basically this toe to heel movement. I don't know what it's called, but it's what my favorite things to do. So do what you want to start off with the crisp glass. So Let's say we're doing a Charleston and hop out. From here. They do this. You basically wanted land instead of, uh, instead of being in a normal stance, you want to land with your toes pointed inwards. And from here, you want to point your toes out like that. You just use your heels for a moment. Do that, then turn them back inwards like that. So crisscross, boom, boom, boom. Back into the crisscross are back to Charleston if you want. The entire movement. You don't have to go too crazy with the toes just a little bit of a enrich rotations enough to really get that affect the silk. And it just looks, these are two separate movements and you can just switch between them if you want. And just, just so seamless man, everything just works out. Okay, so now we've got the traveling Charleston. This is fundamentally just a normal Charleston, but on each little hop, you go forward or backwards depending on where you want to go. If you already know how to do Charleston won't be too hard. So basically on each little hop, we're just going forward. So I'm wanna do, when I'm doing this, I might just go forward a little bit like this. From here. Put the Charleston back down. But I went forward at the same time instead of just normally staying in place. Forward, just like that. So Charleston forward, forward, forward. You can switch this up if you want. Maybe on the in-between steps, you don't go forward, but on the steps you do go forward. Do it that way if you want or you can just every single hop you can go forward. Like that. Same thing goes to go in backwards. So maybe I want to switch going backwards. Same thing except by just hop backwards instead. Find this is slightly harder. It gets a little bit weird to be going backwards, but as you keep your balance, think about the stand-up straight. We'll be fine. Just like that. Boom. Deliberations done already. He was not sick. They're not that complicated either, especially as you're ready, go to Charleston down. It's gonna be like a piece of cake for you. But lastly, we have one more final Charleston variation. I'll be teaching you for this lesson. And I will say it's the hardest of these four. It's called, I call it a kicking Charleston. Basically kick while doing the Charlson with your feet. And you sweep your leg at the end there to really exaggerate the effect. Alright, let's do this step-by-step. So I'm doing my Charleston and I feel like doing the kick in-between step. Instead of putting my foot down like normal. I'm going to kick it forward like that. So boom. Just do it as much as you can relating to your own flexibility. Don't do it, you don't have to. Some people haven't seen in flexibility can get really crazy with it, but it was weird to just do a little subtle kick like that. So boom. You can also, while doing the kick, your foot that's planet down, can also evert the foot like you're doing normal Charleston at two. So boom, foot everted, then returned from here with your leg forward. The second step after this is just to return here again. From here, you get that stroke. You just put this leg backwards like this. So like that. Boom. Then back to the in-between step than a complete it, you can just resume at Charleston. Foot back down. That's the whole kicking Charleston isn't exactly a dot complicated. But what makes this hard as that balancing on 1 ft the whole time, especially at a faster rhythm, might be kinda, kinda mind almost follow up for a second. So you really got to practice this slowly. If you don't hurt yourself or fall over, just do the step-by-step. You might only want to work on the soup at the end too. You can just put it here and that's fine. But if you really want to exaggerate the effect, get the best effect. You can. Swoop it like that. And it looks best. Just like that. It's difficult to concentrate on doing that. I felt that's the hardest part to get down. I would recommend doing the first three first just for some motivation, some encouragement. Get more bang for your buck when Marbury agents with less effort. And as you get better and better you could work on it's harder ones like the kick, especially that swoop, pretty difficult. But that being said, that's all for all four variations for this lesson. And you just look at me all through on congratulations man. 9-node the crisscross, the total Hill, move, the traveling Charleston and the kicking Charleston. You guys. In the next lesson. 12. A Stylish Bonus Variation: What's up, bro, today we're going to learn a bonus Charlson variation. Should it be pretty short lesson? The reason why I consider this a bonus variations, because although it looks cool with Charleston, you can pair this with the running man as well. So it's not unique to the Charleston thing. So it goes just like this. So it's a pretty cool looking move and it actually is quite simple. But I'll teach you the step-by-step so that you don't make any common mistakes. So to enter it, Let's start doing our Charleston. So doing the Charleston, when you get into the in-between step, will look kind of similar to the Charles and in-between step. But in this position wants you to raise your foot up and get ready to tap the heel into the floor like that. So basically it will look similar to the Charles in-between step, which is just this, except a foot that's raised. Be more in line with our center. And we're going to move diagonally to the right like this. So we're going to have this foot in the air here, pretty much flat. So we can get ready to tap it down into the floor. Boom, boom, Charleston. And enter to this variation like that. So this is a transition point and now we're going to start this variation. So for this example, my right foot is on the floor and my left foot is in the air. I want you to take your left foot and tap it down diagonally to the right. So not just in front of me like that. There's gonna be moving to the right. Shift your whole body in this direction too if you want. So just like that. Boom. Right now I'm not facing all the way to the right instead of an angle to the right. So in-between the front and the right at a 45-degree angle. So now we're going to shift our entire body to the left. Just like this. Boom. Now I'm 45 degrees to the left like that. Not all the way. A little bit to the left like that. So Charleston, transition point, boom. Now all the way to the left like that. From here, the next step is to transition right back to where we just were. So boom, boom, boom. That's the entire move. So it should look like this. Just like that. So after we land here, shift there, and shift right back, we just return back to the Charleston. So go back to the in-between stuff. I left foot will be in the front from the ending of the movie. And the next step after we're going to just take this back to the middle and lift up our right leg. Boom, and just carry on with the Charleston or how you can even go back to the running man. Just like this. Although I'm breaking this down step-by-step in case it is confusing. If it is intuitive for you to just return to the move and you're just able to return back, just think of it that way. So that's it, that's the whole variation. The concept of self is simple, but I remember I made a lot of mistakes with this move without even knowing it. So I'm gonna give you a few tips so you can avoid those same pitfalls I fell in. A common mistake is not really shifting in one direction enough. You might just do this. And it still looks kinda cool when you do it fast enough. Like if you did it wrong or might look like this. Like it doesn't look bad, but it just takes away from the movement. It looks a lot better when I shift my full body in that direction, including the back leg, but adds a lot of dimension to the move as compared to just kinda like keeping the foot in place. So it's not going to just point n like flare around like that. It still can look cool, but doesn't look nearly as cool as shifting your entire body like that. Even nowadays, I sometimes make this mistake if I'm not thinking about it or I'm going really fast. So just be better than me and don't make this mistake. The second tip is more of a mindset that might make them feel better, is to keep most of your weight on the foot and the back. So e.g. the way I do it as I put my left foot and the front, am I putting them back as a right? So I'm kinda leaning back on our right foot just a little bit. So you can kind of push yourself into the next direction. Do this multiple times if you want. But I usually only do it a few times before I return back to a different move. Somebody went a little deeper with this variation than I did with the others. But I think it's worth the extra time because it looks really cool. It's quite impressive. It adds this element is speed that you're dancing. It's also good to know some extra tips for this move because it's really common to make mistakes on this one. That'll be it for this lesson. Good job following along, and I'll see you in the next lesson on the next step. 13. The X-Step: Hey, do today every human learning how to do with the extent it is quite a popular shuffle move, but it also looks really cool. Despite how cool it looks, it's actually quite simple and easy if you already learned everything else. I taught you so far I'd like to Charleston and some of its variations. This particular move should be a piece of cake. Before we get started, I want you to remember the kicking running man. Remember that. Well, there's a reason why I taught you how to do that really early on in this course. And that's because learning that transfers really smoothly into knowing how to do the next step. Because the next step is basically just a kicking running man. Well, what the legs having diagonal movement. So let me show you real quickly. This is the kicking running man from the front. This is going to be the next step. See the similarity. It's basically just the same move except instead of kicking my leg down forward, I'm pivoting my leg and my hip as well to a diagonal direction. So I want you to practice the kicking running around with me for a little while. Hopefully you've already practiced it, but if not, that's cool. You should be able to get it fairly quickly. It's just do the running man slowly. Tap your heel onto the floor. Your front foot, which lands on the stepping portion, is kick the leg up. Just kick the foot upward so that the toe is pointed upwards and the heel taps into the floor. So she looked like this. You wanna make sure you're wearing shoes for this else is gonna kinda hurt. So make sure you can get this at a normal speed. Here we move on. Okay, so now we're going to add that diagonal movement into the kicking running man. This is what will make it turn into an x step. So let's just enter the Running Man position together. So assist, start doing the running man slowly. And at this point on the in-between step. For this example, my left foot will be on the floor and my right foot will be lifted off the ground. In this example, let me tap our heel down. So just going forward, take this right foot and tap it to the left, your left hand side, so your right foot diagonally travel to your left side. Just like that. While I do that, I left foot also travels diagonally to the right. So like that. So get used to that. Were up here and we end up here. Here's might be confusing. So here's a back view. We start off here in the in-between step and we end up here. We noticed that the big difference here is that unlike the Running Man, you kinda have to hop from step to step. Whereas on the running man, you can get away with more of a shuffling approach where your feet stay closer to the ground. So this is step one. Step two, we're going to enter the next in-between stuff. And to do that, we're going to basically get into the position of the normal running man in-between step. It's the same exact position and we end up here. However, getting there will feel a bit different since we're from a different position. So basically, we're going to take this right foot and we went back to the middle. And we're going to raise up the left foot while we do that, just like that. So step one, step two, step three, it's just like step one. We're going to take this left foot that's raised up and travel it to the right. Boom. From step three, we're going to enter a next in-between step by taking your left foot, hopping to the middle portion and raising up the right foot. So, boom, boom, a step forward. I'll show you a full cycle really slowly. And from here in-between step, step one, step two, step three, step four. Just like a lot of other moves, this will feel really unnatural and awkward. And doing it slow from spot to spot would be like hopping and don't be like weird, but when you speed it up, a flow is a lot better. It feels more like you're actually entering a flow rather than this weird hopping around goes just like this. 1.2 and 3.4 and 12.3 and 4.12. So easy peasy. However, there is one thing you should know about this move before we move on to the tips tennis that move is actually quite tiring, especially compared to others. I mean, all the shuffling is pretty tiring, but this one's always spend them on animals tire of things that do for me. And the reason for that is because compared to other moves like the Running Man, you're hopping and actual jumping of the feet. It's a lot more exaggerated in this movie as compared to the Running Man. And the Running Man, you're kinda just you can hop around, but most of the time you're keeping your feet pretty close to the ground. It's actually shuffling on the EX step. It feels more like you're jumping from place to place. It still fits in really nicely and combines really well with other shuffling moves. But the nature in which you travel from step to step a little bit different and it gets a little bit tiring. So you get tired really quickly while doing this. It's pretty normal, so don't feel worried about it. Okay, So let's move on to those tips. The first thing I want to tell you is that to not forget about hips. Remember Tim also align your hips with your legs when you do this? Because one of the biggest mistakes I made when I first learned this was not involving my hips with the movement. And because of that whole dance looked kind of lacking in power. It just looked kind of like you could just tell I was kinda of an amateur because the whole body is disconnected from my legs. But once you involve a lot more movement. So you'll notice that aligning your hips with your legs as well as his machine to touch the movie that makes this move as much energy as it radiates. Okay, it's up to don't forget to lean back just a little bit. Don't be leaning back excessively because that way it just looks kinda goofy. Having a little bit of lean back where you are expressing herself, opening up your body a little bit gives us move. Like I mentioned earlier with the hips, more power makes you look more open and also will feel a little bit better. Another thing that might help is to think about keeping most of your weight on your leg in the back on during the steps. So I want this leg to be doing most of the work. Well, this leg is barely really even on the floor. If I don t think about doing that and if I want to keep most of the weights, my front leg, it's gonna be kinda it's not going to work forward. I'm gonna be like falling off balance really easily. So it's kind of different to the Running Man where you keep most of your weight on both legs until you jump back up on one leg, on the next step, It's like you gotta be on that back leg. I forgot to do that. That's one of the differences why it's moved feels really different. You know, it's mechanically really similar to the Running Man. However, before we go, there is one more variation I want to teach you That's sort of unique to the smooth. And then it's kind of a repeating motion of your front leg during the next step. So it looks like this is just what we're gonna do here is hot for a second. But just lift up the leg in front. Then we're going to hop again but smash this leg down. Boom. And then continue on with the next step. Just know that during this variation, as you raise your leg up, you could optionally turn your body inward like this to emphasize the movement, to really add a bit of dimension to it. And then after that, you just, you just return back to the next step and go back with your move. The cool thing with this variation is I'd like to commonly pair it with the variation I taught you last lesson. And it looks, it will look like this. So just like that, it looks really cool. I feel like the combo of these two, It's one of my favorite combos there is, because you can just do it with the Charleston. And it works out. But I feel like it looks really cool with the EX step because we're pretty much already in the next step position when you enter this really Paris nicely to add that variation of turning your whole body and everything. But you could also just do it normally like this. I thought I'll teach you that specific combo because it's just one of my favorite ones to pull off. Just something to remember though, is that even if I don't teach specific combo in this course, you should still experiment and try out combining different variations together. Most fun thing to shuffle dancing. When you're finished with this course, I made sure to experiment with different combos, combining different moves into different variations because you'll have to strictly only do the associated variation with the one I teach you. That's the fun part about shuffling is that most moves you can mix together. So there aren't really many variations for the EX step, but there is one more I'll be teaching you in the next lesson. Let's not unique to the next step because it's a concept that can be applied to both the Running Man and Charleston. You'll see. Anyways, good job for sticking with me through this far. You got yet another really amazing looking move in your arsenal. And aside from that, I'll see you guys in the next lesson. 14. The Repeat Step Variations: I do the same about the repeat step. Reason why I made this a separate lesson from the corresponding movements is because I thought I could group them all together for you guys here, learn a Meta skill that you can apply to a lot of different things. So you repeat step, what does that exactly? So when you're doing a foundational moves like the running man, Charleston and human technically the next step, while you're doing the movement, you go backwards for a second. So check this out by running man. Instead of just putting the movement and going along with it, I actually go backwards a second and add some variations. So easy way to do it. So I'm here. And instead of going forward, actually go back. So it should look like this, like that. Instead of just going forward. So just like that. So let's go over the step-by-step one more time. The money man. I mean, the in-between step where one leg is down, one leg is raised instead of going through with it, instead of putting the foot down forward. Completing the running man back down this way, it goes forward again. To say that I go back to where I just was, instead of going through with the cycle, it can look really cool if you're just doing the running man normally, going down a repeat step every now and then. Just like you know how to dance, if you really spice things up, a one trick pony, just doing the running man cycle forever. You can throw a little repeats up in there. You can even repeat it a couple times when you get better at it like this. Charleston has one of the moves that makes it a little bit tricky. So let's go over to Charlson version of this just in case you can't do it intuitively. So I'm doing my Charleston, boom, boom, boom. I'm on the in-between step now when Lakes down on legs are raised up instead of going forward. But that leg back, right here, right here in this ligase, ligase down goes forward instead of backwards. So just like this, only read about this is that it does do unnatural for Charleston. Running my version is pretty easy, but to Charleston and Dusko, kinda weird. Not carry that momentum and scroll backwards again. But it's really got the Charleston down. Won't be that hard to do. Just keep doing it over and over again. So I'm here. Couldn't get used to that. You can continue with it. Okay, Onto the next step version of the repeat step. This one's a little bit special. It's actually different than just repeating itself. It's kind of harder to do it in my opinion, compared to the Running Man and Charleston version. But it looks like this. It's kinda weird because it's not really exactly repeating the step again. It's cobble, whole new variation on its own, but it still looks like a repeat step. And it's why I've put it into this lesson. So to do it while you're in the next step on the hill, kick movement of it. Instead of returning to normal part. Like you would with the other repeat steps, you just put your heel down like this. You write lakes and go down. And this makes them go up. So instead of actually returning here, you just put your foot down, waffle fears and diagonally like this. Then you can do it again like that. So keep the heel up again and kick this lifted leg back down like that. So that's the next step, repeat step. It's almost like a double EX step rather than a repeat variation of it. But yeah, it does look pretty cool. But also common, the most confusing compared to those two. But you'll get it down. You got this far, hasn't stopped. Now. That's all the repeat steps that have for you guys today. Really sweaty right now. That's totally harmless room. But we got through it. We didn't learn how to do them repeat steps because we're not really complicated, weird one with the EX step, but we did it. In our next lesson. We got some more variations. This time we're returning back to the running man. But I saved this one for this later part in the course because these are some of the more advanced to Running Man variations. A move that you probably know pretty well by now. But they all kind of harder to do, really spicy. So my favorite variations to do. Hence why they're kind of more advanced. I'll see you guys then. Thank you for being my students. 15. Advanced Variations: Moonwalk, Kicking Variations...: Everybody, good to see you. Today we're going to be learning some more Running Man variations, some advanced ones. I'm super excited to do this one when we're doing the moon walk, shuffle, some tweaking variation, a backwards running man, and one bonus variation. At the end. We'll be starting off with a clicking variation on the Running Man. And it looks like this. I really like this one. This one just emanates. Power, just goes with the beat of the song really well. If you know how to time it, it actually is quite simple. It's quite easy and you can't really do a running man. Wanting this variation is gonna be pretty simple. So to do this, you want one leg to be jumping leg, one leg to be kicking leg for me also, my right leg is jumping leg, which means there'll be planted on the floor, jumping around and my left leg will be the kicking leg. Ideally, in a perfect world, you'd want to practice both sides, but let's say you wanted to dominate on one side. I want to pick your stronger leg, the leg that's on the floor jumping around because it actually takes a bit of strength and balance to be jumping around on one leg. And your other leg will be the one that keeps me stronger ligands. The right leg or weaker leg is the left leg. So how do we get into this? So basically on the in-between step of a dance around the Running Man, on the in-between step, right here, in the middle section. From here, hop your right leg backwards or a lake that's going to be on the floor. Hop it back just like that. It's all you gotta do is just hop back like that. Now we're going to add some kicking into that while you'll hop back. Kick it back like that. Boom. Just kick it back. That's it. Step after this. Hot forward again. Lakes is gonna be in the middle here. Then to round it off, take your leg on the floor, hop it forward. Like this. And not just one goes forward. And as we hop it forward on this last part, we're going to kick this leg back just like that. Donkey kit. Boom. So she looked like this. Then after that kick, you just go back to the middle and you can either go back into the running man or you can just do the whole thing over again. Going into a cycle of kicking back according to the middle, go into the front, going back again. You could do that as many times as you want. As your leg jumps back, your leg will be kicking forward. And as your leg it jumps forward. Leg will kick back. And that's it because moves already looking pretty spicy bathroom, even spice it up some more, just flip or some spice on that move. Instead of just going with the movement normally. I almost delay it. Like it looks really cool when you delay it, but you're still going to time it correctly. So I almost skipped the part where I bring my legs in the middle. But when I hop forward again, then I bring that leg back around really quickly. So it should look like this. If you notice, my leg on the floor isn't really even hopping forward or backwards that much is a very tiny little hop. You pair this with the right beat, you person with the right moment in the song. It looks absolutely amazing. One thing to note though, about this delayed version of the move is that because I'm not bringing my leg to the middle on the middle part of the steps. It's kinda hard to travel so much as you would usually during the actual hopping. So usually if I just bring it in the middle, I can have a little bit further. But when I'm delaying, it's really, really hot. And that middle part. So those scrutinize how far you're hopping, not trying to long jump here. Don't do that. It can be a little small hops and that's okay as long as the basic concept of the movement is being done correctly, listen matter how far you're hopping, you don't have to be doing under that. Can be small or hops and that's okay. Second on this list of variations, we got another variation for the Running Man. They like to call this the subtle cooking variation because it's thought as powerful, but it's a more chilled out version of the kick, but it still looks really cool. It's still worth learning. Let me show you what it looks like. So let's move is quite similar to the one we just learned, except it isn't quite as bombastic is the one we did earlier with these kicking your full body movements. It's more of a standing up straight. And just doing this with your feet. Setting this one up is a little bit different than the donkey kick because it's not as simple as just entering it from in-between the steps like this. Don't enter from this position, you enter from here. So how did we get there? When you're doing, you're running man. Instead of skipping to the next step in doing this from here, instead of landing, normally you want to land with this left foot off the floor already. That's how you're going to get into this kicking. So I'm here in between the steps. In this example. My left leg is on the floor, my right leg is in the air. When I land, I plot my right leg down. But my left leg is up. It's close to the ground but it's not exactly on the floor right Now. From here, kick your left leg forward. Just like that. Boom. Just like the donkey kick variation, this first step when I'm kicking forward, I'm hopping back. Right leg is hopping back, while this left leg kicks forward. So boom. So you might be thinking that this is going to be the same thing as the Zaki kit. Know, this version, there isn't a hop in-between from here. Instead of hopping to like a middle part and doing this, I just kick back already in hop forward so that the next step after that is again kicking forward and hopping back. What I like to do is instead of just continuing with the kicks, like doing this over and over again, I like to hop out of this and transition back to the Running Man on this last forward kick, the second forward kick, and the third step of this movement, we're going to actually hop out of this land into a running man, likes this, and then continue with the Running Man. So it will look just like this. I'll do it slow step-by-step to understand it. Running man, land like this. Landing 1 ft down on one leg in the back but not on the floor. Actually. Kick forward, kick back. Then as I kick forward, hop out of it into a running man. As I'm kicking and hopping out at the same time, I'm landing and to a running man stance like this. And from here I just go continue with the Running Man. And that's it. That's how I like to incorporate this move to my Running Man. Six tough man, that's already two whole new movements down. Both of them, the cool kicking variations that you can cooperate to your Running Man seamlessly. But now we're gonna be learning one of my absolute favorite dance moves to do ever. I'm impressed a lot of people. It's one of the things people asked me about the most when it comes to shuffling, everyone thinks it's the coolest Running Man variation out of the bunch. And they're breathing it today. And it's called the moon walk running man. Knowing how to do the Running Man already, which you should know by now. This can be super helpful in learning how to do this moon walk variation. This move will be a little bit confusing because it's going to conflict with habits. You already know what they're running, man. But knowing that you've made it this far, you apply both to get this in a day or so. This is what it should look like. Yeah. I very much recommend you practice in the area with a lot more space. And I have right now, you can avoid doing what I just did, but I'll teach it to you guys here anyway, even at the risk destroying my TV, because I appreciate you guys and you deserve to know how to do this. So, just like these other two movements, is best to start out by learning this, doing the running man. So while doing the running man, you transition into this move. You're doing, you're running man. Just like these other movements, we're going to enter from in-between the steps or the in-between step, right here in this example, are right foot is planted on the floor and my left leg is in the air. And from here, instead of just planning normally like a running man, we're going to actually land with our back foot pointed at the floor like this. So from here, just like always, my left foot, which is in the air right now we'll learn forward. My right foot wall will go back like usual. The standard landing, my right foot flat footed, like you always do in a running man. This time, your right foot ball land, what the toe pointed. Your land just like this. Just like a normal running man, except this foot in the backyard, which in this instance is my right foot, is pointed at the floor, the heel is pointed at the ceiling. So we've got used to just practice with me over and over again. Land. But with the toe on the floor. Land what the floor and land the floor. So that's the first step. From here. Take your left leg, which is in the front right now, and slide it backwards. So align it with your right foot is boom, just like that. Boom, just like that. Doing something slowly at the beginning, step-by-step. Everything we've learned so far, just toast two steps. Running man, slowly. Boom in between the steps. Land with the toe pointed at the ground. Now left foot slides back. Okay, so step two is done. We're here with the right foot still pointing at the floor and the left foot has slid back to to catch up with the right foot. So what I want you to do now is to switch the feet. Switch yourself. So this right foot is pointed down like this. Now hawk and switch them like this. Boom. Right foot is now the one that's flat footed. And the left foot is now pointed out the floor. Now this third step, the third step is to take this left foot and Bobby switch the feet, bring it back like this. Boom. So that's the third step. This is where the second step is that. This is the third step. This is the second step. The third step. So just like that. So I invite you to practice this third step with me. Get used to this because this is the part where when I first started learning, I get tripped up on the most, I'd be doing this, blah, blah, blah, and that's just what I do at my feet. I wouldn't know what the **** do. I really want you to get good at this right foot to point out the floor and you switch and bring the left foot behind you like that. Okay. So that's the third step. The fourth step is to, you might have guessed the right leg and slide it back, just like we did with the left foot earlier. So boom. As we already practiced this kind of movement and shouldn't be too hard to get down. Boom. And then the next step after this is just restarting the cycle over again. And from here we're basically going to just be switching the feet again. But now the right foods in the back and you just slide this left foot back, switch. Swift room and I'm gonna hit my stuff. So once you get to this point, then you start switching. It's just a cycle of doing the moon walk over and over again as many times as you would like until you want to finish. Everything we've learned so far, step-by-step, slowly. I'm going to write in math at the in-between step. That right foot behind me, what the toe point at the floor slab? My left foot back, switch slider back, switch, slide it back. Keep in mind that how far you put your foot behind you. It's up to you actually, it's actually all about style and both, both longer steps and shorter steps still both look kind of cool in my opinion. If you're short on room, you can do these shorter steps. Just don't have a good mood walk cycle without crashing into crap and you have lots of space. Go ahead and just take these longer steps to really travel across the dance floor. So that's all up to you and your own personal style or circumstances. So there's one more thing we're going to go over before we can save. We learned the moon walk. That's question is, how do you even end the moon walk? Okay, so you've got two options. First option you got is you slide back here, any part of the cycle you want. You basically just slide here. Maybe you pause here for a moment and then you just walk off. You're like, okay, that's my home done guys. Everyone's applauding. You wave, you smile, and then you walk off. And that's it. That's the first semester first option. So it looked like this. The second option is what you wanna do if you want to continue dancing after the moon walk. And it looks like this. So it looks kinda cool, right? But what exactly am I doing? So at this point, whereby the slide towards the foot on any leg? It could be any any leg you want. We're sliding towards that foot. Now at this point, when we slide back as we, as this foot catches up with the other foot here. I hop like this. When I'm doing here is this foot that's here planted flat-footed, topping off the ground. Now I'm just taking this foot here that's pointed at the floor. Now I'm just going to point it into a step like that. Could even land like this with the heel on the floor. You're doing a kicking running man. So I like to do it usually. Then you just continue to run a marathon here. So like this shouldn't be too hard to pull off, especially if you've got both the moonwalking done as well as the normal running man. You just jumped out of the moon, tripped. You just jumped out of the moon. Walk here. Here, hop hop into a running man step to be even a normal one if you want, but I like to point heel up like that. And then you just continue with the running man. Like that. Great job if you just follow along with me throughout that entire moon walk tutorial section. When I first learned that they were super difficult and you made it through these concepts. So congrats, be sure to keep practicing every individual step of that moon walk because it is a little bit complicated for beginners. So get used to point that toe up every time we'd land behind you. Get used to this movement. As you land that foot behind you keep, just get used to point that toe up over and over again, as well as a switch portion here when you switch the feet around used to that, just keep getting used to doing that. Rewatch the tutorial as many times as you want because it was I remember it was super confusing for me. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Take a step-by-step, they get slowly. You'll notice that when you practice things step-by-step individually, then tied together, you'll find that it's not that hard actually. It's just confusing to watch. But with that being said, good job. And we'll move on to the next iteration in this list. 16. Advanced Variations 2: Backwards Running Man, and a Bonus Variation: So before we go over that last bonus variation, we have one more funding than variation to go over. And that's going to be called the backwards running man. It's exactly what it sounds like. It's just a running man, but the moves are reversed. So it should look like this. So before we actually learn how to transition the running man into the backwards Running Man matures. You heard it a movement from just a standstill. Even before that. Let me teach you guys this simple movement that wanted you guys to get used to before we actually do the backwards running man, not move is just kicking your leg like this. You do this to Stan normally. This is going to help you get used to the backwards running man who when we get to it. So all standing normally, take your right foot and take it up and then bring it in a circle towards a backward circle. You got used to that. Let's keep doing the cycle. And then as you get used to that, he left leg and do the same exact thing. Boom, towards me, up and towards me. Like a little circle. Almost. Don't really bring it in a circle backwards like this. Just bring it towards you and once it reaches this point, bring it down like that, and then start the circle again. I trust you won't have too much struggle with getting that simple movement down. Backwards running man. So this will be the first step from this standstill to standing normally basically wants you to take your left foot and top one to that 1 ft onto that left foot like this, like that. Just hop up onto the left foot. Notice that as you do this, if your right foot should almost naturally end up here, it says you're hopping onto 1 ft. The other foot just kinda lifts up off the floor like this. You'd almost think about chicken your life foot forward just a little bit too. So, boom, boom. So that's step one in this movement for now. So moving on to step two, but I want you to do is hop forward with your left leg now. And as you do that, the right foot is going upwards like that. So this is like almost like the in-between step of the running man says it's going backwards. This foot here is going forward. This food isn't going up. So hop left foot forward and take the right foot and bring it towards you like that. So boom, step to hop and forward. Bringing that leg towards you like we did in a circle almost so, boom, like that. So step three. But we're gonna do now is we're going to switch the leg that's on the floor. Take the right foot from here and plop it down like that. Now you're going to notice that this leg is just naturally lifting off the floor now. So boom. You can almost kick it up manually if you want. So just like that. Now, like we did before, forward this right foot like that and bring this towards you like that. Boom. From the beginning is going to be like this. Boom, boom, boom, boom. The rest is just so we just learned it, but in the cycle. So switch these feet again. Left foot goes down rapidly in the air. And then we'll do what we just learned in a cycle. So 1.2, 3.4, just like that. So before we actually learn how to transition this into the running man and wants you to get used to doing this movement. Maybe a faster speed. You want to basically be able to do this dance, move on to zone. So basically speed this up. So first you could do it slowly like this. You get better over time. This might take a while depending on the school level or just your own unique style. So moves, you're gonna be harder or easier. No professor and yourself over time make this go faster. Audience that the faster you go, the easier it is to maintain the cycle. It's going to feel a lot more natural. Because the physics, let's integrate this into our Running Man now, the concept through it is actually simple, but the practice and practice has always been tricky even for me, because we were fighting against physics here when we do the Running Man into the backwards running man because we're basically taking all this homeless forward momentum with her legs, suddenly switching it completely backwards. So this is the reason why I taught you the kicking variation. First, I want you to get into position for the subtle kicking running man. We're doing the running man. At this point we land with 1 ft in the front and 1 ft in the back, actually lifted off the floor for a second. And instead of going through with the kicking running man like this. Instead of doing that, from here, we're going to actually kick into the backwards running man. How convenient that I taught you how to do this already high. So boom, boom, boom. Just like that. Just like this. That's a really fun and exciting part about shuffled dancing, running all these different variations, all these different dance moves and finding all these little synergies in between the steps where you can combine even moves together or other different moves makes other one's easier. And you just see this experience, all these moves, you got snowball. Here's just keep getting better and better. Design this course in a way where you can find all these different little connections at these dance moves, how to each other, how they're running moves earlier in the course can make leather one's easier, or Redwood to combine different moves together. That's what's making this course really fun for me to teach to you guys. And I'm hoping you guys are getting a lot of value out of this. In many ways. That's the backwards running man. Asks for the technical footwork. That's it. That's all you really need to know and do to move correctly. But there is one vital tip I gotta give to you guys before we move on. And that is that you want to lean backwards while doing it backwards running map. Unlike normal running man, you can't really move forward while doing it. You can, but it's just gonna be, you're not going to emphasize the full moon for this movement by just doing it with a straight Back. For your own unique style. You can do that if you want to really emphasize just your footwork. Who but I find is that leaning backwards really emphasizes the backwards nature of this movement. Where they're running, man, you're just leaning forward doing it normally. Suddenly you switch into this backwards cycling of your legs. And now you're leaning backwards. It's emphasize how do you just switched to physics up around. And leaning backwards demonstrates that kind of coolness. And a second tip is how to transition back into the running man from the backwards running man. To do it, you're gonna be doing the backwards running man. Here. You bring your leg towards you like this. From this section. They're just bringing it down like this and switching legs like normal. So don't do this. Switch back to the running man. Wants you to do is from this section, bringing the leg down backwards behind you like this. So see that entering back into the normal running man, physician, normal step. So boom, boom. And from here I can just go back into the normal running man. So just like this, slowly, I'll do it slowly for you guys. So that's all I'll be teaching you guys for the backwards running man. We'll be moving on to the fifth and final variation of this lesson, which is what I like to call the hip twist variation. As far as I noticed, no official name for this dance move, but I just call it the hip twist because that's essentially what it is. You're just twisting the hips. And it's actually, the reason why I call it a bonus variation is because, why do I commonly associate this move with the Charleston? You can technically do it with the Running Man and even with the next step as well. So this is what it would look like. As you can see, you can associate this move with the trust and the running man even next step. That's why I like to call it a bonus variation, but I do like to teach it using a Charleston because it actually compliments the Charlson the best in my opinion. And to entering it from the Charleston is also the easiest as far as my experience goes. And that's how I learned it. So cysticercosis things up because learned just using the Charleston. I'm doing my Charleston step at this point at the in-between step because it's where you entered the move instead of just going through with the Charlson step in criss crossing your legs. Come here. You want to take this leg here that's lifted up and twist the leg forward. Boom. It looks kinda goofy when you do it slowly. It feels weird when you do it step-by-step. But when you add these altogether, it actually looks really cool. So that's just part of this first step, the complete this first step. You want this foot is planted on the floor to actually invert forwards, you rotate like this. For the foot needs to rotate inwards like this, while this hip twist forward like that. So like this. So after that first step, the second step is to just return that an in-between step. But you want to emphasize this hip twist. You want this to go backwards a far amount. But as you comfortably can don't hurt yourself doing this, even just a subtle amount is cool, but just kinda emphasize by turning this outwards now, boom. As a second step. As you do that foot on the floor again. So this foot, Hebrew, it's like that. Step one, step two, boom. In. Step three is you have two options as step three, you can either return to the Charlson normally by putting your foot in front of you like this. Or you can put it behind you. Like you're doing a repeat step or the Charleston almost. So you can either do this or you could return like this. So step-by-step, the form movement goes like this. That's for the Running Man. It's pretty similar at the in-between step where the Running Man, you basically do the same exact steps. So boom, enter the in-between step. And instead of going through with the Running Man, I just twist those hips and I can just return it back to the Running Man. That's what the next step is, the exact same concept. So doing the next step, between step, just do the hip twist and I can return to it like normal. That's five entirely new variations for shuffled dancing moves you just went through, you just learned all these different concepts. Even practice a little bit. Good stuff man. Yourself on the back. I know it's kind of cliche to say that, but you really know, you did a good job. I definitely tell you some of the harder variations in this course, like the moon walk variation and even the backwards running man. So be sure you practice the movements in those steps, step-by-step, slowly as you get used to them, speed them up. I know I keep emphasizing that same exact tip, but it's because it's so important, it's the entire foundation of how I learned how to shuffle dance the steps slowly, very slowly. And as I got used to them, as I became more confident that I was doing it right and doing it correctly, then I would speed it up. Am I going to be tripping over my legs anymore because I made sure to do each step slowly and mastered them first. So that's the greatest, biggest tip I can give to you guys. It's so simple, but some people just skip over this tip, not realize why they're not making progress. So don't forget this. Without being said, we're gonna move on to the next and final lesson in this course, we're doing the SpongeBob shuffle has quite a fun name and shuffle itself is also a fun dance to do. So. Can we teach that to you guys? And I'll see you there. 17. The Spongebob Shuffle: Welcome to one of the final lessons of the shuffled dancing chorus. It's been quite a long journey, but he made it here. So good job for getting this far. I'll be teaching you how to do the SpongeBob shuffle. It really has nothing to do with SpongeBob, but that's what it's called for whatever reasons. So we're going to just roll with it. Unlike everything else we've learned so far to SpongeBob shuffle works and side-to-side plane, where you move from side to side. Whereas the ones you've learned so far usually work in a forward and backwards plane. So I decided to lay out the tape again, make this simple. This will be a good visual aid, and while this may look a little bit confusing the first time you see it, it's really quite simple. And by the end of this tutorial, this MOOC will be pretty easy for you to understand and it shouldn't take you too long to get it. Alright, so let's go ahead and get started. First thing I want you to do is to go ahead and stand on one leg just like this. Where does tutorial? I'm going to start off with my right leg on the floor and my left leg raced. First thing I want you to do is put this left leg behind your right leg like this a little bit. Bend the leg behind your back one just a little bit. Not like all the way. A slight amount like this. Here. The first step is to kick this leg out to the side. And with your leg on a floor, hop out to the right. So right leg hops to the right while your left leg kicks this direction. So boom. So we're travelling from the middle of this plane to the right side and your left leg is kicking out and extending all the way. Okay, Boom, first step done. The second step now is to get this left leg and place this onto the middle of the plane now. So boom. And there now your right leg will be placed behind your left leg like this. So now we're here on this left leg, right leg bent and raised. And the third step is like you've probably guessed, we're going to hop out to the left now while kicking your right leg, extended like this. So boom, that's step three. I'm like a little bit wobbly right now standing on this leg would trust me, when you're actually doing this up to speed, balance isn't really a big issue. For step four. We're going to hop right back to the middle, onto our right leg like this. And this is gonna be the exact same position you started in before we learned how to do this move that right there is a full cycle of the SpongeBob shuffle and turn. It should look just like this. Pretty fun moved to do overall, I must say only complaint is that it does take a bit more energy than a lot of other moves because it really hopping around more so than shuffling, but it's still a really good move to add to your arsenal of moves you can bust out at anytime. It's really just hopping out to the side. If returning back to the middle, hopping to the other side and back again. And every time he returned to the middle, after hopping out to the side, you will switch the leg, you land on. Your first few attempts at doing this. You might accidentally try to hop back on the same leg. But know that every time you jump out to the side, you're going to take the leg that's kicked and land on that kicked leg. My first time doing this, There's a little bit confusing and try and hop back on the wrong leg and it was tripping me up. So if you get tripped up the first few times, don't feel bad, it's normal. But you'll get the hang of it, especially if you've learned everything else, just move will be one of the easier time. You'll have learning something because you've had so much experience just getting confused and living to break past it. Moving over some few simple tips. I'm not gonna spend too much time on these because there's simple. And you probably heard some of these tips are ready from past, have shuffling moves. First one is to keep your back straight. I don t think this will be a mistake most of you will make because it's quite intuitive. You're not going to fill any urge to lean forward or backwards. Just a straight back while you do this, it's completely what you wanna do and what will fill the most natural. And ask for a swaying side-to-side is gonna be just like a t step where you don't want to go too much to one side about your lean over and not a T so that we can actually get away with leaning a little bit. But on the SpongeBob shuffle, you will want to pretty much have almost no lean at, at all. Because when you do that, it actually throws you off balance because you're hopping to that side. So it makes sure to avoid that because if you do that, you're probably going to fall over. You do the move just like I did right there. As for tip number two, recommend starting off with smaller hops and smaller hubs. Where do you want to do most of the time? Because since you don't travel as far between hops, you can really crank up to speed on the smaller hops because you can land so quickly and it takes less energy to jump shorter than it is to jump further. If you want to jump further, then you can. Nothing wrong with that. Just takes more energy and it actually takes a bit more time. So I'm faster tempo. So you want to practice at a fast tempo like 100, 1,020. It's gonna be a lot harder to do large hops because of the time it takes to actually travel to the hot end to actually jump that far. So I'd only preserve longer hops for a more experienced shuffling and for someone who knows what they're doing. Okay, third tip, what to do with your arms? I have a few examples you can just copy or steal from me. The first one is to spread your arms out on each hub. And as you jump inwards back into the middle, you just kinda bring your arms in at the same time, it's quite an expressive movement and aligns really well with what your legs are doing, which is jumping in and out. So as I jumped out, I extend the arms. And as I jump in words, I bring the arms back in. Boom. Just like this. You can really experiment with your own version of the hand movements. It can go really, really wide, or just more of a subtle version of this move. So something subtle, super crazy. Second thing you can steal is if you want to be a little bit cocky, if you want to have a little bit of attitude to your tensing, maybe if you like the look of it, you can go ahead and transition to sticking your hands in your pockets. During the movie, I've seen people do this a lot. It's quite popular. And I do it too sometimes because just funny, it looks cool and it's a good way to show off. So just like this, first off, I'm going to teach you how to transition into the SpongeBob shuffle. And doing this as actually quite intuitive, in my opinion, it's not very hard to do. She didn't give you too much trouble. And just like every other transition, you want to transition into it on an in-between step of another move. So commonly you'd be doing the running man. And as you raise into the in-between step, you pretty much in position for the SpongeBob shuffle. And maybe you can modify it by doing it in a standing position by erasing up here with one leg behind the other. But honestly, when you first transition into what you can do, don't even have to start off that way. You can just be normal running man in-between step, then kick out to the side, and then from you, you can do your SpongeBob shuffle. The same thing where the Charleston, It's not really a complicated difference. Just doing the Charleston. And as you raise up and in-between, step that foot already up. So you just kicked to the side and started SpongeBob shuffle. X dot is the same idea doing my x dot. And as I get into the in-between step, just kick out to the side. And you're good. Transitioning out of this bunch of shuffle has style to it, but you got to have a bit of a feel for it too, because they will feel a little bit funny the first few times you do it. And what I like to do what I think looks the best for my style is as I kick out to the side, the moment land down through this leg and this position. So during the movement, right when I land here, I hop out of the sponge off shuffle. I just jumped out of this. So boom. Into any dance I want to land into. Usually for me, I like landing into the Charleston because we just jumped and bring those legs together back into the middle plane. Just like this. Doing this, doing the shuffle. Boom, back into the initial for I want and I just carry on with that shuffle. Show you the running man, e.g. SpongeBob shuffle. Boom, until the Running Man step. You just land into any step of any dance. If you want to start continuing into, you're just going to carry the momentum of landing in two to transition. So instead of just hopping back into the position to continue with the sponge, I'll shuffle. I'll just hop right back into any kind of dance I wanted to continue doing. So, boom, Charleston. That's it, man, that's it for this lesson. And as for concrete step-by-step tutorials on shuffled dancing and moves, That's about it for this course. I'm really happy you followed along with me this entire way and getting into this at first, really confusing skill set of dance moves can be pretty hard, but managed to stick through and get down to the bottom of all these different concepts, now learned a really strong foundation and the most popular and most important shuffle dancing moves. By learning these movements, you now have a lot of options. When you dance, you can really surprise people, make them smile. You won't get bored because you just keep having a lot of different moves. You can pass out and you're going to have a really good time yourself. And of course, there's also the personal achievement of learning something as difficult as shoveled dancing. So that's all I have to say for this particular lesson. And I'll be seeing you guys in the final lesson right now. 18. Final Thoughts: Awesome stuff. Do you made it all the way to the end of the course? Not every concept for the major shuffling jazz moves and achieved a lot of variety in your foot work. You can ask, switch it up. Now, bust the mood. Congratulations, forever. I'm assuming you haven't mastered every movement on this list. There's quite a lot here to learn. And maybe for some of these you only watch the tutorial in practice it very much. And in that case, I want to give you the best, most practical tip I can leave you with is when you practice in Newark confusing move or just something you're struggling with. Practice. Each individual step, slowly, ease into each movement slowly doing things fast. It's a lot harder than doing them slow. I'm sure you've figured that out by now. But the biggest mistake I made in the past was just seeing a movement done and trying to do it in real time, right when I saw it in failing over and over again as when I actually did the move step-by-step just entered each position, every singular steps slowly. I was able to get them moved down. And by slow, I mean, doing it in a way that's so slow, it would take 50 times the amount of time to do it only once or they wouldn't do it. That's low. I'll be like Okay, LinkedIn, 50 times slower to 25 times slower. And then once I could do it that way, ten times slower, five times slower and so on. Having just a little bit of patients actually makes you learn a lot faster as well as prevents you from making bad habits, from doing the move too fast and wrongly the first time around and every time you master and move on to the next, this, whenever somebody confuses, you go right back to the lesson in this course, analyze the movements, watch each step slowly as many times as you need. Remember the tips and advice. I give. Nobody hard on yourself. If you struggled to get a few of the movements down. When I first started, I was absolutely terrible, had no control over my body and it was very, very frustrating. But once I stopped putting pressure on myself to improve super-duper quickly, and I just let myself take my time and do each move slowly. My Progress really exploded. If you want to share your progress with others, you can participate in the class project down below, you can write about your experience or if you feel comfortable even share a video or image of your progress. I have faith that if you haven't already, it will be dancing your heart out and events and parties, making others smile and having a great time yourself wanted to say, thank you guys so much for watching, intending this course and choosing me to be the one who taught you some new dance moves. I wish you luck in your journey going forward and I'll see you guys around. Throughout my coffee. You can forget that.