Country Dancing

 In the late 1970's as Disco died and country music continued to rise in rapid popularity mostly due to the film "Urban Cowboy", a resurgence of interest in western dance emerged. Older dancers suddenly became models for a new generation. Many of dance steps come from swing styles and Samba patterns. There are many versions of each dance therefore, there might not be one "correct" way to do a particular dance. They may go by different names depending on the area of the U.S., and even in the particular dance hall. Going out Country dancing is also referred to as "2 Stepping" in Texas, when one could actually be doing 2 Step, Bar 2 Step, Half Step, 3 Step, Fort worth Shuffle, Triple Two  or more. 

Two step and Three step are often used in confusion these days. Originally two step was danced as how we dance the 3 step (QQS, Step Draw Step and Pass) or the Texas two step (Step touch Step touch laterally and pass pass, St St SS) Only until competitive groups began forming did it finally standardize.  
Two-Step includes two kinds of steps: 2 quick steps, and then 2 slow steps. It can be danced to music with either a 2/4 or 4/4 time signature. This Rhythm of Quick Quick Slow Slow (QQSS) is more modern and often confused with its non standardized original pattern which is now called 3 Step, which goes Quick Quick Slow, or Step Close Step Pass. (QQS) Currently the competitive circuits like UCWDC Recognize 2 step as a progressive  pattern and is danced QQSS where the Quicks and Slows pass the other foot. 

Double two-step, also referred to as triple two-step  is usually danced to slower music. The two slow steps are replaced by two sets of triple steps. By contrast, the two quick steps are now slow steps. Double two-step is also referred to as "shuffle". Fort Worth Shuffle has the same pattern as double two-step, except that the first triple-step begins with the right foot or starting with three walks.  This dance is one of the favorites of the country dancing connoisseur.  

Polka in the United States originated in Europe in the 1830s and made its way to American society when people began immigrating from Eastern Europe. Polka is a dance music in 2/4 time that is often associated with the pre-World War II era,


Nightclub Two Step (Nightclub Two-step, Disco Two Step or California Two Step) is probably the youngest dance and was initially developed by Buddy Schwimmer in the mid-1960s. It is frequently danced to mid-tempo ballads in 4/4 time that have a characteristic Slow Quick-Quick-Slow beat. The Nightclub Two Step basic step can be counted as One Two  &  Three Four & One. It is often mistaken for a country Bolero because many first learned it as Slow Quick Quick Slow which was akin to Bolero's timing. Counting it properly fixes this issue. 
Also in the early 2000's we see an evolution of Night Club from a side step into 5th position or whisk into now an open 3rd position on the first Quick and a passing step more like a proper whisk on the second Quick. This produces a more smooth look which is why in copetitive circuits it is classified as a smooth dance in this fashion and no longer a Rhythmic one.  In fact, one could call Schwimmer's original NightClub 2 the Rhythm style and the competitive one the smooth. 

Has long been the name for jazz-influenced western music of the 1940s and, by extension, two-step, line dancing or swing dance done to such music. Contemporary 21st century Country Swing or dancing or "Country Western Swing Dancing" (C/W Swing) has a distinct culture. The steps are much like a slower Hustle, many transition from this dance to East Coast Swing or West Coast Swing as they grow more advanced. 

Cowboy, or "country" waltz consists of gliding steps that are consistent with wearing cowboy boots, rather than "on the balls of the feet" quick steps of the classic version. Neither foot is lifted completely from the ground. Steps should be a light footed glide rather than a flat footed shuffle.