Texas Tommy (dance move)
The leader executes a standard swingout, but, on the four counts of the return, places the follower's right hand behind her back at waist level and puts that hand in his right hand, a position similar to shaking hands behind the follower's back. The follower then turns in the opposite direction while unrolling her arm, and the couple end up facing each other.
This dance move is used in a number of dances, such as West Coast Swing and Salsa, however the step pattern may vary from dance to dance. The name Texas Tommy was derived from the dance with the same name, which, around 1910, was the first social dance to feature a breakaway step, from which the swingout developed.
- Ralph G. Giordano, Social Dancing in America: A History and Reference, volume 2, Lindy Hop to Hip-Hop, 1901-2000 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2006).
- Lawrence A. Hostetler, How to Do the Latest Dance Steps (New York, 1947).
- Scott Cupit, Swing Dance: Fashion, Music, Culture, and Key Moves (London: Jacqui Small, 2015).
- Claude Conyers, "Texas Tommy," in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.