With so many different dance styles nowadays, there can be confusion differentiating between some of them. Many of the country line dances in particular can cause confusion as there are so many of them. I can remember my first time seeing Night Club Two Step and feeling surprised that it wasn’t a traditional country line dance, and was in fact not at all what I was expecting! Not an uncommon sentiment among many new dancers, let’s talk about Two Step (Nightclub that is)!

The Nightclub Two Step, sometimes called California Two Step or Disco Two Step, was created in the 1960’s by Buddy Schwimmer. Not to be confused with Country Western or the Texas Two Step, which is a fast paced traveling dance that gained popularity in the film Urban Cowboy. Another difference is that Nightclub Two Step is danced in the center of the floor, whereas the country Two Step follows the line of dance, traveling along the outside lane, counterclockwise around the floor. With its origins stemming from the Bolero and Rumba, Nightclub Two Step uses many of the same figures as well as similarly slow, romantic music.

Because it is so romantic and relaxed, this easy flowing dance is great for events like weddings. As such, it is part of Atomic’s wedding dance workshop series. Starting this Saturday, February 28th, this special workshop will cover Nightclub Two Step, Foxtrot, Rumba and of course Waltz. It will continue in the following months as many people begin preparing for the fast approaching wedding season.

Although the etiquette for this dance may not differ much from other similar dances, the music it’s danced to does stand out from the rest. With its slow, romantic melodies, Nightclub Two Step music will put anyone in the mood for love.


Check out this playlist of popular Nightclub Two Step songs to help make your next event extra special!


Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Breathe Again – Toni Braxton

One More Night – Phil Collins

How Do I Live – Leanne Rhimes

Lady In Red- Chris De Burghe

Apologize – Timbaland with One Republic

I Can’t Make You Love Me- Bonnie Rait

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson

Blue Eyes Blue – Eric Clapton

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack