Two Step

additional figures   

modified: March 19, 2017

the 10 step Two-Step

more “double” figures

Maines fifteen

The two-step has been in the United States since the middle of the 19th century or longer. It is danced to 4/4 music. There are strong accents on 1 & 3; you can hear the bass drum “boom” on these beats. The basic timing is quick, quick, slow, slow. A “quick” represents 1 beat of music and a “slow” represents 2 beats of music. Since a basic, Q Q S S,  takes 6 beats of music, 2 basics take 3 bars of music. Another way to express the timing is: steps are taken on beats 1, 2, 3, and 5. Counting “1, 2, 3, 5” will net the same result as counting “quick, quick, slow, slow”.  An “ outside” turn in the two-step is a “ natural” turn and an “ inside” turn is a reverse turn.
Frame is slightly more “ relaxed” than a ballroom frame but not as “curved” as a Latin frame.

Men:

  • Take small steps. Remember the lady is in high heels, walking backwards and turning. 
  • Take time to move over your whole foot: heel – flat – toe.
  • Create distance for turns by moving to your left while the lady turns and then back in front

Two step sequence:

 

Figure

Timing

Lead

Amt. of turn (lady)

1

Basic

QQSS or 1,2,3,5

 

 

2

Ladies reverse turn

QQSS Q

Man’s left shoulder lead on 3
and/or LH across in front toward R

on 5,  on 1

3

Ladies reverse to cuddle

QQSS

As above (man keeps right thumb up)

on 5

4

Cuddle to sweetheart
 (hands overhead)

QQSS

Man takes hands up over ladies head
and changes hands
then bring them down into the new position.
Take as many basics as it takes to get comfortable

 

5

Prep steps and
Sweetheart to skaters
  (lady walks around)

QQPP QQSS

QQ prep (left)  prep (right) and
Man’s 1st step is back, and then basic in place

Lady: turn on each step.
Lady walks around the man starting to her left

6

Skaters to closed

QQPP QQSS

Man takes right arm back in circle

on 1, 2, and 3

Cuddle

Sweatheart

Skaters

Our skaters will be with the Man’s R arm on the inside. (In this picture, the Lady’s arm is on the inside.)