Double Up

This is a Step pattern from (pattern 11699)

Looking for something different? Tired of double bench and quad bench? Then try ... half bench -- two people to a bench!

A number of years ago, I attended a step class where more participants showed up than there were benches available. So several pairs of us decided to share a bench. We just started on opposite sides of the bench, and tried to stay out of each others way. Of course, the choreography was simple to nonexistent back then, so we managed to muddle through, and it was a lot of fun. Remembering this the other day, I thought I would see if I could come up with a routine using this concept.

Suggested approach:
If you would like to try this, save the last 10 - 15 minutes of the class for it. Teach one or two of the combos below (or your own combos if you prefer) with each person on his own bench. Since these combos are rather simple, you may not want to include them in the main portion of your class. One option would be to teach them in your warm-up. Then at the end of the class, have the participants pair up, and do the routine with two per bench. They should try to pair with someone who uses the same height bench. If it goes well, you could then add combos for the next class period.

I have assumed horizontal benches, but vertical would probably work as well. Have each pair start on opposite sides of the bench, with right lead. In the descriptions below, I have referred to the right and left ends of the bench. In this context, I mean the right or left end relative to where each persons begins the move. So for the person on the home (south) side of the bench facing the front of the room (north), right is east and left is west. For the person on the front (north) side of the bench facing the back of the room (south), right is west and left is east. I suggest that you use the right end/left end terminology in cueing, since it will apply to both people.

These combos are tapless and self-reversing, and each ends with the participants on the opposite side of the board from where they started. Then repeating with left lead brings them back to their starting sides. Start all combos on right lead at the left corner. Right and left at the beginning of each line refers to the lead. E.g., right hamstring curl means step right, curl left leg.

Combo 1 (very easy)

Repeat left lead, starting at right end

Combo 2 (easy)

Repeat left lead, starting at right end

Combo 3 (a little more interesting)

Repeat left lead

Combo 4 (somewhat challenging)

Repeat left lead.

Combo 5 (more challenging)

Repeat left lead.

Note: if the extended cross-phrasing bothers you, move the up, side lunge right, exit move before the six count mambo. This will change the lead of all following moves, but all will come out the same at the end.

Explanation of moves:

Stomp-the-bug (you probably have another name for this move):
Facing forward throughout:

Up, patty-cake, straddle:
I was looking for some way to have the pairs interact, and this is the best I was able to come up with. Since the move is first performed with left lead, I will describe it that way. The patty-cake is just like you would play with a toddler.

Start at the small end of the bench, facing the other end throughout.

When teaching this move, you may want to use two claps instead of the pat motion on counts 5, 6, then change it (or not) when you start working with two to a bench. Be sure to STRONGLY cue the lead on the straddle down (e.g, LEFT straddle down, or you will end up with two people on the same side of the bench, trying to shuffle turn towards each other!

Knee pulse repeater:

Please email me with any questions or comments. If you use this idea, please let me know how it went.

Added by Dick Price at 9:16 PM on Thursday, June 6, 2002 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
From: Dallas, Texas (USA)
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