TwoStep Online Course
Introducing TwoStep rhythm
TwoStep is a rhythm which does not have a ballroom equivalent, although it has elements in common with other rhythms eg Polka and QuickStep.
In Round Dancing, the TwoStep rhythm is denoted using 4/4 timing. Basic timing is Quick, Quick, Slow,- ; often (but not always) figures begin with Side, Close (QQ). The basic figures have 3 steps to a measure with the 4th beat a hold or Touch. Any figure whose name includes the word TwoStep will take this timing.
Figures which take one measure of music may also be either Slow,- , Slow,- ; such as Walking steps, or Quick, Quick, Quick, Quick; such as Side, Close, twice.
The figures given here are not a full list of TwoStep figures, but will be enough to introduce you to the rhythm and its characteristics, together with commonly used dance positions, techniques and families of figures. Take time at the beginning to master the basic steps, as later figures will build upon those learned at the start. If you have any questions or find you have problems with any figure (either physical or understanding) just e-mail and we will try to help.
If you have Round Danced before, either in class or a workshop, you may find some of the figures are not quite as you remember them: from time to time Roundalab slightly change the definitions for consistency. Also no two Cuers will explain things in quite the same way, or teach in the same order but we all work to the RAL definitions. This is the sequence we have used most recently – bear in mind we usually only teach one or two new figures per class with plenty of revision and time for practice. Take it at your own speed and enjoy the journey.
TwoStep Online Course
We've broken our TwoStep course into 6 easy to follow sections featuring explanations of the figures, talk throughs, practice activities and videos. These are available on DVD upon request for a nominal charge; if you would like to request one, head over to our Contact Form or email RD_Instruction@outlook.com. We advise you read through the Warm Up & Cool Down and Dance Positions & Directions pages before starting.