Marco In The Ballroom: Texas Two-Step

We’ve covered Latin dancing, we’ve covered your Waltz and Tango, but now we’re steering into the Lone Star state for the Texas Two-Step.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH – We’ve covered Latin dancing, we’ve covered your Waltz and Tango, but now we’re steering into the Lone Star state for the Texas Two-Step.

The Texas Two-Step is sometimes referred to as the Country Two-Step, which I tried at dance studio Dancing on the Suncoast in Lakewood Ranch.

You may not associate country dance with ballroom dance, but you should. It’s not only a dance you can learn in ballroom, Dancing on the Suncoast instructor Amber Guislain says two-step’s origins come from the foxtrot dance.

“What [Texas] Two-Step did was take its footwork and put it with country music,” Guislain says.

Both Foxtrot and Texas Two-Step use the slow-slow-quick-quick, slow-slow-quick-quick pattern in their most basic form.

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Marco La Manno
New York born and Florida-raised Marco La Manno joined SNN in April 2016. His interest in weather goes back to elementary school. While attending the University of Florida, he forecasted weather for two years, won 1st Place in the College Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards for Short Light Feature, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news and a certificate in meteorology. His next stop was WMGT in Macon, Georgia. He forecasted weather in the Peach State for over 3 1/2 years, franchised many morning news segments from pet adoptions to video game previews, and won 1st Place for Best Light Feature at the Georgia Association of Broadcasters awards. In his spare time, Marco loves video gaming, movies, restaurant hunting, and cheering for the Florida Gators. Now he'll do it in the beautiful state where he was raised, plus he's only a few hours from family. He's thrilled to be here!