Category Archives: Step

Step choreo – 2010-03-09

All choreography is tapless and self-repeating. My students really liked this simple choreography.

Combo 1

* Basic 2x (8)
* Revolving door (8)
* Alternate glute squeezes 3x (12)
* Basic, hop up (4)

Combo 2

* Mambo 3x (12)
* Mambo once more, or pivot (4)
* Repeater (8)
* V-step, one on, one off (turn back if you like) (8)

Combo 3 (64 count)

* Double-single stomp 4x (32)
* Shuffle turnstep 4x (16)
* Repeater (8)
* Split step (8)

Step choreo – 2009-11-16

Begin on right; tapless, so switch foot every time. Choreography self-repeats.

Combo 1

* March on top (add style: rock back, march wide, jack, etc.) (8)
* March on floor (add style: walk back, walk front) (8)
* Alternate knees (8)
* Repeater (8)

Combo 2

* Double, single stomp (turn back single stomp onto the ground) (8)
* Revolving door (8)
* Repeater (8)
* Knee (4)
* Basic (4)

Combo 3 (64 count)

* Wide mambo, knee back (8)
* Repeater (8)
* Alternate knees 4x (take around the world) (16)

* Shuffle turnstep 4x (16)
* Repeater
* Basic or split step (8)

Note

I taught this super easy Step combo to a few populations: an advanced class when the mike was out, so yelled single-word cues and used hand signals; and a newbie class unaccustomed to Step.

Step choreo – 2009-09-12

Combo 1

  • R basic 2x (8)
  • R V-step 2x (8)
  • R alternate knees (8)
  • R repeater (8)

Combo 2*

  • R slow basic up, down to tempo (6)
  • R double knee (6)
  • R single knee (4)
  • R low-kick shuffle repeater (8)
  • L revolving door (8)

Combo 3

  • R pump it out 2x (mambo straddle, mambo exit) (16)
  • R repeater (8)
  • R split step (8)

Endnote

* Directional variation for Combo 2:

  • R slow reverse up, down to tempo, facing south (6)
  • R double knee, facing south (6)
  • L reverse hop turn (sort of a glide), returning to face north (4)
  • R low-kick shuffle repeater (8)
  • L revolving door (8)

Step choreo – 2003 choreography found!

Today I found some old choreography from a Petra Kolber master Step class. I am having trouble understanding the cryptic notes, which are from a workshop I took in 2003, but I played around with a Step today and managed to suss out, more or less, the meaning of one of the combos. I can’t tell if this is what Petra did, or if this is sort of what Petra did and I am misreading the notes. But the fun is in the 32! It fits the music and reverses, so it must be right.

This breaks the 8-count like whoa. Just move with the music and it will all work out! Enjoy.

Combo 1 (sort of via Petra Kolber)

  • R slow V-step up, down to tempo (6)
  • R double knee (6)
  • L minimambo (3)
  • R walk up, rock back; L walk down, rock back (9)*
  • L basic or revolving door (8)

Directional variation

  • R slow reverse V-step up, down to tempo (turning west to end up facing south) (6)
  • R double knee (facing south) (6)
  • L minimambo over the top (fast backcross over, facing west) (3)
  • R walk up, rock back; L walk down, rock back (9)
  • L revolving door (8)

Endnote

* R walk up, rock back; L walk down, rock back (9), broken down.

Beat – Action

1 – R steps up onto board
2 – L steps up onto board
3 – R rocks back onto ground (not a tap; switch the weight)
4 – L stomps back on board
5 – R steps up onto board
6 – L foot steps back onto ground
7 – R foot steps back onto ground
8 – L foot rocks back (not a tap; switch the weight)
9 – R foot steps on ground

Now you can repeat the whole thing on the left.

Directional variations might include taking the first steps up and rocking astride, then exiting; and to mambo forward instead of rocking back.

Step choreo – 2009-08-31

Combo 1

  • R tap toes 4x (8)
  • R slow over the top (8)
  • R over the top (4)
  • R basic (4)
  • Repeater

Lunge interval goes here to drive up heart rate before water break. Slow step up, then lunge to tempo, foot tapping down on downbeat.

Combo 2

  • R mambo 4x; turn into double stomp march (a.k.a. walk front, walk back) (16)
  • R repeater (8)
  • L basic (8)

Combo 3

  • Repeater 3x
  • Basic 2x

Note

I taught a brand-new student. This is the choreography I use to introduce new Steppers to the gamut of possible Step moves: basic (up up, down down); alternating knees (step, knee/hamstring curl/side out, change feet); repeater; marching; and lunging. These are the basic weight changes in Step. Pretty much everything is a speed or directional variation on these basic moves.

Step choreo – 2009-05-24

Combo 1

  • R slow reverse V-step up (1–4), down to tempo (5,6), facing south (6)
  • R double knee, facing south (6)
  • L hop turn, to return facing north (4)
  • R repeater (8)
  • L double, single stomp (8)

Combo 2 (from Gay Gasper)

  • R alternate glute squeezes 3x (12)
  • L basic (4)
  • L straddle split step 2x* (16)

Combo 3

  • R mambo 3x (12)
  • R pivot (4)
  • R repeater (low-kick repeater variation) (8)
  • L basic 2x (8)

*Straddle split step: split step is walk up, lunge (tap back) on alternating feet, and walk back down, all while facing front. To straddle the split step, you execute a half turn so you lunge astride the board. When breaking the straddle split step down, the cueing is: “Right foot! Walk up and lunge astride, right left. Exit right. Keep turning, and do it again.”

Step choreo – 2009-08-22

Combo 1

  • R V-step 4x (16)
  • R alternate knees, one on, one off (8)
  • R repeater (8)

Combo 2

  • R pump it out (mambo straddle, mambo exit) 2x (8)
  • R glide (4)
  • L walk or spin halfway around (4)
  • L alternate kicks (4)

Combo 3

  • R step kick walk back, shuffle/triple step/cha-cha-cha, facing west the whole time (8)
  • R step knee straddle (4)
  • L step knee straddle (4)
  • R step knee exit (4)
  • L basic (4)