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List of Moves

No list of moves could ever be complete because this dance form is continually developing new moves.
We encourage you to keep your own list because as you can see here - a list of moves is pretty pointless unless you already know what they are.

Anyway, we keep getting asked for a list so here is a list of about five hundred to get you started.

The moves in bold are generally considered Beginner Moves or "Base Moves" from which you can learn heaps and heaps of variations. The bullet points show the different variations from individual moves.

Have Fun!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A
Accordion
  • Accordion Single Handed R or L Accordian Sexy Comb
  • Accordion Back to Back Meltdown
  • Accordion Front to Back Hip Swizzle
Agitator
Albatross
American Push Spin
Ankle-lock Spin - From Lunge & BJ Seducer
Anzac Drop
Archie Spin
  • Archie Lady Spin
  • Archie Spin R Handed
  • Archie Spin R to L Rev.
  • Archie Spin Double
  • Archie Spin Double Handed
  • Archie Spin Flying
  • Archie Roll-in Seducer (Simon's Move)
  • Archie Teapot
Arches
Arches Walk or Crossovers
Argentinian Seducer
Argentinian Seducer Variation (Guy's Hand on girl's neck b/f rotating.)
Arm Jive
Around the World 112 or Full
Astaire
  • Astaire Lean
  • Astaire Drop Modified
  • Astaire to Death

B
Backbarrier Spin
Backburner
Backflips
Backhander
  • Backhander R & R
  • Backhander Short L
  • Backhander Short R
  • Backhander - Double
  • Backhander - Multiple in Circle
  • Backhander Seducer
Backpass
Backslide R&R 3 Types of Shuffle Back Push-off
Back Point
Back Double Point
Back Roll R&R
Back Spin-off (Push-Off)
Back to back Change Places
Back to Back Flip
Ballroom Drop
Roll-in Ballroom Drop
Ballroom Swizzles
Ballroom Pivots
Basket
  • Basket In & Out Be-Bop
  • Basket Stopped
  • Basket Veil
Be-Bop Spin
B.J. Lean & Seducer
Bendspinner
Boomerang
  • Boomerang Short
  • Boomerang Double
  • Boomerang Killer - Bris
  • Boomerang Killer - Syd
  • Boomerang Killer - Catch Hand
Bow
  • Bow - Catch
Brad's Move
Bumper
Burger (Aerial)
Butterfly
  • Butterfly Double
  • Butterfly Reverse
  • Butterfly Roger's Reverse
  • Butterfly Seducer & Reverse B'fly Sed
  • Butterfly Short
  • Butterfly Slam

C
Caromello
Candlestick
Cartwheel Single or Both
Catapault
  • Catapault - Back to Front
  • Catapault - Back to Front Sexy Combo
  • Catapault Bounce & Drop
  • Catapault Dip
  • Catapault - Man Tunnel
  • Catapault Around the World - Rev Tie Break Pos.
  • Catapault Neckbreak
  • Catapault Neckbreak 2 Part Drop
  • Catapault Nelson
  • Catapault Switch L to R
  • Catapault Retain grip & spin
  • Catapault Catch Hips and sway exit
Cleaver
  • Cleaver Double
  • Cleaver Power Spin-in
  • Cleaver False
Chainsaw
  • Chainsaw Rev Dip
Change Places
  • Change Places Lady
  • Change Places Modified
  • Change Places Twist
Chest Lean (Fountain Drop Variation.)
Chest Push Resistor Man or Lady Chest Spin
Chicago
C.J.'s
Coathanger
  • Coathanger Seducer
Coffee Pot
  • Coffee Pot Spin to Teapot
Comb Duck
  • Comb Styler
  • Comb Turning (& Sleezy)
  • Comb Sleezy Dbl Handed over neck
  • Comb Man, Lady or Multiple
  • Comb Multiple Combinations Combine Harvester
Cronin's Spin
Crossovers

D
Death Drop
Death Spin
Decapitator Drop
Dive Bomb
Dominator
Double Bass
Drag R&R
Dropkick
  • Dropkick Multiple
  • Dropkick Splits variation
  • Dropkick Pretzel
Drippity Drop Hop

E
Easy Seducer
Elbow Seat (Viktor's)
Eskimo Roll
  • Eskimo Roll Rotating
  • Eskimo Roll Slow and Sexy
Eruption

F
Fever Drop
First Move
  • First Move Backhander
  • First Move Ballroom Walk
  • First Move Barrier
  • First Move Behind
  • First Move Checks
  • First Move Corkscrew
  • First Move Dip (Lindyhop)
  • First Move Eight
  • First Move Flying (Free Spin)
  • First Move Flying (Retain Grip)
  • First Move Free Spin
  • First Move Five Beat
  • First Move Heartbeat
  • First Move Hip Stop
  • First Move Hook
  • First Move Jockey
  • First Move Jump
  • First Move Lambada Style Drop
  • First Move Latin (Da Li La Jackie Routine)
  • First Move Latin Exit (1st Move Turn)
  • First Move Open (Rev Spin for guys)
  • First Move Power spin
  • First Move Reverse Turn
  • First Move Scorpion
  • First Move Seducer - Front
  • First Move Secucer - Side
  • First Move Seducer - Girl Spiral Spin
  • First Move Seducer - Whip
  • First Move Seducer to Death
  • First Move Traverse
  • First Move Traverse - Eskimo Combo (Melb)
  • First Move Walk
  • First Move Windmill (Rev Direction)
Figure of Eight
  • Figure of Eight (Michel)
  • Figure of Eight Multiple
  • Figure of Eight Rotating
  • Figure of Eight - R Handed
  • Figure of Eight Reverse (Guy's R to girl's L)
  • Figure of Eight False
Fling Henry's
Flingy Flung - Wrapper
Flip Flop
  • Flip Flop Double Handed
Footsy - 2 Types
Fountain Break
Fountain Drop
  • Fountain Drop Reversed
  • Fountain Drop - Turn and Dip
Freeze
French Jive
French Crossovers
Front Loader
  • Front Loader Double Handed
  • Front Loader Variation - bend to spin Full Nelson

G
Garbo
Ginger Lean
Ginger Drop
Glider
Glider Boxer
Go-Cat
Grape - 1 st Move Around the World
Guillotine
Guitar L or R
Guitar Grind
Guinness

H
Handstopped Turn
Half Nelson
  • Half Nelson Twist Recurring
  • Half Nelson Catch - Be-bop
Hatchback L or R Handed
  • Hatchback Blocked
  • Hatchback R&R
  • Hatchback Duck - Be-bop Style
Hatchflick Combo
Helecopter
Headchopper
Hip Flip Incomplete
Hip Hip Spin Dip
Hip Hop
Hip Pass
Hip Spin
Honeyboy
Honeygirl
Honeycomb
Hot & Spicy
Hurricane

I
In's & Out's - Chest Caresser
Impaler

J
Jump
Junket

K
Kentucky
Kiss of Death
Knee Lock Twist
Knee Snap

L
Lady Lunge (Knee into guy's thigh)
Ladyspin
  • Ladyspin Walking
  • Ladyspin Walking Be-bop style
Ladytrain spin
Lambada Style Drop
Lambada Drop
Lasso
  • Lasso Sway
Lattice & Rev. Lattice
Latin Exit
Latin Lunge
Layback
Lay (Double Handed) - Guys b/h girl.
Lean-to
  • Lean-to reversed
Leg Stop
Leg-over (Manhattan)
Limbo Walk (Single or Double)
Loophole (Breakthrough)
  • Loophole Tunnel
  • Loophole Snake
Loop Jump (Flip)
Long Lean Dip
Love Walk
Lunge

M
Malteaser
  • Malteezer Fig 8.
Manhattan Walks
  • Manhattan Walks - Change Direction
  • Manhattan Walk Seducer
  • Manhattan Meander
Man Spinner
  • Man Spinner Incomplete
Manhole
Man Tunnel (from Catapault)
Maypole
  • Maypole 112
  • Maypole Fast
  • Maypole Fast Twirl Exit
  • Maypole Tunnel
Meltdown
Mercury Drop
Mercurio Lift
Mexican Twirl
Miami Special
Mixmaster
Monkey's Tail R&R
  • Monkey's Tail Fast
Moulin Rouge Move

N
Neckbreak
  • Neckbreak Butterfly
  • Neckbreak Flying
  • Neckbreak Flying / Spinning Exit
  • Neckbreak Handless
  • Neckbreak Short
  • Neckbreak Short Seducer
  • Neckbreak Waltz
Nosedive
  • Nosedive Quick False
N.Z. Comb
O
Octopus
Octo-Nelson
Overhead Change
Overneck Change

P
Parobolic Sidecut
Paul's Return
Pendulum
Pop
Ping-Pong Variations
Pivots
  • Pivots with Leg Lock
Point Single
  • Point Double
Possum Drop
Prang
Pretzel
  • Pretzel Astaire
  • Pretzel Crossed
  • Pretzel Crossed Walkaround
  • Pretzel Dropkick
  • Pretzel Dip
  • Pretzel Exploding
  • Pretzel False (Fools)
  • Pretzel Short False
  • Pretzel Lean
  • Pretzel Long False
  • Pretzel Flying False R
  • Pretzel Flying False L
  • Pretzel Reverse
  • Pretzel Reversed 2
  • Pretzel Reversed R&R
  • Pretzel Rev from lean-to
  • Pretzel Salty
  • Pretzel Seducer
  • Pretzel Stir
  • Pretzel Sway (Sunrise Combo Entry)
  • Pretzel Swizzle-stick
  • Pretzel Reverse with Swizzlestick Exit
  • Pretzel UK Reverse. (Girls end up at guy's L.)
Prince Lift
PTO Lift (Arabesque)
Push Pull (Arm Jive)

R
Rag Doll
Resistor - Away
Resistor - Chest Push
Reverse Twirl Be-bop
Reverse Twirl - Enter L Sway
Revolver
Rock - Forward and Back
R&R Fig 8 L or R.
R&R Pull Through Legs
Rococco
Roger's Move
Roll-in Drop Shoulder, Hip or Hand
  • Roll-in Seducer reversed (Catch behind neck)
Rollercoaster
Rotten Mango (Lift)
Rude Move

S
Salsa Twist
Scissor Sweep
Screwdriver
Seat
Secret Move
Seducer Argentinian
  • Seducer Hands Low (similar to Ballroom sed)
  • Seducer Lasso
  • Seducer Pretzel
  • Seducer Rotating
  • Seducer Whip
Semi-twist Spring
Sexy Comb
Sexy walkaround
Shalom
Shoulder Pass L or R
Shoulder Spin
Side to side bounce
Side to side walkaround - slow.
Sleezy Exit
Slam Seducer
Slump
Slide R&R
Slidebreak
  • Slidebreak Rotating
Slingshot
  • Slingshot Revolver
  • Slingshot Single handed
Smoothie
Snake - Lady
  • Snake - Man
  • Snake Rev.(Vicktor Style)
Spooner
Spanish Lift
Spinning Top
  • Spinning Top Lasso
Spretzel
  • Spretzel Triple
Springer
  • Springer Seducer (Behind guy)
  • Springer - N.Z.
Spring-lock (Peek-a-boo)
Star Drop - Between Guy's Legs
Star (Aerial)
Star Low
Star Jump
Star Lift
Straddle Variations
Streamer
  • Streamer Fast
Styler Single or Double Spin
Suelli's Move
Sugar Jump R&R
Suicide Seducer 1, 2 or 3 parts
Sunrise Combo
Sunset Combo
Supergirl
  • Supergirl - Accordion Entry
Swan Drop
  • Swan Dip / Seat
  • Swan Lift (Rotating lift from Swan Drop)
Sway
  • Sway First Move
  • Sway Lasso
  • Sway Back to Front
  • Sway Tornado Single
  • Sway Tornado Double
Sweep
  • Sweep - Lasso - Single or Double
  • Sweep - one or both directions
Swizzlestick
  • Swizzlestick Double Handed
  • Swizzlestick Modified Be-bop

T
Tandem
  • Tandem Variations 1/2 / Full etc
  • Tandem Stopped (Syncopated)
Tie-Break
  • Tie-Break Rotating
  • Tie-Break Staggered Rotating
  • Tie-Break Rotating Seducer
Tunnel
  • Tunnel - False
  • Tunnel - False Melbourne Style (From 1/2 Tandem)
Towel High
  • Towel Low
  • Towel Back to back Towel Jazzy
Trap
Tango Drop
Teapot
  • Teapot Lift
  • Teapot Twist
Tie-breaker
  • Tie-break staggered
Tim's Move (From NZ)
Tunnel
  • Tunnel Half
  • Tunnel Catapault Entry
Turnstile
Turtle
Twirl
Twister (With or without twist.)
Train Shoulder
  • Train Hip
  • Train Reversed

U
Ultimate Sleeze
Under the Bed
Up and Over (Aerial)

W
Walk Slow Forward Whirly-gig
Wurlitzer
  • Wurlitzer Rotating
  • Wurlitzer Reverse
Wing
Windmill
  • Windmill Half
  • Windmill Drop
Window & reverse Wrapper (Flingy-flung)
Wringer
  • Wringer Fast Multiple
  • Wringer Slow & Sexy
Wrist Lock Spin (Optional Guy Spin)
Wrist Watch

Y
Yo-yo
  • Yo-Yo Spin Latin Exit
  • Yo-Yo Aerial