Also called “Texas Two Step” – is danced to 4/4 time music with a lively Country/Western beat and medium tempo. It’s a progressive dance which moves around the floor counter-clockwise. In traditional “dance frame” the leader puts his right arm over his partner’s left shoulder; in more contemporary styling he puts it as most other partner dances, under her arm and on her left shoulder blade. Consists of turns, spins and traveling patterns around the floor.. An example of Country 2-Step music would be: Busy Man by Billy Ray Cyrus.
Three Count Hustle is a “slot dance with four steps taken in 3 counts of music, (quick, quick,slow, slow). The basic footwork timing is used to anchor the couple as man leads the lady to perform intricate turns, spins and wraps. The dance begins in closed positon, at right-angles to the partner. Follow is released, sending her straight out on a “track” while lead steps into the same track. The lady dances back and forth on this track, executing turns, spins, and syncopated movements.
Hustle is danced to quick music with a steady driving beat such as early Madonna, Techno, or “House” music. Today’s Hustle should not be confused with the disco era hustle (Saturday Night Fever), which was slower and had many more open dance patterns, where the couple danced away from each other. Disco music is great for this dance.
“Club” Swing or 4-ct. Hustle: A “One-Step” dance. Also called Disco Swing, this dance is danced to the Disco music of the 70’s and 80’s or any strong 4/4 time current music. Danced same as Hustle, but to 4 counts of music rather than 3. Great for easy “club-style” dancing; Swing or Hustle moves with a marching beat.
A dance devised by Swing dance Champion and Teacher, Buddy Schwimmer. The Nightclub 2-Step is danced to 4/4 time music with a slow to medium slow tempo, but without a Latin syncopation. R&B music is often perfect for this dance. The tempo is similar to that of Rumba, but the feel of the music is more fluid (closer to waltz than Latin). The dance has a simple quick, quick, slow, side to side motion, to which turns, cuddles, spins and traveling patterns across the floor are added. ‘Lady in Red’ is the quintessential Night Club 2 Step song, though the dance has slowed over time to more of a Bolero tempo.