In modern ballroom dances , the term “basic steps” is not standardized. It is a sequence of steps invented through dance didactics , which can be strung together infinitely often and thus enable the dance student to prepare for newly learned figures. While he is dancing the already well-practiced “basic step”, he can concentrate on planned actions that he wants to lead and carry out himself, the exact sequence of which, however, is not yet as automated. An advanced dancer no longer dances the basic steps because he can concentrate on the following leadership actions or reactions even while dancing.
The basic step changes with the level of knowledge of the learner. For example, only clockwise turns can be danced in the slow waltz . When the transition step and left-hand rotation are learned, the student tries to incorporate these into the "basic step" from time to time. Alternatively, half clockwise turns and outside changes can always be danced as a “basic step” in order to try to build a right-hand circle. The basic step then serves as a kind of rest break.
With extended basic step sequences, characteristic movement sequences can be practiced in a targeted manner.