As the name implies, this type of dance is performed on country music often referred to as the two-step or the Texas two-step. As with most dance forms, there are a few different variations of the dance, but all requires a partner.
Texas Two Step
The man is normally the leader and the woman is known as the follower. The leader decides the patterns and movements as they stroll around the floor. In most cases, it is counterclockwise. You begin with the leader standing in what is known as the line of dance with the woman facing the man. The man will place his right hand on the woman’s left shoulder and the right hand under the woman’s left arm touching their back. In some cases, it will be a circle instead of a line.
The first mention of the two-step was made in 1899 where Deux Temp described the dance moves. She said you step, then go back together, and change your weight to the other foot. Actually, the two-step is a three-step. It goes like – fast step, fast step, and then slow step. The two-step can be performed to slow as well as fast played music but is usually performed with music that has a 2/4 or 4/4-time signature. The modern two-step is known as the Texas Shuffle Step and is normally performed to 4/4-time signature music.
Origins of the Two Step
Even though many people believe that since the name often referred to the dance is the Texas two-step that it, of course, all started in Texas, but this is not completely true.
The origin of the two-step was first traced back to the 1800’s in Hungary and Germany; however, the roots are influenced by Mexican dance forms similar to fandangos as well as European dances.
The other variations include:
- Shadow Dancing
- Rhythm Two-Step
- Double Two-Step
- Night Club Two-Step
- Historic Two-Step