How to dance the country 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.
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.

This is the basic country two-step “closed” position

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! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: How to Do the 2-Step | Line Dancing (

To begin with, this brief tutorial from Robert Royston, a 5-time country dance world champion goes over the basics! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: HOW TO DANCE TWO STEP – Country Two Step Dancing For Dummies (https://youtu. be/2NPdOQyqCkc)

In this tutorial Anthony and Rose of Country Dance X seek to settle the debate of how to dance the Two-Step once and for all and take a look cause they are legit dance pros! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Beginner Country Two Step Dance Tutorial | Basic Two Step Patterns (

Lastly, here is a more lengthy and equally reliable tutorial from another equally qualified couple going through several patterns for the Two-Step.

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.

Check weave

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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History | Blackpool Dance Fest

The idea for the festival is believed to have come from either Mr. Harry Wood, Musical Director of the Winter Gardens, or Mr. Nelson Sharples of Messrs Sharples & Son Ltd., the Blackpool sheet music publishers who published all the sheet music for the festival. New dances invented by the presenters in the ballrooms "Empress" and "Tower". In those days, dances in the ballrooms consisted mainly of sequence waltzes, lancers, two steps, and many novelty dances. nine0003

The first Blackpool Dance Festival took place during Easter week 1920 in the magnificent Empress Ballroom in the Winter Garden. Modern ballroom (“English style”) and Latin American dances had not yet developed, and this festival was dedicated to three competitions to find three new consecutive dances in three tempos - waltz, two-step and foxtrot. There was one competition each day, and on the fourth night, one dance was chosen as the winner and its inventor was presented with the Sharples Challenge Shield. The first chairman of the jury was Mr. James Finnigan, who later became co-founder and first president of the United Kingdom Professional Dance Teachers Alliance. nine0003

This format of the new Sequence and Novelty Dance continued until 1926, although the Stage, Country and Morris dances were introduced in 1922. Stage dancing flourished, but after two years, country dancing ceased to exist.

After the change of leadership in the Winter Gardens, it was announced that there would be no festival in 1927. However, Dancing Times stepped in and, as usual, held a stage dancing section, but only amateurs from Northern England entered. Foxtrot competition. nine0003

It was decided to revive the Blackpool Dance Festival in June 1929. Events included the North of England Professional and Amateur Championships, the Velet Amateur Competition, the Veteran Waltz Competition, and the Original Dance Sequence Competition. The Sir John Bickerstaff Shield was presented to the winner of the Original Sequence Dance Competition from 1929 to 1939. Mr. PJS Richardson became Chairman of the Jury and remained in that role until his retirement at 1960 year. He also became the first Chairman of the Official Council. The Ballroom Dance Society was formed in 1930.

At this time the dance began to change and people became interested in the developing "English style" of dancing. The Blackpool Dance Festival finally abandoned its northern image in 1931 with the opening of the British professional and amateur ballroom dancing championships. There were 250 preliminary heats in amateur competitions throughout the country, of which about 40 were in district finals. Their winners then qualified to dance in Blackpool in the Grand Final. At 19In 1937, Blackpool introduced the speed skating system for scoring competitors, which is still used in Blackpool and around the world.

After the war broke out in 1939, the festival was very limited in 1940, but then everything closed for five years and reopened in 1946. From that moment on, stage dancing events were completely eliminated. However, for the first time, a new event was included, the British Amateur Old Time Sequence Championship, which was hugely popular. nine0003

Mr. Bunny Hayward died the same year. He has been a regular host at the Empress Ballroom and the festival's entertainer since 1929. He was also co-director with Mrs Ida Ylett at the Blackpool School of Dance. This meant that Mr. P.J.S. Richardson became the entertainer as well as chairman of the festival's jury. Mr. W. H. Smith became the secretary of the festival, and in 1954 Mrs. Ilett became the first official organizer of the dance festival.

Due to the popularity of the Sequence, Winter Gardens decided to hold an Old Time Ball on October 1950 years old and it was considered the first Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival.

The original Blackpool Dance Festival continued to grow and in 1953 the competitions became the Northern England Amateur and Professional Championships, Ballroom Dancing, British Amateur and Professional Ballroom Dancing Championships and Professional Exhibition Dancing.

As early as the 1930s there were strong links with Denmark through interscholastic activities with the Blackpool School of Dance, but only in the 19In the 1950s, an influx of foreign participants began. A special box for foreign guests was set aside on the south balcony of the Ballroom. The visitors sat in this box until by 1980 there were so many foreign participants and spectators that the box had to be discontinued as it was completely impractical. Fifty countries have been represented at the Festival over the past few years, including a large number from Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States.

The emergence of Latin American dances had a great impact on the dance world. At 19A British amateur Latin tournament was held in 1961, followed by a professional tournament in 1962. In 1964, these two tournaments were upgraded to championship status.

As more and more foreign participants came to Blackpool, it was decided to organize a small festival for British participants only, and in November 1975 the first British indoor dance festival was held in the Empress Ballroom.

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