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How to Do Double Time Swing in Swing Dance

Learn how to do double time swing from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.


Double time swing. It's step that we use if the music is a little too fast to do triple steps. Now there's two different styles of double time swing depending on what you're doing. In East Coast Swing or Lindy Hop there's a particular type of double style swing that you do. In West Coast Swing there's a slightly different version. It really comes from a touch-step or a step-touch, right? So instead of doing three steps to two beats of music, you're going to do a single action of a touch-step or a step-touch. Alright?

So let's start with the step-touch. That's the most common because it's done in East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. So we're going to go to our left, or you can go to your right, that's fine. And you're going to go step-touch, step-touch. So it's going to be one, two, three, four - still two beats of music. So again, one, two, three, four. I'll do that from the side. One, two, three, four. And from the back. One, two, three, four. So that's step-touch, step-touch. If you're doing East Coast Swing that would be step-touch, step-touch, rock step, step-touch, step-touch, rock step. Or with the right foot, step-touch, step-touch, rock step, step-touch, step-touch, rock step. You can also do the touch-step first. You can go touch-step, touch-step and then do the rock step. If you wanted rock step or if you were doing West Coast Swing you could go into a sugar push or other moves.

So again I can go touch-step, touch-step, which is one, two, three, four. Or I can go one, two, three, four. Both of those are considered a double time so that you're able to move to faster music instead of doing a triple step. I know that when I'm dancing swing, a lot of times I start of with triple steps, maybe get a little tired as the dance goes on, and I move into double time steps. Let's do both of them, starting with the step-touch, to music. Five, six. Five, six, seven, eight.

And those are your double time rhythms.

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