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Two Step


General Notes

  • Two Step is more lot "free" to do what dancer would like to do - from technique perspective. Express yourself. Add your own embellishment.
  • Shaping on two step. In order to get the appropriate sway, keep head level, lead to side with the ribs, then head follows. Head delays and "echoes".
  • Timing:
    • According to Benji Schwimmer: Two Step timing 1& 2, 3& 4 (QQS QQS) starting with rock step, not step to the side. 
    • Other common timing: SQQ SQQ, starting with stepping to side
    • Caveat: both timings are used on this website - largely due to who initially taught the pattern. But it should be easy to adapt and dance either timing.

Basic and Variations

Man:
  • Q: RF rock back
  • Q: LF replace
  • S: RF to side
  • Q: RF rock back
  • Q: LF replace
  • S: RF to side
Lady: mirror opposite of Man
  • Q: RF rock back
  • Q: LF replace
  • S: RF to side
    • Styling: foot steps first, then ribcage, last head.
  • Q: RF rock back
  • Q: LF replace
  • S: RF to side
Variations:
  • Tap and Step (or, Touch and Swivel): timing SS, SS.
  • QQS: RF back back, then LF flick (tight thighs) before step LF on 2nd Q. (Similar for the other foot).

Quarter Turn to Left

Man:
  • QQS: LF to side (check step), RF replace, turning 1/4 to left on S, LF fwd
  • QQS: can turn another 1/4 to left before stepping RF to side; LF cross in front of RF; RF to side.
Lady:
  • Q: RF rock back
    • Styling option: at the end, flick LF (tight thighs)
  • Q: LF replace;  
  • S:  RF to side, turning to Left, LF brushes to RF, swivel before stepping to side for next beat.
  • QQS: LRL side-cross-side
    • Option: Man leading lady doing a full turn to her left. Optionally, Man can do a turn to his R.

Progressive Runs with Lady's Ronde

After a quarter to left, at end of beat "&",  really shift weight, tilt body (Man to his RF, Lady to her LF - Man has to lead that, that's a signal for the Runs), then continue with progressive runs:

Man:
  • QQS: LF run fwd, RF fwd, LF fwd
  • QQS: RF hook, LF step to side, RF step fwd in contra position
  • Continue with Quarter Turn to Left
Lady:
  • QQS: RF run fwd, LF fwd, RF fwd - at end of beat "&", ronde R leg (either low or high)
  • QQS: ronde leg and hold, then wait for next "QQ" to rock RF back
  • Continue with Quarter Turn to Left.

Progressive Runs with Cliffhanger

After a quarter to left, at end of beat "&",  really shift weight, tilt body (Man to his RF, Lady to her LF - Man has to lead that, that's a signal for the Runs), then continue with progressive runs:

Man:
  • QQS: LF run fwd, RF fwd, LF fwd
  • Cliffhanger ("over the cliff") hold as many measure as needed, weight on LF
  • Come on on even count "S", RF side.
Lady:
  • QQS: RF run fwd, LF fwd, RF fwd
  • Cliffhanger, weight on RF
  • Come on on even count "S", LF to side

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