Once you have a good idea of the basic cross step, it’s time to incorporate it into our stepping drill. The stepping drill includes the cross step as a way to create distance in an angular direction.
Forward direction. From your right N stance (facing “North”):
- Turn the right foot so the heel is outward
- Left foot cross steps behind the right and forward at an angle (NE)
- Turn the body to face SW. Right foot does a full step back towards the NE, then pivot into a right N stance.
- To return, pivot the body to face SW, then do a right full step in the SW direction.
- Next, full step with left foot in the SW direction (this should put your left foot back into its starting place).
- Pivot the body to face North. If your steps are consistent, your feet are back where they started. (Then do the left side version of this sequence)
You might like to follow along with the short video below for practice. Good luck!
Want to review the retreating cross-step? Click here…