- Refer to the "Counting Chart" at the bottom of the Single Step page.
List of Patterns:
These are just a FEW patterns that we know. You can find lots more on Youtube.
- 1a. Basic step - Closed Position
- 1a. Basic step - Open Position, 2 hand connection
- 1a. Basic step - Open Position, 1 hand connection
- 2. Woman's Outside Turn (R)
- 3. Woman's Inside Turn (L)
- 5. Woman's Inside Turn - w/arm slide down M's L arm
- 6. Wrap aka Cuddle aka Sweetheart (Like inside turn, but don't let go of right hand)
- 7. Neck slide (from the 2/27 Bill Spott's lesson)
- 8. Man's Left Underarm Turn (2 ways to do hands)
- 8. Double-handed turn (can go either way, probably easier to start w/inside turn)
- She Go-He Go: Woman's L inside turn, the M's L underarm turn
- She Go-He Go R: Woman's L inside turn, then M's R underarm turn
- She Go-He Go Simultaneous: Woman's L inside turn, the M's L underarm turn
- Tuck & Freespin
- W's R turn to hammerlock, unwind L turn (optional M's underarm turn)
- Hustle Move
- You're taking 8 steps -- using 6 beats of music.
- If you count the beats, it's technically "1&2, 3&4, 5-6" or alternately "1&2, 3&4, rock-step".
- More commonly, it's counted "Left-tri-ple, Right-tri-ple, rock-step" (or "Tri-ple-Left, Tri-ple Right, rock-step") . . . . . or just "Tri-ple-Step, Tri-ple Step, rock-step" which is how we count it most of the time.
- Some count the steps rather than the beats. Then it's "123 456 7-8" or "123 456, rock-step".
- Note some instructors start on the rock step; see the notes below for Videos 1H, 1I, & 1J.
Following below are some patterns, and related videos.
1. Basic Step (side step first)
- Joe Baker: Learn to Dance East Coast Swing (4:47)
- Good OVERVIEW of everything about the Basic step.
- He counts "1&2, 3&4, rock step"; same way we were taught.
- Note you're taking 8 steps -- using 6 beats of music (1&2, 3&4, 5-6).
- Note the music in his dance demo at the beginning is about 142 beats per minute (bpm). We have practice music ranging from 100 to 142 bpm.
- Anderson Moore [Learntodance.com] Basic Swing Timing (3:34)
- Good explanation of how the footwork relates to the music.
- Nick Felix [DanceMagicStudios]: FREE Dance Lesson-Swing Rock Step (3:34)
- He does a good job explaining the finer points of the rock step.
- Trudie Olsen [Swing Dancing] East Coast Swing Steps for Beginning Ballroom Dancing (2:05)
- She starts explaining the triple-step at about 1:00. She does a good job of explaining the count for both Single Step Swing and Triple Step East Coast Swing
- [Ballroomdancers.com] Learn to dance E.C. Swing (0:25)
- A quick and simple review of the basic step.
- Anderson Moore [Learntodance.com] Swing Basic Step for Man (2:29)
- Good review of the basic step.
- Anderson Moore [Learntodance.com] Swing Basic Step for Lady (2:06)
- Good review of the basic step.
1b. Basic Step (rock step first)
- These instructors start with the rock step first, instead of the side step
- (This is an alternate way of doing it. It's the same dance, once you "get rolling.)
- All their comments are useful.
- Passion4dancing: Swing dance steps - Swing basic steps for beginners ( (4:36)
- Count used is "rock-step, tri-ple-step, tri-ple-step".
- Brett Long: Newcomer East Coast Swing Closed Basic (2:56)
- Count used is "1-2, 3&4, 5&6".
- CharmCitySwing: Swing dancing basics, Part 8: Adding triple steps (5:07)
- Another good explanation of difference between triple step and single step
- Count used is "rock-step, tri-ple-step, tri-ple-step.
- MonkeySee: Swing Dance - Jitterbug Routine (1:26)
- Basic, Woman's Outside Turn, Woman's Inside Turn
1. Basic - Closed position (0:25 & 3:00)
2. Woman's outside turn (3:20)
3. Woman's inside turn (4:15)
4. Basic - Open position (4:25)
5. Woman's wrap (4:40)
- (like inside turn, but keep both hands connected)