How to country dance spins

7 tips to master your Spins & Turns for Country Two Step

by West Coast Swing Online

Spins and Turns in Country Two Step can be very challenging. In this article we will take you through 7 different things you can do to improve your spins today! If you don’t know your basic two step patterns, you’ll want to learn them first!

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7 Tips to Master your Spins & Turns for Country Two Step

1. Spotting your spins

Spotting is the technique of snapping your eyes and neck on a focal point while you are turning to help with dizziness, focus, and speed. It is best to spot or focus on a point in space or a point on a wall, rather than a person or moving object. Spotting will always make your turns look sharp and focused. For ladies, it is helpful to have you hair pulled out of your face when practicing spotting. A loose ponytail makes turns feel sloppy. Read more about spotting here.

2. Drills for turns

Drills for turns are an excellent way to perfect your spins. We have many great resources to help you. Check out our #1 drill to improve your spins

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Repetition of drills is the key. One of my favorite ways to drill spins is to practice chaines spins in a straight line across the floor using different arm positions.

Another good tool is to use something called a spin board. It is a little tool that looks a mini skateboard for one foot. You stand on it, and can drill pirouettes.

3. Balance in your turns

The ability to balance in “releve” position, (the ballet term, meaning: on your toes) is a very important skill for turns in country two step. This requires strong calf muscles and legs.

Core strength and stability will help with balance during spins. It is important to do core exercises outside of your dance practice, like planks, side planks, and back extensions.

Good posture is also very important for spin technique. Check out our tutorial on dance posture. Or learn more about improving your balance. 

4. Learn the difference between different types of spins & turns for 2-Step

Pivots, chaines, spirals, forward walk turns, and hip twists are the different types of turns that you want to understand and execute.

Pivots are a step with a half rotation on each foot. Pivots can be danced solo or with a partner. Usually they involve a heal lead.

Chaines turns are half turns done on the toes. Chaine means chain in French. Check out this video explaining chaines turns.

Spirals and forward walk turns involve turning in the opposite direction of the standing leg, while hip twists turn in the same direction as the standing leg.

5. Take private lessons

Find a coach that can give you personalized advice about how to improve your spins. Private lessons may be costly, but they are definitely worth the money. It is an investment in yourself.

6. Enroll in our Spins and Turns Course

We have many online resources for country dancers, including blogs, videos, and online courses. Click here to register for our spins and turns course.

7. Practice

You can only spin so many times in one day. So try to practice a little bit everyday. Don’t push it past the point of dizziness because then you will start to feel you are going down hill. Keep up your practice on a consistent basis and you will feel confident about your spins in no time! Read more about practicing alone

What are your favorite tips for perfecting turns for country two step? Let us know in the comments below.

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Great Country Dance Tips for Guys – Dance Lessons in Mesa Arizona

Do you ever go Country dancing in Phoenix? Would you like to learn to Country dance? Wouldn’t it be great to get off of the sidelines and join in the fun at your next night out with friends?  Country dancing is extremely popular in Arizona, so first get out and take some beginner Country dance lessons. you’ll be so glad that you did! Forget watching everyone have fun from the bar and be a part of the action.  Then, the next time you find yourself in a Country bar on the dance floor, you can follow these 3 Country dance tips for a successful night of Country Two Step and Swing dancing.

1. Guys, listen to the music. You can’t Swing dance to every song that is being played. Take into consideration the speed of your music. When the music is faster, that’s when you want to stick to Country Swing dancing with all those fast and fun turns. Try the Country  Two Step when the music is more relaxed instead of the Country Swing. Take a moment to shuffle around the floor with your sweetheart and ease up from all of those crazy spins that Country dancers seem to like so much here in Arizona. Don’t be afraid to explore the romantic Night Club 2 Step or Country Waltz when the music really slows down. It’s a great skill for a man to know how to dance to fast, medium and slow tempo songs so you are not considered a “one-trick pony”. Be versatile. Change things up. This is what keeps the ladies on their toes. The same old, same old does get, well, old! Guys, give beginner Country dance lessons a try and learn to dance the right way. It’s the perfect chance to get close with your any gal and sweep her off her feet!

2. Be versatile leaders on the Country dance floor! Don’t just yank her around and expect that she will be having fun.  Ladies love nothing more than a guy with diverse talent. Add some new and fun Country dance steps by taking a few Country dance classes. It’s easy to get bored sticking to the same spins and turns all the time. Venture out of your comfort zone and learn something new.

3. Whether you are just starting out with your first Country Two Step dance steps or you have been dancing for years, there is a special place for you on the dance floor. If you are just starting out, it’s always good to stick towards the middle of the dance floor. Go slow. There should be no one pushing or rushing you to get out of the way. Take the time to figure out your moves, music and connection with your partner. As you progress in your dancing and your floor craft skills, slowly start shuffling your way towards the perimeter where the speed picks up and people really get moving to the beat!

Why not learn to Country dance so you can be the one out there dancing, instead of watching everyone else have all the fun? With Country dance lessons for you beginners or even for intermediate Country dancers, get some great, useful tips from us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona.

At Dance FX Studios, we offer private country dance lessons throughout the week for anyone in the Phoenix East Valley area from Gilbert to Chandler, Queen Creek and beyond. Private Country dance lessons are the best way to learn to dance, since you have one-on-one lessons with your instructor, who will tailor your lessons just for you. Private dance lessons are available Monday-Friday, from 12-8 pm and Saturdays, from 11 am- 4 pm, so there is a lot of flexibility while scheduling your lessons. You may take your lessons with a partner or without one-either way YOU will become a confident Country dancer!

The best way to get started is with our Introductory Special. This is a one hour private lesson that will enable you to check out our studio and sample our unique method of instruction. This one-time offer is only $40, per couple or single, and is a great way to begin learning how to Country dance. So, don’t hesitate and let time slip away when we can get you closer to becoming an awesome Country dancer in just a short time!

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DANCES OF NARDIAN WORLD COUNTRY AMERICAN DANCE pupil of the senior group of the studio "Harlequin" Ishmukhametova Lilia (supervisor Budeeva I.S.)

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It is generally accepted that this dance comes from the "Wild West". Modern country is somewhat similar to the dance that the resting cowboys danced in taverns. But the dance itself is part of the whole musical style "Country", this style is the national dance and music of the United States, and it is still popular in most states of America. All over the world there are a large number of styles and varieties of country performance, even the Americans themselves do not know how many of them, but pair dance is the basis. The dance is performed to cheerful, groovy, mischievous music.

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"Country dance" (from French, "country dance") - means "a line of men against a line of ladies." There are two main variants of Country dance performance: “Square dance” - “square dance”, is performed by a limited number of dancers: four couples and a “screamer”, which should tell the performers the name of the next figure. “Line dance” - “line dance”, here any number of performers are allowed, which line up either in one line, or facing each other, or in the back of the head to each other, or the performers become in a circle.

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Country-style festivities were very popular in the American outback.

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Performances at various holidays, festivals and competitions

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Line dance - a kind of American country music

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Square dance - a kind of American country music

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There are two main areas in square dance: 1) Traditional square dance 2) Western Square Dance, also called "Modern Western Square Dance" or "Modern American Square Dance". This modern form of square dance is danced all over the world. In addition, in many states of America, western square dance has the official status of a folk dance. Whereas in traditional square dance all the movements of the dance are predetermined and predictable, the sequence of figures in western square dance develops quite spontaneously. It depends only on the caller which figure will be next in the dance.

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American line dance, or country, continues to grow in popularity. Not only in North America, but also in Europe, you can increasingly see dancers stretched out in a line performing country music. Satellite television also contributes to the growing popularity of country music, thanks to which you can watch TV programs with country music. You can safely come to a dance club alone - you can dance country without a partner. In the country club you can have a good time, relax, unwind, make new friends and acquaintances. And the music here is such that you simply cannot stand still!


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Country dance -

For the film, see Country Dance.

Country dance (literally "Peasant dance" or "country dance") or country dance is an English dance in XVII - th century, originally a square dance.

It has four, six or eight dancers or even more. The dancers are arranged in a circle, in a square or in two columns. Very quickly this last formation prevails, allowing the progressive development of the dance to an unlimited number of dancers. If these figures are accurate, initially they do not often remain in the imagination of the dancer and settle on in the XIX - m century.

The first edition of Country Dance dates from 1651, when John Playford published the first edition of The English Dance Master .

Not to be confused with square dance derived from square dance in XIX - century.


  • 1 General
    • 1.1 Principle
    • 1.2 Levels
    • 1.3 Choreographies
  • 2 country in France
    • 2.1 Balls
    • 2. 2 Regular pot
  • 3 steps
  • 4 Derivatives
  • 5 Notes and references



Country dances all kinds of country music: waltz, cha-cha-cha, Irish, rock, pop and even tango, etc. Each music played during a country ball may lead to the performance of one or more choreographies. The same choreography can be performed on several pieces of music. Today it is more than 2000 choreographies. The principle is simple: you need to repeat the choreography on a certain number of walls. The starting wall, called the "12 o'clock wall", is by convention opposite the musicians during the concert, otherwise opposite the audience. The dances mostly consist of two or four walls, but some have only one, while others dance in a circle, in pairs (dance with partners ) or face to face (dance contra ). Some choreographies, such as Lookout , are mostly danced diagonally, i.e. between two walls. Others use diagonals of only a few steps, such as I am running towards you .

The choreography consists of 8 beat parts (6 in the case of waltzes). The shorter dances are 16 beats (very rarely less, for example Pick a Bale has 8 beats), the vast majority of dances are 32, 48 or 64 beats, and sometimes much longer. Some like " Where the wind blows" or " Centurion" exceeds 100 beats.

Certain choreographies can contain tags (part of the choreography is added exclusively) or restart (the choreography starts again at the beginning). Some particularly advanced choreographies combine several different tags and several restarts of . The complexity of the dance is often subjective: it depends, of course, on tags , restarts , the duration of the choreography, but also from the beginning, style and many of the sensations that music has.

Anyone can create a country dance choreography if it meets certain criteria. There are some favorite dances that we find very often in ballrooms such as Toes , Home to Louisiana , Irish Stew , Easy Come Easy Go . A dance with as many dancers as possible on the floor, which is usually one of the premieres in the National country dancing pot, is country .


Country dances include different difficulty levels: beginner, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Dancers may well stay at the same level for several years.


The choreographies below are sorted by level. The level is indicated in the step sheet written by the choreographer.

Choreography for beginners Novice Choreography Intermediate choreographies Advanced choreography Other choreographies
Cheyenne Lay California blue Holy moth Billy's Dance ( partner )
Easy come, easy go Lips so close Soul Counted Flame floor Mexican Wind ( partner )
Hooked the country Not fair Doctor Doctor Kansas is no more Seminole Wind (Circle )
Lindy shuffle South of Santa Fe Long hot summer overnight stay Texas Waltz ( partner )
Sheriff Tango White rose We are tonight Peaceful Valley Wanderer ( vs )

Country in France

It is thanks to the American Robert Vanstreet (1960-2010) that we are indebted to import country dances to France, thanks to the creation in 1993 in Paris of the first amateur club Les Amis09 du Far West 900. He is also the author of several choreographies including Love Dance and Black Pony . Since then country dance became popular, attracting large audiences.


Balls are large gatherings of dancers who come to dance, usually taking place on Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons. There is usually a list of choreographies that will be performed during the ball. The introductory dance is often performed in country style . The ball can also trigger an initiation, and time can also be reserved for dances on request, that is, where the dancers present can suggest the choreography they want to dance to.

During the balls you need to know the etiquette of the route . It is a set of rules, more or less unspoken, based mainly on respect and common sense, which allow everyone to dance in good conditions. We can give some basic rules such as:

  • Food and drink are strictly prohibited on the dance floor, as is tobacco.
  • we do not cross the already formed lines, but simply complete them at the end, or create a new line at the back.
  • It is forbidden to carry weapons, even artificial ones, or spurs on the track.
  • You must not stay on the dance floor if you are not dancing. In the event of an accident or collision, it is also customary to apologize and replace the glass of the person who was pushed if he knocked it over.

The division of the dance floor must also be considered:

  • Part 1: the center of the lane is reserved for stationary dances, in a line, without continuous movement along the lane.
  • part 2: intermediate part reserved for progressive pair dances or dances with partners, which include, for example, stops and restarts.
  • part 3: the edge of the lane is reserved for progressive dances used by dancers in faster dances.

Regular Potty

Once or twice a year, animators meet to select dances to be included in the curriculum and balls. The "National Common Pot" is a short guide that allows every dancer to find what is most popular in France. In addition, each region has its own Common Pot.

Each animator offers several choreographies of different levels and different styles. Then the animators vote for their favorite chorea. The choreographies that receive the most votes are elected.


Here are some of the most popular country steps: