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Triple step

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Triple step (also three-step or 3-step) is a generic term for dance step patterns that describes three steps or rhythms for instance done on two or four main beats of music. Usually they are two quick steps and one slow one, i.e., often they are counted as "quick-quick-slow", "one-and-two", "three-and-four", etc.[1]

In specific cultural contexts, "triple step" could signify a distinct dance move or style linked to a particular music genre. For instance, in line dancing or folk dances, there exists a step sequence referred to as the "three step".[2][3]


Some dances have a pattern known as such: "triple step". In some other dances it is referred to as the shuffle step. Some triple steps are performed in a chassé-like manner: "side step, together, side step". The "cha-cha chassé" is an example of this kind of a triple step. In some other cases the steps may be done in place. Some dances such as swing dances have several variants of triple step. The 3rd part i.e., cued as step usually uses half the time of the whole pattern, e.g. one quarter note The tri-ple part may be danced evenly, e.g., two eighth notes or unevenly (on swung notes), e.g., the first part taking up 2/3s of a beat and the second part 1/3, or the first part taking up 3/4 of the beat and the 2nd part 1/4. The pattern may also be syncopated so that the first step is shorter than the second.[4]

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  1. ^ Kassing, Gayle (2014-05-23). Discovering Dance. Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-1-4925-8454-4.
  2. ^ Storey, Rita (2006). Line Dancing: And Other Folk Dances. Sea to Sea Publications. ISBN 978-1-59771-052-7. Archived from the original on 2024-05-30. Retrieved 2024-05-30.
  3. ^ Kjelle, Marylou Morano (2020-05-11). Line Dances Around the World. Mitchell Lane. ISBN 978-1-5457-5143-5. Archived from the original on 2024-05-30. Retrieved 2024-05-30.
  4. ^ Cupit, Scott (2015-09-17). Swing Dance: Fashion, music, culture and key moves. Jacqui Small. ISBN 978-1-910254-44-8. Archived from the original on 2024-05-30. Retrieved 2024-05-30.

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