Splash – Foxtrot Class (October 30, 2011)

Club Two Step: The Basic

Six steps on eight beats, slow-quick-quick-slow-quick-quick timing. (12)-3-4-(56)-7-8.

Leads: (12) – Slow step with your left foot directly to your left. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your right foot directly behind your left foot. 4 – Quick replace of left foot. Then the same to the other side, i.e. (56) – Slow step with your right foot directly to your right. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your left foot directly behind your right foot. 4 – Quick replace of right foot.

Follows: Mirror your partner, i.e. (12) – Slow step with your right foot directly to your right. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your left foot directly behind your right foot. 4 – Quick replace of right foot. Then the same to the other side, i.e. (56) – Slow step with your left foot directly to your left. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your right foot directly behind your left foot. 4 – Quick replace of left foot.

Toss Across (a.k.a. Flip Flops a.k.a Fall Away Breaks)

On 5, the lead lets go of the leading hand, and they fall away into an open (side-by-side) position for the secondary rock step, with lead’s right and follow’s left arms around each other’s shoulders, other hands free. Toss across on the side step to do the opposite on the other side, in open position with lead’s left and follow’s right arms around each other’s shoulders. On both sides, the lead’s arm is below the follow’s. Retrieve leading hands for one of the primary steps to return to the basic.

Follow’s Spot Turn

On 1, raise the leading hand, and lead the follow out under the leading arm. The follow takes a regular slow step with her right to her right (12), then pivots 180° to take a quick step left with her left (3), then does a quick replace of right foot (4). She pivots 180° again to take a regular slow step left with her left foot (56), finishing with a regular rock step (7-8).

Follow’s Spot Turn Entrance into Flip Flops

Start with a Follow’s Spot Turn for the first half, then fall away to Flip Flops for the second half.

Follow’s Spot Turn Exit from Flip Flops

While doing Flip Flops, clearly present the leading hand to lead the follow into a Follow’s Spot Turn on any 1.

Lead’s Spot Turn

Opposite of the Follow’s Spot Turn. On 1, the lead ducks under the leading arm. The lead takes a regular slow step with his left to his left (12), then pivots 180° to take a quick step right with his right (3), then does a quick replace of left foot (4). He pivots 180° again to take a regular slow step right with his right foot (56), finishing with a regular rock step (7-8).

Everyone Practice All Four

Leads: Without a partner, practice the Follow’s Spot Turn Footwork. You’ll use it shortly.

Follows: Without a partner, practice the Lead’s Spot Turn footwork. You’ll use it shortly.

Follow’s Inside Turn

Start with half of a basic. On 5, the lead lets go with his right hand and brings the leading hand through the frame, leading the follow into an inside turn. She uses the Lead’s Spot Turn footwork.

Chained Outside Turns

Start with a Follow’s Spot Turn for the first half. On 5, the lead catches the follow’s left hand with his right, and takes an outside turn to his right, using the Follow’s Spot Turn footwork. Repeat the Follow’s Spot Turn on 1 and the lead’s outside turn to his right on 5. End by giving the follow one more turn (for an odd number of turns total), then falling away into Flip Flops.

Chained Inside Turns

From two hands, on 1, lead a Follow’s Inside Turn out the opposite side (his left, her right) using right to left hands (she uses the regular Follow’s Spot Turn footwork). On 5, the lead catches the follow’s right hand and takes an inside turn to his right side, using the Follow’s Spot Turn footwork. Come back to two hands.

Other Chained Turns

See what other kinds of chained turns you can do.

Be careful and gentle, push or pull any arms where they don’t want to go.

Try right to left the whole time, left to right the whole time, right to right the whole time, left to left the whole time, two hands the whole time.

If your hands get mixed up and you want to get out of it elegantly, you can do so with Sunburst. Bring all four hands together, put them palm to palm, and raise the up and out and down in a circle. It looks fun and feels fun, and now you have a regular two-handed position. You can also randomly do this for fun, if you want.

Now that we know how to hand all kinds of turning fun in club two step, let’s switch gears and go back in time to learn another kind of Slow-Quick-Quick dance, box step foxtrot.

 

Box Step Foxtrot (a.k.a. Box Fox) – Basic Box Step

Six steps on eight beats, slow-quick-quick-slow-quick-quick timing. (12)-3-4-(56)-7-8.

Face partner squarely, feet slightly offset. Feet from the lead’s left: lead’s left, follow’s right, lead’s right, follow’s left on four parallel tracks.

Leads: (12) – Step forward into partner with left foot. 3 – Step right with right foot. 4 – Close up with left foot. (56) – Step back away from partner with right foot. 7 – Step left with left foot. 8 – Close up with right foot.

Follows: Same as the lead, just shifted three counts, i.e., (12) – Step back away from partner with right foot. 3 – Step left with left foot. 4 – Close up with right foot. (56) – Step forward into partner with left foot. 7 – Step right with right foot. 8 – Close up with left foot.

Turning Box

Same as the basic, except the whole couple turns counterclockwise. Step diagonally forward to the left, diagonally back to the right. Start small, and work your way up to whatever degree of turning feels comfortable.

Quarter Turning Box

Same as the Turning Basic, but make it neater by turning 90° in three counts, returning to the same orientation at the end of a full box.

Traveling Box (Straight)

Similar to the basic, except the the lead steps forward on both 1 and 5, the follow steps back on both 1 and 5. Travels forward (for the lead), backward (for the follow). Get into it with a clear lead into the follow on any 5, get out of it with a clear lead into the lead on 5. Steer carefully.

Traveling Box (Serpentine), a.k.a. Back Zig Zag

Similar to the straight traveling box, except the lead steps forward with a cross-step in front, crossing outside of the follow’s feet. The follow steps backward with a cross-step in back, parallel to the lead’s cross step. Get into it with a clear body lead for the cross step on 1, get out of it by crossing on 5then collecting feet and facing your partner squarely on 7-8 to go straight forward on 1. Steer carefully.

Now that we know how to dance both club two step and box step foxtrot, let’s see how we can transition between them.

Transitions Between Box Step Foxtrot and Club Two Step

To transition from box step foxtrot to club two step simply lead into the first side step of club two step on any count 1. Depending on the clarity of the lead, the follow may still step a little bit backwards on 1, but the side-rock-step pattern will quickly become apparent. Now you’re dancing club two step.

To transition from club two step to box step foxtrot, firm up the frame during the second half of a basic and lead a clear box step on count 1. It helps if you make it a turning box step, as the CCW turning action rarely happens in club two step and alerts the follow that something different is happening. Now you’re dancing box step foxtrot.

It’s also perfectly acceptable, if not quite as elegant, to stop, wait for the next count 1, and start the other dance.

For club two step and foxtrot practice music, see Dancing Tunes – Club Two Step and Dancing Tunes – Foxtrot.

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