Swing

Four Count, Six Count,
Triple Step, and Hustle


Swing Moves

4 = Four Count Swing       6 = Six Count Swing
T = Triple Step Swing       H = Hustle

Most of these swing moves can be danced interchangeably in Four Count Swing, Six Count Swing, Triple Step Swing, and Hustle, with only a change in footwork. The numbers and letter after the name denote the footwork(s) with which the move had been demoed.

For variations specific to a particular kind of swing, see: Four Count Swing, Six Count Swing, Triple Step Swing, and Hustle.

Basics
» Basic (4, T)
» Push-Pull (4)
» Turning Basic (4, T)
» Butterfly (4, T, H)
» Reverse Turning Basic (4)
» Reverse Butterfly (4)
» Basic (Rock Step First) (4)
» Pivots (4)

Sendouts
» Outside Turn (4)
» Fallaway Break (T)
» Lead's Underarm Turn (4)
» Shoulder Slide (4)
» Pivots, Texas Tommy (4)

Swingout Position (R-in-L)
» Inside Turn (Loop Turn) (4, T, H)
» Inside Free Spin (H)
» Waist Slide (4, T, H)
» Inside Turn, Waist Slide (4)
» Lead's Underarm Turn (4, T, H)
» Outside Turn (Arch Turn) (4, T, H)
» She Goes, He Goes (4, T)
» Reverse Behind the Back Hand Change (H)
» Waist Slide to R-in-R (4, T, H)

Open Two Hands
» Dishrag (4, T, H)
» Dishrag Combo (4, H)
» Dishrag Sunburst (4, T, H)
» Double Face Loop to R-in-R (4, T, H)
» Loop-de-Loops (Chained Inside Turns) (4, T, H)
» Chained Outside Turns (H)
» Matador (In and Out)

Cradle
» Shoulder Catch (H)
» Cradle (4, T, H)
» Cradle (Back and Forth) (H)
» Cradle, Unroll (4)
» Cradle Yo Yo (4)
» Double Turn Out of Cradle (High, Low) (4)
» Deney Terrio's Double Unwind Out of Cradle (4)
» Cradle to Reverse Cradle (4)
» Cradle Wheel with Outside Turn Exit (4)
» Wrong Way Cradle, Dishrag (4, H)
» Dishrag, Wrong Way Cradle (4)
» Cradle (Back and Forth) to Wrong-Way Cradle (H)
» Wrong-Way Cradle (Back and Forth) (H)
» Wrong-Way Cradle (Back and Forth) to Cradle (H)

Wheels
» Follow's Cradle Wheel with Single Turn Exit (H)
» Follow's Cradle Wheel with Single Turn Exit (H)
» Lead's Cradle with Inside Turn Exit (4, H)
» Lead's Cradle with Double Inside Turn Exit (4, H)
» Lead's Cradle with Duck Out Exit (4)
» Matador Wheel with Lead's Underarm Turn Exit (4, H)
» Matador Wheel with Inside Turn Exit (4, H)
» Matador Wheel with Double Inside Turn Exit (4)
» Matador Wheel with Outside Turn Exit (H)
» Matador Wheel with Pretzel Exit (H)

Pretzels
» Pretzel (Lead's Left) (4, H)
» Pretzel (Follow's Right) (4, H)
» Pretzel (Lead's Right) (4, H)
» Pretzel (Follow's Left) (4, H)
» Continuous Pretzel (4, H)

Crossed Hands (R-in-R)
» Waist Slide to R-in-R (see above)
» Double Face Loop to R-in-R (see above)
» R-in-R Inside Turn (T)
» Behind the Back Hand Change (4, T, H)
» Behind the Back Hand Change Combo (H)
» Sweetheart (In and Out) (H)
» Sweetheart (Back and Forth) (H)
» Windows (4, H)
» R-in-R She Goes, He Goes (4)
» Mixmaster (4, H)
» Reverse Mixmaster (4, H)
» Crossed-Hand Matador (4, H)
» Tunnel (4, H)

Goofy Hands (L-to-R)
» Goofy Hand Swing Moves (T)
» Sliding Doors (4, H)
» Revolving Doors (4, H)
» Revolving Doors with Free Spin
» Revolving Doors with Rollaway (4, H)

Dips
» Wrong-Way Cradle Side Dip (4, H)
» Cradle Side Dip (4, H)
» Yo Yo Cradle Side Dip (4)
» Valentino Dip (4, H)
» Valentino Dip (Double Turn Version) (4)

Jedi Swing
» Jedi Swing (H)


Four Count Swing

(Street Swing, Four Count Hustle,
Rope Hustle, Bugg)

Description

Four Count Swing is Swing in even timing, one count per beat, walk-walk-rock-step.

It first appeared in the 1950s as a minor variation among teenagers on American Bandstand. In the 1970s, it became a popular basic step in Disco.


Variations

These variations only apply to four count swing. For general swing moves, see Swing Moves.

Double Turns
» Double Outside Turn, Double Inside Turn
» Double Waist Slide, Double Inside Turn





Music

Here are a few of our favorite Four Count Swing tunes, arranged by tempo.



Six Count Swing

(East Coast Swing, Jitterbug)

Description

Six Count Swing appeared alongside Early Lindy Hop in the late 1920s, and has remained popular since then.


Variations

These variations only apply to Six Count Swing. For general swing moves, see Swing Moves.

Swing Kicks
» Swing Kicks
» Swing Kick Pivots

Liquid
» Liquid





Music

Here are a few of our favorite Six Count Swing tunes, arranged by tempo.


Triple Step Swing

(East Coast Swing, Triple Swing,
Triple Time Swing, Six Count Lindy)

Description

Triple Step Swing appeared in the 1930s alongside triple step Lindy Hop.


Variations

These variations only apply to triple count swing. For general swing moves, see Swing Moves.

Sendouts
» Tuck Outside Turn


Continuous Tuck Turns
» Continuous Tuck Turns


Transitions to Lindy Hop
» Straight Sendout
» Swingout
» Tuck Double Outside Turn

Music

Here are a few of our favorite Triple Step Swing tunes, arranged by tempo.


Related Dances

Lindy Hop

All variations in Lindy Hop can be danced alongside Triple Step Swing, using the transitions above.


Hustle

(Three-Count Hustle)

Description

Three-Count Hustle first appeared in the early 1980s as a simplification of the popular Latin Hustle of the 1970s.


Variations

These variations only apply to hustle. For general swing moves, see Swing Moves.

Basic (Solo Footwork)
» Basic (Clockwise)
» Basic (Counterclockwise)
» Basic (Alternating, Back)
» Basic (Alternating, Forward)
Basics
» Turning Basic
» Release and Return

Releases
» Inside Turn Release
» Outside Turn Release

Releases
» Inside Turn Release
» Outside Turn Release

Swing Moves
» Pivaloop Outside Turn

Whips
» Whip
» Whip, Inside Turn
» Whip, Outside Turn
» Whip, Texas Tommy
» Whip, Lead's Underarm Turn

Dips
» Cross-Step Dip

Transitions
» Transition to and from Cross-Step Waltz

1970s Footwork Variations
» American Hustle
» Latin Hustle
» Four Count Hustle
» Wandering Hustle
» Quick-Slow-Slow-Slower Hustle





Music

Here are a few of our favorite Hustle tunes, arranged by tempo.



If you or your community is interested in learning Swing, .


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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