Two Left Feet?

Dancers foot

Is "I've got two left feet" the thing you end up saying at every party / wedding / social function you go to?

If you're using it as an excuse because you're really not interested in dancing, that's fine, we'll leave you alone.

But you're on this page, on a website for adult beginner dancers, so we're taking a wild guess here, but perhaps you secretly wish you could dance? Even just a little?

Even enough so that the next time you go to a wedding, you don't have to hug the walls or stampede for the bar as soon as the band strikes up?

Enough so you don't feel left out when all your friends and family take to the dance floor?

Wouldn't it be great if you could just do a step or two that would mean you could at least join in? And without causing yourself or anyone else life-threatening injury? Or risking everyone around you collapsing in hysterical laughter?

Look, nobody really has two left feet and we can prove it right here.

You can dance a little. Everyone can.

This page will help if you follow it through, doing each of the class clips in sequence.

They represent your very first steps into the world of dance and they are the most basic steps you can do.

We've chosen a social dance for you to try so it's one that's most commonly danced at the kind of functions you go to dreading the dance floor bit.

Therefore it's the most useful and adaptable dance you can learn.

Taught slowly, without music and broken down into the very smallest elements, anyone and everyone can tackle these steps.

Seriously, you can do this. Have a go...

Learn to Dance - Your Posture

First, you need to do a posture check.

You probably don't have two left feet but you may well have a few balance or posture habits that could be preventing you from dancing well.

So, relax, turn your phone off, breathe.

Take these five minutes for yourself.

You'll be glad you did.

Feels good, right?

You may not realize, but you've just done the most important thing any dancer does - and that's stand correctly, thinking about your posture.

If you get your starting position right, any step of any dance style that you attempt will have a much higher chance of success.

Think about it this way...

The thought of dancing makes a lot of people nervous. And, of course, when you are nervous, you tense up and your posture suffers.

So the posture check you've just done can 'short circuit' that vicious circle by taking the nerves and stress away.

Learn to Dance - Step One

Ok, now you are relaxed and standing beautifully, let's try a step.

As promised, this is THE most basic dance step you'll ever do.

It's just one little step.

And you can do the clip as many times over as you wish, until you feel you really understand what it is your feet should be doing...

See? Not only is it super-simple, but you've actually progressed as well by speeding it up! Well done!

Learn to Dance - Step Two

If you think you've mastered it and are feeling good, you're ready for the next bit.

It's just as easy as the first one. Same as before, take things at your own pace and do the clip as many times as necessary.

Here we go...

Now, believe it or not, you have two of the three building blocks that form Salsa dance.


In just a couple of minutes, you've mastered the beginning of one of the most popular dances.

So how are those two left feet of yours? Starting to co-operate?

Learn to Dance - Step Three

There's just one more element to go.

All the same rules apply. Take it slowly.

Repeat the step until you're comfortable with it.

And remember your posture - are you standing well? And feeling relaxed?

OK, you're ready for the last bit...

That's it! You can dance!

By joining those steps together, in any order you wish, you can do any basic Salsa dance.

So you see, dancing isn't so hard if it's taught well - slowly, thoroughly and with lots of encouragement.

Now you're on a roll.

Why not learn more about Salsa and dance the whole class? It's one of the most accessible dances for those who feel a little reluctant to try dancing.

Hopefully that's given you a taste of how rewarding learning dance with a great teacher can be. Just keep it up.

Read through all our sections on the different dances and choose the one that suits you.
Follow our tips on finding good teachers and classes and you'll soon find out that you never really did have two left feet...

Now you've found your feet, you might want to learn how to point them...

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