Intermediate Dance Steps & Positions

Students should always warm up before beginning dance. Please our section on Warms Ups before starting any dance practice. 

Intermediate students are ready to master more complex versions of steps, faldeos, and turns.

 

STARTING POSITIONS - Students should begin with excellent posición inicial (starting position) with an erect posture, as if a string was being pulled upward through the body and out the head, and feet and arms ready. They must demonstrate spatial knowledge such as the  Fila (vertical) and Linea (horizontal) positions.

Students may wish to look at the following videos to refresh themselves on basic steps, including the simple zapateado and carretilla. You can also look at the Beginner Curriculum for videos. 

Folklorico Company with Kareli Montoya- Basic Tutorial (English)

Intermediate Steps include: 

  • Zapateado tres (Spanish) (English) with different styles:

    • Heel/toe

    • Flat

    • Puntas

  • Gatillos - stomp with heel hitting on the second beat.

  • Huachapeo - both the cepilleo & escobilleo

  • Paso de Borracho - crossing the foot behind and stomping.

  • Tijeras – Cutting the air with both feet in a sliding motion done either high or low. (Note: the low version of this step is used in the song, La Raspa.)

    

Be sure to practice the following steps leading with both the right and left feet. 

After mastering the basic faldeo, you are ready to learn regional differences in this arm/skirt movement: 

Intermediate faldeos include:

 

  • Nayarit - with arms held high, at the head or even behind the head for certain movements, holding the skirt for women. (Spanish video)  (English video)

  • Jalisco - arms at the shoulder level holding the skirt for women. Men place hands behind the back. (Spanish video) (English video

  • Colima - arms at about 45 degrees from the shoulders, holding the skirt for women. Men hold hands behind the back. (Spanish) video  (English video)

  • Veracruz - arms nearly at the side, holding the skirt and making small movements and flips of the skirt for women. Men hold arms straight down besides the body. (Spanish video )  (English video)

  • Polka - arms bent at the waist for women. Men bend arms and place hands on the waist/belt buckle. (Spanish video)  (English video)

    

 

 

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