are a number of styles & variations of 2-Step that fit into this category. From a very basic 'closed-hold 2-Step' to a more advanced traveling/progressive
2-Step (with endless turning combinations). The dances that are done in the
middle of the dance floor (often referred to as 'spot dances') including Arizona/Rhythm 2-Step and Nightclub 2-Step and another Arizona dance called
'half-time'. All fit under the umbrella of Two-Step. Bear in mind that even Fox
Trot has a pattern called the two-step pattern, in which the Quick-Quick is a
sashay movement and the Slow-Slow is a straight forward Walk-Walk action.
A 'One-Step' is a one tempo, or one
step per beat of music. A '2-Step' is a 2 tempo dance. It's almost more
accurate to say “Two-Tempo Dance”, than it is to say “Two-Step Dance”, because it is
more about the number of tempos than it is about 2 steps.
Hustle evolved from
Swing dancing, where the 'rock step' becomes a 'coaster step'. The saying goes
“you can't hustle from 'rock step', and the true hustle step is even more of a
'push' forward step than it is a 'coasting' in place step. Hustle is light and smooth and flat. It is
a soft gliding back and forth in a flexible/moveable slot, where the man
moves gracefully across the lady's dance line/'slot', while creating numerous
directional turns and spins. It has the look of an expert 'yoyo artist' creating
smooth figures with out jerk or bounce. A well-polished modern day social
hustle dance is cool-and-smooth. Jive Swing is hot with a
figures consist of four steps (each step on the beat). and It is danced 1, 2, 3, 4
with 'forward-hustle' emphasis between the end and beginning of a new
The same figures
can be danced in 3 beats of music and is called a '3-count-hustle'. However, it is still 4
steps, pushing forward at &/1, 2, 3 (the & represents syncopated quick tempos) or 1,2,3/&
or 1,2,&/3 depending on the pattern. Other tempo
combinations can be 1/&23,
This is a super fun and aerobic dance good for the heart & lungs.
era band leader Cab Calloway coined the phrase 'jitterbugs' due to the fast,
often bouncy movements. The terms Jitterbug, Jive and even today's umbrella
term East Coast Swing all denote the basic six-count derivative of the eight-count
Lindy Hop. Swing dancing (conically American) has evolved into many styles and variations: Balboa/Shag, Carolina-Shag, West Coast
Swing/Texas-Push/Huston-Whip, Arizona-In-Line-Swing, Progressive Swing/Triple
Two/Norfork, etc. Even the very popular 4-Count “pull & jerk-yank
& crank with lifts and drops” is called swing dancing in certain arenas.
The partner dance Hustle also evolved from 3 and 4-Count Swing, but it has
escaped being considered a swing dance.
Waltz is a dance that everyone should know, from heads of state to the
common-man. It's a very romantic dance, often chosen as that special wedding day
dance. Waltz styles of today vary from generic social to formal ballroom to
progressive western styles, which have all evolved from the very elegant
Viennese Waltz of days gone by. They all share the same root. Waltz dancing can
be found in square dancing, line dancing, around dancing partner pattern dancing,
and dance mixers, etc.