This is traditional Country-Western Two Step
(also called The Texas Two Step, the dance made popular by the movie,
Urban Cowboy). This is the dance and the style that is danced in Country-Western
night clubs. The footwork timing for this dance is quick, quick, slow,
slow. Being the "foundation moves," the moves shown on this
tape are as perfect for social dancing as they are for entry-level country-western
- They bounce as they step. The basic step
of two step should be smooth. This sounds easy, but most beginners
bounce. The feet should pass, not close, with every step, just like
in normal walking. Strides should be long, confident, and smooth,
without bounce, without stutter stepping.
- They close their feet, rather than passing
their feet, especially on the second quick. Tentative stutter
steps often result from a fear of stepping on the lady's toes. This
should not happen if the lady extends and steps to the toe on her
backwards steps. In addition, the lady and man should be slightly
offset, such that the leader's right foot steps between her feet,
NOT in direct line with her feet. In addition to this, your thighs
and calves should brush as you stride, your feet "tracking"
close together, as opposed to stepping with legs wide apart like you've
been riding a horse all day.
- Beginners typically have bad frame, connection,
and posture. Arms need to be help up, the frame needs to be strong,
and all of the connection points need to be secure. In addition, don't
stoop or look at the floor or at your feet. Stand up tall and dance
Comment: Though all of this sounds like common sense, more
than 90% of social dancers will either bounce, stutter step, look
down at their feet, or allow their frame and posture to collapse.