How to Do an East Coast Swing Elbow Turn in Swing Dance

Learn how to do an elbow turn in swing dance from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.

The elbow turn in East Coast Swing comes from a closed position. It looks like this. Triple step, triple step, rock step, grab the elbow, turn around, rock step, grab the elbow, turn around, rock step, and you’re back into closed position. What we’re doing here is a type of tuck turn.

We’re going to go triple step, triple step, rock step. On the first part of her triple I’ve let go of my left, I bring her by my left side, now my left hand is going to come underneath and grab the back of her right, excuse me, her left elbow. I’m going to rock step. As I rock step, my left hand thinks about coming across my body to get behind her left elbow on a triple step. So we go rock step, triple step.

Now because she sees me and knows that this is happening, she’s not going to make any sort of a fist and go ahead and hit me as this passes. She’ll let the elbow come in. She’s going to do just a half of a turn, triple step, and I come underneath to pick up into closed position again, rock step. Now from there I could stay in closed or I could do the elbow grab again. Triple step, triple step, rock step, reach across, center, rock step, reach across, center, rock step.

Now you can, if she spins well, give a little bit more energy and the ladies can add a turn to that. So they can go triple step, triple step, rock step, triple step, she can add a turn, rock step, triple step, she can add a turn, rock step, and then back into closed position. Let’s go ahead and try the elbow turn to music.

And there’s your elbow turn.