How to do the hoedown dance

Hoedown Hop - Country Line Dance Step Sheets from the Big Apple Ranch

This is just one of the many fun line dances we do each week at the Big Apple Ranch. Print it out to learn on your own or come on down to the Ranch every Saturday night for a lesson!

Choreographed by Jon Lee for the New York City Hoedown, May 2006
Description: 48 count couples mixer
Music: "You Can't Stop The Beat" - Hairspray Soundtrack

Starting position: couples facing each other, follows on inside, leads on outside of circle

Rotating shuffle box
1 ¼ turn to right, L step to side (partners will pass back to back)
2 R step together
3 L step to side
4 R touch together, turn ¼ to right (partners now facing each other)
5 R step to side
6 L step together
7 R step to side
8 L touch together, turn ¼ to right

Rotating shuffle box
1 - 8 repeat 1 - 8 (delete final ¼ turn)

Duck, walk forward 4 steps, turning hop, hop, hop, hop
1 lean down, chest parallel to floor (or close as you can) R step forward
2 -4 forward L, R, L
5 - 8 bring arms up over head, hop, hop hop, hop turning ½ left, face partner

Swing partner 1 ½ rotation
1 - 8 place right arms around partners waist and revolve to right 1 ½ times
Ending back in original starting positions

Wrap follow, rotate 1/2 , roll follow out Follows:
1 - 4 take leads hands (right to left and left to right) starting R step toward lead turning ½ to left, taking right arm over head into wrap position on lead's right side. (both facing same direction)

Lead: 1 - 4 take follow hands (right to left and left to right) starting R step in place taking left hand over follows head into a wrap position as follow turns ½ guide

Follow: 5 - 8 rotating to right, roll out from lead, releasing right hand, 360 degrees to outside of the circle, end facing lead. End touch L

Lead: 5 - 8 rotate to right, releasing left hand allowing follow to roll out from wrap feet step in place as you complete ½ turn to face follow. End touch L

Slide, clap, happy walk to new partner
1,2 ¼ turn to right, slide big step to left, step L (back to back with partner)
3 bring R foot together
4 Clap (you are now facing your new partner)
5 - 8 High stepping four walks diagonal to left ,¼ turn to right on last step (facing new partner in starting positions to begin again)

Except for the first 16 counts and the first four counts of the last 8 counts, starting feet don't really matter. If you need to have specifics use this rule of thumb, when ever you do side steps (counts 1 - 16 and counts 41-44) start left, all other times start right.

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How to Do the Hoedown Throwdown Dance

How to Do the Hoedown Throwdown Dance

Miley Cyrus, the star from famous television show Hanna Montana, is known for her acting and singing skills. She is also very good and innovative when it comes to dancing and her music videos often introduce some new moves for dance lovers.

She recently came up with her hoedown throw down moves and fans are going crazy about it. Doing this dance is not so hard if you break it down in steps and follow them accordingly. It can be done with relative ease but like all things, needs a lot of practice and patience for success.


  • 1

    Pop It

    Extend your left arm as far wide as possible while the rest of your body remains stationary.

  • 2

    Lock it

    Crouch a little to your right and make an arch with your arms to lock it.

  • 3

    Polka Dot It

    Shuffle with your left foot towards the left while you wag the right hand’s index finger to this step. Shuffle only a couple of times.

  • 4

    Countrify it

    To countrify it, you will need to move your right heel in a way that you raise your foot, move back and do the same with the left coming forward and go back into your original position. Move your body along.

  • 5

    Hip Hop It

    Move your body from higher position to a lower position and bend your legs as well. Do the same with your arms in a short semi arch. Make three movements.

  • 6

    Hawk in the Sky

    Spread your arms wide open and bring them close. Make a hawk as if it is flapping its wings. Move your left foot on its heel with the foot in an upward direction.

  • 7

    Side to Side

    Overlap your arms on top of each other and move them from one side to the other, keep your lower body stationary and make this movement with the help of the upper torso.

  • 8

    Jump to the Left

    Scope your left foot and change you stance quickly to the right and scope with your right foot as well.

  • 9

    Stick It and Glide

    Make punches of both hands and as you move down, put your foot down hard and move the knuckles down. Then quickly slide down in an artful manner with your hands spreading out coming from a lower level to a slightly higher one.

  • 10

    Zig Zag Touch

    Do a zig zag with your right foot and then raise your right foot and touch the heel with your left hand behind your back.

  • 11

    Across the Floor

    The next step is to move across the floor. Let your right leg guide you and move towards the right side in a hip dancing style with the right foot sliding just a touch.

  • 12

    Shuffle in Diagonal

    Making flapping arms movement independently and first move to the back on the left and then make a diagonal movement to the right, shuffling and moving to the back one again.

  • 13

    Hit the Drums

    Kick with the left foot and punch down with your right and do the same alternating hands and arms and put your hands on the hips.

  • 14

    180 Degree Twist

    Do a 180 degree twist from back to front.

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How to start dancing right now — choreographers tell


“It's easier to find yourself in dancing”.
How to take the first step towards the fact that you like

Four professional dancer
about where to find freedom and how to stop comparing yourself with the other

Text: Aina Preston


Michelle Beatz

Tagir Gindullin


Music is a universal instrument that moves the world, it is literally inscribed in our DNA. With its help, we can inspire and shape the pop culture of the present and future here and now. Music is inextricably linked with dance. Dancers feel the rhythm and are able to harmoniously complement the musical composition with movements. It is dance that gives them a powerful emotional release and helps them relax. And to feel this, it is worth taking one small risk - allowing yourself to dissolve into the music and turn off your head. How to take the first step and not be afraid to try what you are drawn to? We deal with Tommy Jeans, PRODANCES and our heroes, who found a common language with their fears and learned to express emotions through music and movements.



Choice between directions

I consider myself a versatile artist, doing several types of dance, but most of all I am known for the Vogue culture. This is not just a dance style, but a whole culture about protecting the rights of sexual minorities. This culture is very daring: here and now you can look whatever you like - fully comply with fantasies, externally and internally, carry yourself proudly, inventing new images. Vogue is a great occasion to dress up, surprise, delight. Exactly 10 years I have been developing in this direction, and it does not bother me, I constantly learn new things.

Synergy of dance and music

Good composition inspires dance. First came the music, then came the dance. But it also happens that a dance is born in silence, without sounds: when you have the right mood and a visualization of movements is born in your head. But this comes with experience. Of course, dance and music are closely related.

An alternative to dancing

Now, in parallel with dancing, I am developing as a director, producer and co-organizer of dance events, doing photography and video. Therefore, it seems that if it were not for the dance, then my activity would be connected with the organization of cultural events. I like to create, develop and bring something new, inspire myself and others, reveal people, come up with new ideas. I also love to cook, so I could be a great cook.

How the image begins

I focus on my mood, how I look: I can be in different weights, with different colors and lengths of hair. Trends play an important role here. Of course, first of all, I start from my expectations and how I want to look. I try not to repeat myself, to be different. I ask myself what kind of makeup I want: bright, aggressive, calm, romantic, defiant. Do I want to be sexy or conservative. This is how I collect the image. I take things from my own wardrobe or turn to stylists, ateliers, sometimes I can rent something from showrooms. Creating an image is always very interesting, it helps to show creativity.

Uniqueness - awareness

Comparison does not give us anything, it takes energy and strength that can be spent on developing and multiplying potential. The uniqueness must really be realized, each person defines himself. Sometimes you need to think about what you want. As soon as you realize your own value, then claims to yourself will disappear. You can’t compare your beginning of the path with someone else’s middle.

Finding yourself

It is not worth holding on to people and things, no matter how selfish it may sound. Then you will understand what you like, and what is imposed by society. When looking for your own business, it is important to start from inner feelings, focus on those very “butterflies in the stomach”.

Philosophy of dance

Dance is body language. I dreamed of being a presenter, but oratory is difficult for me, it’s easier for me not to speak, but to dance. When I hear music, I breathe, the body emits vibrations, vibrations are reflected in the plasticity of forms, in movements, emotions. Dancing helps to develop personality. It's a unique way of expressing yourself. Sometimes words are not needed to understand us.



Sports and creativity

My dancing journey began 10-12 years ago. I quit playing professional football, where I got seriously injured, burned out emotionally and physically, and could not walk normally. A friend called me to support him at a dance performance, where I saw how people can control and feel their body, I missed this in football. I think dance and football are similar: football also has a pace, a rhythm, it's a dance with a ball. But the structure is different, football is a sport, and dance is creativity.

The right music

I'm looking for music on streaming services. Usually I think about which track is more suitable for a performance, I put on performers who meet the requirements, and I look for a suitable track. Everything is pretty simple.


Usually at such moments I get distracted: I review some large-scale shows, performances of stars, listen to music. There is another way - to abstract. If everything is tired, you need to give yourself time to relax, switch to another activity. You can cook food, watch a movie. Taking a break from what you do all the time can provide inspiration and motivation.

Dance clothes

Clothes are one of the main attributes of dance. It gives character to movements, creates mood. I love to dance in jeans, voluminous t-shirts. It is very important for dancers that we ourselves like how we look, this sets the tone for the performance.

Comparing is okay

When you're at the start, it's okay to compare yourself to others. Helps you understand what you are missing. But then it is better to focus on your own feelings. Everyone has their own style, physiology and musicality, you just need to work on technique. When people follow someone, try to copy, it only leads them astray.

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Friendship with Tommy Jeans

The first project with Tommy Jeans was something very unusual for me. I got to know the brand better, learned a lot of new things, despite the fact that I have been wearing their clothes for a long time. The collaboration was a pleasant surprise. The emotions are very cool, I hope that in the future we will be friends and work with Tommy Jeans.




The main thing is to continue

I have been dancing for 16 years and I never once thought of quitting. In 2012, I broke my arm, and after the operation there was practically no rehabilitation period - two weeks later I was already in the gym. For some time he danced only on his feet, with his hand bandaged, and two months later he already participated in the championship. With apprehension, of course, but he participated. The main thing here is to continue.

Hobby can become a profession

I have been dancing since I was 10 years old, but in childhood I did not realize what and why I was doing, did not set big goals. Some results began to appear in the first years of training. At the age of 14, I went to live in Moscow, without parents, then the realization came that dancing could become my life's work. This transition of a hobby into a profession happened very smoothly and organically, but it could not be otherwise.

Music is paramount

When it comes to performing, music is very important. If the audience likes the composition, then my solo will definitely be remembered. It is also important for me how my body and soul respond to the track. At competitions, the DJ is responsible for the music, the dancers do not know what they will perform under. This is freestyle, improvisation, connection with the composition. If you fall into a musical "pit" during a battle - this is the most difficult moment, you need the right settings. In general, music is paramount. If the dance has a great soundtrack, then there are more chances to show your maximum.

Clothing as a guide

I wear what I feel comfortable and easy to move in. I perform mainly in sports things. In breakdancing, style is very important. I always separate things: for everyday life, training, competitions, festivals. Each separate occasion requires a corresponding image.

Metamorphoses in a career

At the very beginning of the journey, it was not difficult at all: there were no obligations, deadlines, projects. I remember that in my childhood a bank was built next to my house and tiles were laid - I was happy just because I could spin on this tile. Now it is more difficult - more responsibility. You begin to treat your body differently, study yourself, fill bumps. For example, there is such an element of air twist (power rotational movement in breakdance), all my life I did it intuitively, and only after 10 years I realized that there is a technique that you just need to master.

The excitement hasn't gone away

I've competed in championships in over 30 countries, performed on big stages, acted in TV projects, but the excitement hasn't gone away. At small events, it is a little less, but at the World Cup, where legends look at you, this feeling pervades the body. I use it to my advantage - as soon as I take a step, I release adrenaline and accelerate.

Everyone is unique

We are all special, no two people are the same. Uniqueness is not something to strive for, it is already in everyone. You need to be able to feel yourself and your needs, to do what you really like. Working on oneself and realizing one's potential is what makes a person himself.

Eva Uvarova

Eva Uvarova

restrictions and freedom

since childhood I have been engaged in gymnastics (until the video with my VOG was scattered on the Internet) and today I understand - both sports and dancing require a full return. In addition, they become part of your life, which brings you a storm of emotions. The main difference is that in sports you are limited, you adhere to discipline, and in dancing you are free, open to new things. It is easier to find yourself in dancing.

Dancing is an opportunity

A professional dance career has opened up many opportunities. Thanks to dancing, I met interesting people - sport would hardly have given me such a chance. The people who appeared in my life incredibly support and inspire me, it helps to develop. I was able to visit different countries, see what other dancers are capable of. I also starred in music videos, collaborated with major brands, for example, in October I participated in the Tommy Jeans x PRODANCE project for the first time. Then I was able to show my dance to a large audience and proved to myself that I can achieve a lot. I have long liked the Tommy Jeans brand, and the opportunity to work together made me very happy.

Style is a mix

Honestly, I can't describe my dancing style in one word. I tried many directions, most of all contemporary or modern dance resonates with me. The plasticity and technique of this style are very close to me, I like the sensations during movements. To summarize, my dance style is a mix of different directions, improvisation, taking into account different dance experiences.

Motivation and willpower

Willpower helps to achieve goals. I make decisions and start working and giving my best. If you really do what you love, then no additional motivation is needed. What you love doesn't require much effort.

Clothes are a reflection of yourself

Clothes help complete the dance. If I go to hip-hop, then I choose voluminous things. I associate this style with freedom, so clothes should not hinder movement. If I go vogue, I choose tight-fitting clothes that emphasize the curves of the body and help me feel more confident.

Music guides

Place of music in dance

Normally dancers choose music first. With the help of the body, we try to convey the lyrics of the song, the mood. I first look for a track, and then I select a choreography that describes the melody, words and feelings.


Comparison is a fine line

By comparing, we evaluate ourselves, and this affects our confidence, general condition and desire to move on. Comparison sometimes helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, but most people tend to look for flaws in themselves, so more often it is quite destructive and interferes with the implementation of plans. There is a fine line here: if a person is able to objectively evaluate his own and other people's abilities, then the comparison is acceptable, but if not, it is better not to even start.

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Right now @tommyjeans is becoming a content platform where everyone can get creative and take the first step towards their dreams.

For example, take part in a competition and get the opportunity to win an online course, during which you will be supported by choreographers in a private chat. There will also be prizes from Tommy Jeans and PRODANCES.


Post your story on Instagram about why you want to dance. It can be a short video with a story, a dance, or a photo with text. The main condition is to mark three accounts: @tommyjeans,,

On March 23, we will choose the 50 most inspiring stories, and their authors will receive prizes and the opportunity to completely change their lives.

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Dance Studio "YAD" - Diplomatic Academy

Dance Studio "YAD" began to work in November 2020. Due to the epidemiological situation, we were forced to conduct training online. Fortunately, in March 2021, we met for the first time in the hall of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry already at a face-to-face training.

The direction of our dance studio is very diverse. We dance both modern dances and folk, ballroom and classical dances.

We never forget that physical fitness is important for each of us, so any workout begins with physical training and stretching.

In addition to training, we take part in various activities. For example, our debut took place as part of the patriotic action “Memory Watch”.

We are proud that our studio has a cozy, friendly and warm atmosphere. We are very pleased that the guys from the Diplomatic Academy go to every training session with pleasure and trust us. And we, in turn, appreciate it and treat our dance studio with special trepidation. We will be very glad to see each of you in the walls of our studio.

We are people with endless energy who motivate students by example. We are sure that the right emotional attitude is the basis of any field of activity; good positive emotion helps the movement to be more graceful, technical and beautiful.

We will be happy to see everyone who comes to our cozy and most importantly beautiful world of dance! Here you will learn not only to dance, but also be able to keep fit, and you can also find many new friends!

Heads of the studio:

Kreimer Yana

For 15 years she has been studying at the ballet school "ÉLEVÉ", she has a diploma of graduating from the choreographic school with "excellent" in various areas: classical dance, folk-characteristic dance, historical everyday dance, modern choreography, the basics of acting and stage practice.

The ballet school is a multiple prize-winner and winner of well-known city, all-Russian and international competitions and festivals held not only in Moscow, but also in other cities (St.

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