The lead and follow
circle around each other (this term is meant as a tendency of the movement,
not an actual 'circle') but both share a common center. The follow moves 1/4
of the way around the lead during each two counts. The follow moves facing forward
on 1, 2, 5, & 6 and partly turns using her own momentum on 3, 4, 7, & 8.
Like in West Coast
Swing, the follow moves in a straight line, called the "slot". The lead must
move out of her way sideways as she passes. The follow moves forward on 1, turns
on 2, walks backward on 3 and 4, turns on 5, and moves backward on 6, 7, & 8.
The follow goes furthest back on 3and.
|Get on the Dance Floor
There are many sites that go into great detail about how each dance style
is done step by step. It is going to actually be of little use to anyone to
try and read about it before trying it out on the floor and then once tried
out become of little use to read about.
The main points, and what can be useful to dance who wants to know more about
this, is to understand the basic attitude differences between the two styles
and from there the movements will come more easily.
The best thing to do is to get up, move way from the computer, get on a bus,
train, car, bicycle or whatever and go to your local dance hall and do it.
If you can't, or if you want to get a better understanding before you take
an actual lesson, there many videos out there which can show you Savoy and Hollywood
styles. Personally, I think to get it straight from the source, getting the
Frankie Manning series are the best idea- as he is one of the originals, there
is no interpretation.
Then look for a Dean Collins video to see how it was done
by him. After that, there are many other great teachers you can watch - although always best in person...