How to Do the West Coast Swing Whip in Swing Dance

Learn how to do the whip in west coast swing dance from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.

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Get into the swing of things by learning how to swing dance. Choreographer Robert Royston, a West Coast Swing instructor and former US Open Swing champion, teaches you the basic elements of swing dance plus how to do popular moves like The Shorty George, the Charleston Step, and the Texas Tommy. He also shows you how to Lindy Hop and the correct way to dip a lady.

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The West Coast Swing Whip, which is our first 8-count timing in West Coast Swing. The whip is walk, walk, triple, walk, walk, triple. If we just did that in place, I go left, she goes right, walk, walk, triple step, walk, walk, triple step. That's basic whip timing. What's going to happen on the walk, walk, I bring her in. I go back cross. She comes forward and starts to pivot. Walk, walk, that's 1, 2. By 2, I have her back with my right hand. My left hand is in a closed position, but on 3 and 4, I'm going to take 3 and, right in place, 3 and. I'm 90 degrees for the lady, 4, I step across, 4. Now we're offset of each other. Her shoulders and the middle of my chest, that's 4. On 5, I'm going to collect my foot underneath me as she turns, 5. That's the whipping effect, letting go, 6, 7, and 8. I'm going to pick her up on 2 and let her fly on 5. Pick her up on 2, let her go on 5. I have, walk, pick her up, walk, triple step, walk, walk, triple step. We'll do that from a different angle. Again, picking up the lady on count 2, leaders, I have walk, 2, that's 1, 2, 3 and I stay right here, 3 and. 4 moves across the slot, 4. As she comes forward. She's going to pass me, 5, 6, 7, and 8. On 3 and 4, Nicole is doing what's called a coaster step. That means back together forward. A coaster step is back, together, forward. She goes 1, 2, back, together, forward. She's forward on her right. I'm on my left. From here we go, 5, 6, 7, and 8. To music, it looks like this. There's your basic whip.

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  • Robert Royston

    Robert Royston began his professional career on the competitive couples dance circuit in 1989, quickly ascending through the ranks and securing the US Open Swing Dance Championship and the World Country Dance Championship, titles he held for four consecutive years (1995 to 1998). In 2007 he became the youngest person to be inducted to the UCWDC Hall of Fame. His exciting, high-energy and original work next led to his choreographing and performing in music videos. An internationally-recognized judge and instructor, Robert teaches 22 different styles of couples dancing and runs his own production company, RoRo Productions.