HISTORY

It’s not too often that the origins of a new dance can be traced to a single individual. But that’s precisely the case with Night Club Two Step, a dance created and popularized by renowned California teacher Buddy Schwimmer in the mid 1960’s.

He was involved in a line dance called Surfer Stomp, where the guys stood on one side and the girls on the other. They joined hands and pushed the girls up in the air on the “touch” count. The count was: one, two, three, touch four. It worked fine when done to faster music, but when a slow piece would come on, the footwork was too slow. So the step was double timed and the count became One & Two & Three & Four.

CHARACTERISTICS

It is frequently danced to mid-tempo ballads in 4/4 time. Some think it has evolved to include elements from other dances such as Rumba and New York Hustle. The Nightclub Two Step basic step takes eight beats.Typically it’s danced in American-style dance position with a more relaxed hold than typical ballroom dances. The “official” rhythm for the basic step is quick-quick slow, although some prefer to start on the slow, usually on beat two of the music. Night Club Two Step is an easy dance that almost anyone can learn. Its key characteristic is a rock step followed by a side step. Schwimmer says that the rock step is actually a 5th position break, adding that he doesn’t recommend pronounced Latin hip movements.

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