Steppin' Out

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Hebrew: סטפין אווט

Partner dance by Roger and Jean Knapp, unique because of the recording typically used: On the third time through, there is no music at all! Dancers perform the dance without accompaniment, attempting to keep the count correctly until the music starts again for the last phrase. (A malicious markid/a will shut off the recording during the silence, making the dancers think they're way fast until they realize what has happened.)

In Israel, Steppin' Out is still done as a partner dance. In the USA, it is now often done as a line dance, all facing front with no partners. The middle section is done once walking forward and once back, rather than forward both times as in the partner dance.

Lyrics and music to the original song, Steppin' Out With My Baby, are by Irving Berlin. It was created for the 1948 musical film Easter Parade, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.

References

Stockton Camp syllabus from 1959, containing instructions ("errata" section, before page 1)

Fred Astaire's performance from the movie

Steppin' Out at israelidances.com

Video at Rokdim