Learn How to Line Dance the Cupid Shuffle

From weddings to backyard barbecues, the Cupid Shuffle has become one of the most popular country line dances, and that’s why you might want to learn it. Whether you’re someone with wicked rhythm or someone with two left feet my guide is here to help you master the moves in no time (it only took me an hour to learn and check off my bucket list!). Are you ready to step, tap, and shuffle your way into the dance floor?

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How to Dance the Cupid Shuffle Line Dance 

Ready to break it down? The Cupid Shuffle is all about following the moves called out in the song. Here’s a simplified breakdown:

  1. Step it Right, Step it Left: Start with some good ol’ fashioned footwork. Take four easy steps to the right, then four to the left. Feel the rhythm!
  2. Kick it Up: Time to add some flair! Tap your right heel on the floor, then bring it back. Repeat with your left foot, doing this little kick-tap combo twice.
  3. Shuffle and Turn: Now for the signature “walk it out” move! Shuffle or march in place for a few beats while turning your whole body a quarter turn to the left. Imagine stepping in place while slowly pivoting.

Remember, these are just the basic moves. As you get more used to it, you can add hand movements and even a bit of hip hop swagger into your moves to spice things up.

For those who want to see the moves in action, check out this helpful instructional Cupid shuffle dance videos:

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P.S. The Cupid Shuffle is also a great song/line dance to use to transition into other line dances like the Wobble and Macarena, with the most popular one (especially at weddings) being the Cha Cha Slide.

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Practice Tips

Feeling a little shaky? No problem! Here are some tips to help you master the dance:

  • Start slow: Don’t try to learn everything at once. Break down the steps and practice them individually before putting them all together.
  • Use a mirror: Watch yourself as you dance to make sure you’re doing the steps correctly.
  • Find a practice buddy: Learning with a friend is more fun and motivating.
  • Count to the beat: Every move in the Cupid Shuffle comes in sets of four. Whether it’s four steps to the right, four kicks, or four counts while turning, focusing on this rhythm will help you stay in sync with the beat and the other dancers.
  • Follow the song’s lyrics: If you’re dancing to the original song by Cupid, the steps are actually called out in the Cupid Shuffle lyrics (specifically the chorus)! Listen closely and move along with the instructions. 
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Cupid Shuffle Songs & Lyrics

Of course, you can’t shuffle without the music! The original Cupid Shuffle song by Cupid is the classic choice, but there are many other versions and remixes available on Spotify or Youtube. You can even find karaoke versions to help you learn the Cupid Shuffle lyrics (or just to dance without the singing).

You can find the lyrics here.

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Cupid Shuffle History

The story starts back in 2007, when singer/songwriter Cupid was inspired by something simple: the joy of seeing audiences react to his pre-show line dances. He envisioned creating a modern-day line dance that everyone could enjoy, and the Cupid Shuffle was born. Little did he know, it would become a global sensation, danced at different settings like weddings, parties, school dances, and even TV shows/movies.

Fun Fact: In 2008, Cupid himself broke the Guinness World Record for the largest line dance assembled, shuffling with over 17,000 people in Atlanta!

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With just a handful of steps, some practice, and a little bit of excitement, you’re all set to jump into the Cupid Shuffle craze. Don’t forget, the real fun comes from letting go, feeling the beat, and dancing away your worries. So, get out there, and start shuffling.

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4 thoughts on “Learn How to Line Dance the Cupid Shuffle”

  1. I thought I was bad!  JK.  I take a class called "Dance Off the Inches" and I'm TERRIBLE at it, but it's a huge class and half the people are like me, stumbling and bumping into each other.  The ones that know the routine stay at the front and they don't mind us.  I'd be really upset if I was every kicked out of the class!

  2. You're such a goober!  At least you picked an easy dance to learn.  My niece could do this dance when she was three…just sayin' :)

  3. I am so not a dancer either. I'm much more content to look like a fool and dance by myself off the beat. However, I recently ended up at an Urban line dancing class that I loved. I totally can't wait to go back.


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