All About The Dance: Country Two Step
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Country Two Step

The country/western two-step, often called the "Texas two-step" or simply the "two-step," is a country/western dance usually danced to country music in 4/4 time. It is a progressive dance that proceeds counterclockwise around the floor.

The two-step is a partner dance, consisting of a "leader" (traditionally a man) and a "follower" (traditionally a woman). The leader determines the movements and patterns of the pair as they move around the dance floor.

The partners begin in closed position with the leader facing the line of dance. The follower stands facing the leader. In a traditional "frame" the leader places his/her right hand over his/her partner's left shoulder. In the more contemporary styling, the frame is formed by placing the right hand under the follower's arm, and on his/her back. In either case the leader holds the follower's right hand in his/her left hand at about shoulder height.

Basic two-step consists of two quick steps, followed by two slow steps (or alternately, by two slow steps followed by two quick steps). Leaders may start with either the slow steps, or the quick steps, as local custom dictates.Click here for a list of Country Two Step classes offered.

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