The Texas Two Step owes its beginnings to the Collegiate Foxtrot. The original Collegiate Foxtrot had hopping steps that were lively and dignified, and they reflected the brisk tempo of a young America in the 1920s. Other collegiate dances such as the Shimmy, Collegiate Shag, Truckin, The Grizzly Bear, The Turkey Trot, and The Bunny Hug etc. were all popular with the Collegiate set of the 1910s/20s era dancers. The Collegiate Walk was very similar to the Foxtrot.Some of these Collegiate dances had a small revival during the 1940s and 1950s, when the steps became tamer. The Collegiate Foxtrot (aka: One Step) which entered the square dance world during this time, was eventually to become known as the Texas two-step.
The step descriptions for this dance in the 1950’s are the same as taught to Country Western Dancers when learning the dance today. However, the Texas Two Step of the 1970s Urban Cowboy period was different than today’s “Slow-Slow-Quick-Quick” version, which is also known as the “California Two Step.” The 1970’s Texas version (123-123-12) has a closer rhythm to that of the Dallas Two-Step/SHUFFLE or the more current Triple Two Step.The Texas Two Step is a must learn dance for Austinites. Its basics are simpler to dance and nice and easy for beginners. Danced moving counter clockwise around the dance floor, the Two Step is characterized by lots of fun turns and spins for the man and the lady.