- Basic with 'swing' action:
~Small first step, large 2nd one on the triple-steps to emphasize 2nd and 4th beat of music
~Posture not as upright as in smooth dances, very slightly slouched.
~Tuck and spin's must have wind up!
~During rock step put in some cuban motion
~During triple step remember to put in some up-and-down movement with bent and straightened knee action.
~Wall-and-hook Slightly tilt hips forward towards each other in triple step to create wall, slightly away for hook.
~Create connection without 'weighing' down your partner with too heavy a leaning!
Tuck and spin:
Basic: 1-a-2, 3-a-4 rock step.
Wind up: 1-and-2 (Arms in front of you at chest level or even lower)
*Follow right side to guys, hold on the 2nd beat of the rock step- left
foot- till lead 'forces' you to take your triple step because you have to
pivot on this foot bringing your right side forward
Spin: (up to 2 so far) 3-a-4
*Follow might take multiple steps to turn- note too that since lady starts
from right side forward, end position in any full turn must be right side
forward, feet in open 4th position as well
**Lead note: right arm controls number of spins and left arm controls
direction of spin.
Finish: rock-step, return to dance position.
Rotating Tuck and spin:
Basic: 1-a-2, 3-a-4 **Here Lead takes one step back and one sideways-
creating quarter turn instead of rock step, *Follow takes customary rock
Together they open a space between them for more wind-up.
Wind up: Same as above
Spin: Same as above
Finish: Same as above
Rotating Tuck and spin followed by Sliding door:
Follows rotating tuck and spin till finishing step where
**Lead guide follow to do next triple step in-front and across from them, by bringing arm in front of themselves and at the same time taking a triple step in the same plane as follow in the opposite direction- let go of hand as follow passes you.
*Follow, triple step in front of Lead, facing forward and away from lead. Prepare to go into Lindy step timing (i.e. triple step, rock step, triple step, rock step...etc...)
This step effects a change of place.
Lead here catches follow's left hand with their right and each rock
steps outward from each other.
**Leads note that wall-hook idea applies here to help follows know which
direction to rock-step and which direction to take next triple step in.
Lead then brings right hand across and behind slightly as themselves
taking a triple step towards lady's direction- let go of hand as ladies
pass behind you. Here again both partners are facing one direction perpendicular
to the direction they are moving. They move in opposite directions to each
Goes back to a repeat by lead catching follow's right hand in their
left and both taking a rock step away from each other.
At this point lead can chose to exit move by going back to open dance position and leading a usual rock step, 1-a-2, 3-a-4, rock step or take a rock step then continue sliding door.
Note! To keep the same plane it would help to try to face each other
slightly at the rock steps. This can be created by lead and follow both
starting to turn toward each other even as they do the triple step.
Personally I find that the lead can encourage this in a social situation by giving a gentle turning action as they lead follows in front of them (i.e. right hand slightly aways from body as follows move in front, and slightly toward body as follow is led to pass behind.)
Free spin instead of hands held one.
Adding onto the sliding door:
Concept of common center.: The position where the lead first catches the follow's hand doesn't change. Even as the lead and follow dance back and forth, their common center (where they caught each others hand as they rock-step) remains in the same place.
Also easier to avoid rotation about this center (i.e. plane of dance starts to rotate) by facing your partner a little at each rock step. Begin to turn to face partner directly after last rock step.
Hitch kick (Point-ball-change)
This can be done on any steps with a rock step in it, be it Lindy-style or basic.
Instead of a rock-step, on the 3-4 beat in the sliding door, at 3, take foot that is about to rock step backwards into a point toward your partner (which your hips and shoulders should, by now, be half-facing)
Both legs are straight, one directly under you and the other pointed at your partner.
Then you rock step on the "and-4" counts.
Step goes Step-and-step, point-rock-step. (repeat)
Or (in counts) 1-and-2, 3-and-4 (repeat)
To add onto that, you can make it look snazzy by throwing out your hip on the same count as you point. Thus you throw our hip out in the opposite direction that your foot is pointing. i.e. if you're going to rock step on your right foot and your partner's on your right, you point your right foot semi-in front of you to the right (since you're only half-facing your partner) and your hip is 'sticking out' semi-behind you, to your left. This is specially important to do for the follow.
You can also throw these into any rock step move. Simply split the first
count for the rock-step into two equal counts and use the first of these
to point and the second part of the first count to do the rock.
So if the rock step is on 1-2. Do 1-and-2, if on 3-4, do 3-and-4.
In the basic, do step-and-step, step-and-step, point-rock-step.
Or (in counts) 1-and-2, 3-and-4, 1(point)-and(rock)-2(step).
Suitable hand poises can be added for the follow as well. Remember all the style of rock-and-roll, which is the Swing tradition.
Do not forget basic swing action - go into your knees, cuban motion in rock step
Review of tuck and spin:
**Leads, remember to allow plenty of room between you and follow when you tuck so follow has space to spin.
Also, hand within leading zone, between you and the follow, not outside.
Right hand controls number of turns while left controls direction of turn.
Send clear signals to your follow.
Finesse not strenght is the key, in general this is a truism: 'cranking' or 'yanking' at your follow to produce more movement actually has the opposite effect since follow tends to be pulled off balance and cannot move their own weight anymore.
*Follows remember that starting with right side at lead means ending in same position. Leaning slightly at lead gives wall that must be given even (or especially) in the tuck.
Steping in a double spin is Rock-step.
Ending on your left foot, ready to rock-step on the right.
Remember this is a good place for the point and hip action in the rock step. This is a syncopation and does not have to be led. It can be thrown into any rock-step and hand actions, on head or hip can make it look even more 'swing-like' in style.
Review of tuck and spin:
**Leads start revolving on first step! Can revolve up to 180degrees on rock-step.
By end of rock step, left foot in front of you, pointed.The triple step, taking left foot behind, and here you can take this triple step and the next and 'spin' around the girl as she does a double spin!
Remember this only works for double spin! Not enough time on a single spin.
In this next 2 triples, you can produce another 180 degrees of turn, to complete one full round.
Review of Hitch kick
Really point foot! And straighten them both so that hip 'pops' out on opposite side of point.
Never pull each other..... move toward common center on the ball-change!
Leads can style by pointing free hand at the crowd, and looking at the audience.
Follows style by either 'combing hair' action, or hand on hip action. Either way, the key word is "attitude"!!
So from the top, the sequence goes:
2)Revolving tuck and spin with guys spinning around girls
3)One inside turn
4)Sliding door x 3
7) comes BEFORE rock step (i.e. no rock step at the end of the inside turn)
7) Drunken sailor x 2 ( *For follow, starting on right foot one on either
** For lead starting on left foot, one on either side)
Count is: 1-and-2, 3-and-4
Kick x 2 (front, left for follow with right foot;
front right for lead with left foot)
Kick x 2 (side, right for follow with right foot;
side, left for lead with left foot)
Count is 7-8
Drunken sailor x 1 (starting with right foot for
follow, and left foot for lead)
Kick x 2(front, right for follow with left foot;
front, left for lead with right foot)
Kick x 2(side, left for follow with left foot; side,
right for lead with right foot)
Kick back(once, right foot for follow, left foot for lead) , ball-change (right-left for follow, left-right for lead)
NOTE: This move is meant to be a ripple! Partners end up very close to one another!