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Texas Two-Step / Country Two-Step
The country two-step, often called the "Texas two-step" or simply the
"two-step," is usually danced to country music and is extremely popular
throughout the country.
This Two-Step is a dance with roots in European and Mexican dance
history and appeared in Germany and Hungary in the 1800s. Similar steps
danced at Mexican fandangos were also an influence.
As with other country/western dances, there are several different
versions of two step. Even the same dance may go by different names
depending on the area of the U.S., and even in the particular dance
hall. There may be no one "correct" way to do a particular dance.
"A Better Man" by Clint Black or "A Few Good Rides Away" by Brooks
& Dunn are good choices for Two-Step dancing.
Country waltz provides a great deal of freedom of movement that
includes the other forms of waltz but is danced to a slower tempo than
Viennese Waltz. Most of the movements in American Waltz can be done in
country western waltz. The main difference is the music, which is
logically country, and maybe cowboy boots and a Stetson hat.
Try "Allegheny Moon" by Anne Murray or "All in My Heart" by John
Michael Montgomery for music to glide across the floor to.
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps
in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without
regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing either each other
or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time.
Line dancers are not in physical contact with each other. Older "line
dances" have lines in which the dancers face each other, or the "line"
is a circle, or all dancers in the "line" follow a leader around the
dance floor; while holding the hand of the dancers beside them.
What is West Coast Swing?
West Coast Swing is a form of swing dancing that is danced in a slot to
moderate tempo blues, R&B and, in recent times, contemporary music.
It is the smother, sexier version of the swing dance family. Its basic
patterns are both 6 and 8 beats, but those patterns can be varied by
+/- 2 beat increments. It is characteristically highly musical and can
adopt many nuances from other forms of dance. This makes West Coast
Swing a highly versatile dance form.
Some history of West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing seems to have been born during the late 1930s through
early 1950s, the same time-frame of many of the other forms of Swing:
East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Balboa, Shag, DC Hand Dancing,
TX Push etc). West Coast Swing, as the name implies, was the regional
form of Swing dancing in California and the west coast of the United
There are many theories on people who influenced the development of
West Coast Swing. Some say that Dean Collins, was influential when he
arrived in CA in 1937 after learning and dancing Savoy style swing in
New York City. Others indicate that Arthur Murray taught people the
dance he had learned in California, even though he called it Western
Swing (a name that is often misleading since West Coast Swing is not
specifically done to country music). The term "Western Swing" remained
in many ballroom/studio environments through the 1960s. By the 1970s,
the dance was being called California Swing and took on the
contemporary music of the time; in 1978, the dance was documented as
West Coast Swing; and in 1988, West Coast Swing became the state dance
From the late 1980s through present dance, West Coast Swing has become
recognized as one of the most versatile dance forms. Dance events
specifically featuring this dance from 1980 to 2000 helped to expose
dancers around the country to a dance that can be enjoyed to
traditional swing, blues, R&B, some cha-cha, some samba, and a lot
of popular/contemporary music. Since 2000, the internet (YouTube) and
variety shows such as "30 Seconds to Fame" and "So You Think You Can
Dance" have propelled West Coast Swing into the forefront.
Today, West Coast Swing can be found throughout the United States and
Internationally. There are instructors, dancers and events in the USA,
Canada, France, England, Russia, and Australia.