How to box step dance

How To Waltz Dance For Beginners Videos

The 3 free online Waltz dance steps below will teach you how to Waltz step by step.

We will show you how to do the box step - which is the most fundamental basic step, then in the second step we will show you how to turn the box step on one spot and lastly we'll show you how to do the progressive basic step which travels around the room. These moves are a great start for beginners interested to learn Ballroom dancing.

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Introduction to the timing of Waltz:
The way you count the Waltz is 1,2,3 - 1,2,3. The Waltz has a strong accent on count 1, so most figures start on that count. All the beats in the Waltz are equal and the tempo is usually slow.

How to Waltz lesson #1: Waltz box step:

This is the box step, which is the most fundamental dance step in the Waltz. To learn this step you just need to imagine you have a box in front of you and then you going to step on the corners of the box. You will also get a good demonstration of the "rise and fall" technique which is used through out the Waltz. Go ahead and try it it out!

How to Waltz lesson #2: The box step turning to the left

Now we will take the same box you learned above and we'll show you how to turn it around on one spot. It is imperative that you have mastered the regular Waltz box step (the lesson above) before you try to turn it. To turn it, all you have to do is do the box while turning the shoulders to the left, slowly turning around and bringing your partner with you.

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How to Waltz dance lesson #3: Progressive basic step

So far you learned 2 moves that were stationary. But what if I told you that the Waltz is actually a progressive dance! Yes it is. The Waltz is a Ballroom dance that travels around the room (counter clock wise). In this video you will learn how to get around the room easily with the progressive basic step.

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Learn Basic Steps For Waltz

Waltz is an elegant, nearly universal dance, perfect for weddings, or almost any social occasion. It's not as hard to learn as most people think.

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Quick intro

Waltz dates back to the late 17th century Europe, but has never really been out of fashion and clearly stood the test of time. It should probably be one of the first ballroom dances you learn.

It is a smooth and graceful dance with long, flowing movements, characterized by rise & fall motion. It has a unique 3/4 timing and a simple rhythmic pattern which blends with the music. You can start waltzing very quickly by just learning the simple box step.

Basic steps

The basic step for waltz is a box step. It's named after a pattern it creates on the floor (box or square) and forms the foundation of the dance.

A box step can be divided into two parts - a forward half box and a backward half box. Each half box has three steps - a step forward or backward, a step to the side, and a step to close the feet together.

The leader starts with the left foot and executes a forward half box, followed by a backward half box. The follower performs the opposite – she starts with the right foot and executes a backward half box, followed by a forward half box.

The basic box step pattern uses three counts - slow, quick, quick, which is repeated twice to create the box step. Timing is 1,2,3,1,2,3 or 1,2,3,4,5,6.

Instructions & Diagrams:

When dancing waltz someone has to lead and someone has to follow. Usually the man will lead and the woman will follow.

Men's Steps:

  1. Step forward with the left foot
  2. Right foot step sideways to the right
  3. Bring your left foot next to your right foot
  4. Step back with the right foot
  5. Step back sideways with the left foot
  6. Bring your right foot next to your left foot

Lady's Steps:

  1. Step back with the right foot
  2. Left foot step sideways to the left
  3. Bring your right foot next to your left foot
  4. Step forward with the left foot
  5. Step forward sideways with the right foot
  6. Bring your left foot next to your right foot


In this video Leon and Kim will show you the basic box step. You will also get important tips on rise & fall movement which characterizes this dance:

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Once you've mastered the basic box step, it's time to start rotating that box. It will usually be rotated to the left (counterclockwise), so it's called the Left Box Turn. It's quite simple: with each half box, you turn 1/4 of the turn to the left. After two boxes (or four half boxes) you will complete the turn and end up where you began. Then start all over again.

Ok, so now that you know the basic box and how to rotate it, lets continue with basic progressive. Here, as the name implies, the leader will always be moving forwards and the follower backwards. This will enable you to move around the dance floor instead of just dancing on the spot. Here is a clip from Learn & Master Ballroom Dance course that will show you in detail how it's done:

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Now that you know the basics, what's your next step (pun intended ;)? To go to the next level, we recommend one of the video training programs. Here are our recommendations »

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"Russians strive for the impossible" The most famous dancer on the planet about the end of the world, nightclubs and incredible Russians: Theater: Culture: Lenta.


25 and On November 26, the world famous Irish dance troupe Lord of the Dance will perform on the stage of the Moscow Crocus City Hall with the new Dangerous Games program. Dangerous Games is a magical combination of ancient Celtic melodies, Irish tap dancing, synchronized corps de ballet and intricate acrobatic routines with the latest stage technology, colorful costumes and powerful special effects. The creator of Lord of the Dance and the most expensive dancer in the world Michael Flatley told about the new show, the famous Irish character, the mysterious Russian soul, dancing on Red Square and the end of the world.

Boxing, flute and tap dancing

Apart from classical ballet, it is Michael Flatley who is now the most famous, influential and expensive dancer in the world. In the Guinness Book of Records, he is mentioned three times at once: he holds an incredible tap dance speed record (35 beats per second!), he is the highest paid dancer in history, and his legs were insured for 57. 6 million dollars.

Michael Flatley - Lord Of The Dance

Michael Flatley created what is now considered the national Irish dance around the world. His shows - Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger Live - have taken place in 60 countries and have attracted a total of more than 70 million viewers.

Mike was born in 1958 in Chicago to a large Irish family. His parents moved to the USA in 1947. He inherited his dancing talent from his mother's side: his grandmother was the champion of Ireland in tap dance, his mother is a professional dancer. And the father is an ordinary plumber who was very fond of music and insisted that his son learn to play the flute. At the age of ten, Michael began to study Irish folk dance and ... boxing. And at 17 he became the champion of America in Irish tap dancing, the winner of the competition for the best Irish flute players in the USA and the champion of Chicago among amateur boxers. Several roads opened before the young man. A choice had to be made, and Michael Flatley chose the dance.

Irish character and Russian soul Can the Lord of the Dance show be considered an Irish folk dance or is it more of a modern dance?

Michael Flatley: I created the dance that represents Lord of the Dance. It is based on traditional Irish dance, but I have modified it, modernized it and adapted it for the modern stage. When I was very young, I taught myself to dance and came up with my own moves along the way. I did not experience any influence from other dancers then. I wanted the Irish dance to use not only the legs, but also the body and hands, so that it would be faster, so that some kind of action would take place in it, the speed would change. And as a result, yes, it is an Irish dance, but it is also much, much more.

Michael Flatley

Do people in Ireland now dance as part of their daily routine?

Yes. Dance is a significant part of Ireland's national culture, and since I transformed it in this way, it has become even more popular, especially among young people. Now the dance has a huge number of fans, and I'm very proud of it. Everyone dances in Ireland because it's in our blood.

People often talk about the famous Irish character. Irish character - what is it?

The Irish are full of life, joy, pain, sorrow, thirst for struggle... Full of all these wonderful things that create the unique Irish character.

How does this manifest itself in the national dance?

When I first saw how the Irish dance in their homeland - absolutely impassive, with a straight back, hands pressed to their sides - I could not understand it. Because in the rest of the world the Irish dance in a different way: with passion, having fun, joking, laughing, playing, singing, telling each other stories... And in Ireland, absolute asceticism: pressed hands, a stony expression on their faces... I wanted to change everything. Why should we dance without emotion, with our hands clasped? We won't do that! And I changed it. I think what happened as a result is much more in line with the national Irish character and national dance.

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What do you think about Russian folk dance? After all, you have repeatedly visited our country and are probably familiar with the Russian dance tradition. To what extent, in your opinion, does Russian dance express our national character?

I was very, very impressed by the performance of the Russian Folk Dance Ensemble Moiseev. Of course you know them. They are great! I got to know the men and women of this ensemble and their passion for dancing was incredible. And another time I saw a ballet in which Baryshnikov danced, and it was something not from our world at all. The Russian soul has a passion for perfection. Russians strive for the impossible, strive to do what no one else can do. Something that is beyond. I saw how long Baryshnikov could stay in the air. He flew, he hovered in the air thanks to the incredible power of his legs. It takes crazy talent and years, years of training from a fantastic mentor who could teach him how to stay in the air for so long to get to that level. For me, this is the Russian character.

Michael Flatley

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Dancing in 3D

Can dance help with any personal psychological problems? In other words, is dance therapy possible?

I think everything is possible. For example, when I dance, I get rid of problems, I relax internally and feel happy. Dance brings me a sense of harmony and balance. You could call it dance therapy. The same thing happens when I play music.

Are you a professional dancer and do you sometimes go to a nightclub or disco to dance?

No. Never.


I'm not interested. I'm not the kind of guy who goes to nightclubs. Sometimes on tour I can go to a nightclub with my dancers. They can go dancing if they want, they are not forbidden. And I'd rather sit with my martini at this time. I dance, or rather danced, I'm only on stage.

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You have been dancing for over forty years. How has dance changed over this time?

Very strong. But he had to change. The dance pushed the boundaries, but did not break them. Irish dance is a discipline, in that respect it is not particularly different from ballet. He has his own school, there is a certain set of characteristics and there are limitations that cannot be ignored. I'm following this myself. The main choreography of the dance remains the same, and the development of the show comes from the direction, the story we present, rock and roll light, sound, pyrotechnics, holography, great costumes, and finally, the audience.

Can you compare Riverdance and Dangerous Games? 25 years have passed between these shows.

They are similar in many ways because I created both of these shows. They have a lot in common. Riverdance was very good for its time, for 1994. But the world has come a long way since then, and Dangerous Games is up to par. This is a show on a whole other level. I haven't seen Riverdance for a long time and I don't know what they are doing now and how they are received by the public. As for Lord of the Dance and our new Dangerous Games program, it's going very well all over the world.

How has the new digital technology affected the show?

Very much influenced. For example, in our new program we use my hologram. I no longer go on stage, but my hologram dances instead of me. Then they become two, three. Three of my holograms. This fragment of the show is especially popular with viewers. 20 years ago it was impossible. And ten years ago it was impossible. Even five years ago. A great gift that new technologies have given us. But it doesn't come cheap either.

I recently made a report about the show Sleeping Beauty Dreams, in which our leading ballerina Diana Vishneva is engaged. This is a high-tech show using special costumes with sensors that transmit the dancer's movements to a computer, a special program processes them and then projects them onto a 3D screen in the form of various avatars. "Dreams of the Sleeping Beauty" was successfully shown at several venues in Russia, including the Crocus City Hall, where Lord of the Dance will perform, and now they have begun a US tour. Do you know something about it?

Yes, I have heard about this show and would love to see it live. Did you like it?

Michael Flatley - Lord Of The Dance

Yes. Everyone knows that Sleeping Beauty slept for a hundred years, but no one thought about what kind of dreams she had all this time. The show gives you the opportunity to see these dreams with your own eyes. A ballerina dances on the stage, and avatars of her passions, feelings and nightmares dance with her on a 3D screen. And all this with modern electronic music.

Sounds great. I wish them success. If I get a chance, I'll definitely go to see it.

Dangerous Games and a night on Red Square

Tell us about Dangerous Games. What is this project?

Dangerous Games is a big, bright, colorful dance show. The storyline contains a fair share of love and a fair share of evil. Our hero must go through difficult trials before he wins. Quite a life story. We've all had to deal with this. But everything will end well. The public likes it. Everyone sits until the end, no one leaves. I am especially pleased with this.

You are the creator and director of Dangerous Games, but you don't dance anymore, your three holograms dance instead of you in the show. Are you coming to Moscow?

Most likely. I really want to come and see the show in Moscow. I love your capital very much. Once we performed at the Kremlin Palace and lived at the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel. I remember one night, after an excellent dinner with a bottle of good wine, I went for a walk on Red Square. It was one in the morning, very cold and almost no one. I took off my coat and started dancing. Few people looked at me like I was crazy. And I flew back and forth across the square, and my heart jumped out of my chest. It was a wonderful feeling to dance at night in Moscow on Red Square, in Russia, where the most famous dancers in the world came from. This is my pride, and I will not forget it until the day I die.

Lord of the Dance show

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What are you doing now?

I continue to work hard: I prepare new performances, create dance numbers for them, I just finished my first feature film "Blackbird" (Blackbird). This is a spy thriller starring Eric Roberts and Patrick Bergin. I am simultaneously working on a book and a documentary film about my life. Participating in TV shows, looking for new dancers for the troupe ... A lot of things.

A lot, but you don't dance anymore? At all?

No, I don't go on stage anymore. My body is beaten and broken. But I'm even glad about it, now I have time to do something else. Do what I have long wanted to do. Thanks to injuries, I now have such an opportunity, and I'm not going to miss it.

Michael Flatley - Lord Of The Dance

Doors open...

My last traditional question is: do you believe in God, heaven, hell and life after death?

A very difficult question.

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