Country and Western > Two Step and Three Step and Triple Two ...

Discussion in 'Country and Western' started by pygmalion, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    So I'm out googling, as usual, when I run across some guy's really interesting "retirement info" page. I kid you not. And what did I find there but some really cool info about country and wester dances, at least from one man's perspective. His take? Most people call C&W dancing two-step, no matter what dance they're actually doing. But most people are really doing a three-step. Well, I've done a bit of country dancing myself (and I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot more soon :wink: ) but I never even heard of three-step. what the heck is it, and how does it relate to two step? And does everybody really do three-step, or is that a Texas thing? And, while we're at it, um, could somebody explain the intricacies of triple two. Seems I have a few dances to learn. :wink: :lol: Warm up them dance boots! :banana:
  2. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    See: pages 6 and 7 of 16, dances - #1 Two Step, #6 Triple Step, and #9 Triple Two for the UCWDC step descriptions of the dances you mentioned.

    For me, the Triple Two is the hardest, although the Triple Step will tell you what you are made of FAST and busy!

    Since you have done some C&W dancing, and if you plan to compete, I'd attempt to perfect the Two Step since it is a mandatory dance.

    I would love to hear from other members regarding the differences in the dance from say someone in Texas vs someone here in CA. Of course, the Texans do it wrong, but we'd listen to them . . . for a minute!
  3. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yup. The guy who wrote the article was from Texas. LOL. Triple two I get, two-step I get. Three step? Oh well. I guess I'll see. :wink:
  4. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    The "Three Step" as you refer to . . . around here is the Triple Step, otherwise known in some countries as the Polka - just done to C&W music, you know, like how WCS is killed when you try to dance it to C&W music :wink: Kinda, sorta loses the flavor!!!
  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Oh. Then I know that one, too. 8) Yikes. I don't know how much of it I can take, though. :wink: :lol:
  6. etchuck

    etchuck New Member

    Don't know how much triple-step you can take or polka music? :) :)
  7. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Polka music I can't take at all. (Sorry. I have to be honest.) Polka is fun, depending on your partner. But some guys, especially ... sloshy ones, can get a bit enthusiastic for my taste. :lol:
  8. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Actually, the Triple Step, or Polka, done to C&W is quite a different dance.

    Basically, it is a Polka, but the C&W music and look of the dance makes it very fun to do.

    The music, is fast, but is done with a 'straight' count - a beat every count, for instance in an eight-count measure . . . I'll look at some of our tapes/CD's from competitions to give you an example of the music (songs).
    Scroll down to Polka . . .
  9. Jmoney

    Jmoney New Member

    Actually there is a Dance called 3-Step what it is is a 2-step but double time.

    example: 2 step would be 1,2,34,56 3-step would be &,1,2,3 both are QQSS where as 2 step has evolved to passing feet on every step, 3 step (which very few people know about or do anymore) is still step together walk walk.
  10. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    So, Jmoney, does this mean you're an old timer (like me)?
  11. Ggoode

    Ggoode New Member

    It really depends where in Texas you are talking about, I live in Dallas but travel to Houston often and in both places they do things a little differently.

    The 3 step you are talking about might be two step but the guy doesn't pass his feet on the 2nd quick, so it looks like it's three step. OR some places in Ft Worth do a QQS/QQS timing for everything. Also in the Dallas area they do a progressive double two, which is triple step, triple step, then the walk/walk. Which is just the opposite of Walk/Walk, triple step, triple step they do in Houston for triple two. Some still do the "put the girl in a headlock" and shuffle.

    Usually when I ask someone to dance that I don't know I jokingly ask which two step they do. A few will understand what I'm saying and tell me. Most just look at me, so I just ask how they count it, and go with what they know. It usually gets them thinking and they ask about the "other" styles.
    What gets me is the ones that do the country swing when they randomly toss the lady backwards in the line of dance without making sure there is enough room.
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  12. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome Ggoode.

    Yeah, "country swing" is a hazard on the dance floor and I wish they wouldn't teach it up here.
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  13. JoeB

    JoeB Active Member

    Some people are just a hazard on the dance floor and could find a way to endanger others to a 45BPM waltz.

    I know; I watched one of them trying to ECS with a rather scared looking lady by doing four beats to every actual beat last weekend.
  14. Joe Carter

    Joe Carter New Member

    This is a good country dancer from Texas that this person is talking about. First people two step to a medium fast beet. But when the beet slows down they start double time two step. And this works for a slow beet. But in the middle of that slow medium two step the triple triple walk walk. Or 123 123 step step. Is perfect for this beet. We are not at all talking about a polka I am sorry to say. It is all about a beet and how fast or slow it is. I was surprised that there were not many people on here that knew what this person was talking about. Yes I am new here and I hope I don't steep on any toes here. I would like to tell you a little about me when I was five my ant took me to square dance lessons. She was a dancer and wanted me to learn. But during brake they would two step. I did not like the square dance I liked the two step this started when I was five years old. I was a natural it came easy to me. I owe it to my ant influencing me at a young age. Growing up I thought that is what everyone did. So I have been dancing all my life. Lets just say I have made many laps around the dance floor. Just a few places I have been number one is Luckenbach I have been there numerous times also the Broken Spoke and a few other dance halls down south. I have a local club I dance at most. It has keep me in very good shape. And I have not had any trouble with the girls. But when it come to the girls I like the good dancers. Go figure that. But my dance partners are starting to slow down a bit. Because of age but not me so it takes two or three now and they are all happy to pass me off for a brake. Sorry I have to tell yall my life story in one post. Joe
  15. Countrygal84

    Countrygal84 New Member

    Ok so I have a question. On the "good dancers" u speak of that u dance with. Do you also go by looks? I know where I live in Texas the guys always go for the skinny girls even if they are not that good. I have been dancing almost all of my life (like u my aunt taught all of us how to dance) I started when I was 4 so almost 30 years!
  16. Countrygal84

    Countrygal84 New Member

    I have been dancing a while and I know all different kinds of country and western dances. There's a difference in all of them not much but some. Yes it depends on the beats of the music. And sorry to say to the California person but Texas ppl know how to dance! I'm not saying all by all means and I'm sure there are a few in California that do to as well!
    There is a one step, two step, three step, waltz, and more! These are just the ones I am most familiar with and dance most of.

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