Starter Step

West Coast Swing Starter Step

This pattern starts in closed hold. It's normally used to start the dance, followed by Throwout. There are different versions of starter step.

Version 1 (Benji Schwimmer version)

This is taught in Benji Schwimmer's workshops.

Leader

  • 1&2: Chasse to left LRL | no turn

    • triple step to side with 3 weight changes.

    • step down the slot.

  • 3: RF back

  • &: LF almost closes to RF

  • 4: RF cross in front of LF

    • Continue with side pass

Follower

  • 1&2: Chasse to right RLR | no turn

  • 3: LF back, slightly cross F

  • &: RF replace | 1/4 to R at end

    • At end of beat, turn 1/4 to R

  • 4: LF back

    • Ending in perpendicular position with Man.

    • Just 2 triple steps, no rocks.

    • Continue with normal figure like Left Side Pass.

Version 2

Leader

  • 1&2: Chasse to left LRL | no turn

    • triple step to side with 3 weight changes.

    • step down the slot.

  • 3&4: Chase to right RLR

Follower

  • 1&2: Chasse to right RLR | no turn

  • 3&4: Chasse to left LRL