Nightclub Two Step – Why You Need It in Your Life

Simply put, Nightclub Two Step is the dance you do when the music is too slow to dance to. You know, the romantic ballad that in the past had you doing the ‘prom rock’.

nightclub two step is not the prom rock

Should you learn the Nightclub Two Step? By all means, yes! It’s a graceful dance that’ll make you feel all dreamy and relaxed.  You know the way you feel when you’re just about to drift off to sleep? It’s that.

Nightclub Two Step is nothing like Country or Texas Two Step.

Country or Texas Two Step is a fun dance done to country music while traveling counter-clockwise around the room.  On the other hand, although it moves quite a bit, Nightclub Two Step is basically a spot dance, meaning it doesn’t traverse the entire ballroom.

Some social dances are a part of the country western dance scene. Dances like Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Nightclub Two Step are both social and competitive dances on the country circuit.

Nightclub Two Step was created by Buddy Schwimmer, Swing Dancer Extraordinaire.  

Buddy Schwimmer was born into a family of dancers and started dancing at a young age. By the mid-1960s, then 15-year-old Buddy was looking for something a little more fun to do when slow music was played at school dances. The syncopated rhythm he came up with fit the music perfectly and the gentle swaying action was made to order for the tender ballads. And so the Nightclub Two Step was born.

The music is slow and dreamy.

Here is an example of a perfect song for Nightclub Two Step. For many, the draw is the romantic closeness without the overt sexiness of some other dances. As a result, it’s a dance for everybody and is appropriate for all ages.

Where can I find good songs?

When I want to hear great music, I turn to online music sources such as Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Check out the public playlists of dancingillini on Spotify. You’ll find a very extensive list of dance music with lots of variety.

Nightclub Two Step is popular for the wedding first dance.

Beautiful and meaningful – that’s how you’d describe the music that couples usually choose for their first dance. Did you notice that “it has a good beat” is not a part of that description? In fact, it often doesn’t. Fret not, because the simple basics of this dance will fit any music you can throw at it.

nightclub two step is great for your wedding first dance
Having fun with the first dance.

Believe it or not, some couples don’t have a special song. With this in mind for those of you who need some help choosing a piece, I recommend this post, “First Dance Song Ideas 2019“. You have enough to do to get ready for your big day. This post will make finding a special song easy.

By the way, once you’ve decided on a song, Dance Safari has some pointers on how to prepare your first dance with the post, “Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life? 3 Ways to Prepare for Your First Dance“.

Whether it’s the first dance of the rest of your life or the last dance of the night, Nightclub Two Step is a great one to keep in your back pocket. It’s hard to resist a good slow dance.

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  1. Great post, Barbara. At most socials I attend they get the dancing started with a few slow dances – great for limbering up and getting close.
    I loved the Ed Sheeren clip you suggested. Fabulous rhythm! The music and the girl dancer made Ed look spectacular, and he hardly moved at all.. Hahah.

    • Thanks, Carolyn. When I was teaching I was surprised at how little people knew about Nightclub Two Step. Sometimes it was a hard sell to get them to try it. But, once you get the hang of it, it’s truly indispensable.

      Thinking Out Loud is so popular for the first dance. The routine is cute and she made him look kinda sexy!

    • That’s great to hear. Good choice. And, it’s perfect for those sexy ballads with all the swaying and turns. A girl can be very expressive while dancing Nightclub Two Step. Thanks for reading.

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