How to dance country music two step
Learning the Basic Country Two-Step Dance – Country Dancing Tonight
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I started country dancing about 3 years ago and was able to learn how to do the basic Two-Step country dance after a few private lessons. Looking back I realized it wasn’t as hard as I thought and since then have shown many people the basics to get them going and remove some of the mystery about it.
If you are going out for the evening to a country bar to do some dancing, there will most likely be lots of line dancing interspersed with couples partner dancing. Far and away the most popular partner dancing in the United States is the two-step. Drawing from what I’ve learned, this post will give you the basics to prepare you to be ready when you venture out to your local country bar or dance club.
Basic Positions for the Two-Step
In country two-step there is a leader and follower.
Leader: facing your partner, place your right hand under your follower’s left arm and on their shoulder blade.
Follower: facing your partner, place your left hand on your leader’s shoulder seam.
Both: Join your free hands on the other side and hold up and out at about shoulder height.
1. After creating this closed position, the leader should position their feet to the left slightly so your toes aren’t pointing directly at each other, but offset slightly. This way you’re less likely to bang your feet together while dancing.
2. It’s important for the follower to lean back slightly into their leader’s right hand and also to put a little pressure with both their left hand (on the leader’s shoulder seam) and with their right clasped hand.
The idea is to keep a fixed amount of space between each other and with this pressure, the lead can push and pull their partner easily. This is known as a good “dance-frame.”
Understanding the Basic Steps for the Two-Step
Two-step dancing consists of two “quick” steps and then two “slow” steps. Knowing when to do these steps is about finding the bass beat of the music being danced to. To get comfortable finding this beat listen to your favorite country songs with this intent. You’ll notice a main beat that you naturally can tap your hand or foot to. In music there is also the “&” beat in-between each basic beat. 1-&-2-&-3-&-4. The Quicksteps are quick because the second one happens on one of these “&” beats. Then you pause or stop for the next “&” and step on the 2nd main beat. This stepping on the “&” beat sometimes and skipping to step on the main beat creates the quick-quick, slow-slow that country two-step is known for.In this diagram the “bouncing ball” represents steps to either the main beat or 1/2 beat of the music. The wait in between the steps or timing is the key.
For me, as a lead this was the hardest and most intimidating part to getting into country Two-Step. I would ask a lady to dance we would go out onto the floor, assume the correct dance frame and then with other dancers already going I would freeze! I couldn’t hear the beat! I couldn’t start! Honestly, there was no immediate fix to this. It just took some time getting used to hearing and feeling that beat almost subconsciously and naturally so that now I can begin right away.
Tip: I did learn to listen for that beat even before asking someone to dance! This way I was almost already dancing before we started!
Beginning the Two-Step Dance
So, as the lead, there is no absolute beat to start on (like there is with line dancing). You just pick a beat and begin. As the leader, you do signal your partner that you are beginning by leaning in and pushing.
The lead begins with their left foot and consequently, the follower steps backward with their right foot.
Then the 2nd (quick) step is taken by your right foot and the follower steps back with their left.
Then you pause for the “&” and step on the main beat, with your left again, followed by a 2nd “slow” step on your right after skipping another “&” beat.
The diagram above illustrates this.
Line of Dance for Two-Step and Partner Dancing
When you go to any country bar to see partner dancing or any ballroom for that matter you will notice that the direction of traffic on the dance floor is always moving counter-clockwise. This is a big part of dance floor etiquette and is very important!
Along with the counter-clockwise line of dance, generally it is understood that the outer lanes are going to be used by the more experienced dancers and (unlike a freeway) is the “fast-lane.” The inside lanes of the dance floor are meant for the slower or beginner dancers. And the more toward the middle of the floor the more it is free of traffic. Occasionally there is a really great couple that wants to do some fancy tricks right in the middle open area—so just keep your head up and watch out! It is also pretty common for country bars to allow for line dancing to a given song to happen in the middle while the Two-Step dancers go around them.The Two-Step is known as a “Progressive” or “Traveling” dance and is always danced in a counter-clockwise direction around any dance floor. This graphic illustrates this as well as where to dance as a beginner dancer (inside lane) or more advanced dancer (outside lane).
Two-Step Dancing Leader & Follower Roles
Leader: As a leader, it is your job on the dance floor to watch and steer your partner safely around the dance floor. After getting a good grasp on the basic two-step, a good next level is to turn your partner and lead backward. However, this doesn’t switch the responsibly to the follower to watch out. The leader now must look over their shoulder and see the traffic and continue to steer the two of you safely around the dance floor.
But of course, if the follower sees a collision about to happen they can try to give a heads up! But its really not their job. The leader is to be aware of the space and try to see all the dancers around.
Follower: As the follower, it is important to help maintain that pressure between you and your leader. This is how you will know what they’re doing. If you are getting your feet stepped on by your lead you may be collapsing in and not keeping that pressure.
Different Styles of Two-Step Dancing
While the timing for the Two-Step is agreed on universally, there are some differing thoughts about style. This observation of style has to do with timing and is really a discussion for the leader. The main one I’ve heard is how big your steps should be and if your speed is constant or variant. It stands to reason that maybe for a “quick” step you can’t step as far, but for a “slow” step you can take a bigger longer step. But some would say, no, just take longer to make the step! So, all steps are the same distance. I’ve also heard when you do the quick step it should be as if someone “pushes you from behind” hence you’re speeding up at that moment, to then slow down at the “slow-slow.” I don’t think it matters much! The main thing is that as the leader, whatever style feels right for you, you are a good lead and your follow can feel it and pick it up.
Two-Step Dance Routines
The Basic dance frame “closed” position, the steps, timing, how to start and understanding the leader and follower roles is all you need to get out on the dance floor and begin! At this point, you are ready to go out dancing and move around the dance floor – in a counter-clockwise direction!
This all provides the foundation for Two-Step and can be built upon throughout years of dancing enjoyment. The following are a few added dance moves and routines to add to your growing repertoire.
180º Turn – This is a simple turn of the both of you initiated by the lead. The turn is accomplished by the lead using the first slow to move his partner to the right out of the “track” and then completing the full turn of both partners on the second slow. Then the next quick-quick is the lead walking backward, pulling the follower who is now walking forward.
Outside Turn – Possibly more common than turning around might be just turning or spinning the follower. This is accomplished by a small “prep” or signal to the follower with the left hand and turning them around by pulling their hand away from you so they turn clockwise. They will follow their right shoulder. As they come around the leader will reposition their right hand back under the shoulder blade.
Sweetheart Position – This not necessarily a dance move, but another way to progress around the dance floor beside the “closed position.” When in “closed position” the leader just pulls the follower in for a 1/2 inside turn switching hands. Both partners look forward, both holding right hands in front and left hands held above the follower’s shoulder. The Sweetheart Position gives the follower a nice break from always traveling backward.
Extra: Once you have this down, try moving to it while the leader is traveling backwards! This forces the lead to be the one turning to walk forward.
Two-Step Dancing Tutorials
This post obviously isn’t intended to turn you into a world-class Two-Stepper overnight! There are many other intermediate and after that advanced routines or patterns to learn! The ones explained above will be a great start and allow you to blend in pretty well with a typical night of Two-Stepping at your local country bar. Below are some great video tutorials showing some of the basics covered above. These videos also add additional tips and will take you farther. Enjoy!
Two Step Dance | Learn the Basics of Country Two Step
Every beginner country dancer needs to learn the basic patterns for country two step. If you want to learn how to country two step, also called progressive two-step, you’re in the right place. Two step is a fun dance that travels around the line of dance with walks and spins to fast country music. First, we need to master the basic steps. Below is a simple syllabus to get you started on the basic two step patterns as a beginner.
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What is Country Two Step?
Country Two Step also known as Texas Two Step is a fun social dance seen in dance halls and country bars all over north america! It’s a partner dance that follows a counter clockwise pattern around the dance floor with lots of spins and wraps. Although it’s typically done to country music, there is plenty of two stepping done to non country music as well!
What is Texas Two Step?
Is it different from Country Two Step, Triple Two Step or Nightclub Two Step?
Texas Two Step is essentially the same as Country Two Step!
It IS different from Triple Two Step and Nightclub Two Step (don’t worry we will explain below)
This is what the basics of Country Two Step AKA Texas Two Step look like.
Remember dance is like language. You’ll find different accents in language across the country just like you’ll find different versions of two step across the country as well. Rest assured Country Two Step and Texas Two Step is all the same dance with slight regional differences.
However there are ‘two steps’ associated with country dancing that ARE different.
Triple Two Step and Nightclub Two Step (AKA Nightclub) are totally different.What is Triple Two Step AKA Triple Two?
This is NOT Texas Two Step nor Country Two step!
It is it’s own form of two step thought. Confused?
Don’t worry we will make it clear as we go 🙂What is Nightclub Two Step?
This is NOT Texas Two Step nor Country Two Step!
To avoid confusion this dance has changed its name and is just known as Nightclub.
Slightly less confusing 🙂
Country Two Step Basic Patterns
Ok now it’s time to learn the Country Two Step Basic patterns In this beginner two step tutorial you’ll lean all the basic patterns you need to look great on the dance floor, even as a beginner! Lean the basic, the outside turns, the inside turns and the couples turns!
Country Two Step Beginner Patterns
Below is a list of individual patterns that you’ll need to know as a beginner. These are the country two step basics that you’ll need to know to feel comfortable in a honky tonk, dance hall or dance studio anywhere in the world! Sometimes two step is called traveling west coast swing.
Forward Basic in country two step
The man traveling forward and the lady backward in closed or open dance position, walking with a series of four walks to the basic timing of quick, quick, slow, slow. Walks may be dance with either a heel or toe lead. This is a debatable topic among many dance professionals, with camps on both side of the fence (or should I say foot)?! An alternate timing is to count by the numbers: 1, 2, 3, 5 (holding counts 4 and 6, as they are part of the slow beat).
Backward basic and transition from forward to backward for country two step
This is the same as the first pattern, except the man travels backward while the lady walks forward. To transition from the forward basic to the backward basic, there needs to be a few side steps or chasses to smooth the change of direction.
Lady’s Right Turn ending in Promenade for country two step
The man preps the lady for a right, or outside turn, on the second slow. He leads her spin on the quick, quick, and finishes in frame in the promenade position, with both the leader and follower facing the line of dance, ready for the next pattern.
Lady’s Left Turn to Wrap for country two step
The man preps a left or inside turn for the lady on counts slow, slow, by leading a subtle swivel action with his hands and body. The follower turns to the left on the quick, quick, with her arms wrapping up into the cuddle position around her waist.
Lady’s Right Turn to Back Line of Dance for country two step
The man follows the same procedure as the previous right turn for the lady, except finishes with both partners backing the line of dance. This is the preparation for one of the most popular basic patterns, often referred to as a weave or lace. The free arm may be stylized straight out to the side for both the leader and the follower.
Chasse to Forward Line and Back Line
A chasse (or side together side) is danced facing your partner, first ending in a cross over break line, and then repeated to end in the original line, backing the line of dance.
Patty cake Vine
This combines elements of the chasse with the popular grapevine, which cross back, side, and front. Lady’s left turn to back line of dance or face partners. An inside turn for the lady is a great way to transition to different positions on the floor and to end the current position. Inside turns are generally easier for the follower to dance well.
This pattern is the heart of the dance. Many intermediate and advanced patterns stem from this one beginner pattern. So it is very important to master and understand the connections for this figure. This step involves an inside turn for the lady. This is similar to the check weave except is danced with a lady’s outside turn, instead of an inside turn.
Two Step Dance Moves
There are an endless set of two step dance moves you can learn. First you need to master the basics. Then the followers have to be comfortable with their spins and turns in two step. Once you’re comfortable, it’s time to start learning some new patterns. The best way to learn them is with a membership to our website. It’s like Netflix for Dancers! All the moves are laid out step by step so you never have to worry if the next pattern you’re learning is within your skill set. We’ve taken the guesswork out. Give it a try!
Country Two Step Music
Now that you’re dancing you’ll need some tunes to dance to. We’ve got you covered. On the other side you’ll get our top 10 Two Step Dance tunes as well as over 100 songs that you can practice to. We have lists for country music lovers AND music suggestions for non country music as well. Winner. See our Country Two Step Song List here.
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Dancing is not only an art form, but also an excellent body workout. If you admire the dancing people around you, you can learn to dance too. All you have to do is find your style and decide what level you hope to achieve. You will then have to practice your moves to get better and take your skills to the dance floor.
Use videos and films. Through various dance movies and videos, you can get an idea of what you like and what you want to know. Next, you can go to the instructional videos to start learning the dance moves.
Be like an introductory class. Try classes that cover different types of dance to find your favorite. In addition, the teacher can give you a safety briefing.
Watch the professionals. Experience shows that you can learn a lot by watching other people. In fact, from a psychological point of view, watching people dancing will allow your brain to add the right call to action to your mental maps. Also, you can see what certain steps look like when done correctly.  X The source of information
- Go to a professional show to see the pros at work or visit your local dance school. Often, these schools give demonstrations that are open to the public.
Go to various dance clubs. There, you can watch other dancers and even copy their movements. Plus, if you try out a variety of dance clubs, it can help you decide on the type of dance that you enjoy. Try everything from hip-hop clubs to country and two-step clubs. Don't be afraid to try yourself on the dance floor. Give the movement a chance, you might like it.
Decide which type of dance you would like to play. You don't have to stick with this decision forever. Just choose what you like. You can try ballet, modern dance, jazz, ballroom or even national dance.
Set a goal for yourself. Do you want to learn how to dance professionally or do you just want to learn cool dance moves for a Saturday night? Are you trying to learn ballroom dancing for your wedding? Decide what skill level you want to achieve because this will determine your level of commitment. For example, it will take you years to learn how to dance professionally, while at the same time you can probably learn how to dance for your wedding in a month or two.  X The source of information
Watch the dance video. Dance video will help you learn some steps and technique. Choose a tutorial video instead of just trying to copy the moves you like. The tutorial video will show you how to do it without you having to guess.
Find a quiet place to dance where you won't disturb other people. You will need some space and a level, non-slippery floor. Remember that you will be making some noise, so you need a place where you won't disturb people.
Decide what kind of music you will use and how you will play it. The music must be appropriate for the type of dance, although most types of dance include a wide variety of music. But usually classical music is used in ballet, while the current music industry offers a wide selection for modern dance.
Practice every day. Practicing will strengthen your brain and remember the movements of your body.  X The source of information
Don't be afraid to do something wrong. Children learn faster because they are not afraid to look stupid. If you mess up or have difficulty with a particular movement, don't take it as a sign that you need to stop dancing. It just means you need to practice more. Get up and try again.  X The source of information
Be careful. Do not jump over your head, learn gradually. Otherwise, you may be injured.
Choose your clothes carefully. For training, wear clothes that do not restrict your movement, but not too loose, so as not to get tangled in it. Remove all jewelry so that they do not fly off you during training. In choosing shoes, give preference to dance shoes, as they have a soft sole, which is well suited for turns. Also gather your hair so that it does not interfere with you.  X The source of information
Try putting on your own dance to your favorite song. This will not only be good practice, but will also allow you to get acquainted with the world of choreography, which is good if you get into a professional environment with the participation of choreographers.  X The source of information
Use the Internet. Sites like "Giveit100" will let you record your progress with new skills, allowing you to be approved by members of the community. It will also allow you to see how far you have come since your first day of dancing.  X The source of information
Pay attention to mistakes and try to correct them. Practice in front of a mirror so you can see how your dance looks from the outside. If you practice dance moves without seeing them from the outside, you may not be doing them correctly.  X The source of information
Eat right. Dancers need to eat healthy food to keep their body energized.  X The source of information If you exercise often, you need enough calories to maintain a given rhythm. However, if you dance infrequently, you may need to cut down on your calorie intake to keep your body in shape for dancing.
- Include enough protein in your diet. In addition, eat more fruits and vegetables to avoid vitamin deficiencies and stay strong.
Do a set of exercises. To dance well you need to gain muscle mass and develop endurance.
- Activities such as swimming, skiing, jump rope and cycling provide a complete workout for a strong body.  X The source of information
Develop plasticity. Dancers need to be as flexible as possible to perform the required dance moves. To gain flexibility, sign up for a yoga or Pilates class. As an added bonus, these types of physical activities will increase the strength of your spine, allowing you to dance even better.  X The source of information
Learn to balance. The ability to balance is also an important part of dancing, as you need to keep your balance in sharp dance moves in order to stay on your feet. Yoga and Pilates classes can help you with this, as can programs like tai chi. Tai chi will also help reduce stress and improve flexibility.  X Reliable source Mayo Clinic Go to source
Sign up for classes. If you want to become professional dancers, you will need the appropriate training. You will be required to complete various classes, starting with beginner classes and progressing further as you develop your skills. However, training can be useful even if your goal is simply to learn two-step for a local club. To keep classes affordable, look for a dance school near your home, special dance programs in your city, and even at your educational institution.
Choose dance as your main subject at the institute. You can also dance at the university without compromising your studies. However, these programs are usually in high demand and therefore difficult to get into. Also keep in mind that many dance programs have specific weight requirements that you must meet in order to participate.
Sign up to audition for a local theater. If you have already tried a few classes and liked it, try to qualify for a local theater dance troupe. Most local theaters recruit non-professional amateurs just like you into their programs. Therefore, you will be in good company.
Put on a dance for your wedding yourself. Discuss with your significant other the question of self-staging a dance for your wedding. It's the only way to make your first dance as a couple really special.
Go to the club. Maybe you want to impress your friends on the dance floor. If that's you, then hit the club this Saturday night.
- Dancing is a great exercise. Therefore, such exercise programs as Jazzersize and Zumba were created. Because it's fun and allows you to train for longer if you want to get in shape.  X The source of information
- Do not try difficult tricks, flips or jumps if you are just starting out. You can easily hurt yourself if you do something wrong.
- If you experience severe pain while dancing, seek medical attention.
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2/15 Romance... or something like that... (LP)
"You are so cynical! I don't even know why I asked you to come with me."
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"You always stay at home. Ever since you broke up with Rachel, you always stay at home. You have to enjoy life sometimes, though."
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"My God, it's been two years already! Surely you've already forgotten her?"
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"Uh-huh," Tess said.
"That's what I did. I distinctly remember packing her things after not seeing her for two weeks. That means I kicked her out. "
"Yes, of course. The fact that she sent her brother to pick up her things and take them to a new friend's apartment means nothing."
"I hate you. Can't you forget such small details?"
Tess laughed and playfully hit Kate on the arm.
"Well, forgive me. She was such a bitch! I can't believe you put up with her for so long.”
“I don't want to talk about her,” Kate said. - And you pay today, right? I mean, it was all your idea."
"Yes, I'm crying," Tess replied as they stood at the back of the line waiting to get inside the bar. but I'm crying."
"Thank you," Kate said sweetly. "I refuse to donate money to this holiday."
"What makes you think she's coming here?" Jamie asked as she sipped from her glass.
"Because that's where we met," Dana said. "Besides, I know she comes here a lot. Who in their right mind wouldn't come here for Valentine's Day?"
"Well, I could think of some names for you," Jamie replied dryly. "Should I tell you right now that I hate country music?"
Dana stared at her. "You can dance, right?"
"I can dance the tango."
"Tango? No, you need a two-step," said Dana.
"Two-step? What about Jitterbug?"
"Lord! Who can't dance two-step?"
"I hate country music," Jamie insisted.
"You turned out to be a great date! Well, you'll have to try. We should be seen dancing together. And close to each other!"
"Don't push me, Dana. You're lucky I'm even here."
"I'm sure they will definitely play some fast songs. Can you dance to them?"
"No. I don't have a rhythm. I'm an accountant, remember?"
"You look like a damn model. How can you not have rhythm?"
"I can dance the tango," Jamie said again.
"Why didn't you tell me this before you agreed to be my mate?" Dana demanded.
" Agreed? I think you got me drunk on one of your wine sauces. I don't remember actually agreeing to the dance," Jamie protested.
"Never mind. We can pretend during slow songs. No one will know. We'll just hang on to each other."
"If you kiss me, I'll never forgive you," Jamie said. "You're like a sister to me. I think it might make me sick."
"Thank you very much!"
"I told you we got here too late. There are no tables left," Tess said as they moved through the crowd.
"If you stand, you'll be asked to dance more often," Kate told her. "They'll think you're available."
"We are both available."
"Why?" Kate asked. "I mean, we're pretty nice. Why are we lonely then?"
"Because we're too picky, that's why. And we're not getting any younger."
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"Why are we having this conversation at all?"
"Because we're pathetic," Kate continued. "For God's sake! We came to the bar for Valentine's Day!"
"We're looking for someone to date, that's what we're doing here. "
"I'm not looking for someone to date. I refuse to date someone I met in a bar."
"Where else are you going to meet someone?"
"At work. Through mutual friends. In familiar places," she said.
"And it worked so well for you in the past!" Tess said dryly.
"What about that woman you dated? Donna?"
"Dana. And I met her here."
"Well, you see. It didn't last long."
"It didn't last long because... well, because she became too important to me," Tess said. "No one should be too important to me."
"What the hell are you talking about?"
"I was scared," Tess admitted.
"I'm not ready to settle down. Hell, I'm only thirty-one. Once you get a steady girlfriend, that's it! You're out of the market! Then the next thing you know, you're forty."
"And? What if she was the one?"
"And what if it wasn't?"
"Tess, you usually know right away if she's the only one or not. It's always clear to me on the first date. Maybe that's why I rarely have a second."
"When are you going to ask me to dance?"
"I'm not going to."
"We could at least practice," Dana said.
Jamie stood up with a sigh.
"Okay. Let's practice. Don't yell if I step on your foot."
"You must lead me," Dana said.
"You are taller than me."
"It looks funny if the shorter one leads the dance."
"I can't dance," Jamie protested. "Are you going to embarrass us completely?"
"Okay. I'll drive, but you have to pretend you're doing it." They went out onto the dance floor. "And pretend you like me."
"I really like you."
"You know what I mean."
"I refuse to kiss you."
"It's so hard with you!"
"I may not talk to you until this is all over."
"She's not even here yet. You shouldn't be kissing me."
"As if I wanted to!"
They started moving together; first Dana held Jamie's right hand, dropping it, she took it by the left, then dropped it again and raised her right hand again.