3 Anchor Step Positions

January 20, 2016

There are 3 basic anchor step positions that are commonly used in West Coast Swing. You can choose to end straight toward your partner, rotate open to your partner or rotate closed to your partner...

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Keeping the Post

December 10, 2014

The next time you watch pros, notice how their bodies keep moving after they have posted. Even when they are anchoring, there is still movement through the body as they establish the stretch of the...

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So far, we’ve played with the first and last weight change in the anchor step. We can also move the middle weight change to vary the look of the anchor. Normally, we only move the middle weight cha...

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Our last variation introduced anchors that ended to the side. Another common ending position is the cross, in which the anchor foot is crossed in front of the other leg. This ending position occurs...

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So far, our anchor variations have played with the first step of our triple. We’ve worked on keeping the anchor connection regardless of whether the first step crosses in front, moves to the side, ...

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In addition to taking the first step of your anchor either side, you can check backwards. The back-and-third creates a great leg line, but can be tricky to perform while maintaining the anchor conn...

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In the cross-and-third anchor, you learned to move the start of the anchor towards your partner without changing the connection. The hook-and-third anchor does the opposite: you start by hooking yo...

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The next anchor variation is the cross-and-third anchor. This variation is tricky because the feet come towards your partner on the first beat of the anchor, but you still need to keep your body ba...

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To be an anchor, any anchor variation must maintain the away connection that characterizes the anchor. The standard third foot position anchor is designed to make that connection automatic. We’re g...

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For new dancers, one of the key moments in learning WCS is when they are able to relax during the anchor instead of racing through it. Relaxing seems odd during the anchor—after all, you are doing ...

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Anchors

April 2, 2012

The anchor is the heart of west coast swing and creates the unique look of the dance. The basic anchor step that is taught to beginners occurs on the last two beats of the pattern (5&6 for 6-count ...

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