Internet Dance Instruction Links
By: Roger Sleger Last
Knowledgeable, experienced dancers will tell you "If you want to become a better dancer - work on your basics!" A convenient and inexpensive way to do that is to through videos from reputable instructors. To help you with the five core dances that our Swing Club dancers do, here are some suggested Internet links. Mouse click on any of the links below and they will take you right to the on-line videos. Unfortunately, some of the videos are preceded by advertising. Just wait for the ads to finish or skip them when you can.
West Coast Swing (WCS)
WCS basics with Robert Royston About Robert Royston
side pass Under
arm pass (or right side pass) Sugar
Turning basic Locked whip Basic whip Whip with inside turn Whip with outside turn
WCS basics 101 with Michael Kiehm (while vacationing in Hawaii)
WCS 101 with Erik and Anna Novoa
To further your dancing skills, go to "www.youtube.com/MKiehm1" and
"Subscribe" to Michael's growing series of mostly WCS dance tips.
It's rare for an instructor of Michael's level to publicly offer so much advanced
material for free.
Finally, here's a nicely detailed video on how to step and flow to West Coast Swing music.
East Coast Swing (ECS)
ECS basics with Robert Royston About Robert Royston
Plus a few nice videos by Joe Baker.
Basic steps plus several patterns
Night Club Two-Step (NC2)
There are several ways to start this dance and
count its timing.
We recommend following how your regular instructor starts and counts it.
Beginner lesson series by Jo Thompson and Tim Szymanski
Starting footwork and closed basics
Outside and Inside turns
Left turning basic
Right turning basic w outside turn + Traveling left basic w inside turn
Connecting patterns together
Current day dancers typically do a smooth "Drift Cross" pattern as explained in this
Michael Kiehm video which also includes the "Alternative basic."
This Latin dance has Cuban hip motion. So don't be afraid to try it!
Basic elements of Cha Cha Top 3 tips
Under arm turn Outside partner breaks
Cross over breaks w underarm turn Spot Turn
Cross body lead >> with inside turn
Open break w underarm turn
Chase step >> with half turns >> with full turns
Chase lock step
And here's a nice beginner lesson video with Joe Baker.
Here's a few videos to get you
started in this fun dance.
Hustle 101 with Erik and Anna Novoa:
Learn to dance Hustle, Volume 1 with Joe Baker:
Get Inspired - Watch the Pros on YouTube!
Short of attending major, weekend dance events, the next best thing you can do to inspire yourself to dance better is to watch dance pros perform in exhibitions and competitions. Here's a partial list of top-level swing dancer links to check out on YouTube. Keep in mind that each dancer has his or her own unique style and personality. And the world of swing dancing is constantly changing.