Coast Swing Steps Database!
by Carlos Cardona
Note: you have to know your West Coast Swing basics to take
advantage of these notes!
Robert Cordoba/Deborah Szekeley (Dance
Cuddle Wrap: 2 hand hold into cuddle position (4),
shifting her weight to L leg. Step-tap starting on 5 (w/ or w/o
turning) to 12 (or back to L side). J lead R to R arm out to
Body Snake: Piston J lead to front of you 3 (catch L hip with R
hand). Turn her 1 & 1/2 turn CC to 5 with deep 2nd position
plié, R arm around waist, drop L arm. Snake up the torso to 8
or 10. Tuck turn out.
Basic Slide Move: 2 hand hold. Half inside turn to tight
sweetheart position on 3, your weight on L leg. Lung backwards to R
leg to 6, follower sliding both legs and coming up by 8, anchor to
Accelerated Whip: normal whip until 2. On 3 jump across slot, leg
hooking behind to pivot 180 to face down slot (&4). Let out slow
Walk Back Whip w/Kick & Pivot: normal "walk-back" whip
(walking her down slot 5,6). On 7 kick R leg across slot, land 8.
Pivot quickly 180 w/follower 9, L foot 10, out 11&12.
Eric & Tammi (Boston Tea Party 2001):
Cutoff Right Side Pass to 5&6. Lead (2 hands) down slot to
Revolving Door (out 7&8).
Tuck w/hand change (R hand over head). In and Outs (1), second one
leads to Guy Slide (180 degree)
Girl outside turn w/hand change to Shoulder Hits (5&6).
Right Side Pass with let-go on 1, pick up on 4.
-Whip w/Waist Lead: Switch to Right hand on 2, put hand on hip and
stay facing same direction. Follower goes around you and lead her hip
into a CW single turn on 5, finish anchor step.
-Tuck to arm check, 3&4 to back check 7&8 (repeat as
necessary), then come out on double turn to Right (like a right side
-Right Side Pass with turn (simple yet effective!): Usual 1,2,
then lead to CCW turn on 3&4, anchor.
L side over her head side pass, to leader's L shoulder (on 4, after
1/2 turn), slide down R arm while turning back to her 5&6
(handshake hold). R side pass but leader crosses slot to (closed
position) comb on 4 (R hand behind neck). Rock back 5 (Easy version:
& 6 to other side (right arm), then tuck turn out). Full Version:
R arm over follower's L shoulder for double turn, &6, 7&8).
Catch her lowerback on 8, lead forward while offering R hand and come
around her as she comes back 5&6, taking her left hand underneath
(R over L two hand hold). Lead L to 2-step type wrap/unwrap 5 AND 2!
Catch her L hand and free spin her 3&4, 5&6.
-Whip w/Syncopation: Normal whip through count 4. Then: Sync. 5
AND 6 (back, together, forward) ronde jambe the left leg around to 8.
Then do Right Side Pass with a Kick, Ball change on 1 AND 2 to get
-2 Left Side Passes w/Sync: (1) ronde jambe the right leg around
to 6, or (2) Big Leg Slap on 5, down 6.
Tim Auclair & Michelle Wells:
-Washing Machine Step: 2 hand tuck turn gets hands in correct
position (left over right). Lead forward (left side) with crossed
hands in 2 & 1/2 turns to leader's left, ending left hand up
right hand down at bicep (on 4, or 6 if you need more time!). Start
washing machine by combing left hand overhead while right hand comes
up (pivot) and over follower's head so that both her arms end on her
shoulders (leader's are crossed). Repeat washing machine as many as
five times (counts are 1,2, or 5,6, whichever you like). End with a
free spin of follower (CC), anchor step.
-Front Lariat (normal hold) to Behind Back Lariat (handshake
-Basket whip to Hammerlock, 5&6. On 1 throw follower up arm under
leader's R arm, 2, turn follower to right and grab upper arm for hand
rocks (however many you want)/
-Left side pass w/cc turn then go around w/follower (guide w/right
hand back to slot) and self-turn.
-St. Louis whip (Version 2 w/extra turn on 9)
-Right side pass w/elbow over 5&6, both arms around follower's
back for 1 & 1/2 turns to right, end in closed position, 5&6.
Close out w/inside pivot to open position, 5&6.
-Right-Side Cut-off w/hit on 4, 5&6 settle follower into back
-Walk the Dog: tuck to half-circle walk, 5,6,7&8.
-Tummy-push whip, freeze on 4. Step-taps &6, &8, &10.
-Handshake hold: Swivel push (in front of you, follower back to
you on 4). Grab upper arm & pivot 5, 6. Outside turn 1&1/2
- Handshake hold: Swivel to lunge on 4 down the slot (grab L to L
hand), up 5, Outside turn 1&1/2 turn 7&8
-Underarm hand change
-Arm catch on 3, inside doule turn to 6.
-Push Break variations (slide, jump)
-Push Break &3(to side), hold 4/back &6
-Right side pass with turn away (&5) (heel)/back right
-Hip bumps left, right, with crossovers (hold 2, kick 3 &4)
-John Fink whip (&6&7&8)
-Corkscrew push break (scuff&4)
-Arch back whip
-Robert behind back(w/o pivots)
-Whip with fake on 5 underarm out Arm fling blind catch behind back
Wrap whip arm in on 5
-Left side Sync: 3&4&5&6
-Push break scuff in front on 5
-R Side pass (self neck wrap) with over tuck or duck ending
-Ankle lead on 5 (off tuck turn)
Push Break w/outside turn
Face Loop (Belly Push-handshake to L shoulder)
Tuck Turn (Both hands release variation)
L Side Pass/R Side Pass
Whip with inside/outside turns (& doubles)
Inside Whip (J lead) w/double outside turn
Inside Whip to arm behind back to pivots
-R Side Pass to over head (B to B); change hands: 1)out to comb; 2)
out to triple turn; 3)out to behind back->pivots
-Inside Whip w/slingshot ending (8)
-6 count whip with arm catch end
-Inside Whip to hammerlock. Forward 2 turns to cuddle on 6, turn
& 8, turn & 10; outside turn (11&12), 13 & 14
-Neck wrap combo: Inside whip-outside turns to neck wrap, basket whip
to hammerlock(stay left!) lead to right, grab R arm on 2, L arm on 3,
& tuck w/push to 1 1/2 turns
-2 hand tuck but stay holding, bring behind head to other side (w/or
-R side pass behind my head (facing L to slot) & extend to J lead
free Clockwise spin
-Hand switch whip (8), bring in to cuddle & back out (6); Crossed
hands (L on top); Comb (6-closed pos. take hand); Tuck to shoulder
lead forward around to CC turn
-Cross Hand Routine (L over R)1,2,3 (outside turn & push around
to 6 (sweetheart pos.); 1 (push away-fake) 2 (R foot forward), come
in front 3&4 & hook turn to (my) arm behind back; Belly whip
1,2, (belly) 3&4, 5 (hand left shoulder); Push around Cwise to
-Behind back whip/hand up (Lead to R); turn to face R (4); Comb while
turning (5) (grab R wrist w/R) (&6)/bring R to hammerlock
3&4; (Then: either grab hand 5, Jersey lead to CC spin
7&8/OR: stay in front & touch shoulder w/L hand & whip to
-Side whip to hammerlock 3&4, Pivot 5&6/1,2,3&4 (spin) to
close 5&6; Tuck 2, Tap & Tap (3&4) (grab L shoulder) Turn
-Whip Syncopation: go under arm at 5
-Tuck to hammerlock (stay R); 1,2, turn 3, you turn R on 4, 5&6
grab wrist; side whip J lead to 7&8 (or put her L hand around
your shoulder, stand in front, then lead to R as you move out of slot
-Revolving door whip (behind back whip w/CC hammerlock turn for
guy-7&8-arm around back) lead across you to R then whip out
-Round the world whip (duck head) (Tuck turn in, then out); Basket
whip to change hands -turning side pass
-Lindy whip w/cross back on 7&8->tuck & J lead CC turn
-Scoop whip: face to face on 4, check & stkep back (while
bringing her forward) to 5, then down and around 6,7&8 (handshake
hold, lead straight out)
-Rim Whip: Extra pivot on 4, then bring her around 360 degrees
(&5 is a jump) to 7&8 (hold legs together & pivot)
-Whip into guy's Cwise turn (whip leg around 7&8) anchor
Slide Whip: on 6, bump on 8
-Head pop (for girl): turning inside pass (2 turns); tuck head to R
shoulder on 4, roll around to 6
-Right Hand behind the back 4 pivot around right 5&6 free spin CC
9&10 -Under the arm routine
-Scoop whip variation
-2 hand Barrel roll to wrap (leader on left in dominant position, on
6) Lead down slot to hammerlock on 4, back up slot to wrap on 8. Then
straight out, uncurling her to 6.
-Fake Whip: continue holding on 5,6,7&8, syncopate
-2 Hand Routine: 2 hand push break, lean L 3, R on 4, double turn on
5&6, out bump (8)
-Propeller turn (to L) pivot 5&6. Bring in & elbow block
on 3, double turn to 6
Apache whip to L side turning side pass to foot flicks
-R side pass syncopation: Hitch 2, kick ball change, 5, 6
-Kissing Step: Handshake turn J lead to 4, pivot around to double
-R side pass sync. w/flick
-R side pass sync. w/skip into another pass: 1,2 &3&4, scuff,
6; skip &2, 3&4, 5&6
-Blind sailor lead: spin whip, turn away. 4 sailor triples, lead
through with turn
-Pivots after Whip: on 6 to 10, back forward turn on 5&6,
-R side pass to comb: flat to slot, lead inside turn to comb L (4),
lead R (6), tuck out 7&8
-Man's basket 1,2,3&4,5,6,7,8 to hammerlock (4) to woman's basket
(4) to double turn under arm 5,6,7&8 (in front of her) to face
-Pivot Whip (1,2,3&4,5,6, hook X front) to Run Around
-Pivot Whip (1,2,3&4,5,6, hook X front) to weak hammerlock
(1,2,3&4,5,6,7&8) & straight out
-Cut off or Closed Whip (3 & 7 break)
-Spin Whip (7 break) hip roll 7&8, straight out
-R side pass lunge on 5, up 6,7, step back 8
-Scrambler step: 2 hand hold, around to open stretch on 6, in to
sweetheart on 4, hammerlock on 6, duck under and bring through for
double outside turn (on 6!) WHEW! YOU ARE GOOD!
-Left Side Pass w/J lead pivots her around so you are behind her
continuing down the slot on 4 (Right foot is in front, grab both arms
above elbow) Then: pivot your brains out every 2 counts, finish CW
turn to anchor step.
-Hitch kick series: any number of them to 7&8+, then walks
-L side pass w/check (3&4), turn Cwise 5&6, to body wrap
-Left side pass pick up: bump on 6
Double under the follower's arm turn: Cross grip (R to R, L to L)
Step around the right side, in front and into slot on 3, holding arms
up overhead. Self double turn, led by follower. End side by side.
-L side pass w/turn into sweetheart, overtuck out
-L side pass w/CC turn, side pass out
-Double side comb
-Tuck turn to Hammerlock, double turn out
-L side pass to comb (on 5)
-Apache whip, flat to slot: lead R, lead L, tuck out
-R side pass to guy's hammerlock: 1) belly coaster back & forth,
end straight out or behind back; 2) out to tuck turn free spin 3) out
to tuck turn body wrap & around
-one arm push around to body wrap & around
Whip with slide left (on 6), anchor step (cross front)
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