What do I need to know to dance at a honky tonk?

I know it as Rhythm 2 Step, but think A2S may refer to the same thing. I should ask next time I'm out dancing; as I say I have not done a lot of CW in recent years.
Same dance, according to my source in Phoenix it started as A2S, then was renamed Rhythm 2S. A2S can sometimes have the appearance of of a slow ECS, but with a forward travel on the QQ instead of a rock step.

Triple 2S just replaces the SlowSlow of P2S with triples, works with slower music that has a slightly different rhythm than common P2S music.

I've observed three variations of P2S; most common is standard UCWDC style with ballroom frame and passing foot work, same but with Texas frame, and Texas frame with shuffle footwork.
Sorry on the late response. Did you already go? There are many accomplished C/W dancers in Austin as well as good places to dance (we don't call them honky tonks though :) ) Also some good club down the road here in San Antonio. If your still in Austin or haven't gotten there yet, I'd be happy to recommend some places.


I'm going to be in Austin for a few days coming up here, and my wife suggested we go to one of the honky tonks there. I'm only familiar with what I guess is competition-style country dancing, and on several occasions in classes have danced with partners who, when asked if they had ever done (say) two step before would respond "well, not like this... only honky tonk." What the heck that meant has never mattered before, but now I have to ask. What, exactly, are they dancing at these honky tonks, if it's not recognizable as two step etc.?
Thanks, dragon. Yeah, the trip was a couple weeks ago. Next time I'll try to plan ahead better, we wound up ditching the bar we tried and went to a local ballroom studio for an intro lesson instead :).
Just go have fun!

The best thing to do is ti go and dance the way you were trained to do, which is with proper frame and no excessive hip movement. You will see lots of different types of dancers...the ones with good frame and posture and others who do not have it. If you are doing the Two Step, the QQSS is standard everywhere. You may see some men putting the right hand on the lady's shoulder/neck instead of the back as is now proper. This is old technique, but no-one will kick them off the floor. The Triple-Two is great for slower 4/4 time songs. You will see more folks dancing to it is TX. For fast songs, go Polka....other than the lack of bounciness one may find in European dance, the dance is still triple steps and lots of turns. Waltz: do the Country Waltz, not the American style with the second box step to the side. Country waltz developed differently because of the footwear (boots) worn and is done less son the ball of the foot, but this is the one dance in S&W that you may still use some Rise & Fall.

As for line dances, get in the middle of the dance floor if you wish to learn from scratch. Some of them can be picked up just by doing them and, if not, there is no right or wrong...only variation!

Have fun!


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It wound up being irrelevant: at the Broken Spoke there were several couples in the middle of the very tiny dance floor doing a very vigorous east coast swing: the main goal then was to avoid being body-slammed, since they made no effort to avoid doing the body-slamming. I left after two dances, if I wanted a mosh pit I'd find a better band :).
From what I've seen, if there's more space behind the bar(s) than on the dance floor, this is pretty much what you can expect. Billy Bob's in Fort Worth is an exception most of the time, (though their floor is 3-4 times the size of some of the clubs, it's still small in proportion to the building, but the times I've been there, everybody followed basic floor etiquette and there was enough floor to have a distinct middle for the ones who wanted to be stationary) but the other places with relatively small floors tend to be awful.

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