The Aero Two-Step is an energetic Two-Step sequence dance composed by R. B. Kennedy in 1910. The British Association of Teachers of Dancing awarded it second prize that year.
Its name was parodied by Wadham Peacock in the comedic sketch seen above.
The original description has been lost, but A. J. Latimer provides an "Authentic Replica of Original Description" in his Second Bouquet of Old Time Dances in 1950.
Holding inside hands, facing partner, Lead facing out.
Part I - Glissé and Coupé (4 bars): Side (1), close (2), side (3), close (4) along LOD with a coupé on the fourth step (i.e., the Lead's right foot cuts under the left foot, taking its place). Then three additional coupés in place: left under right (1), right under left (2), left under right (3), and pause, with second foot pointed against LOD (4).
Part II - Repeat Opposite (4 bars): Holding other hands, repeat Part I against LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
Part III - Chassé and Swing (4 bars): Taking crossed hands, chassé three steps (side, close, side, close, side) along LOD (1-and-2-and-3), and swing second foot through along LOD (4). Then repeat opposite against LOD (1-and-2-and-3, 4).
Part IV - Two-Step (4 bars): Taking closed position, two full turns of two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).
Repeat from the beginning.
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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.
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