Smooth Footwork

Too Left Feet "Smooth" Footwork

Common to most non-latin dances

Smooth footwork has the following components:


  • Both feet stay on the floor at all times; moving a foot into position involves sliding the foot with some part always touching the floor.

  • Forward motions are accomplished by raising the toe (keeping the heel in contact with the floor); this is called "Heel leading."

  • Backward motions are accomplished by raising the heel (keeping the toe on the floor); this is called "Toe leading."

  • Side motions are accomplished by reaching out with the heel raised and toe on the floor.

  • Steps in any direction are taken onto a (very nearly) straight leg, but never a "locked knee" (hyper-extended) leg.

  • Forward steps move the feet into Fourth Position

  • Side steps move the feet into Second Position

  • Together steps move the feet into First Position
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  • There is generally no "Turn Out" - feet are kept parallel with one another



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