Alert
Close

Last Chance: Top the Treasure Hunt leaderboard by 5 p.m. today to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Close

FREE FUN!

AARP Games Tournament
AARP-iPad-ePub-app

FALL 2014 NATIONAL EVENT

Come to San Diego!

Sept. 4 - 6

Technology and Innovation

AARP TV

Watch episodes of AARP Live and other AARP broadcasts.

Most Popular

Viewed

Dancing Like a Star

10 Tips from Corky Ballas

Corky's Tips: How You Can Dance Like a Star!

1. You have to want to learn how to dance.

If you're doing this to make your mate happy — forget it.

2. Listen to the music, clap and feel the rhythm.

3. Be sure you can walk to the music.
This means you can keep time with your legs, which is essential for dancing.

Dancing With the Stars' Corky Ballas

Editor Nancy Perry Graham learned the jive with dance pro Corky Ballas. — Frank Yuvancic

4. Learn these eight basic dance steps:
- Forward walk
- Back walk
- Side step
- Rock step (transferring weight from one foot to the other in place)
- Triple step (three little steps one after the other)
- Chassé (a gliding step-together-step)
- Balance step (stepping to the side and backward on your toes)
- Box step (left foot forward, right foot moves to meet it, then steps to the side, left foot steps next to right)

5. Use the treadmill to build stamina and strength.

6. Use your arms gracefully by "pretend painting" with your hands, wrists and elbows.

7. Learn how to isolate parts of your body.
Different dances require you to move different parts of your body. For example, the rumba uses rib cage and hips; tango uses shoulders and head, etc. So you have to be able to isolate and move parts of your body separately to fit the dance.
 
8. Select the first dance you want to learn — the one that excites you the most.
 
9.  Learn a set of five dance patterns.
For example, in a wedding waltz the patterns are box step, balance step, underarm turn, pivot step and a hesitation change. These are at least the five basic dance moves that will allow you to carry out your dance. Perform the five moves, or patterns, once, loop around and start again.

10. Add a rotation to your dance for interest.
By rotating any dance pattern you can change the look of the step and make it more interesting. 

Drum roll, please! You're ready to dance.

See also:

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Regal Cinemas movie theater

Members can save $3 on soda + popcorn combos at Regal Cinemas. Restrictions apply.

Tanger Outlets

Members can get a free Tanger Coupon Book with discount offers from top brand names.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.