How to Do the Texas Two-Step

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The Texas two-step is danced with two quick steps and two slow steps. After reading this eHow you'll be equipped with the basic knowledge of dancing the Texas two-step. Practice it at home and after you've learned it it's time to go show off what you've learned to some country tunes.

Things You'll Need

  • Wide Belts
  • Cowboy Boots
  • Christy Lane Country Dance Videos
  • Bandannas
  • Country-western Shirts
  • Tall Tales CDs

Leader

  • Stand with your feet together facing your partner.

  • Put your right hand on your partner's waist.

  • Put your left hand out to your side with your arm slightly bent.

  • Gently grasp your partner's hand.

  • Wait for the music to start.

  • On the first beat, step forward quickly with your left foot.

  • On the second beat, step forward quickly with your right foot.

  • On the third beat, step forward again with your left foot, but slowly.

  • Pause through the fourth beat.

  • On the fifth beat, step forward slowly with your right foot.

  • Pause through the sixth beat, then pull your left foot even with your right.

  • Repeat.

Follower

  • Place your left hand on the leader's right shoulder.

  • Bend your right elbow and place the palm of your right hand lightly on his outstretched palm.

  • Do the opposite of what your partner does. Move your right foot back when the leader moves his left foot forward on the first beat.

  • Continue following the directions for the leader, but in reverse - stepping back with your left foot when he steps forward with his right.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't pick up your feet much. You want your feet to glide across the floor.
  • See Resources for a link to a video clip of the two-step
  • This isn't as easy as it looks.
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