Note! These are notes from dance classes prior to 2004. They are archived here for occasional reference.
Notes and Tips:
- Michelle Kincaid suggest that when movement is lead, then the lady
is taking walking steps. When movement is not being lead, then the
lady takes triple-steps.
Starting from closed hold. Two triple steps, going around partner
clockwise. Next step is either
rock step with left foot, or step to side. CW RF. On next triple
step, QT left releasing right hand, lead out with left. We end up
facing each other in single hand hold down the slot.
Start from closed position. Two triple steps, going around partner
clockwise. LF hook. RF side, lead her to change direction of
rotation. Triple step, lead her to head back down slot. Anchor
step, let go of closed hold.
Open hold, facing each other down slot.
1. Step back, leading her to walk with me.
2. RF 3rd position, turning left hip back for shaping, offer my
RH for her to stop against.
3. Tap LF in place, maybe slide forward a little, while pushing
forward from the hips. My hand should be fixed relative to my body,
and there will be a pendulum feeling of tilting my left hip up.
4. LF forward, sending her back with pressure from my LH.
5&6. anchor step, leaning back, so that she gets feeling of
coming to the end of her rope.
A variation on this is to walk back four or more steps, instead
of just two.
From open hold. 1, step back and left with LF, drawing her in and
getting out of the slot. 2, RF crossed in front of left to get on
side of slot. She shouldn't end up going past me on my right. 3n4,
5n6, triple steps.
1. LF side and back, getting out of slot on the left, start her
down the slot
2. RF cross left, to side of slot, even with where I started
3&4. left triple, turning to face back down slot, and lead
her into inside turn, with hand back down by four
5&6. anchor step
1. LF hook behind RF out of slot, but move back, need to lead
her down the slot
2. RF side, facing across slot, bring LH down to help lead her
3&4.left triple into slot, turn to face partner
5&6. anchor step
1. LF side and back, lead her down slot while getting out of it.
2. RF crosses left to side of slot, can either have her right arm
at waist level, like I do with a salsa arm check, or raise it so
that her upper arm is parallel to the ground, with RH on her
3&4, gently push w/ RH to turn her clockwise, turn to face
Same footwork as sugar push. Use J-Lead to turn her right, facing
away from me, LH at neck level (neck wrap), RH on her left
shoulder. 3&4, lead her into outside turn. Anchor Step
Same start as Sugar push with Outside Turn. Add an extra turn on
From 2-hand hold. 12, like sugar push. 3, Left hand goes up,
forearm to forearm. RH, which is really leading this, turns her
slight left, winding her up. LF does tap. 4, outside turn, LF
steps. Anchor step.
1. LF back behind right, like left side pass.
2. facing across slot, RF side, ask for her left hand if I don't
already have it.
3. LF tap in place, turn her to face me using RH, raise LH up forearm
4. lead her into outside turn, LF step into the slot.
5&6, anchor step.
Start out like Left Side Pass Tuck Turn. Don't let go with
4. step forward with her, using outside turn to lead her into
hammerlock. We end up side to side, facing each other, my LH at
Then 1 2, two steps back.
3&4, use RH, which is on her back, to propel her into one and
a half inside turns. Kind of like starting a lawn mower.
5&6, anchor step.
Start like passing tuck turn, but keep her LH, so she ends up in
hammerlock. I end up facing across slot. Then, my foot work is like
a throwout, I lead her into one and a half turns, so she ends up
facing back down slot.
1,2. J-Lead like I am going to do a link to close, but let her go
past me, catch her with my RH in closed position.
3,4. LF taps down slot, then put it down across slot, so I am
facing partner. Can also do a triple step, with last step crossing
5,6. RF hooks behind LF, while turning in closed position, LF side
across slot, so I am facing down slot, letting go of closed
Get into R2R hold by changing hands on the last step before the
anchor step in the previous pattern
1, LF back
2, cw RF, QT right
3, QT right, tap LF side, bring RH over head for my UAT
4, half turn right, sticking my RH out to side to lead her into
outside turn, and place LF side
5&6, anchor step, she should have completed her turn.
1, R2R, LF back and side (out of slot), offer LH above RH
2, RF cross LF, lowering RH (and twisting a little clockwise),
after she places LF.
34, by lowering RH and lifting LH, lead her to half turn left, so
that I end up with my RH holding hers at her right waist or hip, LH
held out at waist level.
5678, side together, lead her to swivel down slot
9&10, turn her right, she will do a coaster step, while my hands
11&12, turn her left, another coaster step back the other
13&14, let go of RH, lead her into free spin.
Start her down slot like left side pass, take LH over head, tap
on 3, half turn right on 4, anchor step
Start with Left Side Pass with Face Loop
At end of that, only QT, putting her hand on my right shoulder
and letting it slide down my right arm to catch it with my RH, and I
will have her on my right
12, start her down slot, while getting out of it myself
3&4, lead her into ccw freespin
5&6, catch her up, catching her back, and closing up
Left side pass with face loop, ending it by letting her hand slide
down my shoulder to my RH, I am facing across slot
12, Lunge to left, start her down slot
34, hold, at end switch her hand to my LH
5&6, anchor step
12, lead like right side pass, but keep both hands
34, we get into cuddle, I tap step side, then all the way across
the slot, and on 3, she comes to the lock (I stop her), and she does
a coaster step.
56, RF hook, LF side, end up facing other way down slot, while
releasing the RH.
7&8, anchor step
Same as Lock Whip, but instead of cuddle, pull straight back on
hip or shoulder
12, bring her to me, get both hands at waist level
3, weight on RF, turn knees right
&, turn knees left, straighten out left leg with foot
4, turn knees back right, bringing left leg even with right
again, and place weight on left foot.
5&6, repeat pattern for 3&4, going the other way.
7, tap LF in place, pushing her back out.
8, LF forward.
Start with lock whip.
On count 6, start leading her into one and a half turns
clockwise, so that I have her in hammerlock at end of anchor
Exit with right side pass with one and a half turns
Start with Basic Whip up to count 4, then once I get around her,
do a triple step in promenade. It feels in the end like a pivot turn,
and I can do several more before ending with the last triple step
Several variations on this idea. To illustrate:
3. RF back.
&. LF feet together.
4. RF forward.
Taught by Steve Rebello, 2002.11.16
Get man's RH to lady's right forearm.
12, lead lady in like sugar push, and get out of slot to
right. Don't let lady get past me.
3&4. Lead lady to do coaster step, ending up facing back down
slot, with my left arm on her back. I just hold position.
5&6. Lead lady to step forward, and do free spin right. I
step into the slot with my right foot on 6.
123&45&6. Left side tuck and turn to hammerlock.
12. Lead lady two steps forward down slot. I may or may not need
3&4. Lead lady into inside turn, unwinding her. I step,
replace, and then step with LF pointing down slot.
5&6. Continue inside turn into cuddle, I step to right side
of slot, so I am facing across, and lady is facing down slot.
7&8. Releasing RH, lead lady to run-run-run down slot, like
9&10. Anchor step.
A pattern to link to closed.
12. Start like underarm pass.
3&4. As lady does inside under arm turn turn catch her back
into closed position. I step LF down slot, RF together, LF side down
slot, turning to face across slot, so I will have turned three
5&6. In closed position, continue turning another half turn,
continuing down slot, so that I do another half turn right, and will
be facing a quarter turn right from where I started.
Starting from closed position.
12. Side rock as in basic throwout.
3&4. Holding my foot position, lead lady to go down slot and
do a coaster step facing back the way she came.
5&6. Lead lady into traveling outside turn back down slot. On
6, I step with my right foot into the slot.
12. Start like left side pass. On 2, have my LH far enough out to
wind her up a little to her right.
3&4. One and a half inside turn for lady, while I chase after
her, catching her back with my RH to end up in face to face closed
5&6. Spring. Lead lady to start stepping back, and then stop
before she steps, to lead her to spring.
From here I can go into any throwout I like.
RF back, taking right hip, but not shoulders, with it, so don't commit
weight to it.
Replace weight on LF.
RF feet together.
Make sure I have room to my left for this one.
123&4. Start like whip.
56. From where I started, step RF diagonal left, leading lady to
step back. Then step LF side, perpendicular to our original
7&8. Grapevine left, lead lady to step hook, side, cross, as
I do the same. Compress on 8.
9 10 11. Step right, in a drag, not putting my weight over LF
12. Replace weight to RF.
Throwout into slot parallel from where we started.
Start in R2R hold.
123&4. Left side pass to inside turn to end up in shadow
position, my RH holding her RH on her right shoulder, and L2L.
5678. Lead lady to swivel down slot, I just walk straight. I can
end at any point, just need to make sure her last step was on
9&10. Lead lady's traveling outside turn, one and a half to
end up facing me down slot while I follow her.
On next sugar push, loop her RH over my head, while I substitute
pushing her hip with my LH for the usual compression of the sugar
From closed position.
Two triple steps.
1. Man's LF hooks, lead lady to start walking down slot on my
2. RF side, out of slot, lady keeps walking down slot.
3&4. Lady does triple run down slot, while man turns right under
his left arm.
Start in open position, R2R.
1. Man's LF back, and turn left to face across slot, leading lady
to step down the slot.
2. Step in place, lady continues to walk.
3&4. Triple step in place, take lady's right hand around her ccw
and then up, to lead her into one and a half chainé
Variation 1. Follow with sugar push, combing myself with RH, and
checking her with my LH on her right hip.
Variation 2. Remain facing across slot while she turns, and comb
myself with RH at end of turn, letting her RH slide down my arm for the
Variation 3. Comb myself like in variation 2, but keep the hand,
and lead her into a sugar push like in variation 1.
Variation 4. Like variation 3, but extend the sugar push with an
even number of steps.
Start like Basic Whip up until beat 4.
56. Lead lady into to two walks straight down slot, while I hook
RF, and turn to face back down slot on 6, while I raise her arm up
as in a right side pass.
7&8. Lady does inside half turn while we both do an anchor
Basic Whip until beat 4.
56. Same steps as basic whip for man. Leads lady into outside
under arm turn, half turn on each step.
7&8. One more half turn for lady, to complete one and a half
turns down slot, and last two steps finish anchor step, as man
does anchor step.
Starts like Basic Whip until step 4.
5. Man's RF crosses in front, towards lady. Lady steps slightly
back with LF.
6. Man replaces weight to LF, lady steps forward.
7&8. While man does anchor step, leads lady into half-turn
outside down slot.