Basic Whip

West Coast Swing Basic Whip

This pattern starts in open position, then closed and then back to open position again. There are multiple ways of doing Basic Whip.

Basic Whip - Benji Schwimmer Version

This version is taught by Benji Schwimmer in his workshops. It is different from Arthur Murray styles. More focus on "tension" and "compression".

Leader

  • 1: LF diagonally back slightly to side

    • Slight turn to R to wind up lady

  • 2: RF back, almost in place | Slight turn to L

  • 3: LF back | turn to R

  • &: RF closes to RF | turn to R

  • 4: LF fwd | continue rotating to R

    • foot turned 1/4, body turns more. Lady's RF is point in middle of Man's feet.

    • Right now, in "extreme of tension"

  • 5: After turning 3/4 to R, RF fwd, bent knee, | turning R 1/4

    • turning 3/4 to R, "compression"

  • 6: LF back | another 1/4 to R

    • "tension" back to anchor position.

  • 7&8: triple anchor step

Follower

  • 1: RF forward

    • Starting same as Turning Basic. Directly forward in slot.

    • whole body slightly turning left to wind up.

    • "tension" - weight in back of foot.

  • 2: LF forward

    • "tension" - weight in back of foot. heel lead.

  • 3: RF forward | turning 1/2 to R

  • &: LF back

  • 4: RF point fwd

    • "tension", weight in back of LF, point RF fwd without weight

  • &5: step on RF, turn 1/2 to R | 1/2 to R

    • "compression" weight on RF, LF in back.

  • &6: step on LF, RF back

    • On "6", go to anchor position, back to "tension"

  • 7&8: triple anchor step

Basic Whip - Other common version

Leader

  • 1: LF diagonally back slightly to side

  • 2: RF forward

    • there is resistance with with lady.

    • Catch lady.

  • 3: LF to side | turn 1/4 to R

    • Close up with lady. expand

  • &: RF cross in front of LF | turn 1/4 to R

    • Lady is doing coaster step.

    • Give it a rubber band effect.

    • contraction.

  • 4: LF side | continue rotating to R

  • 5: RF crosses in front LF, turning R | turning R 1/4

    • Man turn his head to R, sending lady forward through the slot

    • RF stay closes to LF,

    • it's a forward step toward where Lady is going.

  • 6: LF forward (and side) | another 1/4 to R

    • total is one full turn for the whole pattern.

  • 7&8: triple anchor step

Follower

  • 1: RF forward

  • 2: LF forward, then 1/2 to R at end of count | 1/2 turn to R

  • 3: RF back

    • This is a "Coaster Step"

  • &: LF close together with RF

  • 4: RF forward | pivot 1/2 to R at the end of the step

  • 5: LF back

  • 6: RF back

  • 7&8: triple anchor step