How to Do a West Coast Swing Whip with an Inside Turn

Learn how to do a whip with an inside turn 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 with an inside turn looks like this, one, two, three and four, five, six, seven and eight. So you take a basic whip where we have one, two, three, and, but as I cross on the three, as I cross on four, the left hand starts to come up four to let her know she's going underneath this arm. On five I let her pass but she's now turning to her left. Five now it feels almost like an underarm turn, for six triple stepping, seven, and eight. I'll do that from a different angle. So again the prep happens from the three and into the four, but I start to lift my left arm, and it's called an inside turn because the hand passes inside of the two of us, opposed to the hand going outside, and outside turn my lead hand goes away from my body, an inside turn the lead hand comes into my body. So we have one, two, three and this is where it starts to come to the inside four right, so it's on the three and to the four. Then we have five, six , seven, and eight. Nice and easy, create a lot of space. We want to make sure on the three and there's lots of room here. See the room we have here? I don't want to be too close cause I'm crossing that hand in front, so it's gonna crowd us a bit. So we have one, two create the space, five, six, seven and eight. Whip with an inside turn, here it is to music. There's your Whip with and Inside Turn.

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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.