Nightclub Two Step

(Club Two Step,
Nightclub, NC2S)



Description

Nightclub Two Step was invented in the mid-1960s by a teenage Buddy Schwimmer, as way of dancing to the popular slow ballads of the time.

It still remains one of the best dances for this purpose today, as it can be danced to nearly 1/3 of all songs on the pop charts today.


Variations

Basics
» Basic
» Flip Flops

Spot Turns
» Follow's Spot Turn
» Lead's Spot Turn
» Follow's Spot Turn to Flip Flops (to Spot Turn)
» Lead's Spot Turn to Flip Flops
» Dishrag Sunburst
» Crossed-Hand Matador
» Chained Spot Turns
» Inside Spot Turn
» Chained Inside Spot Turns

Flip Turns (Half Turns, Couple's Turns)
» Right Turn
     » ... with Outside Turn
     » ... with Double Outside Turn
     » ... with Quadruple Outside Turn
     » ...Over the Elbows (see "Over the Elbows")
» Left Turn
     » ... with Inside Turn
     » ...Over the Elbows (see "Over the Elbows")

Swing Moves
» Waist Slide
» Lead's Underarm Turn
» Inside Turn
» Inside Turn (from Two Hands)
» She Goes, He Goes (Richard's Version)
» She Goes, He Goes (Nick's Version)
» Double Dishrag (Outside, Inside)
» Chained Inside Turns (Loop-de-Loops)

Around the World
» Around the World
     » ... with Pivaloop Outside Turn
     » ... with Free Spin
     » ... with Rollaway
     » ... with Waist Slide
     » ... with Barrel Roll
» Matador Around the World
     » ... with Pivaloop Outside Turn
     » or any of the other exits above
» Around the World as the World Turns

Orbiting Turns
» Lead's Inside Turn
» Follow's Arch Turn
» Lead's Inside to Follow's Arch
» Follow's Arch to Lead's Inside

Lead's Cradle
» Lead's Cradle
     » ... to Inside Turn (Bar 2)
     » ... to Inside Turn (Bar 3)
     » ... to Inside Turn (Bar 4)
     » ... to Double Inside Turn

Sweetheart and Windows
» Sweetheart
     » ... with Mixmaster Exit
» Windows
     » ... with Face Loop Exit
     » ... with Doubled Face Loop Exit
» Waist Slide to Crossed Hands and ...
» Windows, Valentino Dip (see "Endings")

Shoulder Catch and Cradle
» Shoulder Catch
     » ... to Inside Turn
     » ... to Double Inside Turn
» Cradle Bounce
     » ... to Inside Turn
     » ... to Double Inside Turn
     » ... to Double Dishrag (Inside, Outside)
» Cradle Side Dip (see "Endings")

Multiple Turns
» Double Outside Turn
» Double Inside Turn
» Triple Outside Turn
     » ... Over the Elbows (see "Over the Elbows")
» Triple Inside Turn
     » ... Over the Elbows (see "Over the Elbows")

Spin Turns
» Spin Turn
» Rotary Outside Turn

Cross-Body Lead
» Cross-Body Lead, Pivaloop Outside Turn
» Cross-Body Inside Turn, Pivaloop Outside Turn

1928 Lindy
» Swingout, Lindy Circle
» Swingout, Shoulder Slide
» Repeated Swingouts

Pivots
» Pivot (3 Steps)
» Continuous Pivots (6 Steps)
» Reverse Pivot (3 Steps)
» Reverse Continuous Pivots (6 Steps)

Follow's Solo
» Follow's Solo with Free Spin Exit
     » Touches Styling
     » Kicks Styling
» Follow's Solo with Around the World Exit
» Cross-Body Cradle Follow's Solo

Crossover Breaks
» Parallel Breaks
     » ... with Spot Turn Exit
     » Spot Turn to ...
» Cross Promenade Rollaway or:
     » Cross Promenade Pivaloop
     » Cross Promenade Free Spin

Over the Elbows
» Right Turn Over the Elbows
     » ... with Outside Turn
» Left Turn Over the Elbows
     » ... with Inside Turn
» Triple Outside Turn (Over the Elbows)
» Triple Inside Turn (Over the Elbows)

Endings
» Dip
» Windows, Valentino Dip
» Cradle Side Dip

Other Stylings
» Jedi Two Step

Other Timings
» Rock Step First
» Swing Waltz (Waltz Swing)

Transitions
» Transition from Rumba
» Transitions to and from Cross-Step Foxtrot


Music

Here are a few of our favorite Nightclub Two Step tunes, arranged by tempo.



Related Dances

Cumbia

Cumbia is a Latin version of Nightclub Two Step. All variations in Nightclub Two Step can be adapted into Cumbia and vice versa.


Swing Waltz

Swing Waltz is Nightclub Two Step in 3/4 timing. All variations in Nightclub Two Step can be adapted into Swing Waltz and vice versa.


Cross-Step Foxtrot

Cross-Step Foxtrot is Cross-Step Waltz in slow-quick-quick timing, and anything in Cross-Step Waltz can be added to Nightclub Two Step through Cross-Step Foxtrot.


Rutscher

The Rutscher is Rotary Waltz in slow-quick-quick timing, and anything Rotary Waltz can be added to Nightclub Two Step through the Rutscher.


© 2016 Nick Enge


If you or your community is interested in learning Nightclub Two Step, .


For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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