This video contains my favorite whip the “Shotgun Whip” a very dynamic and technique rich pattern.
This pattern begins with a basic Starter step that ends in closed position. From this closed position you begin a closed tuck turn (1-2) that bumps the follower away from the leader at a 45º angle to the slot (3&4) and then shoots her past the leader and to (his) the left of the slot. The leader then steps his 5 perpendicular to the slot in opposition to the follower causing her to dance her 5&6 back to the center/slot.
The shotgun whip begins like a basic whip with a big set up on count 4 to “pump” her frame into an outside rotation (5-6). The final triple of the whip the leader uses his footwork to back the follower up returning her to the end of the slot. The video features a leader’s ronde extension which is not leadable. The follower may decide on her own to copy cat the leader and will fake her footwork to start the next pattern on the correct foot. As demonstrated the leader will have to use 3 triples (syncopation) in the next 6 count pattern to get his footwork back to the basic.
Mr. Jonathan has been teaching WCS and Country Two-Step for over a decade. His unique approach to teaching makes him a sought after dance coach. You can catch his 2-Step Class every Sunday from 6:00-6:45pm and his WCS class 6:45-7:30 at the Longfellow Club JoEllen in Wayland, Ma (524 Boston Post Rd)
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Here are 3 ways to perform Tuck Turns in WCS. The final way is a fun way to also transition into a whip.
What is a Tuck Turn?
A tuck turn is a 6 count basic beginning as a led inside turn or roll where the leader interrupts the follower’s rotation on 3. He changes her direction to an outside rotation beginning on the “&” count. By count 4 she is walking out of the pattern to her right and riding the leader’s connection all the way to the end of the slot.
The Lead hand on nearly all patterns in WCS is determined by which of the leader’s hands is the lowest or the closest to the center of the follower. As you can clearly see in the open tuck variation, the leader only needs the hand on the follower’s back (closest to her center). In the standard tuck the lead hand is the right hand which is the lowest in the pattern.
Where to Find Teaching Tuck Turns Mr. Jonathan
You can start Learning Tuck Turns and all other WCS patterns with me at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen every Sunday night from 6-6:45 Two-Step and West Coast Swing 6:45-7:30. On the Second Sunday of the month I am also the DJ. The club is located at 524 Boston Post Rd Wayland, Ma. Its $15 to attend the lessons, the dance, or both.
Look no further than this video with 2 fun whip exits and variations
Where to Find Mr. Jonathan
You can start Learning more fun whip exits and variations with me at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen every Sunday night from 6-6:45 Two-Step and West Coast Swing 6:45-7:30. On the Second Sunday of the month I am also the DJ. The club is located at 524 Boston Post Rd Wayland, Ma. Its $15 to attend the lessons, the dance, or both.
Time to Start Learning WCS patterns to up your pattern count? Both of these patterns are accomplished by leading with your hips, not your hands.
Learning WCS: The Tornado Whip
The Tornado whip starts like any other whip until count 5. At this point The follower’s right hand is passed behind her back. The pass is from the leader’s left hand to his right. Then the follower is encouraged to turn in the direction of the passed hand. When the elbow of the follower’s right arm passes the leader’s forehead, he slips that arm behind his neck as he rotates the partnership to the right.
West Coast Swing connection is usually back and forth up and down the slot. The exception to the rule is when both partners are rotating with their connection. Here both partners are rotating the partnership so the connection is centrifugal. The rotation of this whip goes a full 720º consequently the count must be extended out to 12. We end in a right to right or “handshake” connection. Continue reading “Learning How To WCS: Tornado Whip and Slot Bender”