Country Triple is a dance with many names: the Triple Two-Step, and the Fort Worth Shuffle are also names you might know this dance by. No matter what you choose to call it, the Country Triple is a jovial dance that you will not be able to resist. This Country and Western dance is ideal for line dancing bars, music halls, and honky-tonks. But don’t let the fact that this dance is meant for country music make you feel pigeon-holed; the steps and skills you learn as you study the Country Triple can be applied to many dance styles, including classic ballroom dances, such as the Foxtrot and the Waltz.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios instructors adore teaching the Country Triple because the steps are fun and fast — and ideal for enjoying the company of your partner. This is a dance that will keep a smile on your face as you whirl around the dance floor. Our dance instructors are Country Triple experts who can adapt their lessons for beginners or make them more challenging for advanced dancers.
What Is The Country Triple?
The Country Triple is a progressive country and western partner dance that follows the typical rules of partner dances: one partner leads and determines the movements and pace while the other partner follows along, reading the cues of the leader. The dance has specific steps that must be followed, but within these steps, there is plenty of room for creativity and putting your own stamp on the dance.
The basic pattern of the Country Triple is counted as follows: triple-step, triple-step, walk and walk, and it takes six beats to complete the full, basic step. The dance is done around the edge of the dance floor, moving in a counterclockwise motion. If you are familiar with country and western dances, you might notice some shared characteristics between the Country Triple and the Texas Two-Step; in fact, these two dances are excellent to learn together. It is also quite similar to East-Coast Swing, but the rock step is replaced with walking steps.
History Of The Country Triple
When did the Country Triple become its own dance? This is unclear. What is known is that it became big in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the 1970’s with dancers in the area modifying it and giving it a more unique look suited for country and western dance competitions. It has grown to become a favorite in country and western bars and honky-tonks as well. At Arthur Murray Dance Studios, the instructors work to honor the full history of the dance style, starting with the basic moves that it originated with and building up to the showier steps one might see in competitions.
Learning The Country Triple
It doesn’t take a lot to gear up for learning the Country Triple; you do not need special clothes or shoes nor do you need any prior dance training. When learning this dance, you are more than welcome to come as you are. While any outfit or shoes will be fine, if you really want to embrace the culture of the dance, country and western wear will do the trick. Like most country and western dances, casual comfort is key to feeling free in your movements and embracing the spirit of the dance.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios offer multiple levels of Country Triple lessons, from beginner to advanced. Beginner lessons will start with things such as terminology, dance etiquette, beat recognition, dance frame, body positioning, lead and follow, basic footwork, turns, and patterns. As students advance in the classes, the instructor will introduce more complicated footwork as well as some more daring turns and twists.
By the time you complete your beginner lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, you should feel confident putting your moves to use on the dance floor at music halls, clubs, and even weddings. Once you finish our advanced classes, you might be interested in using your moves in competition. And if competition isn’t your thing, Arthur Murray Dance Studios will give you the chance to show off your skills in recitals and other events held by the studio.
Get Started with the Country Triple
There is no time like the present to get started with learning this light and fun country and western dance. Easy to learn and easy to personalize, this dance is calling your name — all you need to do is give us a call to set up your $20 introductory lesson and we will have you triple-stepping to the beat. Give us a call today.