Different swing dancers have different philosophies when it comes to teaching east coast swing to beginners. Some like to start with single-step swing, arguing that it's easier for novices to learn. Others like to plunge right away into triple-step swing. Which approach do you prefer? Personally, I prefer to start with triple-step swing. First of all, I'm not convinced that single-step swing really is easier for most people. I've found that a lot of folks have a hard time sustaining the lateral weight shifts for two beats, and that this throws off their timing. I'm not saying that the triple-steps would be easy for them, as I understand that they would probably struggle with those too. Rather, my point is that I don't think that single-stepping is necessarily easier. Second, I think it's easier to go from triple-step to single-step, rather than vice versa. At least, that was my experience when I started learning. And third, I think that when you start by learning single-step, you miss out on what makes swing music distinctive. Single-stepping doesn't capture the distinctive swing within the music, and triple-stepping is designed to do just that. Thoughts? Cordial disagreements? I do understand that other people may have had vastly different experiences.