Night Club 2 Step

Night Club Two-Step (Sometimes called NC 2-Step, Disco two step or California two step) is a slow, romantic, floaty dance that features rock steps and long glides across the dance floor. 

Night Club Two-Step is one of the most practical and versatile social dances ever conceived. It is designed to be used with contemporary soft rock (“love song” type of music). This type of music is common just about everywhere: nightclubs, radio etc. The rhythm of the dance is very simple and rarely changes from the 1 and 2 count.

Initially developed by Buddy Schwimmer in the mid-1960s. This lovely dance incorporates many fun social dance patterns found in other dance styles (salsa, rumba, samba, waltz) and was one of the most popular forms of contemporary social dance as a Disco Couples Dance in 1978. 

This simple romantic dance fills a gap where no other ballroom dance fits. It gives the dancer, either beginning or advanced, the opportunity to express and create without a rigid technique being required.


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Dance Characteristics

Nightclub Two Step is an easy dance that almost anyone can learn.  Its key characteristic is a rock step (5th position break) followed by a side step with a slight sway.  The frame is relaxed somewhere between a Latin and Ballroom frame – similar to a Bolero frame with a little more distance between the partners.


Musical Information

Time signature:  4/4
Tempo:  16-22 measures per minute
Timing:  1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8
Beat value:  ½ – ½ – 1


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