How To Do The Steve Martin

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How To Do The Steve Martin

Charise Roberts
January 23, 2024
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The Steve Martin is one of those dance moves that can't help but smile while doing – it’s linked to the famous actor and comedian Steve Martin!

Some of the crazy moves he used to hit in 70’s movies became the inspiration for this dance, which went on to become even more popular in the 80's.

Watch the move demonstrated here:

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How to do the Steve Martin:

  1. Let's start getting into the groove! Start by bouncing loosely to the beat. Now, as you bounce, rock your torso forward and back.
  2. Once you've got the basic motion down, turn your body to the side and continue the motion. For this move, you're going to be traveling to the left and right, so you'll want to keep your body facing the side.
  3. Next, we'll add in the leg motion. It’s all about kicking up the legs with each bounce. First, bounce and rock forward while kicking the left leg back, heels to the butt. Then, step back onto your left leg, and with the next bounce, bring your right knee up at a 90 degree angle. Practice this several times.
  4. Ready to add the turn? This time, after you step back onto your left leg and bring the right knee up, you'll step onto your right leg and kick the left leg back again, then swivel your body to face the other side. When you turn, you should switch from having your left leg bent behind you to it being bent in front of you at a 90 degree angle (just like your right leg had been before). The order of moves would be to kick left, bend right, kick left, turn/left knee up, and down.
  5. Once you've done this full set of moves, do them again on the opposite side: kick right, ben left, kick right, turn/bring that right knee up, and down. Practice switching sides several times until you've got it in your muscle memory.
  6. Now, let's add in the arms. Your arms go back behind you, cross in front of you, back again, and then up as you turn. To add more bounce and groove, allow your arms to really swing as you hit each step.
  7. Add the arms and legs together and practice the movements slowly until you feel confident. Then, work your way up to tempo.

There are a lot of mechanics to this dance, so it can be a little challenging, but once you start getting into the flow, you’ll start freely swinging your body in the groove.

Have fun!

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