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.
(NAME OF STEP WHERE YOU POINT YOUR FOOT)
This can be done on any steps with a rock step in it, be it Lindy-style or
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
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
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
style of rock-and-roll, which is the Swing tradition.
Do not forget basic swing action - go into your knees, cuban motion
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
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.