Do you ever watch someone dance and wonder how they come up with moves so easily? Dance is a form of expression, not a military drill, but great dancers often master a specific set of moves that they can fall back on again and again. Here are 10 basic dance moves you can learn in minutes and use every time you wanna bust a move.
When I first started dancing at parties, the 2 Step was the first move that truly came naturally to me.
It really is as simple as stepping from side to side to the beat!
If you're looking for something foolproof that allows you to just groove and enjoy the music...
Boom. Here it is.
Yes, the Dougie is a real dance move!
Like the 2 Step, you’ll be shifting your weight from side to side, but this time, adding some shoulder movements and a lil more attitude.
Try this one out to some songs other than the one that made it famous – you’ll find it works with any hype beat.
Speaking of attitude, body rolls are perfect for whenever you wanna serve some sass.
When learning this move, it’s key to break it down and focus on isolating each “section” of your body in order to create the rolling wave motion.
Read more about controlling each part of your body here: How To Dance With More Control
Pro-tip: Be sure to breathe as you practice this one! Holding your breath will make your body look stiffer, while breathing through the move allows your body to look relaxed and smooth.
Even if you’re not actively involved in the dance community, you’ve probably seen people hitting the Woah – on YouTube, TikTok... all over your newsfeed!
Whether you wanna make a viral video of your own, or you’re just looking for a fun, basic dance move to pull out at the clerb, this one is too good not to learn.
Since the locking arm motion is so sharp and pronounced, use the Woah to accent the heaviest bass beats in your favorite songs.
This classic move popularized by Soul Train allows you to experiment with traveling around the dance floor.
Used in line dances, as a party move, and in partnered dances like Salsa and Bachata, it’s the Grapevine’s versatility that really makes it an essential to learn.
Give the steps a little more variety by adding jumps, turns, hand claps, and finger snaps too!
The Kangsta Wok burst onto the viral dance scene in 2019 after creator Zaya Sosho first shared the move with Billie Eilish.
It combines the super simple concept of walking down steps with bounces and head bobs.
The Kangsta Wok has a cool, swaggy vibe, so bust this one out for a supa hot fire Hip Hop track. 😎
Hip swaying is a basic dance move that a lot of people gravitate toward when a sexier song comes on…
But if you sway your hips without any consistency, your partner will have trouble following your movements and joining you in the groove!
Master this Figure 8 Sway pattern so that anyone you’re dancing with can easily pick up what you’re putting down.
Read this article on How To Dance Sexy to get more tips on pulling off moves like this one!
The Bust Down was popularized by LA rapper, Blueface, in his 2019 club jam “Thotiana”.
You’re gonna grab your belt, put one arm in the air, and allow your body to dip with the beat.
Note: Licking your eyebrows like Blueface is fun, but not required. 😛
The Biz Markie is an old school party dance inspired by, you guessed it, rapper Biz Markie!
It rose to popularity in the 90s, when Biz Markie himself began performing it on stage.
As you practice it, remember to allow your shoulders to bounce – the bounce is what gives this move its cool, laidback flavor.
Wanna learn more about classic Hip Hop moves? Read this: How To Dance Hip Hop for Beginners
Considered a wedding, family reunion, and all-around party staple, the Electric Slide might look complicated at first, but it’s surprisingly easy!
If you learn how to do the Grapevine first, you’ll already have most of the footwork down pat. Then just add in the arms and start grooving it out.
A lot of people only do the Electric Slide during one specific song (Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths), but the simplicity of the steps makes this dance a great option for all your favorite throwback jams.
We hope you enjoyed learning some of our favorite basic dance moves.
Of course, this list is just a start!
In addition to the 10 moves on this list, STEEZY Studio has over 50 more beginner moves that you can learn step-by-step from the world’s best teachers.