A dance created in the mid-60’s by Swing Dance Champion and Master Teacher, Buddy Schwimmer (Benji Schwimmer’s dad). The Night Club 2-Step is danced to a slow to medium slow tempo that lends itself well to today’s contemporary music. This dance works well on both small and large floors, making it very versatile. Night Club uses both open and closed dance positions but has a more relaxed hold than typical ballroom dances. Its simple side to side movement feels much like skating, giving the dance a very fluid feeling. Turns, cuddles, spins and traveling patterns that move across the floor are added for variety. It’s a beautiful dance in 4/4 timing with an easy eight beat basic step.
The original “official” timing for the basic step is quick-quick slow, (usually danced in musical bars of eight, counted 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8). Some individuals and groups prefer to start by moving “slow” to the side on count 1, which causes the dance to overlap musical measures (4&1). This also delays starting a pattern until you get to the “rock step”. (This is actually a Bolero Basic Step). Nonetheless, it’s a great dance for beginners because it does not require much technique. Its simple patterns will get you dancing in no time.
Music examples: Lady in Red, Breath Again, and Exhale.
Here is a link to an interview with Buddy Schwimmer, himself.
Dances to really fast 2/4 timing music, Merengue consists of very simple steps initially organized into sets of 8, with a single step taken on every beat of the music. It still features the Latin characteristic hip swing and graceful arms. The dance can be done in both closed dance position, with the entire partnership turning clockwise or counterclockwise together, or in open dance position in which dancers make turns individually, but never let go of their partner’s connection. This is a fun, infectious dance!
Music Example: “Hot Hot Hot” (Buster Poindexters)