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First, learn a basic move so you don’n have to concentrate on your own feet. Yuriy Datsyk, director of the Fred Astaire Midtown Dance Studio in New York City, recommends the box step: It’s easy to learn, and it works whether you’re dancing with a partner at a wedding or grooving solo at a club. Cue the music: Step forward with your left foot and then bring your right foot forward and to the right. Move your left foot next to the right. Now step back with your right foot, then back and to the left with your left foot. Bring your right next to the left. If you’re making moves solo, let your body’s natural movement dictate the swing of your arms. If you’re dancing with someone, hold her with your right arm at her left shoulder blade level–this creates an intimate common space for the two of you. Join your left hand with her right hand at chest level. Now focus on your partner, titinada yourself. “Your job is to showcase her–you are her foil,” says Datsyk. That also means protecting her from collisions.