4i. Double Cut-off

The move begins the same as the underarm turn, but the gentleman stops the lady with a hand on the shoulder, and to that point the move is the same as the cut-off turn. But then the gent turns her around again before allowing her to go out and back step.

The extra turn-around adds counts to the standard 6 count sequence, but it works. For now just keep in mind that jitterbug can accomodate sequences longer than 6 counts. For our purposes, a "sequence" can be defined as movements beginning just after a backstep and ending with a backstep.


Stop number one


This must be led with
a firm hand & arm on the
lady's shoulder


Stop number two

We dropped the ball in shooting this video in that the figure begins with a back step, and not a step to the side. Allow us to use this error to point out that one could just as rightly define the "sequence" as beginning with a backstep and ending just before another backstep, and learn the whole universe of jitterbug moves counting the backstep as 1 - 2 (rather than as 5 - 6). But no one teaches it this way so neither will we.

For those that know some lindy -- since lindy starts with a backstep on counts 1 - 2, and since dancers who know both jitterbug and lindy use both lindy and jitterbug moves in every dance (they don't call it lindy and jitterbug, they call it 8-count and 6-count), it would be easier to learn by counting the backstep as 1 - 2 in both lindy and jitterbug.

Just remember that for experienced dancers that know both lindy (usually "8-count") and jitterbug (6-count), all the moves from both dances are available for every song. Any order of 8-count and 6-count moves works whether it's 8-8-6-8-6-8-8-8 or 6-6-8-8-8-6-6 or whatever.

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