Swing Tenstep aka Swing Waltz
source: National Skating Association of Great Britain, active 1895-1962
The regular Fourteenstep may be adapted to Waltz timing with excellent effect, and under the names of “Swing Waltz” and ‘Swing Tenstep” it has been used a great deal in carnival and show numbers. For ordinary skating the exaggerated swing of the lady’s free leg on the rolls, so prevalent in show work, is not only unnecessary but harmful in that it tends to deprive the man of his lead. Couples practicing together regularly may well use a freer style than is accepted in the usual Fourteenstep, but the lady should be careful that her free leg does not rise above the point where it no longer matches that of the man.
Aside from the timing, the only change from the regular Fourteenstep is in the free leg motion on step 10. Here the free legs must remain in trailing position (behind the man and in front of the lady) for the first part of the measure and then swing through, as in a Waltz, for the last part of the measure. This, together with suitable body motion, utilizes the relatively long interval of six counts on the tenth step and ends the dance on an even measure. The step numbers in the table correspond to those of the Fourteenstep.
Music 123 456 123 456 123 456 123 456 123 456 123 456
Steps 12 3 45 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 14