Janet's Aerobic Steps
Here are a few guidelines: I ALWAYS begin on the R (right) foot. So if I
just say "March", you will automatically know to begin with the R. If you are new to aerobics, do NOT use the arms.
Focus on what my feet are doing. Don't be embarrassed if you don't catch on, no one is watching you, they are trying
to keep up themselves so their eyes are glued to me. I give hand directions all the time, so watch to see what I am
doing with my hands. When I point R, we will be moving to the R. When I just hold it up, that means to just continue
doing whatever step we are doing at the moment.
I cue you about 2 beats BEFORE we actually need to do the next step. If I
waited until it was TIME to do the step, then it would be too late. So, don't DO the step as soon as I say it.
Finish doing the step we are on and then go to the next one.
Let's clarify a term. A step means to put you weight on that foot.
So if I say "step R." then you put your weight on the R foot. A touch means you DO NOT put your weight on that foot.
So if I say "step touch", that would mean that you would put you weight on the R foot, but just touch the L toe to the floor
and still have your weight on the R foot. That way you will be ready to move back to the L. with another step touch.
(Also use the words "tap and touch" interchangeably).
Basic Step Descriptions
1. Step Touches-step to the R with
your R foot, touch the L foot. Step to the L with the L foot, touch the R
2. Two Step-just like the step touch, only you move to the R 2
times instead of just once. Then you will go to the L.
3. Train-just like the two step except instead of just going
2 steps to the R, you go 4 steps. Then you will go to the L.
4. Step Hamstring Curl-the same as
step touches, only you lift your heel toward your rear end
5. Step Knee-same as step
touches except you lift the knee. (I like to keep the knees out at an angle instead of straight ahead)
Step Heel-same as step touch, but do a heel in front instead of a touch.
7. Two-Step-step RLR moving to the R, repeat L (step LRL
moving to the L).
8. March 3 and Tap-in place (where you are standing) step RLR then touch your L
foot to the floor, step LRL then touch. (I use this step to set up the Hustle and Grapevine [GV)
Hustle-March (or walk) forward RLR and touch, repeat backward.
10. Double Hustle-walk up RLR
touch and come up again LRL touch, THEN go back the same way.
11. Grapevine-step to the R with your
R foot, cross the L foot behind your R, take another step to the R and then touch the L. (It's basically the
march 123, tap moving to your R and L).
12. Double GV-Moving R, step RLR and then hop with both feet,
continue going to the R, RLR and then touch L. Go back to the L.
13. Mambo-this is basically just
continuous marching, but you are moving a foot up and back while the other foot stays in place. Your R foot
steps forward and backward while your L foot stays in place. I change feet 2 different ways. Sometimes I
just have you bring your feet together and just do a double clap. Sometimes I do a cha-cha-cha.
Cha-Cha-Cha-this is a quick step, step, step. It puts you on the opposite foot. So if you are on
your R foot, it will put you on your L foot.
15. Chasse-it's EXACTLY like the cha-cha-cha only instead
of staying in one place, we move with it, either UP or to the R or L.
16. Glide-it's a chasse with
a STEP back. You are facing the front wall and you chasse toward the R, then step back with your L foot. You could
say this in your head "R quick step, back, step" and it might help you.
17. "V" Step-this is basically
just a march. You just move forward and backward, plus out and in. So you step your R foot up and out at the
same time on the beat of 1, step your L foot up and out on the beat of 2, step your R foot back and in on the beat of 3, step
you L foot back and in on the beat of 4. To change to the other foot, instead of stepping on the L foot when
you come back in, you TOUCH, then step L and that starts it over on the L foot.
Okay, maybe that's enough to get you started. If you have questions, let
me to show them to you. It will be much easier.
Good Luck and hang in there. It will get easier the more we do it.
Let me know if you would like for me to add any other steps.