These are the basic steps for line dancing. There are a few variations depending on the dance but this will give you the basics. Follow each section step by step several times until it feels comfortable and it looks more complicated then it is. E-mail me any time. Master one before you add on they will become routine very easily then you can learn any dance easier because you already understand the steps.
Remember the smaller the steps you do the easier it is to recover from an oops. I don't call them mistakes, I call them Variations to the dance.

Vines - 4 full count steps
Right Vine
Count one Step right foot side right, Count 2 step left foot behind right, Count 3 step right foot side right, Count 4 touch or scuff your left foot next to your right. NOTE: depending on the dance if you touch or scuff on Count 4
Left Vine
Count 1 Step left foot side left, Count 2 step right foot behind left, Count 3 step left foot side left, Count 4 touch or scuff your right foot next to your left. NOTE: as above

Jazz Box - 4 full count steps
Right Jazz Box
Count one Cross right foot over left, Count 2 step slightly back on left foot, Count 3 step your right foot next to your left foot, Count 4 step your left foot next to your right foot. NOTE: depending on the dance you might touch the last move instead of step
Left Jazz Box
Count one Cross left foot over right, Count 2 step slightly back on right foot, Count 3 step your left foot next to your right foot, Count 4 step your right next to your left foot. NOTE: as above

Basic Rock Step - 2 counts
these are usually done before or after a triple step
Right rock step - Count one step your right foot slightly forward (or back depending on the dance) and put your weight on it. Count 2 Recover your weight to the opposite foot.
Left rock step - Count one step your left foot slightly forward (or back depending on the dance) and put your weight on it. Count 2 Recover your weight to the opposite foot.

The Basic Cha Cha - Counted 1&2 3 4 (if you cha cha you got this) or 1 2 3&4
the & shows that you are doing a triple step
You will either start with a cha cha cha triple step (counted 1 is the right foot & is the left foot 2 is the right foot or a counted 1 left foot & is the right foot then 2 is the left) then a rock step as above
or
You will start with a rock step as above and then do the cha cha cha triple step

Kick Ball Change - 1&2 count (darn Dottie what does that mean)
To do an & count you just do the move in 1/2 beats of music if you understand the basic cha cha that is 1/2 beat dancing
A kick ball change is basically Kick Step Step
Right kick ball change
Count one Kick your right foot slightly forward keeping it low, count 2 step in place with your right foot as you lift up your left foot and step it back down for count 3. (sounds confusing but think Kick Step Step) they call it ball change because you are actually bringing your kick to the floor for your step on the ball of your foot first again think Kick Step Step it makes more sense.
Left kick ball change
Count one Kick your left foot slightly forward keeping it low, count 2 step in place with your left foot as you lift up your right foot and step it back down for count 3.


Lindy - 1/2 count steps (like a cha cha cha) and full count like the rock step
Right Lindy
This is a side shuffle or a side 1 cha & cha 2 cha count to the right by stepping count one with your right foot to the right, the & count is done immediately bringing your left foot next to your right, the 2 count is done immediately taking your right foot to the right (weight is now on the right foot)
Count 3 step your left foot back (or forward depending on the dance) and put your weight on it, Count 4 recover your weight to your right foot.
Left Lindy
Side shuffle 1 cha & cha 2 cha to the left by stepping count one with your left foot to the left, the & count is immediately done bringing your right foot next to your left, the 2 count is immediately done taking your left foot to the left (weight is now on the left foot) Count 3 step your right foot back (or forward depending on the dance) and put your weight on it, Count 4 recover your weight to your left foot.

Shuffle - counted 1&2 3&4
This is just a basic cha cha cha going forward you might do 2, 3, 4 or more of these in a row

Monterey - four count normally
I tell my students think touch out - turn - touch out - step together
Right Monterey (we will do a 1/4 turn in this explanation but you can do a 1/2 or a full)
Count one touch your right toe out to the right side, count 2 turning to the right 1/4 turn (one wall) swivel on the ball of your left foot and bring your right foot under your body. Count 3 touch your left toe to the left side, Count 4 step your left foot under your body.
Left Monterey (1/4 turn)
Count one touch your left toe out to the left side, count 2 turning to the left 1/4 turn (one wall) swivel on the ball of your right foot and bring your left foot under your body. Count 3 touch your right toe to the right side, Count 4 step your right foot under your body.


Pivot - also called a Military turn
A Pivot is done with one foot staying stationary on the floor but able to turn without being picked up
Right pivots
Count one Step your right foot forward, Count two with the weight on the balls of both feet turn your body to the left swiveling on the balls of your feet
A quarter turn is one wall, a half turn is two walls (these are your normal pivots)
Also, you normally will finish with the weight on the pivot foot (the one that stayed stationary)
Left pivots
Count one Step your left foot forward, Count two with the weight on the balls of both feet turn your body to the right swiveling on the balls of your feet. NOTE: above