Fort Worth Shuffle

Larinda McRaven

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here is a description I found on the web

FWS is a regional C&W dance that origionated about ten years ago in Fort Worth, Texas. It started, according to one account I have heard, when a lady showed a drunk man the ladies footwork from Dallas Progressive Double Two Step (a variation of Triple Two Step). When the man sobered up, he did the ladies footwork from PD2 - not realising what had happened, and a new dance was born.

The count of the dance is 123,4&5,6&. The dance is progressive and generally orbits in a continious left hand turn. Many of the spins and wraps were taken from WCS. The basic position is closed, and the man begins with his right foot on a 'down' beat. From the count, the first 'triple step' begins on an 'up' beat. This makes the dance different from ECS, ploka, and T2S which begin the 'triple steps' on the 'down' beat. The dance is growing slowly in popularity, and is currently offered for UCWDC competiton as a regional dance. The 1995 UCWDC rules contain a dance description for Southwest Shuffle (aka. Ft. Worth Shuffle).

I posted a very detailed description of the footwork several months ago. But here is the gist of it again: The footwork is three sliding steps forward (123). A step directly to the side (4), slide the other foot to close (&). Step forward on foot that took 4 (5). A step to the other side (6), and slide the feet closed (&). You should now be ready to step forward on 1 again. The man begins with his left foot, and alternates on every step (left, right, left, right, etc). On the side steps there is ideally no forward progression. The ladies footwork mirrors the mans. You don't pick your feet up. This gives the dance a very smooth appearance on the floor, dancers who are good at it look like they are ice skating.
 
#6
Howdy everyone! I'm new to this forum.

This is an old thread and maybe no one cars anymore, but from personal experience I know that the Fort Worth Shuffle is older than 10 years. I grew up in Arlington when there were still pastures in town. I learned to dance in 1975 in dance halls out on the County Line east of town. Then danced at the Chip Inn after Friday night buck, at Nine Acres, at the Silver Zephyr in Fort
Worth and at various clubs on the North Side. The shuffle dance was a very popular dance way back then. It's a smooth step perfect for spinning. I do it with my shoulders and left hand relatively still. The left hand is for leading not keeping the beat.
 

etp777

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#7
Welcome to DF, mycajah. And thanks for sharing, even though it's an old thread, always us dance addicts here willing to learn more. :)
 
#8
This is my first time on this forum. Just ran across this discussion on the Fort Worth Shuffle and thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. It's a great dance step. Very smooth. I learned it 35 years ago at the old Rustlers Rest dance hall in Fort Worth. Like mycajah I've danced it at Chip Inn, Nine Acres, Texas Silver Zephyr, the dance halls on the County Line Strip, as well as others. It's still popular. In fact, I'm taking a date out to the Stagecoach Ballroom in Fort Worth tonight for some dancin'. I'm sure that we will be doing the suffle most of the time. Y'all keep on dancin'.
 

RichE

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#12
This is my first time on this forum. Just ran across this discussion on the Fort Worth Shuffle and thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. It's a great dance step. Very smooth. I learned it 35 years ago at the old Rustlers Rest dance hall in Fort Worth. Like mycajah I've danced it at Chip Inn, Nine Acres, Texas Silver Zephyr, the dance halls on the County Line Strip, as well as others. It's still popular. In fact, I'm taking a date out to the Stagecoach Ballroom in Fort Worth tonight for some dancin'. I'm sure that we will be doing the suffle most of the time. Y'all keep on dancin'.
I've been doing the FWS for several years and would like to know it's history. Would also like to advance the dance. It's currently being taught in Fort Worth at Rodeo Exchange and Electric Cowboy.
 

RichE

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#14
I'm sorry I don't know anything about the Fort Worth Shuffle, but I hope someone will chime in with what you're looking for. Welcome to Dance Forums! :)
It's a nice dance. IMO the Fort Worth Shuffle is to Country Western like West Coast Swing is to East Coast Swing. Because of the smoothness I can add in sensual styling. To maintain the continuous flow (like ice skating) many of the moves are prepped at the end of one move and finished in the beginning of the next move making the dance hard to learn for a beginner, but I’m in love with the dance and I guess in the end that's all that matters.
 
#16
Years ago, at a studio in Rhode Island, I used to watch one of the instructors dance this with a student, while the rest of us were dancing quickstep, at every studio party... I always wondered what dance they were doing with all that spinning... interesting to now know what it was :)
 
#17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJYqx0kMIVw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HPaGIYvTLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxPEVJyUFSY

found these through the miracle of YouTube

looks dizzying, but I'll trust the opinions of the dancers who like it

I've never seen this dance in person, but from the videos it looks fun. I'm not a big fan of regular country 2-step, and FWS seems so much more flowing and "dancey" to me.

ETA: this is an instructional video - they also call the dance "double two step"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmJ69KMKafI
 

RichE

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#18
I've never seen this dance in person, but from the videos it looks fun. I'm not a big fan of regular country 2-step, and FWS seems so much more flowing and "dancey" to me.

ETA: this is an instructional video - they also call the dance "double two step"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmJ69KMKafI
It’s called many things, but in Fort Worth we emphasize the shuffle aspect, each step is more of a glide. It is very flowing, that’s the challenge, to keep it flowing. It keeps me on my toes.

Thanks guys for finding this stuff.
 

RichE

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#19
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJYqx0kMIVw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HPaGIYvTLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxPEVJyUFSY

found these through the miracle of YouTube

looks dizzying, but I'll trust the opinions of the dancers who like it
Yes, it can be dizzying, but the moves consist of both left and right turns so mixing it up keeps the dizzy down unless I’m with Dee and she only wants to do left turns. We try to see who dizzies out first. Lately she’s been winning.

Thanks for finding the U-Tubes. I'll create an album.
 
#20
Living here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I get to see this wonderful dance firsthand quite a lot! And actually dance it once in a blue moon! (I used to dance it a lot more.)
 

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