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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: 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 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 "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 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: 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 late nineteenth-century butterfly 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 butterfly 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 butterfly dance.

How To: Do a Renaissance Branle Charlotte dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing Branle Charlotte 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 Branle Charlotte dance.

How To: Do an early nineteenth century slow French Waltz

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 slow French waltz 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 slow French waltz.

How To: Do a mid-nineteenth-century Three Step Waltz dance

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 three step waltz 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 waltz dance, also known as La valse à trois temps, plain waltz, waltz of three steps, new vals...

How To: Do a mid-nineteenth-century Five Step Waltz dance

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 Five Step Waltz 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 Five Step Waltz, also known as Cinq Temps, Valse en Cinq Temps, or Waltze à Cinque Temps 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 a Renaissance branle des lavandieres dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a branle des lavandieres 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 Branle des Lavandieres, or Washerwomen's Branle dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century "the Carlton " 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 Carlton 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 Carlton dance.

How To: Do a Renaissance washerwomen's branle dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a branle des lavandieres 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 Branle des Lavandieres, or Washerwomen's Branle dance.

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 late nineteenth-century Grand March 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 Grand March 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 Grand March dance, also known as The March, Polonaise, Grand Promenade, and Opening March.

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 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: 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: 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."

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