11/29/05

Sent to me by David Cox, Dancequest, Tupelo, MS.

Nightclub Two-Step
Two Step (Night Club Version), not to be confused with country two step,
is one of the most practical and versatile social dances ever conceived.
It is designed to be used with contemporary soft rock ("Love Song" type
music). This type of music is common just about everywhere, nightclubs,
radio etc. The rhythm of the dance is very simple and rarely changes from
the 1 & 2 count. The tempo is 30-34 bars per minute. This simple romantic
dance fills a gap where no other ballroom dance fits. It gives the
dancer, either beginning or advanced, the opportunity to express and
create without a rigid technique being required. It's attractive,
romantic and is a real asset to learn and will be used often.
It's not too often that the origins of a new dance can be traced to a
single individual. But that's precisely the case with Night Club Two
Step, a dance created and popularized by California teacher Buddy
Schwimmer. Schwimmer says he developed the dance more than 30 years ago
when he was only 15. "I was doing a line dance called Surfer Stomp," he
told Philip Seyer, in an article published by Dancing USA magazine, "but
when a slow piece would come on, the footwork was too slow. So we double
timed it, and the count became one & two & three & four. We thought about
taking two steps with the left foot and then two steps with the right
foot, 1&2 - 3&4," hence the name "two step."
Schwimmer, who says he has won more than 2000 dance contests, comes from
a family of dancers. His father and mother frequently won jitterbug
competitions, passing on their love of dancing to their six children.
Schwimmer opened his first studio in 1978 in Costa Mesa, California and
has traveled around the world as a teacher ever since.
Night Club Two Step is an easy dance that almost anyone can learn. Its
key characteristic is a rock step followed by a side step. Schwimmer says
that the rock step is actually a 5th position break, adding that he
doesn't recommend pronounced Latin hip movement.
The dance is often done to medium tempo music, but Schwimmer declines to
specify the ideal number of beats per minute. "I never worry about
(it)... Figure out what's best for you and what you can handle," he told
Dancing USA.


This dance history supplied by Philip Seyer and reprinted with
permission.