How to Dance on a Longboard – Easy Tricks and Tips

Riding a longboard is fun, challenging, and requires you to develop some athletic skills. As you increase in agility and ability while riding your longboard you will naturally begin to want to explore freestyle longboarding.

Freestyle longboarding differs from freeriding because when you freeride you are going down a hill and using your sliding techniques to control the speed, When you ride freestyle you are riding on flat ground, and performing dance moves, and other moves that make you look impressive and control the board.

If you have ever wondered how to longboard freestyle dancing then the following information is going to be of great interest to you. We are about to journey into some of the longboard dancing moves, tips on performing those moves, and tricks to help you learn to have more board control while doing those moves. Before learning dancing longboarding our some of the dancing longboards.

8 Easy Longb​​​​oard Dancing Tricks and Tips

Longb​​​​oard Dancing Tricks

The following are the basic dance moves that you should master as you begin to do longboard dancing.

1. Peter Pan

The Peter Pan is a beginning dance move. When performing this move you will walk in a criss-cross pattern on the central portion of your deck. Your feet will be parallel to the deck.

You cross step onto the board, then your back leg goes around your lead leg, and comes to rest on the other side of the board. Your legs are now crossed, and you can use your arms to create more balance.

While you have your legs crossed with your non-lead leg being in the front position, move your lead leg forward to the central portion of the deck, and step back into your original board position.

2. 180 pirouette

The 180 pirouette is done by spinning around your own axis. You want to do the pirouette on one foot while your board is propelled in a forward motion.

This is a very basic move and can be done at different speeds to increase the power it has to impress onlookers.

Make sure that during your pirouette you are balanced perfectly and that you have the sole of only one foot making constant contact with the board.

The turn on the axis must be a complete 180 degree turn, so your body will be facing the other side of the street completely after each pirouette.

3. Ghost-ride

When you do the ghost ride you are going to jump off of the moving board, and then jump back onto the board.

You want to begin with your feet between the bolts and about shoulders width apart.

Your front leg should be positioned closer to the edge than your back foot, and perpendicular to your back foot.

Move your back foot forward and around your front leg, and this should put your back foot off of the board.

Jump off of the board using your front leg, and at this time you will give the board a small push to propel it forward.

Jump back on using your front leg.

4. Ghost-ride kickflip

  • You do the flip by standing in the middle of the board between the bolts. This should have your feet shoulders width apart.
  • Jump off of the board and land with your front leg touching the ground. Have your back leg slightly bent so it is in the air and not contacting the ground.
  • This will allow your back foot to make contact with the center of the board when your front foot contacts the ground.
  • You will need to drag the board using the toe of your back foot. As your back foot leaves the board it will allow the board to flip up so you can catch it with your legs, and land back on top of the board.

4. Cassanova

This step is a combination of the cross step, the Peter Pan step, and the

5. Ghost ride Kickflip

You make a cross step and let your foot go to the outer edge of the board so that it is parallel to the board ridge.

Then do a Peter Pan step, and begin to take what looks like a second Peter Pan, except this time let your foot go off of the board,.

Let your front foot come off the board and your back foot will give the board a lift like you were doing a ghost rider kick flip, and then you mount the board in one swooping movement.

6. Ghost ride nose manual

Start to do a ghost ride, except you want to land on the front of the board closer to the bolts than in a normal ghost rider. Your front foot will follow the back foot, and you are going to need to put more weight onto the front than what you are used to applying.

So you are going to jump off of the board and come back onto the board while the board is balancing on two wheels.

7. Look back

This step is going to take some practice before you master it. You are going to need to step off of the board using your front foot.

Then you have to bring the back foot up so that it kicks the board backwards.

The board only goes backwards a small portion because you are going to catch it with the heel of your back foot.

Pull the board back into position very quickly and step onto the board, with your front foot in back and your back foot in front.

8. Shanker

  • When performing the shanker the longboard is going to be in a constant forward motion.
  • You are going to move forward on the board so you are at the nose of the board.
  • Then you will jump into the air while simultaneously spinning 180 degrees.
  • When you land on the board, return to your original stance. The board moves forward during all steps.
  • The biggest trick is to move far enough forward to make the jump so that when you land on the board you are positioned more to the center of the board between the bolts.

Why You Should Start Longboard Dancing

Longboard dancing is a way to increase the amount of physical activity you get while riding your board. The biggest reason to start dancing on your board is so that you can build more muscle control and gain more strength.

The increased muscle control will allow you to make your board go faster when you want it to, and will allow you to have greater control over the board.

Dancing on the board also brings you a sense of accomplishment. When you learn the tricks you will be proud of yourself and proud of the work you have put into your board riding.


When people ask how to longboard dancing they do not realize that they are asking how to advance their skills, increase their strength, and make themselves look impressive while they ride.

You cannot dance on a board unless you practice and ride your board on a regular basis. Once you start dancing you will not stop. 

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