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How To: Do a nineteenth-century quadrille step combinations

The Library of Congress video archives brings this early nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Quadrille combination step dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do an early nineteenth century Quadrille step combination for figures forward and back as well as cross over.

How To: Do a nineteenth-century step combination for quadrille

The Library of Congress video archives brings this early nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Quadrille combination step dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do an early nineteenth century Quadrille step combination for figures balancé and tour de mains.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century quadrille dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Quadrille dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Quadrille dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century dance bow and curtsy

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, doing a bow and curtsy for dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century dance salutation or bow and curtsy.

How To: Perform the 1930s dance steps

If you admire the many dances of the 1930s, jitterbug, jive, and swing, then you're going to love this tutorial. In this video from choreographer Nina Ortega, you'll learn the 1930s dance steps to all three of those dances. Each one is unique and different, but can easily be done by some of the most non-experienced dancers. So check it out, take your time, and have fun!

How To: Perform "Natta Adavu" in Indian Bharatanatyam dance

"Natta" means to stretch and so this adavu (foot work) involves some stretching to form beautiful patterns. The "Natta Adavu" involves heel contacts of the feet. Thus word “Nattu” in Tamil is also referred to “perching of heels”. So get ready for some stretching and synchronization of hands and legs with this Bharatanatyam dance how to video. This is a nine part video tutorial for this 13 step traditional Indian dance move.

How To: Do a nineteenth-century Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance.

How To: Dance the Sarabande from "La Bourgogne"

This is a great demonstration of a Baroque era dance. This dance originated from Central America in the 16th Century, and worked its way to Europe. However, the dance transformed into a slower, European style dance as it was brought overseas. This video is for the man's part of the dance. This demonstration unfortunately does not give step by step instructions on how to learn the dance.

How To: Dance a Baroque pas de bourée, coupé glissé,& ouverte

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Baroque dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing pas de bourée, coupé glissé, and coupé ouvert dances. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do Baroque pas de bourée, coupé glissé, and coupé ouverte dances.

How To: Dance the lindy hop

If you've never heard what the lindy hop was, you would probably think it's some interesting type of candy. In fact, it's actually a dance that is based on the popular charleston and was popular during the 1930s and 40s. The dance have a triple step and a rock step incorporated in them. So see if you have what it takes to learn this dance from professional instructor Nina Ortega. Good luck, practice, and enjoy!

How To: Perform dance steps for the waltz

The waltz is a very pretty and fluid dance that requires dance partners to be very close. It's one that can be difficult for some, but for others, is easy to learn with no problems. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to perform dance steps for the waltz with the help of Nina Ortega. It's easy to follow and is performed in a three-four music rythm, so good luck, practice, and enjoy!

How To: Perform "Tatta Adavu" in Indian Bharatanatyam dance

In Bharatanatyam, the word "Tatta" literally means "to tap". "Adavu" is translated as foot work, but "adavu" is not a presentation limited to usage of the the feet. Every single limb of the body is coordinated in a certain style. In this traditional Indian dance how to video, we are taught the Bharatanatyam way of leg tapping. This "adavu" involves only the use of legs unlike most other "adavus."

How To: Do a Hula dance

Get your hips out and start learning how to hula with help from this free lesson! Hula dancing is a traditional folk dance of the Hawaiian islands, and it is similar to belly dancing in the hip and stomach isolation it involves. Learn about the proper techniques for hula dancing from a pro: Rosario Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more dance moves from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling t...

How To: Dance an Italian Renaissance seguito ordinario dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional Italian moves, dancing a seguito ordinario, trabuchetto grave, seguito spezatto and destice dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a seguito ordinario, trabuchetto grave, seguito spezatto and destice Ita...

How To: Dance the Soukous

In this 5 part tutorial video, you will learn how to dance the Soukous. Soukous is a vernacular dance which is one of many roots of swing dance. Originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this form of dance has been modernized, much like today's swing is a descendant of the cakewalk and Texas Tommy.

How To: Dance a mid-nineteenth-century Varsovienne/varsoviana

The Library of Congress video archives brings this mid-nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Varsovienne or varsoviana dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a mid-nineteenth century Vasovienne or varsoviana dance.

How To: Do a Baroque pas de menuet de trois mouvements dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Baroque dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a pas de menuet de trois mouvements. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a Baroque pas de menuet de trois mouvements or minuet step of three movements dance.

How To: Perform "TattiMetti Adavu" in Bharatanatyam dance

"Tatti" means to tap (like in "Tatta adavu," foot taps) and "Metti" means a heel contact with the floor. For "Metti" one must first be on the toes (either a jump on the toes or just striking a toe) and then flatten the feet while the toes are already firm on the ground. This six part how to video teaches the six steps to this traditional Indian dance move, the "Tattimetti Adavu."

How To: Do an Italian Renaissance continenza grave dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional Italian moves, dancing a continenza grave, seguito ordinario, and seguito spezatto dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a continenza grave, seguito ordinario, and seguito spezatto Italian dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century German cotillon dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a German cotillon dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century German dance, also known as cotillon, German cotillon, "Blind Man's Buff," Le Colin Maillard,...

How To: Dance a nineteenth-century Washington post two step

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Washington post two step dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Washington post two step dance.

How To: Perform the basic galliard step

This video given by the Library of Congress gives you a great demonstration on the galliard step. This classical Renaissance dance was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I of England. However this video does not give you step by step instructions on how to learn this dance, but a first rate demonstration of the galliard dance.

How To: Learn the basics of Irish dance

In this video, we learn the basics of Irish dance. First, you need to tie your shoes onto you tightly, then make a cross and go underneath your foot with the strings. You will see a lot of pointing with the toes when you are dancing, and you should never be able to see in between the legs. Your arms should be right by your side and not flared out. When you lift, bring the other right in front of it immediately. Another popular movement is to do a skip with a hop and a jump in between. After y...

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century German cotillon Fan dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing German cotillon Fan dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century German cotillon Fan dance, or L'Èventail.

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