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- NightClub Two Step - Nov 2010


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pril and I are proud to bring NC2 to Rock Hill, this is a great dance for all skill levels and music lovers.

Nightclub Two Step, not to be confused with country western two step, is one of the most practical and versatile of the social dances.  Nightclub Two Step is an attractive dance that is danced to slow music that is common at just about all dances.  It is a simple dance for beginners and experienced dancers and requires little floor space.  The simple 1 & 2 count of the dance rarely changes and it is without rigid technique.  This is a dance that you will use often on almost all dance floors.

 

DATES:

November 3, 10, 17 and December 1

NO dance class on November 24, Thanksgiving  Eve.
Beginning PROMPTLY at 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

A $20 a person donation to the children's building is asked for the

four-week session.  You do not need a partner.   Please invite anyone who might be interested in learning the Nightclub Two Step or joining the dance program at St. John's.
  

LOCATION:

St. John's United Methodist Church

321 S. Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill

Corner of Oakland Avenue and White Street One Block North of Downtown Main Street

 

The History Of Ballroom & Night Club Two Step

The "Two Step" was developed in 1965 by a 15 year old teen from Whitaker, Illinois named Buddy Schwimmer . Buddy was doing a line dance called "Surfer Stomp". It was based on two steps and a stomp. This worked well with fast music, but the footwork was too slow for medium and slow tempo songs. The timing was changed and it went from a line dance to a partnership dance. This then became the dance called "Two Step". Eventually in 1978, Buddy opened a dance studio in Costa Mesa, California and started teaching "Night Club Two Step".

The "Two Step", like all dances has gone through changes over time. It has evolved into two different feeling dances. The original footwork was "Rock, Inplace, Side" (Quick, Quick, Slow), which exists in the dance called "Night Club Two Step". The Country Western dancers have adopted it and have included it in their competitions. However, it has been "ballroomized" into a dance called "Ballroom Two Step". Ballroom Two Step's basic foot work is "Side, Cross Behind, Inplace (Slow, Quick, Quick).

These two variations have very different feelings. The "Ballroom Two Step" is very gliding, continuous, strong and powerful with a big sweeping feeling. It is precise and quite technical. "Night Club Two Step" feels more like a choppy Cha Cha and is quite compact. It has a more casual relaxed feeling.

The "Two Step" is a dance you can do in night clubs as well as ballrooms, weddings, cruises, etc. It's an alternative to the "Slow" dance. That's the dance where you stand, put your hands on your partner's waist and your partner puts her arms around your neck and you sway back and forth, back-and-forth etc., etc.

"Two Step" is perfect for medium and slow music. The Two Step is danced to popular music, mostly ballads. Songs such as "Lady In Red", "On the Wings of Love", "Love the World Away. The song Lady In Red is a medium tempo song played at 39 MPM (measures per minute).

When learning "Two Step", or any dance, learn why you do steps a certain way. Figure out which one is correct and why. Don't just do a step a certain way because so-and-so says to do it that way. The movements should feel natural and not forced. It's not the patterns that makes a good dancer, it's how well you dance them.

The "Ballroom Two Step" and "Night club Two Step" are not fad dances. They are here to stay. The "Two Step" is popular in California and all along the west coast. It's popularity is slowly moving east. It is taught at BYU (Brigham-Young University) and is starting to be taught in Europe. It is just a matter of time before it is danced everywhere in the United States.

Reprinted with the permission of Ron Kellen, Mile High Ballroom Dance

 

Class Accomplishments

Week - 1 (NC2)
 - Basic pattern.
 - Underarm turn.
 - Crossover break with underarm turn.
 - Crossover break with walk around.

Week - 2
 - Reviewed week 1 one with details and slight variations.
 - Basic spot turn.
 - Left turning basic.
 - Left turning basic with inside roll.

Week - 3
 
- Basic
 - Outside Turn
 - Open Break to Push Spin
 - Left Turning Basic to single hand hold
 - Basic Spot Turn Pickup

Week - 4
- Underarm Switch w/cross chasse ending
 - Reviewed previous weeks and added this move in after a Push  Spin and left truning basic.

More stuff I found on NC2 -
http://www.lovemusiclovedance.com/niteclub.htm


What Is The Difference Between Ballroom Two Step and Night Club Two Step?

Night Club Two Step was originally created to replace the "Slow Dance" (the hug and sway dance). The original timing of the "Side Basic" pattern was: 1, &, 2; 3, &, 4 (½, ½, whole; ½, ½, whole). The foot pattern was: "Rock Backward, In-place, Side Step; Rock Backward, In-place, Side Step". This allowed it to be danced to very slow music in a compact space.

Night Club Two Step eventually became a Country Western Dance. The timing of the "Side Basic" pattern evolved to: "Slow, Quick, Quick; Slow, Quick, Quick". The foot pattern evolved to: "Side Step, Rock Backward, In-place; Side Step, Rock Backward, In-place". This change necessitated faster music, but it still remained a rather compact dance.

Night Club Two Step has very little footwork, if any at all (heels, toes, balls, rise, fall, etc.). There is a very logical reason for this. Country Western dancers wear cowboy boots when they dance. Cowboy boots are heavy, bulky and stiff. The Country Western dancer's footwork is basically a flat shuffle type of step. This creates a flat feeling in the dance and the "Rock Step" gives the dance a forward and back sort of choppy feeling.

Over time, it crossed over into Ballroom dancing. Night Club Two Step was then "Ballroomized". Fundamentally, technique and footwork were added to the dance. The footwork is a modified Waltz rise and fall. The "Side Step" became a powerful, gliding side movement. As a result, the "Rock Backward" step no longer worked because of the sideways power. The "Rock Backward" step had to be changed to a "Side-Crossing Step" in order to control the power. This changed the feeling of the dance from a forward and back sort of choppy dance to a powerful flowing side-to-side dance. The dance is no longer compact. It has become quite wide and expansive. Since the dance had changed so dramatically in feeling, it had to be renamed. "Ballroom Two Step" was then born.

The patterns are similar between the two dances but they are danced quite differently. The dancing I am referring to is the footwork and CBM (contra body movement). The standard Waltz footwork is "Heel, Ball, Ball-Flat". Waltz has a "heel" step only on the 1st step forward. Most of Ballroom Two Step's movement is side-to-side. There is only one "heel" step and it is on the forward step of the "Left Turn" pattern. The footwork for Ballroom Two Step is "Ball-Flat, Ball, Ball-Flat".

The 1st power side step (Slow) is Ball-Flat. The 2nd step (Quick) is a very "side-crossing" step on a "Ball" only. The third step (Quick) is an in-place step "Ball-Flat". The power of the 1st side step combined with the 2nd "Ball" only side-crossing step, creates a lifting action and then a falling action on the 3rd "Ball-Flat" step. This is not a typical rise and fall action. It is more like an up and down "Lilting" movement. Think of yourself on a child's swing with someone pushing you. You are powered forward, you swing up, you hesitate and you swing down. This is the feeling of Ballroom Two Step. The side step powers the movement then you glide to rise on the 2nd step and then finally fall on the 3rd step. All of the 2nd steps in Ballroom Two Step are "Ball" only. This creates the "Lilting" action on every element (measure of music). It feels like power to the side then gliding up and down. This is very different than the Night Club Two Step's flat walking motion.

The side-crossing steps are not "Rock" steps. A "Rock" step moves backward and creates air between your thighs. A side-crossing step moves sideways to such an extent that the upper thighs touch (No air). The action of the thighs touching is called "TWEEZING". CBM is used to lead the ladies crossing steps either in front of or behind her.

Although Ballroom Two Step can be danced to almost any 4/4 time song, just like any other dance, it has its own unique music, A real Ballroom Two Step song will have a "CLICK" on the 3rd beat (2nd step). Sometimes the "CLICK" may be on every other 3rd beat. A classic Ballroom Two Step song is "Lady In Red".

Night Club Two Step has a flat, back and forth, walking feeling when danced. This has great appeal to "Pattern Dancers" (dancers that basically walk through patterns instead of dancing). Dancing is what happens between the steps. Some ballroom dance instructors still teach Night Club Two Step simply because it's easier to teach. I teach what (in my opinion) feels the best, not what is easiest to teach. Ballroom Two Step is a powerful, sweeping, gliding, side-to-side dance with a little lilt. Take the time to learn to dance it. It has a great feeling.

Reprinted with the permission of Ron Kellen, Mile High Ballroom Dance