How to Country Dance: Country Dancing Lessons on Video (DVD)
Beginners: Start HERE!
Featuring Shawn’s most sought after beginner country
dance videos, this set is designed for anyone ready to
truly enjoy the country dance floor.
You’ve got the boots, you found the perfect hat, you love country music, you even have a favorite country dance hot spot to show off the moves, but yet here you are, still watching from the sidelines:
Read below to discover the answer to "Where do I start?", "What's special about the way Shawn teaches?" & several other questions from Country Dancers just like you.
Learn the right steps & moves w/over 40 country dancing lessons & videos...
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Country Dance Starter Pack
Line Dance 6 Pack
All How to Line Dance Videos (DVDs)
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* #1 beginner lessons through exhilarating advanced dances
* The most popular steps & line dances in the world
* All the 'little things' needed for success with line dancing
All How to Double Two-Step Videos (DVDs)
***ALL NEW*** Double Two-Step Starter Pack
All How to Swing Dance Videos (DVDs)
***ALL NEW*** Two-Step Basics 3 DVD Set
||Dance lesson videos included in this set:
- Two-Step Basics Volume 1
- Two-Step Basics Volume 2
- Two-Step Basics Volume 3
Key Features of these DVDs:
Learn how to dance Two-Step with Shawn Trautman's All New 3 DVD set with over 4 hrs of non-stop video lessons. Teamed with former champion Nicole Frye, Shawn unveils a new teaching format, tons of tips & tricks, bonus sections, practice music, & much more!
Country Two-Step Mastery System
All How to 2-Step Videos (DVDs)
||Dance lesson videos included in this set:
Key Features of these DVDs:
This is the ultimate set of 2-step videos in one easy to follow collection!
You get Shawn Trautman's 3 Two-Step Basics DVDs, the 8 Two-Step Moves & Patterns DVDs,
and the 2 Advanced Two-Step DVDs all at once and you'll be able to tear right through them.
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All How to West Coast Swing Videos (DVDs)
How to Country Dance: Single DVDs
Country Dance 101
Country Dance 101 is a must-have survival guide for anyone who wants to kick up their heels and dance country-style! Shawn & Joanna Trautman put this easy to follow intro together for a fun lesson & overview of line dancing, two-step, swing, and more!
Double Two-Step 101
Master the essential beginner moves of one of the most popular country dances with Shawn & Joanna Trautman & Double 2-Step 101. This fun & easy dance is great exercise, is energizing, and can be done to the majority of today's hot country dance hits!
Swing Dancing 101
Swing Dancing 101 is a must-have for anyone ready to boogie to big band or country swing music! Shawn & Joanna Trautman put this easy to follow intro together for a fun lesson on single time and triple time swing that will get you bopping!
Two-Step 101 takes the best beginner two-step moves & gives a quick & fun overview that has you dancing just minutes into it. Follow Shawn & Joanna Trautman as they quickly guide you to mastery while you learn to dance the all-time classic Texas 2-Step!
How to Waltz! Waltz 101 is the perfect starting point anyone wanting to learn a timeless romantic dance that is much more than a simple box step. Shawn & Joanna Trautman show you the right look & style to make this dance your own in either ballroom or country settings.
West Coast Swing 101
West Coast Swing 101 is a must-have for anyone ready to step out to the smooth driving beat of WC swing music! Shawn & Joanna Trautman put this easy to follow intro together for a fun lesson on the beginner moves of West Coast Swing that gets you moving!
The above selection of Country Dance DVDs has been compiled based on our top sellers. To view the entire selection of available DVDs please use the links below:
Answers to the most common questions regarding
- How to Country Dance -
New to Country Dancing Lessons and don’t know where to start?
You are in the right spot. Whether you are looking to get a bit of fun exercise or are looking for a new way to get out of the house and meet people, Shawn Trautman will get you going quickly with fun easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know to country dance, whether you want Two-Step, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Double Two, Cha-Cha… or ALL OF THE ABOVE . Shawn Trautman is a proven instructor with students around the world singing the praises of the Shawn Trautman Instruction Method. Shawn has a special affinity for country dance lessons and beginner country dancers in particular. Gathering knowledge and applied experience to more than 20 years of teaching country dancing into 1 phenomenally successful beginner country dance video, Shawn created Country Dance 101
, the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Country Dancing.
Have you noticed signs or an ad for a local class? Are some of your friends pressing earnest and enthusiastic invitations to go with them? If so, please learn to country dance – it is WAY too much fun to miss. However, BEWARE of BEGINNER GROUP CLASSES if you are TRULY a beginner. Chances are, most of the dancers attending the class are not beginners. They are people who have been dancing for at least a month or two and attend the beginner class because it fits with their schedule, and it has become a part of their routine. Also, people attending group classes are human. They want to dance with the new kid on the block…THEY ALREADY KNOW THE STEPS AND THE NAMES OF THE STEPS. Most likely, you will leave the class feeling completely inept, uncoordinated, and incapable of following a beat. NONE of these things are true: you just need FUN and STRUCTURE, and that’s what you get with the Shawn Trautman Instruction Method.
Rather than belly-flopping off the high dive into the shark-infested deep end of group country dance lessons, start with Shawn Trautman’s Country dance 101
. This DVD is the go-to dance lesson for you. Better yet, jump into with Shawn Trautman’s Country Dance Starter Pack
, and set yourself up for complete country dancing success. With your first dance lesson Shawn will have you dancing in just minutes!
What is Country Dancing? Are there more than one?
Country is the all-American apple pie answer to social dancing. The music is country-western, the feel is casual and comfortable, and denim is acceptable on almost every occasion. Cowboy hats and boots come to mind when country social dancing is mentioned; although they are not required for casual social dancing, they are prevalent and appropriate. Depending on what part of the country you are in, you might need to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare off of the well-polished belt buckles.
When you go country dancing you are going to encounter a variety of dances, just as you encounter a variety of music styles within country music. Some of the dances overlap with ballroom and swing, but he two biggest country dances are unique to country dancing as much as the songs they match have a sound that is unique to country music. The two biggest country dances are related to each other, and are Two-Step and Double Two-Step. If these names aren’t familiar to you, I guarantee the dances are, and they are just simply called something different in your area.
Other dances that you’ll see when you go country dancing are Swing (also called East Coast Swing), West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Polka, and even Nightclub Two. Not all these dances make the Need-To-Know Country Dance List, but you’ll hear a perfect song or two for each of them every time you go out. Shawn has assembled his best beginner dance lessons on the most popular country dances into a Country Dance Starter Pack that will have you looking great with just a few easy dance lessons.
When you go country dancing (outside of your living room lessons with Shawn Trautman), here are some wardrobe tips that will help you feel confident and comfortable on the dance floor. If you have cowboy boots, wear them—they help you get into the feel of the music and culture. Ladies, close-heeled shoes are appropriate when learning social dancing in any of the subcultures. Never wear flip-flops or open-heeled sandals or mules to a couples social dance lesson. If you forget this rule, chances are you will only forget it once. Close-toed shoes are also recommended for ladies, especially while your dance partner gets the hang of the basic steps and leading.
Country nightclubs and bars are the best places to go out dancing in the country social dance subculture. Most large country nightclubs make it a point to have a large, well maintained hardwood dance floor with convenient rails on which to set drinks and lean surrounding the floor. Ladies, if you want to wear a skirt or a dress you can, but chances are you will feel overdressed. A sparkly or fun top with jeans (at any age) and close-toed, close-heeled shoes are appropriate attire for a lady at a country nightclub. Likewise, gentlemen, don’t even bother with anything dry-clean only. Jeans and a clean-collared shirt are appropriate, with either cowboy boots or non-sneaker shoes. Casual is key.
Which Country Dance Should I Learn First?
You’ve been out to a country night club or spent a few minutes trolling the Internet, and your eyes are starting to glaze. Every time you turn around, or click a new link, there is a different dance move! No, it is not a trick of your imagination. When it comes time to choose which country dance to learn, let alone which dance moves to learn first, there are literally hundreds of thousands from which to select.
Where do you start???? Well, if you are ready to trust Shawn Trautman and his proven method, Country dance 101 and Shawn’s other beginner country dance lessons will make your life infinitely easier. On Country dance 101, or if you are ready to wade right into full length dance lessons with Shawn’s other beginner country dance products, Two-Step is a great starting point.
Better yet, let Shawn take the guesswork out of your starting point, save you hours of agonized frustration, and most likely, make dancing more fun and enjoyable than you ever imagined. Sound good?
With the Country Dance Starter Pack from Shawn Trautman’s Dance Collection, you are walked through the most popular country dances while you master the most essential steps and moves in each dance. If that’s not the Country Dance Power Hour, I don’t know what is. If you follow Shawn’s easy-to-follow step by step instructions, you will be dancing along in no time.
Great, now you know to start with Two-Step, right? Well, not so fast. Yes, Two-Step is a great beginner dance, but if you just look for move videos on that particular dance, you are missing the forest for the trees. On Two-Step 101 and the 3 DVD Two-Step Basics set, Shawn uses a variety of teaching methods, tips, and tools that gets you moving quickly.
If you are feeling skeptical of Shawn Trautman and the Shawn Trautman Instruction Method, check out what some of Shawn’s students have to say:
"I'm a teacher and I can tell you first-hand that Shawn is an excellent instructor. I'll tell you Shawn’s dance lessons are worth taking a look at. The way Shawn presents the material is extremely easy to follow and he does a great job of breaking the dances into manageable pieces that build on top of one another. I was surprised at how easy the dances were once they were completed." -Rex G.
Around the world country dancers young and old have trusted Shawn Trautman’s Instruction method and his Country Dance Starter Pack and let Shawn guide them through the basics and beyond of the country dancing world. When faced with the tough choice of which dance to start with, choose Shawn Trautman and the Country Dance Starter Pack now and don’t waste another moment lost in the wild west of dance video clips on YouTube!
Where is the best place to learn to country dance?
The best place to learn to country dance is wherever you are comfortable, as long as you are learning with Shawn Trautman Instruction, preferably starting with Country dance 101
and the Country Dance Starter Pack
. Remove the barriers to learning, the distractions, the excuses, and get up and dance with Shawn Trautman. You CAN learn to dance at home, from DVD, and Shawn Trautman’s Dance Collection is the only way to go. If you are ready to leave behind awkwardness and bad rhythm, and start your dancing success, get your Country Dance Starter Pack
The fastest and most economical way to learn
country dancing is through the recommended
dance instruction DVDs found on this page. If
you're ready to learn country dancing via live
lessons, you can do so at your local dance
studio, but your best bets are dance lessons at
your local country bars and nightclubs. Here
you can learn the basics of the various country
dances and meet the instructors. Most of the
instructors on the country circuit are
freelance teachers who teach at the nightclubs
in the early evenings and teach private lessons
during the week and on weekends.
Regarding the dance lesson videos found
here, each one captures the essence of country
dancing, the best tips and tricks for dancing
with anyone to any music, and clear instruction
for the dances as seen in clubs. The
DVDs are best used as a supplement to your
dance lessons or as a standalone tool if you
simply don't have the time or would rather not
learn to dance in front of others. Finding a
beginner dance class that fits your schedule,
is the dance(s) that you want, and that has an
instructor you're comfortable with is not
always easy. Take a look at the DVDs below to
find out more of what you can learn at home, on
your own schedule, and at your own pace.
What kind of attire (clothing) should I wear Country Dancing?
Be comfortable and wear jeans when learning
country dancing. You would most likely feel
slightly overdressed if you wore the same
outfit you selected for a ballroom lesson to a
country bar for a beginner two-step lesson. If
you have cowboy boots, wear them - they help
you get into the feel of the music and culture.
Ladies, close-heeled shoes are appropriate and
recommended for ladies, especially while your
dance partner gets the hang of the basic steps
and leading. Never wear flip-flops or
open-heeled sandals or mules to a lesson. If
you forget this rule, chances are you will only
forget it once.
Country nightclubs and bars are the best
places to go country dancing. Most large
country nightclubs make it a point to have a
large, well-maintained hardwood dance floor
with convenient rails on which to set drinks
and lean surrounding the floor. Ladies, if you
want to wear a skirt or a dress you can, but
chances are you will feel overdressed. A
sparkly or fun top with jeans (at any age) and
close-toed, close-heeled shoes are appropriate
attire for a lady at a country nightclub.
Likewise, gentlemen, don't even bother
with anything dry-clean only. Jeans and a
clean-collared shirt are appropriate, with
either cowboy boots or non-sneaker shoes.
Casual is key.
As you prepare for your foray into the wilds of
your local honky tonk or country bar, remember the
- There's no need for excessive sequins. Country
dancing is extremely casual; think of it as the
opposite of ballroom dancing. Instead of
form-fitting costumes that sparkle, choose a
comfortable pair of jeans and a shirt.
- Pay attention to your feet. You've mastered the
two-step and countless line dances under Shawn
Trautman's tutelage and he wants you to enjoy your
newfound skill. That means no high heels or
ill-fitting shoes. You may look great, but you'll
end up perched atop a barstool, trying to elevate
your pinched toes. Consider purchasing cowboy boots
developed specifically for dancers, which are
flexible and soft-soled. Regular cowboy boots are
meant for riding your horse and their slick soles
can be dangerous.
- A cowboy hat is not mandatory. As an addition
to your outfit, it's fine - just make sure that it
fits well and allows you to see under the
- Loud plaids are usually not seen on the cowboy
dance circuit. If you'd like to wear a tartan, save
that for Scottish dancing.
Before you leave for the country bar, consider
what you've seen others wear for a night of dancing.
Texans dress much different than California natives,
for example. There's really a different look for each
region, but when in doubt, wear jeans.
What are the most popular Country Dances?
You might be surprised at the variety of
dances you will see at a country nightclub. On
any given evening you can see and dance with
people doing the two-step, triple two-step,
waltz, cha-cha, slow dance, swing, West coast
swing, polka, and even occasionally the hustle.
In addition to the couples dancing, there is
also a lot of attention to line dancing, which
is done by individuals. You might also want to
give a few dances a try and then head to a
lesson or get started with the dance below that
you want to learn most:
- Two-Step (the ALL-TIME classic for
- Swing (aka East Coast Swing - a
dance for all occasions)
- Double Two-Step (Triple 2-Step) (the new favorite
among dancers of today's country music)
- Line Dances (Electric Slide,
Cotton Eyed Joe, Watermelon Crawl &
- West Coast Swing (a challenging
but fun dance - also for all occasions)
- Waltz (a classic in any form of
- Polka (a fun and upbeat dance
that's great for country dancing)
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