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How to dance the box step in waltz and rumba

In love with dancing but not sure where to start? Let us make you acquainted with the box step, a dear friend of any dancer. It is the best basic figure that can give you an effortless introduction into the world of dancing. The box is most common in American-style Waltz and Rumba, and can be danced both alone and with a partner. The principle of the box is always same, and the only thing that differs between dances is the rhythm of the step.

Rhythm
  • Rhythm for the box step in waltz: 1-2-3, 4-5-6.
  • Rhythm for the box step in rumba: 12-3-4, 12-3-4, or slow-quick-quick, slow-quick-quick. As you see, each “quick” equals to one beat, and each “slow” equals to two beats.



How to dance the box step

Place feet together and face your partner. Keep in mind that all steps should be of the same size for both.

  1. Move forward/backward: Leader steps forward with the left foot. Follower steps back with the right foot.
  2. Move to the side: Leader steps with the right foot to his right side. Follower steps with the left foot to her left side.
  3. Bring feet together: Leader places the left foot next to the right foot. Follower places the right foot next to the left foot. Both feet should be together.
  4. Move forward/backward: Leader steps back with the right foot. Follower steps forward with the left foot.
  5. Move to the side: Leader steps with the left foot to his left side. Follower steps with the right foot to her right side.
  6. Bring feet together: Leader places right foot next to the left foot. Follower places left foot next to the right foot.

 

Box step in waltz: 1-2-3, 1-2-3

box step rumba

Box step in rumba: Slow-Quick-Quick, Slow-Quick-Quick

box step waltz



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