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East Coast Swing
Basic Step - Open Position
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1a. Basic Step - Open Position

The East Coast Swing syllabus consists primarily of combinations of 6- and 8-count groupings. Figures consisting of 6-counts (or combinations of several 6-count groupings) are said to have "basic timing", while figures consisting of 8-counts (or combinations of several 8-count groupings) are said to have "Lindy timing". The first two levels of the syllabus, beginning and intermediate bronze, focus exclusively on 6-count patterns.

The Basic Step in East Coast Swing is a simple, repeatable pattern representing the most rudimentary version of 6-count (basic) timing. It consists of two chasses and a rock step: The first chasse is to man's left/lady's right (1a2). The second chasse is in the opposite direction -- man to right and lady to left (3a4). Then the couple dances a rock step, stepping directly away from each other and back again (1,2).

The version shown in the man's and lady's charts is the simplest possible interpretation: It is taken in open position without turn, which is particularly useful as a teaching pattern. In practice, however, couples will often turn gradually to the right or left.


  • Ball-flat, ball-flat, ball-flat
  • Ball, ball-flat, ball-flat
  • Ball-flat, ball, ball-flat
  • Ball, ball, ball-flat

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position, one- or two-hand hold.
 
1-31a2Chasse to side, LRL. 
4-63a4Chasse to side, RLR.Increase tone in arms. 
71Left foot back, away from partner.Extend arms slightly forward. 
82Replace weight to right foot.Retract arms to normal position. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position, one- or two-hand hold.
 
1-31a2Chasse to side, RLR. 
4-61a2Chasse to side, LRL.Increase tone in arms. 
71Right foot back, away from partner.Extend arms slightly. 
82Replace weight to left foot.Retract arms to normal position. 


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