First Dance Routine to “For Once In My Life”

Now, let’s put all of the steps you’ve learned together into this lovely routine! We’ve also included a written instruction below. Have fun!

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  • Walk out for 8 counts (anyway you like, be creative and be you!)

  • Get into Side by Side Position (4 counts) Roll into Shadow Position (4 counts)

  • 3 Kicks (start with right foot, 2 counts each) Follower’s turn right to dance position

Dance Pattern

  • Basic (drop hand at the end)

  • Follower’s Double Turn

  • Basic

  • Rotating Basic

  • Basic (drop hand at the end)

  • Double Turn to Duo Turn

Quick Transition (1 set of 8)

Send follower out, pull in and circular Dip

Repeat Dance Pattern

  • Alternating turns (end in 2-hand hold)

  • Cradle

  • Follower’s left turn

  • Basic

  • Rotating basic

  • Follower’s double turn

  • Forward basic

Quick transition (2 sets of 8)

Send follower out, inside turn to cradle position, lean, roll out to side by side


  • 1st and 2nd sets: Ying Yang x 2

  • 3rd and 4th set: Hammerlock and Walk

  • 5th and 6th Lazo, face each other in 2-hand hold, end in cradle position

  • 7th: Sways x 5 (start with left foot, 2 counts each)

  • 8th: Roll out to side by side position, spin into dance position

Repeat Dance Pattern


Send follower out, cradle, roll out, spin into dip