How to Do the East Coast Swing Bow Tie in Swing Dance

Learn how to do the bow tie in swing dance from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.

The Bowtie, or also known as the cross arm slide in East Coast Swing looks like this. Triple step, triple step, rock step, triple, triple step, rock step, triple step, triple step, rock step.

So what you’re going to do is take your basic triple step, triple step, rock step. You’re going to lift both arms. I’m going to go underneath my left. She’s going to go underneath my right. From that rock step, rock step. I go underneath the left, she goes underneath the right. We rotate this triple. Triple step. Now we’re going to slide down so we end up right hand to right. Triple step.

This is also a nice way to get into a hand change to do other moves that go right to right. From here just a free pass to get out of it. Rock step, triple step, triple step. So again, we go rock step, lift, slide, rock step, pass, rock step. We’ll do that from one more angle. We have triple step, triple step, rock lift, over the head, slide it down, rock step, free pass, triple step, rock step. Now your Bowtie to music.
And here’s our Bowtie.