Some followers have trouble with timing in C/W Two-step, especially when doing the basic step, even though they have no trouble with waltz, cha cha and west coast swing. Here is some insight as to why.
In Waltz you can hear when you should be stepping with your lead foot because it is a 6 count basic over 6 count phrases.
Two-step is a 6 count basic over 8 count phrases, so you can't tell what foot you should be stepping on by listening.
Cha-Cha you can tell whether it's a front break or back break by the direction he's moving.
In Two-step, he's always moving the same direction.
In WCS you can always use the anchor-in-place as a reference point to which foot you need to step with next.
In Two-step you generally have no reference point. This is why I like doing a lot of Texas whip patterns and variations of it; changing tracks every 6 counts provides a good reference point. Keeping turning while you're in closed provides a good reference point too.
Just in case any Followers wondered why, sometimes we Leaders get off the beat to save you from some hazard of which you're unaware. Sometimes such actions cause a slight loss of balance. The combination of getting off the beat and balance can make us seem like clods for a bar or two 'til we get it back together. We Leaders very much appreciate the skill of you Followers who will follow our momentary clodishnesses without backleading or complaint. Things happen. Worse things could happen.
I will always be grateful for the men that have asked me to dance. They lead to the best of their abilities. I follow to the best of my abilities. I realize that the ultimate, perfect follower should be able to follow ANYTHING he leads... even if it's off-time, but I must admit, I'm not that good. If he's off, and the music is screaming cha-cha-cha at me (for example) I purposely fumble, apologize, and expect him to smooth things over. I laughingly accept the blame, and then make sure he starts up again on time. Sort of a subservient maneuver but polite. Evil? Maybe. But I freely admit I'm not good enough to follow off-time indefinitely anyway. I'm sure to mess up, so why not get back on track as soon as possible and go back to concentrating on having fun and doing everything as well as I can. I can appreciate that some men seem to get stuck in warp patterns. The only way that these men seem to accept that change is needed is in self discovery. Sometimes you need to just keep following until he realizes something is not right. After all, he has the lead.
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