This is the defining style of Country and Western dancing. Country Two- Step is a traveling dance that has many turns for the follow and endless possibilities of combinations and patterns. The music is generally upbeat and fun and can be danced to country classics as well as contemporary artists. The Country Two-Step will keep you dancing all night at any country club, bar, dance hall or saloon.
Night Club Two Step
Anyone that listens to country music has heard many a country ballad. It is these romantic songs that the night club was created for. This easy, smooth dance is a graceful and popular alternative to the old “7th Grade Sway”, or the “Buckle Polisher”. Having evolved to cross over to many other musical genres, this dance is now also a very popular First Dance choice for wedding couples.
The Hustle is a catchall name for several disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music. This dance style has some features in common with swing dances, such as utilizing a rock step in the basic like East Coast Swing, and being a slotted dance like West Coast Swing. It has a unique syncopated rhythm counted “And, 1, 2, 3”. The Hustle is danced to upbeat tunes, has lots of spins and turns, and is a club favorite that offers the opportunity to dance at many dances and social events.
An energetic Latin dance, complete with sexy swaying hips, crisp movements, and fast turns. Very popular in Latin clubs along with Merengue and the Cha Cha. Style varies depending on what country, as well as what part of each country, you find yourself. For example, Costa Rican Salsa as a basic in general moves side to side, while LA Salsa basics are danced forward and backwards. This dance is also very similar to Mambo, though very noticeably softer in its transitions and technique. A great dance to learn if you want to break into the Latin club scene, or just if the spicy Latin beats move you to get up and dance!
West Coast Swing
A smooth, sensual, slotted variation of the Lindy Hop or Jitterbug that showcases the lady. West Coast Swing is danced to a wide and eclectic range of music from Jazz and Blues to Country and Rock, as well as having a wide range of acceptable and enjoyable dance speeds. This is one of the most versatile dances for any occasion. At the more advanced level, it allows for more independence and play for the follow, within the structure of the dance, making every dance unique even with the same partner.