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What Is The Shuffle Dance? Learn How To Do It In 5 Minutes!

In the recent years, we’ve seen a lot of EDM fans show off this weird, and somewhat new, dance move in a lot of music videos, throughout the web and on Youtube in their own personal videos. It seems like you are missing out on a lot of fun when you’re not sure what it’s all about and how to do it.

At first sight, it seems like the person is running while smiling and having a good time. To dance music fans, shuffling is more than just having a good time. As with most things EDM-related, it is a form of self expression, an accomplishment, and as some put it “a way to improve their mental and physical health”.

The Shuffle dance was developed in the 1980s, it is improvised dancing where the person repeatedly “shuffles” the feet inwards, then outwards, while thrusting their arms up and down, or side to side, in time with the beat. 

Let’s go into more details and learn more about the dance and find out how you can start dancing it in 5 minutes!

Where did it start?

The Shuffling dance started in Melbourne, Australia, in the underground rave scene back in the early 1980s. Back then, it was known as the Melbourne Shuffle. With the growth of the electronic dance music scene around the world, Shuffling dance popularity grew and is now practiced by people from around the world at all the major EDM festivals. In 2012, the Melbourne Shuffle became a popular dance in the UK and became known as simply “The Shuffle”.

The Best Music For Shuffling

Melbourne’s underground scene in the early 90s was under the huge influence of Techno music. This high-BPM electronic music sub-genre placed the perfect beat for shuffle dancers. But shuffling became so popular that it crossed over into electro house and hardstyle genres. Today, shuffling spans into almost the full spectrum of electronic dance music. We’ve seen shuffling in videos from EDM, Trance, House, Techno, Electro and most of it’s sub-genres.

The best music for Shuffling is usually the more upbeat versions of electronic music. Although any EDM genre will work for the dance. Which makes Shuffling a very versatile dancing style: you can choose whatever music you want to dance on. There’s no limit to how much you can personalize this dance.

Check out this Spotify playlist for music to Shuffle dance on.


Shuffling For Beginners

As a beginner, you have to learn to master just two basic moves before moving on to the more advanced stuff.

The first image below shows the T-step movement. The second is the same T-step combined with a variation of the running man dance. You can take a closer look at the dance by watching it being performed by Janet Jackson in the video of her hit “Rhythm Nation”.

A great tip you can keep in mind as beginners is that you can sprinkle talcum powder or add liquid to the floor to help you slide more smoothly and easily.

After mastering the basic shuffle moves you can now throw in some jumps, spins and slides. You’ll make the dance your own, having a complete shuffle routine that’s personalized and unique to you alone. After that, all you need is some awesome EDM banging music blasting through your speakers and let the fun begin!

Time To Learn How To Shuffle

Learning how to shuffle might seem like a difficult task, but it really isn’t!

When you take it slow, understand the steps and practice, you’ll be ready to hit the dance floor in no time!

As we previously mentioned, you’ll be starting out  by learning the basic “running man” move. With time, you’ll be able to switch things up and add your unique twists to the overall dance. Hell, you might end up having a unique dance for every song, you’ll become the unstoppable Shuffle Master! Sounds awesome no?

In the below tutorial video, you will learn the basics of Running Man. You’ll start by breaking down the steps easily and after that we put the steps to the counts and then to the music.

When getting started, keep these tips in mind:

1. Start slow – learn and practice the basics over a period of time
2. Dance in front of a mirror to better see what you’re doing
3. Copy the experts: watch Youtube videos to see how others are doing it
4. Wear good shoes and socks (or your feet will hurt like hell!)
5. Start slow, use slower BPM tracks such as deep house at first to get the hang of it first
6. Find people who already have mastered the dance and become friends, they’ll give you tips and tricks from their own experience

And most importantly, DON’T GIVE UP! Like everything in life, this will take it’s time to master and will need practice time, even though it looks easy in the videos.

Here Are Some Advanced Moves

The Kick Side Step:


The Charleston Shuffle:

Club Dance Footwork Moves:

Are There Any Benefits To Shuffling?

Shuffling, as you might have already discovered by now, is a lot of work. Your legs are moving, your hands are moving and your whole body is balancing itself throughout. You will be sweating in out when you shuffle, that’s almost a guarantee. But consider it a workout. Throughout the years, fitness experts and clubs have promoted dancing to music as a sort of exercise regime. And it is! Nowadays, shuffling falls into that category.

During a shuffling dance, your full body is moving and shaking. Burning around 500-1,500 calories an hour. Your leg muscles, calves, and glutes (and behind area) are getting toned with every passing minute, in addition to the toning of your abdominal muscles, with every twist and turn. Your legs get a serious focus, in addition to the muscles being stretched and toned, the joints and ligaments in your legs are getting some much needed attention. They’re getting extra strength with every active move.

But shuffling not only improves physical health. It can do wonders to your mental health as well. Similar to other physical workouts, shuffling releases endorphins into your nervous system. These are the anti-stress hormones, and the longer you shuffle, the longer they’ll stay in your system and the more stress and anxiety goes out of your way.Shuffling also improves mental focus, you’re in your zone trying to keep the rhythm going and focused on your moves, being in this mindful state is very beneficial to you. Once you’re in your rhythm and going about your dance, the success of every move will boost your confidence levels and keep you away from the everyday stresses of our lives. You’ll have a great sense of accomplishment after a successful streak. One dance will create a momentum in you to keep on going and try the more complex moves and get out of your comfort zone.

Speaking of “zones” being focused on your body movements will also bring you closer to the music. This deeper appreciation for the melodies and the detailed undertones of the track adds a special bond between you and your favorite artists.

There’s a whole community of Shuffle dancers out there. With the above knowledge and some time to practice, you’ll join them on the dance floor and you’ll be showing those awesome moves at the next EDM festival in no time!

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Master TikTok's Shuffle Dance in 4 Steps « Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks

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What's the latest dance trend sweeping TikTok? The Shuffle Dance. If you just watch people doing the Shuffle Dance, especially the really good ones, you might think it's a bit complicated. In reality, it's really not that hard. It's just a handful of steps.

For the uninitiated, the Shuffle Dance is a fast-paced dance where you skip and hop in place. It's almost always set to "Friendships" by Pascal Letoublon, but not using any of the official tracks available via a TikTok search. You need to use the portion of the song that user rawston_ extracted and uploaded to TikTok. If you're going to post one of your own for this dance challenge, use that as the background music.

As for the moves, all you need to do to master the Shuffle Dance is watch some good tutorials. Luckily, TikTok is full of them. Because it's so easy for TikTok users to add text to their videos, many of these tutorials have clear instructions for what you need to do in each step. The dance does differ depending on who you watch, however, so let's look at a couple of examples below.

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First up, fitnfesty. Her tutorial features four key steps:

  1. Make a triangle with your legs apart
  2. Bring back leg up, drag front leg halfway
  3. Drop leg that's up, drag other leg to the back
  4. Rock back and forth

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Next up, sammysteads. Her tutorial is actually more like three steps since you start with two counts of the same move:

  1. Start with two counts of the running man
  2. Whip your leg in front of you about knee high
  3. Now whip the same leg behind

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Finally, we like Smitty__Shuffles's Shuffle Dance tutorial, even though there aren't any written steps involved. His dance is like sammysteads' but with both legs instead of one:

  1. Cross right leg in front of the left
  2. Bring right leg back, stick it out away from you
  3. Hop, bringing the right leg behind the left
  4. Cross your left leg back, then bring it behind your right leg

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How to learn to dance shuffle - Lifehacker

December 15, 2019LikbezSports and Fitness

Master the basic movements, and then improvise and get high.

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM



This dance style includes a lot of freedom and improvisation. That is why he is so good. You can master the basic movements in a couple of hours, and then complicate them to infinity and combine them with each other, create your own combinations and spy on others.

Dance in sneakers, socks or barefoot, in any outfit, anywhere.

Master the basic movements of the shuffle

In this style, you do all the basic movements with your feet, the hands most often move freely - according to the heart.

Running man

This is the most basic and essential shuffle movement. You can do it in three different ways.

Full foot

The movement begins by bending the knee and lifting one leg. Next, you need to simultaneously put both legs - supporting and raised - at a distance of one step from each other.

The raised leg is placed forward on a full foot, the standing one behind slips back on the ball of the foot and remains on it - the heel is not placed on the floor. The weight is evenly distributed between the two legs.

After that, it remains to return to the starting position. To do this, the front leg slides back, and at the same time, the back leg is pulled up. You find yourself in the starting position and repeat the cycle. The movement itself is soft and springy: do not stick into the floor, keep your legs relaxed.


This is a lighter and faster running man look that may be needed for some combinations. Here you put your foot not on the whole foot, but on the heel. At the same time, the one standing behind remains on the toe.

On pads

In this variation, the foot is placed forward on the pad. At the same time, the one standing behind also remains on the ball of the foot, and the body leans slightly back.


In this movement, one foot constantly makes a “herringbone” - turns the heel in and out - and the second touches the floor and immediately rises back.

When the heel of the skating leg turns inward, the toe of the other leg touches the floor; when outward, the other leg rises, turning the knee inward.

It turns out two positions: closed - when the legs are wrapped with the knees inward, and one leg is raised, and open - when the legs are turned out with the knees outward, and the toe touches the floor. Practice doing the T-step in both directions: slowly at first, then with acceleration.


You jump on one foot, and the other touches the floor in different places: on the side of the supporting leg, across, behind - anywhere you want. You can put your foot on the toe or on the heel - the latter is called a kick. The supporting leg can simply rise low or perform a T-step - move the heel out and in.


To begin, you turn your knees and toes inward and lift one leg. Then turn your toes and knees outward, and put your raised leg forward crosswise. Repeat the same with the other leg.

All movement occurs on the balls of the feet, the heels do not fall to the floor. You can move both forward and backward.


First you put your feet crosswise with your toes outward with a jump, then you also spread your legs apart with a jump.


One leg is straight, stands on the whole foot, the other is with a bent knee on the pad. Leaning on the pad, you slip the foot of a straight leg back, as if wiping the sole on the floor.

Immediately after the slip, you turn around. In the turn, the straight leg bends and goes to the pad, and the one that was on the pad, on the contrary, turns on the heel. After that, it remains only to change legs and move in the same way in the other direction.


From the starting position - standing with a raised leg, as in Running man - you turn your hips to the side with a jump and put your legs crosswise.

The front foot is on the heel, the back foot is on the ball. Then you jump back to the starting position and do the same on the other side.


From the starting position, you turn your hips to the side with a jump and spread your legs a step apart from each other. The standing foot in front is placed on the heel, the standing one behind remains on the pillow. Then, with a jump, you collect your legs and do the same on the other side.

Try other variations of the basic shuffle movements

You can perform the basic movements in different directions: forward and backward, turning around. This will give you more freedom to improvise.

Variations Running man

Do several times in place and then turn around. You can also try walking this way to the side. Each time the leg will need to be placed slightly crossed in order to slowly move to the side.

Variations T‑step

You can lower your foot on the toe, on the whole foot, touch the floor to the side of the supporting leg or forward and behind it.

You can also keep the other leg off the floor at all - leave it on the toe and turn the knee in and out.

Variations Diamond

Here one more element is added to the movement – ​​the heel strike. In the starting position, you wrap the toes of the feet and knees inward, and then jump on the heels, turning the socks to the sides.

From this position, without jumping, you turn your toes and knees inward, cross your legs with a jump, turning your feet with your toes outward, and then return to the starting position.

Charleston Variations

After three turns of the Charleston, turn both toes in one direction and then in the other. At the end, you can turn the knee to the side.

Connect familiar shuffle moves

While you lack the skills to move freely and come up with something of your own, learn a few combinations. They contain interesting movements that will replenish your dance vocabulary.

Combination 1

This is a simple combination of two basic movements - Running man and T-step. First take five Running man steps, then four T-steps to the side and repeat the same in the opposite direction.

Combination 2

Another combination of two basic movements. Here you do three Running mans, then one T‑step with a back foot touch, and two front heel touch kicks. The same on the other side.

Combination 3

There are no standard steps here, but there are already familiar Sidekick and transition from heels to toes.

Learn more difficult combinations

We will add some videos with good combinations.

1. Cool video for beginners: movements are repeated in slow motion to make it easier to dance to the music.

2. And here the combination is analyzed step by step in slow motion, dividing it into three parts. Very comfortably. Look for more on this channel, there are several such analyzes.

3. There is no slowdown here, just a great combination. But you already know almost all the movements, so you can figure it out. If something is not clear, watch the video at a speed of 0. 25.

Pick up the music and improvise

Surely you have favorite songs to shuffle to. Include them and start with basic movements: just do the Running man and periodically add different elements when you want. Move in different directions, relax and have fun.

If you don't have favorite tracks, try our selection.

I must say that the shuffle is an amazing cardio workout. In just a couple of tracks, you will be out of breath and sweat, like after a run, but you will feel absolutely happy!

What's more, if you have to force yourself to keep going while running, shuffle requires you to have the willpower to stop and not dance. As a bonus - a short video from a beginner after a couple of hours of practice.

Shuffle is cool!

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Shuffle for beginners: all about dance


What is dance?

Shuffle (shuffle, shuffle) is recognized as a real hit of 2017. This is not a battle dance, but a way to express the worldview to others using your body language. This direction is characterized by movements that imitate the trampling of a dancer in one place with smooth steps, and the dance itself is divided into two varieties:0003

  • Australian classic;
  • Malaysian.

The dance itself as such appeared towards the end of the 80s in the underground venues of the Australian city of Melbourne. He accidentally hit the masses and subsequently began to actively progress, capturing the popular nightlife in Melbourne, and a little later, club hangouts around the world.

In the early 1990s, shuffle separated from the original musical style of acid house and became a separate dance direction, changing the musical background from tehno to trance and house along with it. At the same time, the speed of movements performed by the dancer also changes upwards. And ten years later, the popularity of the dance reaches unprecedented heights thanks to various videos on the Internet and numerous mentions in the media.

Today this dance direction is promoted by many popular DJs and famous party-goers from the club industry of foreign countries, in our country this dance direction is just beginning to develop.

Foot dance - the so-called shuffle

This dance direction is characterized by more movements of the legs and the lower part of the body, which gave the style the street name “dance with the legs”.

If at first the shuffle was danced arbitrarily, at any speed and in any rhythm, now it is danced as quickly as possible. So the audience practically does not see each individual element and perceive the movements of the dancer as one whole.

Shuffle can be danced in different ways, for example, in both Malaysian and Australian directions, there are several main ways to dance: with and without arms and body, with and without running movements, with jumping rolls and in a softer manner.

Like many dance styles, shuffle is a mix of other street club styles. The main feature of the style is that it is available to everyone who wants to express themselves with the help of the voice of their body.

Why is he so popular

Shuffle is a very spectacular dance, which originally consisted of quick "shuffling" movements of the legs, creating the illusion of the dancer hovering and sliding. Over the years, it has acquired many variants of execution, acquired a large number of elements and continues to develop. Today, the shuffle is danced to a variety of music, and therefore it is experiencing a rebirth and explosive popularity on the Internet.

Shape Dance School - gives everyone the opportunity to learn the Shuffle / Cutting Shapes dance without leaving home, thanks to detailed lessons and control over the correctness of the assignments.

4 main reasons:

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  • Quick start in training
  • Universal and popular dance
  • Attention of the opposite sex

Shuffle is the most energy-efficient dance and the most enjoyable way to improve body tone. In fact, this is an intense interval training, but unlike other workouts, you can dance anywhere and anytime, while the most difficult thing is to stop :-). Shuffle as a healthy habit that, in addition to pleasure, significantly increases physical endurance and coordination

If you want to learn how to dance but have never danced before, then Shuffle is the best choice! Shuffle, with proper training, is a quickly mastered dance. In a week you will be able to dance for your pleasure, alternating several basic elements! Of course, good performance will take time, but after getting the first quick result, you will not lose motivation to develop further

Shuffle is a universal style, it can be danced to different styles of music by guys and girls, where there is an even beat. You can dance at a rave to a club track, at a wedding to Pop music, or at your mother's anniversary to techno from 90's. And then put your dance on the net and become an Internet star. After all, shuffle videos are gaining millions of views in a short time

It is by dancing that many people find their other half. Girls love it when guys can dance, and guys like beautifully dancing girls. The advantage of the shuffle is that it looks appropriate in most dance events and musical styles. Even if you perform just a couple of basic movements at a party, then you will already stand out among the others, attracting the attention and interest of the opposite sex

Shuffle is style

Shuffle is a style in which there are no prohibitions and restrictions on weight, age, gender. Anyone can learn the basic moves to dance in discos, clubs, parties.

To learn how to dance shuffle at a basic level, you need to understand the principle of movements and combine them at your discretion.

But before you start learning the pas, you need to do a warm-up, at least ordinary gymnastics for the joints, in order to minimize the risk of sprains and other injuries.

If you don't have a studio in your city where you can learn how to dance a popular dance, then video dance lessons will be the way out. In this case, you can learn to move tolerably without leaving home. The most important thing for mastering this dance is a sense of rhythm, the right music (house, trance or any electronic music), comfortable clothes, a positive attitude - and you will succeed!

How to Shuffle: Basic Exercises Video

Before starting to learn the basic movements of the dance style, the dancer needs to properly stretch the muscles of the legs and arms to prevent them from stretching. However, this rule applies not only to shuffle.

The main movement in the dance is sliding steps from side to side and back and forth, which are an imitation of the walking of a dancing person in one place. This movement received the term Running man (running man), and subsequently it served as an impetus for the choice of the name of the dance direction - Shuffling, which means "shuffling" or "sliding feet on the floor. "

In addition to the standard combination, there are 4 more basic positions in the dance:

  • Teshka is a combination of leg movements, which together represents the letter T, when the left foot moves alternately from left to right, while the right foot moves up and down in the same way.
  • Kick - imitation of kicks in the air or on the floor. In this movement, one of them is slightly ahead, and the second hits the place of the other foot. At the same time, the height of the raised knee can vary at the request of the dancer.
  • Slide - classic sliding movements.
  • Spin - scrolls, which represent the rotation of the body around its axis clockwise or counterclockwise. This movement is performed randomly during the dance process, in the order you want.

Shuffle today uses a large number of dynamic movements from other popular dance styles: popping, locking, liquid dance, breaking, etc. Dancers take interesting combinations and, combining them with each other, create a unique and inimitable dance in the future.

It is more efficient to learn dance with a personal trainer. If this is not possible, the following video lessons for beginners will help you learn how to dance shuffle at home:

Now for the music.

In no case do not start training with a hard hardstyle, you simply will not be able to keep up with the beats. Why make yourself and others laugh. Try dancing to club music (House, Trance, Electro, Electro House). Your main task at the beginning is to learn how to hit the beat and no matter what kind of music. If you feel like you're ready for Hardstyle, try Hardstyle. Can't make it? Don't be upset... get back to club music, soon you will definitely learn to dance faster, the most important thing is patience and desire, everything else will follow.


So we looked at how to learn how to dance the shuffle. There are still a few small tips that can facilitate this process.

First of all, this direction is good because it does not require special shoes. You can wear regular sneakers on the dance floor. So you can feel great when sliding and turning.

How to learn to dance shuffle at home