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How to Dance on Roller Skates? – Best Beginner’s Guide

How to Dance on Roller Skates
Written by Colin Kint

Have you ever danced on roller skates? Besides gliding and doing tricks, skates are also fun for dancing! You can learn to groove to the beat on roller skates in a few minutes.

We’re here to show you how to perform skate-based dance steps!

How to Dance on Roller Skates?

Dance on Roller Skates

Things you need to dance on roller skates

  • Your skates
  • Something solid to hold on to
  • A wide-open area to practice
  • Protective equipment

Method 1: Moonwalk

Step 1:

Make sure to keep both your feet flat on the ground.

Step 2:

Starting the moonwalk with your left foot will give you a good start

Step 3:

Drag your other foot back

Step 4:

Replace the foot and place your left foot flat

Step 5:

Drag your left foot back, surpassing the other foot, and tilt it to touch the ground again.

Step 6:

Replace the foot again and pull it back, surpassing the other one.

Step 7:

Keep replacing the foot with the front and back motion

Step 8:

Keep the motion going till you start to moonwalk.

Step 9:

Practicing the back and front motion will help you moonwalk with skates.

Method 2: Crazy legs

Step 1:

Keep your body straight and stretched on stable ground.

Step 2:

A good posture is important for this skating move.

Step 3:

Drop your right foot down

Step 4:

Lean in the same direction as the side of the foot that is down.

Step 5:

Lean your body in a carefree way to make it look effortless

Step 6:

As you lean, drag your body in the same direction.

Step 7:

Create the drag in the same direction as the foot

Step 8:

Switch to the next foot and make the same move in the opposite direction as well.

Step 9:

Repeat the steps but speed up a bit each time.

Method 3: Electric slide

Step 1:

Start by placing both your feet together, pointing forward.

Step 2:

Stand up straight

Step 3:

Now point your right foot in the right direction and stand straight.

Step 4:

Place your other foot flat and point it forwards

Step 5:

Now with your left foot, create a half circle and spin in the opposite direction.

Step 6:

Take a spin and point your face in the opposite direction.

Step 7:

Now move your right foot back to the front.

Step 8:

Face forwards after taking the half-circle.

Step 9:

Take your left hand and point your index finger in the right direction.

Step 10:

Lean your body sideways while pointing your finger in the opposite direction.

Step 11:

Repeat the same set of moves with the other food as well.

Method 4: Spreadeagle

Step 1:

To make the spreadeagle move, your body must be straight and stretched.

Step 2:

Pump the move with your left leg and point your right foot in the right direction

Step 3:

Lean your body in the right direction and slide towards it

Step 4:

Make sure to keep your knees open during the slide

Step 5:

During the slide, you also have to keep your heels together and extend them towards the end

Step 6:

Spread your hands and slide them down and up during the slide.

Step 7:

Repeat the exact set of steps in the opposite direction

Method 5: Compilation of the first four methods

Step 1:

Place your foot down and move in the same direction.

Step 2:

Add a hand movement to make the moves effortless

Step 3:

Repeat the crazy legs moves in the opposite direction

Step 4:

Shuffle your foot in the direction front and back

Step 5:

Repeat the same with the other foot

Step 6:

Now drag your right foot back and tilt it down.

Step 7:

Drag your other feet back, surpass the right feet, and tilt down

Step 8:

Repeat the same moves to the opposite direction in speed

Step 9:

Roll your body up by leaning your body backwards and moving it up

Step 10:

Place your right foot in the right direction and lift your left foot to take a half spin

Step 11:

Lift your left foot and take a spin again to finish the spin

Step 12:

Take your left hand and point your finger in the right upward direction during spin

Step 13:

Repeat the same moves for other direction

Step 14:

Point your right foot in the right direction and slide

Step 15:

Add your hand gesture from the down to up direction

Step 16:

Repeat with moves in the opposite direction

Method 6: Step and twist

Step 1:

For maintaining balance, grab something strong.

Step 2:

Shift your weight to the sturdy object you are holding

Step 3:

Take your weight off the heels and bring the weight to your hands

Step 4:

Take the left foot up and place it forward to the right

Step 5:

Put your weight on the front ball of the foot by swinging the heel out and then bringing it back in

Step 6:

Bring your other foot up and place it forward

Step 7:

Swing the heel of the right foot out and pivot on the front ball of the right foot

Step 8:

Bring the heel back and place it flat on the ground

Step 9:

Repeat these steps and speed up the moves

Method 7: Bounce

Step 1:

Stand straight and still for the right posture

Step 2:

Place both your feet in an A formation.

Step 3:

Bend your knees and shift your weight to the left leg

Step 4:

Slide your right leg forward in the left direction

Step 5:

Sync your hand with your leg and move it forward and backward

Step 6:

Drag your right leg back to the starting point

Step 7:

Transfer all the weight to the right leg for the next step

Step 8:

Push the left leg heel forward and slide in the slight right direction

Step 9:

Repeat these steps and slide your skates in the A formation

Step 10:

Sync the Bounce moves with your chosen music

Why the bounce dance is good for you

When you work too hard

You might need to take a break from working hard and just let the stress out with some dance moves.

When you get dizzy

If you have been performing spinning moves, you may become dizzy. Take some time out and do something different.

It works as a breather

Take a breather from other skating techniques and try some bounce dance moves.

Quick roller skate dancing tips

  • By sweeping your arms, you’ll appear to be a better skater than you actually are!
  • Fashion is also an important element of skating.
  • If you’re park skating, it’s a good idea to wear a helmet and pads
  • Lace up your skates and spend time standing in them

FAQs

1. Can I try roller dance wearing inline (Rollerblade) skates?

Ans. Yes, you can. Both rollerskates and rollerblades are used when skate dancing.

2. What clothing to wear for roller skate dancing?

Ans. Lightweight clothing that doesn’t drag on the ground. Protective gear like elbow and knee pads along with a helmet is essential. Flexible bottom such as shorts or legging works best for moves like the spread eagle. Jeans and tight pants won’t flex and may rip.

About the author

Colin Kint

Colin is in his mid twenties and a professional skateboarder whom you may already know. He participated in most of the skateboarding competitions in San Francisco. His innate passion for the sport drove him to pursue his career as a professional skateboarder. Another reason why he’s so good at it could be his relentless practice sessions with his friends. Apart from that, Todd also volunteers in various community awareness programs. He’s an environmental activist with an undergraduate law degree and an expert photographer as well. He does most of the photography of our site.

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