Most country dance patterns use some type of two-step or “shuffle-step” footwork, often mixed with spins and turns borrowed from swing dancing. […] Basic two-step footwork begins with two quick steps followed by two slow steps danced in six counts to a four-count rhythm. Two-stepping couples progress counterclockwise around the dance floor […]
Sounds simple? It should be, except everyone has his or her own idiosyncratic style of two-stepping. Just like making chili or margaritas, two-steppers concoct endless variations from the same basic ingredients. In addition to the traditional Texas two-step with its side-to-side shuffling, there’s the progressive two-step (a simple walk with a quick-quick skip), the nearly stationary Arizona two-step (or rhythm two-step), the California two-step (or nightclub two-step, popular in discos), and the triple two-step (a.k.a., the Fort Worth shuffle), which blends rapid, polka-style triple steps with a fast walk.