The country/western two-step, often called the "Texas two-step" or simply the "two-step," is a country/western dance usually danced to country music in 4/4 time. It is a progressive dance that proceeds counterclockwise around the floor. The dance is best performed with feet gliding just above the floor.
The partners begin in closed position with the leader facing the line of dance. The follower stands facing the leader. In a traditional "frame" the man places his right hand over his partner's left shoulder. In the more contemporary styling, the frame is formed by placing the right hand under the woman's arm, and on her back. In either case the man holds the woman's right hand in his left hand at about should height. Partners may also start in the Varsouvienne promenade position.
Basic two step consists of two quick steps, followed by two slow steps; or two slow steps followed by two quick steps. Leaders may start with either the slow steps, or the quick steps.
The leader begins by stepping forward with his left foot. The follower begins by stepping backward with her right foot.
Formally, the quick steps are full strides, with one foot passing the other on each step. However, in informal situations, particularly when the beat of the music is fast, the second quick step may be a shuffle, with the foot that's behind after the first quick step sliding up to, but not even with, the foot in front.
Basic two step patterns are equivalent to those of many other progressive partner dances.
Double Two Step, also referred to as Triple Two Step, is usually danced to slower music. The two slow steps are replaced by two sets of triple steps. By contrast, the two quick steps are now slow steps. One way to count Double Two Step is "1 and 2", "3 and 4" step, step.
The man steps forward with his left foot to begin the dance. The woman steps backwards on her right. The partners embrace each other as in the Basic Two Step.
Double Two Step is also referred to as "shuffle". Fort Worth Shuffle has the same pattern as Double or Triple Two Step, except that the first triple step begins with the right foot.
Figures can be syncopated, following other patterns such as QQSQQS or QQQQSS (where Q represents a quick step and S a slow step).