How To Do The Grapevine

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How To Do The Grapevine

Charise Roberts
January 23, 2024
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The Grapevine is one of the oldest dances that people still do today.

Dating back all the way to the early 1900’s, it was originally used in Ballroom dancing!

However, over the years, this dance move translated to different types of dance styles and different eras.

You'll see the Grapevine pop up in the Jazz era, the Funk era, the Soul Train era, and the Hip Hop/Street dance era too. It's even a staple within Line Dancing!

It's just one of those fun dances you can put your own flavor on, while at any social party scene.

Watch the move demonstrated here:

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If you’re more of a reader, keep scrolling and follow along with the steps below!

How to do the Grapevine

  1. Find a groovy tune to warm up and bounce to. Start bending your knees and bouncing downward, with your upper body relaxed.
  2. Now, let's start on the steps. The basic step of the Grapevine is a three-step motion with a little tap at the end. On count 1, step out to the right with your right foot slightly diagonal to the side. Cross your left leg behind your right leg on count 2. Unwind your legs and step out with your right foot on count 3, and then, tap your left foot in place on count 4. Practice this pattern slowly a few times, stepping to the right.
  3. Next, you move to the left side. After you tap with the left foot, you basically bounce off that same foot and start traveling to the left. Step out with your left foot on 1, cross back with your right foot on 2, unwind and step out with left foot on 3, and tap on 4 with your right foot.
  4. Make sure that when you tap, you slightly lean your upper body back and bounce off of that leg. Try the entire pattern going from right to left slowly, then drill it and increase your speed.

All done!

For a little variety, you can also add a turn to this footwork pattern. Just watch the video above for a reference.

And as you get confident with the Grapevine, you'll be able to add in claps, snaps, shoulder movements – anything that feels good and groovy!


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