How to Dance to Zydeco Music

Written by Jeremy Rice

(Please do not copy without permission.)


(Men start on left, women on right, but remember that zydeco footwork is balanced so most moves can be done in mirror image by reversing left and right)

Basic

1) Slow-quick-quick-slow-quick-quick-(repeat)...

 

Basic w/ cheater step

2) Brush- Step-brush-quick-quick-step-brush-quick-quick-(repeat).....

3) Tap- Step-tap-quick-quick-step-tap-quick-quick-(repeat)....

4) Lift- Step-lift-quick-quick-step-lift-quick-quick-(repeat)....

 

Basic w/ rock steps

5) Single rock step - Slow-quick-quick-slow-rock-back-(repeat)...

6) Single rock step w/ brush - Slow-quick-quick-step-brush-rock-back-(repeat)...

7) Double rock step - Slow-rock-in (90° turn)-slow-rock-back-(repeat)....

8) Double side step - Slow-side-back-slow-side-back-(repeat)...

9) Rock-in step (men only) - Slow-quick-quick-slow-quick-quick-slow-rock-in(while partner rocks back)-slow

 

Ski slope

10) men: Slow (heels l.)-quick(heels r.)-quick(heels l.)-slow(heels r.)-quick(heels l.)-quick(heels r.)-(repeat)...

women: Slow (heels r.)-quick(heels l.)-quick(heels r.)-slow(heels l.)-quick(heels r.)-quick(heels l.)-(repeat)...

 

Turns

11) Alone, open position - Slow-rock-around(360° turn)-slow-rock-back-slow-...

(Note: Next two moves start on quick-quick, not the usual slow)

12) Closed position- men: turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-touch(r. toe near l. instep)-turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-touch(l. toe)-(repeat)...

women: turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-touch(l. toe)-turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-touch(r. toe)(repeat)...

13) Closed position w/ lift- men: turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-touch(r. toe)-turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-lift(l.)-(repeat)...

women: turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-lift(l.)-turn(forward l.)-turn(back r.)-turn(forward l.)-touch(r. toe) -(repeat)...

 

Flash, Open Position

14) Toes apart - 1(set first foot)-2 (set second foot, feet now parallel)-out (toes)-in(toes)-slow-quick-quick-...

15) Toes apart w/ rock step - 1(set first foot)-2 (set second, feet now parallel)-out(toes)-in-slow-rock-back-.....

16) Heels apart - 1(set first foot)-2 (set second, feet now parallel)-out(heels, roll forward on toes)-in(heels)-slow-quick-quick-....

17) Toes side-to-side- 1(set first foot)-2 (set second, feet now parallel, pointing 45° to one side)-side(shift toes together about 90°)-side(shift toes back)-slow-quick-quick-...

18) Toes apart w/ side slide - 1(set first foot)-2(set second, feet now parallel)-out (separate toes & separate feet, men: r-> right, women: l. -> left)-step (men: l, women: r)-slow-quick-quick-.....

 
Cross-over steps, Open Position

20) Single cross front step - men: Slow(l.)-quick(r.)-quick(l.)-slow(r.)-quick(l. crosses in front of r.)-quick(r. while l. crosses back)-(repeat)...

women: Slow(r.)-quick(l.)-quick(r.)-slow(l.)-quick(r. cross in front of l.)-quick(l. while r. crosses back)-(repeat)...

21) Double cross front step - Slow-quick-quick-slow-quick(front cross)-quick-slow-quick(front cross)-quick....

22) Cross front, cross back step - Slow-quick-quick-slow-quick(front cross)-quick-slow-quick(back cross)-quick...

23) Cross front step w/ brush - men: Slow(l.)-quick(r.)-quick(l.)-step(r.)-brush(l.)-over(l.)-step(r. while l. return)-Slow(l. back on left side)..

women: Slow(r.)-quick(l.)-quick(r.)-step(l.)-brush(r.)-over(r.)-step(l. while r. returns)-Slow(r. back on right side)...

(Note: Next cross-over has different timing than previous ones.)

24) Cross front & back moving - men: Slow(l.)-quick(r. in place)-cross(l. in front of r.)-Slow(r.)-quick(l. in place)-cross(r. behind l.)-(repeat)....

women: Slow(r.)-quick(l. in place)-cross(r. in front of l.)-Slow(l.)-quick(r. in place)-cross(l. behind r.)-(repeat)....

 

Shuffle steps

25) Shuffle in brush step framework - Step-brush-quick-quick-step-brush-kick-kick-(repeat).....

(kicks look similar brush to make the shuffle effect)

26) Shuffle with step-out on slow - Step-out (on opposite foot)-quick-quick- step-out (on opposite foot)-quick-quick-(repeat).....

 

Combinations

27) Toes apart w/ crossover - men: 1(set left foot)-2 (set right foot, feet now parallel)-out(toes)-in-kick(left foot)-cross (left over right)-step(right)-step(right) (repeat)...

women: 1(set right foot)-2 (set left foot, feet now parallel)-out(toes)-in-kick(right foot)-cross right over left)-step(left)-step(left) (repeat)...

28) Heels apart w/ crossover and toes apart - men: 1(set left foot)-2 (set right foot, feet now parallel)-out(heels)-in-kick(left foot)-cross (left over right)-step(right, feet now parallel)-out(toes) (repeat)...

women: 1(set right foot)-2 (set left foot, feet now parallel)-out(heels)-in-kick(right foot)-cross (right over right)-step(left, feet now parallel)-out(toes) (repeat)...