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Rarely unique to one particular style of dance, these Dancing and Related Skills volumes cover and relate many of the various dance disciplines to each other. Examples are:  

  • How Rumba inter-relates with Salsa, Mambo, Bolero, ChaCha and DiscoCha
  • How Slow-Twostep inter-relates with Bolero, Samba, Nightclub-Twostep, various Waltzes, and DiscoSwing.
  • How Cheerleading relates with Ballet, Teamdancing, Cabaret, and Military Drill.

3. A Dance Differences Sample:

 

SIX-COUNT and EIGHT-COUNT SWING


 When in 4/4 time, "Six-Count" refers to particular footwork patterns that repeat theirselves every six cadence beats, while "Eight-Count" repeat theirselves every eight cadence beats. Both "Six-Count" and "Eight-Count" count body movements in relation to the beat of the music.  In 4/4 time, a "Six-Count" pattern is 1 1/2 music measures long, while an "Eight-Count" pattern is two measures long.    

In 4/4 time, a "Six-Count" dance pattern can repeat itself every three constant measures, normally beginning to repeat its pattern upon the beginning of its fourth measure.  The simpler "Eight-Count" pattern repeats after each two measures.  

In 4/4 time, allotted timing differs for dancing steps taken:  For "Six-Count", "Slow" can take one music beat (count) while "Quick" can take one-half of a beat.  For "Eight-Count", "Slow" can take two music beats while "Quick" can take one beat.    

What follows are two excerpts from the new DANCING and Related SKILLS  Encyclopedia by CoupleDanceWorld.  Defining Right and left footwork within these excerpts, Right Feet words begin Capitalized while left feet words begin in lower-case letters:    

Six-Count-Swing, including Six-Count-Triple-Timing:  The following many means of Stepping and Timing Six-Count Break-Patterns to the 4/4 Time Rhythm of Swing-Dance

Man may Coupledance Six-Count, 1 1/2-Measures, in the following 16 different ways: 

            (1)  slow  hold  Slow  Hold,  tap  hold = Half-Timing, (see Tiawanese-Jitterbug.) 

            (2)  tap  hold  slow  hold,  Slow  Hold = Half-Timing. 

            (3)  slow  hold  Slow  Hold,  slow  Slow = Single-Timing, Old-School,  (see Rock-  and-Roll-Swing.) 

            (4)  slow  Slow  slow  hold,  Slow  Hold = Single-Timing, Modern, (see Mamou-Jitterbug.) 

            (5)  slow  hold  Tap  Step,  slow  Slow = Single-then-Double-Timing,   Old-School. 

            (6)  slow  Slow  tap  step,  Slow  Hold = Single-then-Double-Timing, Modern. 

            (7)  tap  step  Slow  Hold,  slow  Slow = Double-then-Single-Timing,   Old-School. 

            (8)  slow  Slow  tap  step,  Slow  Hold = Double-then-Single-Timing, Modern. 

            (9)  tap  step  Tap  Step,  slow  Slow = Double-Timing, Old-School. 

            (10) slow  Slow  tap  step,  Tap  Step = Double-Timing, Modern. 

            (11) slow  Slow  tap  step,  Quick and  Slow = Double-then-Triple-Timing, Modern. 

            (12) tap  step  Quick and  Slow slow  Slow = Double-then-Triple-Timing, Old-School. 

            (13) slow  Slow  quick And  slow,  Tap  Step = Triple-then-Double-Timing, Modern. 

            (14) quick And  slow  Tap  Step slow  Slow = Triple-then-Double-Timing, Old-School. 

            (15) slow  Slow  quick And  slow,  Quick and  Slow = Triple-Timing, Modern.  

            (16) quick And  slow  Quick and  Slowslow  Slow = Triple-Timing,   Old-School.  

           

  Notes:  (1)  Lady Follows Mirror-Image Opposite. 

                          (2)  It is not an absolute requirement that the Lady match the Man's Break-Pattern or Footwork, except when in some Closed Position. 

                          (3)  Kicks and/or Hops may be substituted for most or many of the Steps or Counts;  i.e, quick And  slow,  Quick and  Slow could be kick kick  step,  Kick Kick  Step, or, kick Hop  step,  Kick hop  Step.    

                          (4)  Normally, Quicks take a 3/4-Beat;  and, Ands take a 1/4-Beat Count.    

                          (5)  A Beginner-Dancer might Practice alone, the above 16 Steps, by hanging onto some swinging door knob.  

                          (6)  The Man might Stand almost immobile, or even completely Stationary, as he directs his Lady to Six-Count-Swing around and about him.   (But the Man must also dance Eight-Count-Swing Figures.)   

           

(See Basic-Rock, Basic-NewYorker, Starter-Step, Starter-Step-Modern, and Starter-Step-Old-School.   Also see Six-Count, Eight-Count-Swing, Triple-Swing, Triples, Touch-Step, Step-Touch, Step-Ball-Change, ChaCha-Step, Kick-Kick-Step, Kick-Hop-Step, Skip, and Body-Rhythm.  Also see Competition-Jive, Six-Count-Basic-Jive, and Eight-Count-Basic-Jive.  Also see Tulsa.)    

 

Eight-Count-Swing, including Eight-Count-Triple-Timing:  There are many means of Stepping and Timing Eight-Count Break-Patterns to the 4/4 Time Rhythm of a Swing Coupledance.  One might visualize Eight-Count-Swing as Six-Count-Swing #15 or #16 with two additional Slows between the Triples. 

            Man may Coupledance Eight-Count, two-Measures, in the following eight ways: 

            (1)  slow  Slow  slow  hold,  Slow  slow  Slow  Hold = Single-Timing.  

            (2)  slow  hold  Slow  slow,  Slow  Hold  slow  Slow = Single-Timing.

            (3)  slow  Slow  tap  step,  Slow  slow  Tap  Step = Double-Timing.  

            (4)  tap  step  Slow  slow,  Tap  Step  slow  Slow = Double-Timing. 

(5)  slow  Slow  quick And  slow,  Slow  slow  Quick and  Slow = Triple-Timing.  

            (6)  quick And  slow  Slow  slow,  Quick and  Slow  slow  Slow = Triple-Timing. 

            (7)  slow  Slow  kick kick  slow,  Slow  slow  Kick Kick  Slow = Triple-Timing.  

            (8)  kick kick  slow  Slow  slow,  Kick Kick  Slow  slow  Slow = Triple-Timing. 

           

Notes:    (1)  Lady Follows Mirror-Image Opposite. 

                          (2)  It is not an absolute requirement that the Lady match the Man's Break-Pattern or Footwork, except when in some Closed Position. 

                          (3)  Kicks and/or Hops may be substituted for most or many of the Steps or Counts;  i.e, quick And  slow,  Quick and  Slow could be kick kick  step,  Kick Kick  Step, or, kick Hop  step,  Kick hop  Step.    

                          (4)  Normally, Quicks take a 3/4-Beat;  and, Ands take a 1/4-Beat Count.     

                          (5)  Eight-Count-Swing #5 is almost ChaCha Timing. 

           

(See Eight-Count, Body-Rhythm, and Lindy-Timing.  Also see Six-Count-Swing, Triple-Swing, Triples, Touch-Step, Step-Touch, Step-Ball-Change, ChaCha-Step, Kick-Kick-Step, Kick-Hop-Step, and Skip.  Also see Competition-Jive, Six-Count-Basic-Jive, and Eight-Count-Basic-Jive.  Also see Lindy-Hop, Lindy, and Speed-Lindy.)    

 

     
     
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