East Coast Swing: Throw Out Swivels

A cute step in East Coast swing is called the “Throw Out Swivels.” This pattern is a definite departure from the usual swing steps, but once mastered it can be a lot of fun. It is sure to bring a smile to a follower’s face, which is the main goal of the leader.

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In this discussion I am assuming that the rhythm for the basic step is:

SLOW
SLOW
QUICK
QUICK

This rhythm is sometimes called “City Swing” and is used when the music is especially fast or when you want to dance swing but you don’t have the energy for a triple-step.

This swing step, called Throw Out Swivels, is an advanced step which will vary the basic SLOW, SLOW, QUICK, QUICK swing rhythm.

This basic rhythm will be varied after a quick quick rock this step to:

SLOW
SLOW
SLOW
SLOW

QUICK
QUICK
QUICK
QUICK

Four slows and then four quicks.

First Slow. From the promenade position, after the rock step on the quick,quick, the leader guides the follower by applying extra pressure on her shoulder blade to step out away from him with her right foot. [Here I assume the follower is a female, but this is not always the case, especially in San Francisco.] The leader steps forward with the follower on the first slow on his left foot.

So on the first slow, the follower steps on her right foot and pivots to the left.

Second Slow. On the second slow, because the leader is rotating his wrist wrist gently clockwise, the follower continues to turn to the left on the second slow such that her back is to the leader. This makes for an interesting pose as the leader steps in place on his right foot. [The leader may pivot to the right and look over his right shoulder, which makes an even more interesting pose with both partners turning away from each other.]

Third Slow. Instead of continuing with a quick, quick, the leader, leads the follower to turn back to face him with a third slow step. As he leads this slow, the leader rotates his wrist counterclockwise and moves his hand slightly to the left. The follower turns back to face the leader and steps in place on her right foot and swivels on it to the right. She raises her left hand and waives it dramatically to the music. The leader may step in place on his left foot and raise his right hand.

Fourth Slow. On the fourth slow, the leader rotates his wrist clockwise to the right and leads the follower to step forward toward him on her left foot, swiveling to the left. Leader steps on his right foot in place or slightly backward.

Next the leader moves his hand left, right, left, right on each quick beat as the follower swivels toward him. Four quick steps are taken. Leader takes small steps backward (or steps in place) so that follower catches up to him.

The couple then moves back to dance position on the first slow of a basic step. Dance position, here, means that the couple is connected. Leader has his right hand back on follower’s shoulder blade. Follower has her left hand slightly below leader’s big deltoid muscle.

Phil Seyer, author of this article, offers private dance lessons in Roseville, Sacramento,, and the Bay Area. Call Phil at 925-eight-eight-4392 or visit Private Dance Lessons

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