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Foxtrot

Note! These are notes for American style Foxtrot from prior to 2004. They are archived here for occasional reference.

Notes and Tips:
  • In closed position we are offset. Timing is SSQQ. Won't bother with number notes, since it takes six beats in a 4/4 rhythm to get through this. Going down the line of dance, start diagonal wall, do forward right turning basic, which will leave me facing back diagonal wall, then do back left turning basic, which will leave me again at diagonal wall. Can stick a promenade between, and a promenade pivot at the corner. Foxtrot is a heel lead. Bring feet together for each step. Driving step. I think I should feel like I am skating. When I am doing 'side-together', it should be kind of like I am going over a speed bump. Once again, right shoulder should not jut forward. In all steps, feel should be like I am ice-skating.
  • On back step, reach back with toe, like I am looking for pot-holes.
  1. Forward Basic

    Variation of: Forward Basic: Bronze 1
    S. LF forward
    S. RF forward
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF chassé
  2. Back Basic

    Variation of: Forward Basic: Bronze 1
    S. LF back
    S. RF back
    Q. LF back
    Q. RF chassé
  3. Swing Step

    Variation of: Forward Basic: Bronze 1
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together tap step
    Q. RF side
    Q. LF feet together tap step
    Q. LF side, going over speed bump
    Q. RF feet together
    To move into back 1/4 turn, on last two quicks do 1/8 turn right
  4. Swing Step with Turns

    Variation of: Forward Basic: Bronze 1
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together tap step
    Q. RF side
    Q. LF feet together tap step
    Q. LF side, going over speed bump
    Q. RF feet together
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together tap step
    Q. RF side, release closed hold w/ RH
    Q. LF feet together tap step
    Q. LF side, going over speed bump, raise LH to lead her into turn
    Q. RF 5th position
    Q. LF side, stop her with RH palm out
    Q. RF feet together tap step
    Q. RF side
    Q. LF feet together tap step
    Q. LF side, nudge her hand out like the turn in the cha cha walk around turn
    Q. RF past left along LOD, pivoting half turn on left foot turning to my left
    Q. LF continue turning half turn to left, so I am facing my partner again, and take up closed position
    Q. RF feet together tap step
    Q. RF side
    Q. LF feet together tap step
    Q. LF side, going over speed bump
    Q. RF feet together
  5. Box Step

    Variation of: Forward Basic: Bronze 1
    On the boxstep, count is SQQ.
    S. LF forward, collect feet together, weight over center, to make it obvious I am not continuing forward
    Q. RF side, going over speed bump
    Q. LF feet together, collect weight over center
    S. RF back, collect feet together, weight over center, again to make it obvious I am not continuing back
    Q. LF side, going over speed bump
    Q. RF feet together
  6. Left Rock Turn

    Variation of: Left Rock Turn: Bronze 1
    The way Liz taught this, she wants me to collect my weight over my left foot on 1. Steve says no, leave right foot back there.
    S. LF forward, turning foot out 45deg
    S. Pivot left on LF, RF rock back, no rocking horse
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together
  7. Continuous Left Rock Turn

    Variation of: Left Rock Turn: Bronze 1
    S. LF forward, keep weight split between feet, turn LF out 45deg, CBMP, keep solid frame and turn her with my body
    S. CW to RF, turning left, maintaining scissors attitude of legs, CBMP
    Q. CW LF, continuing left turn and scissors, CBMP
    Q. CW RF, continuing left turn and scissors, CBMP
    S. CW LF, continuing left turn and scissors, CBMP
    S. CW RF, continuing left turn and scissors, CBMP
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together
  8. Promenade

    Variation of: Promenade: Bronze 1
    S. Turn to left, lead her into promenade position, LF left
    S. RF cross over left
    Q. LF continue along LOD
    Q. RF chassé
    To link back to back left basic, do 1/8 turn to right, starting on first quick.
  9. Promenade to UAT

    Variation of: Promenade: Bronze 1
    S. PP LF along LOD
    S. RF cross left LOD
    Q. LF left, lead UAT
    Q. RF short step back
    End with back turning basic
  10. Promenade Pivot

    Variation of: Promenade: Bronze 1
    S. PP facing wall, LF left
    S. RF cross-over left, cutting across her
    Q. Pivot to right on RF, turning to face back diagonal center, half weight on left foot
    Q. Place weight on RF, continue pivot
    Wherever I end up on this, continue with a promenade. Good to go 3/4 turn at a corner, or completely around along the LOD
  11. Forward Quarter Turn

    Variation of: Quarter Turn: Bronze 2
    S. LF forward
    S. RF forward
    Q. LF forward, turning to right quarter turn
    Q. RF chassé
    To link to promenade or swing step, take 1/8 turn instead
  12. Back Quarter Turn

    Variation of: Quarter Turn: Bronze 2
    S. LF back
    S. RF back
    Q. LF back, turning to left quarter turn
    Q. RF chassé
  13. Outside Partner Quarter Turns

    Variation of: Quarter Turn: Bronze 2
    Like Quarter Turns, start facing Diagonal Wall
    S. LF along LOD
    S. RF along LOD
    Q. LF along LOD, toe points to wall
    Q. RF feet together, Body Facing wall
    S. LF back along LOD, body continue to face toward wall, to keep partner on my right
    S. RF back along LOD, CBMP
    Q. LF along LOD, toe points diagonal wall again
    Q. RF feet together, body Facing diagonal wall
  14. Advanced Grapevine

    Variation of: Quarter Turns: Bronze 2
    S. LF forward along line of dance, Start facing diagonal wall
    Q. RF forward along LOD, outside partner, with a bit of acceleration, Rise up a little from the knees
    Q. Pivot on RF, LF side along LOD, body Quarter Turn Right
    Q. RF back along LOD, body eighth turn left
    Q. LF side, body eighth turn left
    S. RF forward, QT right, stop momentum
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together, continue with Quarter Turns
  15. Swing Cross

    On swing step, when I step to my right, rise up on my toes, turn to promenade position, and then LF forward, RF forward. Ends up being like first half of swing step followed by first half of promenade.
  16. Swing Step with Combination Turns

    Can lead follower into two or three turns, doing QQ side together as she turns. Can also turn myself, again on QQ.
  17. Right Rock Turn

    Variation of: Right Rock Turn: Bronze 2
    After forward quarter turn. S, turn frame right, LF back. S, CW RF. QQ, side together. Should do about a half turn with one of these. According to Pearl, if I start facing backing diagonal center, I should end up facing diagonal wall.
  18. Continuous Right Rock Turn

    Variation of: Right Rock Turn: Bronze 2
    Just like you'd imagine from left rock turn.
  19. Back Promenade Ending

    Variation of: Right Rock Turn: Bronze 2
    After Right Rock Turn, facing diagonal wall
    S. LF back, QT right, so I am backing diagonal center with my movement
    Q. RF back, QT left
    Q. LF side, facing wall, promenade position
    S. RF forward (promenade)
    Q. LF side
    Q. RF feet together (promenade close)
  20. Swing and Run

    Variation of: Progressive Quarter Turns: Bronze 3
    Q, LF left. Q, RF tap next to LF. Q, RF right. Q, LF tap next to RF. Q, LF forward. Q, RF forward. Lead the swing step with body sway. The way Tommy taught us, do two sets, and end with a swing step.
  21. Swing Step Quarter Turns

    Start facing diagonal wall. S, swing step. S, swing step. Q, LF forward. Q, RF forward, QT right, with shaping to right. S, swing step left. S, swing step right. Q, LF back. Q, RF back, QT left, with shaping to right. End with swing step.
  22. Chassés

    S, LF forward. Q, RF forward, QT right, with shaping to right. QQQQQQ, chassés to left, with body shaped to right. S, straighten up, LF back. S, RF back, QT left, shape to right. QQQQQQ, chassés to left, with body shaped to right.
  23. Promenade to Inside Turn

    On QQ, in promenade, lead her into inside turn. End with left rock turn
  24. Right Turning Promenade to Wing to Inside Turn to Left Rock Turn

    Starts just like Right Turning Promenade in Tango, without bringing LF to RF. S, hold, have her rock back. S, hold, she changes weight. LF should be free. QQ, CW LF, lead her into inside turn, RF feet together, catch her back with RH to stop turn. SSQQ, Left Rock Turn.
  25. Progressive Quarter Turns

    Beginning of SQQ timing. Turn corners by overturning the forward half to backing LOD, then right rock turn to end BDC
    S. LF forward, heel-toe
    Q. RF forward, toe, absorb lift in knee
    Q. LF forward, toe lead, lower to heel to collect
    S. RF forward, Turn frame and feet to BDC
    QQ. side together
    S. LF back
    Q. RF back, turn body right, and shape by raising right side of rib cage, without changing feet, to lead lady to step outside me
    Q. LF back
    S. RF back, turn body and feet to face diagonal wall
  26. Twinkle

    use to replace first three steps of progressive quarter turn
    S. LF forward
    Q, pausing a little to hover, RF forward, on toe, turn into promenade position to diagonal wall. My frame faces BDC
    Q. LF forward, lowering toe to heel
  27. Parallel Twinkle

    SQQ, twinkle. S, RF forward in PP. Q, LF forward, rising, brush feet, turning to closed. Q, RF back. S, LF back. Q, RF back, rising, bring LF to RF and turn into PP. From here, I could repeat a couple of times, or go into another ending.
  28. Triple Twinkle

    SQQ, twinkle. S, RF forward in PP. Q, LF forward, cutting across in front of partner, closing up. Q, RF back, along LOD. S, LF back. Q, RF back, rising, brushing LF to RF, going into PP, with a bit of overturn, so that the next step in PP is going DC. Q, LF forward in PP.
  29. Back Twinkle

    S, LF back. Q, RF back, rising, brush LF to RF, change to PP, and turn right to face DC. Q, LF forward in PP.
  30. Feather and Three

    SQQ, three forward steps, first step in line, second and third outside partner. Starts on RF.
    SQQ, forward progressive.
    This pattern is intended to travel.
  31. Left Open Box

    Basically a reverse turn, doing full turn total.
    S. LF forward, starting to turn frame left.
    Q. RF side, frame facing center.
    Q. LF back, frame faces BLOD.
    S. RF back, continuing to turn frame left.
    Q. LF side, frame faces wall, continues turning.
    Q. RF forward, frame facing LOD.
    I go past partner on first half, let her pass me on second half.
  32. Side Cross to Inside Turn

    Corner pattern
    SQQ. Right angle twinkle.
    SQQ. Basic pivot, ending up with leader facing center, new line of dance, and follower facing wall. Let RH slide down to ladies elbow.
    SQQ. Keep frame facing follower, hook-side-cross.
    SQQ. Lead ladies traveling inside turn.
    SQQ. Outside partner twinkle to finish.
  33. Curving Feather to Back Twinkle

    Start DW, progressive.
    Feather, curving it right, checking it on the second quick.
    I want to have the feeling of swinging my left side up and around her so I can get outside partner, and be BLOD when I finish.
    Back Twinkle
  34. Hover Corte to Back Twinkle

    Half an open left box.
    S. RF back down LOD, turning left.
    Q. LF down line of dance, facing LOD, don't commit weight, brush RF to LF.
    Q. RF back, BLOD.
    At this point, I am facing somewhere between LOD and DW.
    Back twinkle, to end up in PP facing DW.
    It's like turning a parallel twinkle left.
  35. Spiral Turn

    Progressive, starting on LF
    S. RF forward.
    Q. Turn frame right, LF back.
    Q. RF back.
    Can come out using back twinkle.
  36. Offside Feather to Back Wing and Twinkle

    first half of open left box, outside partner.
    SQQ, progress backwards, leading lady to switch from outside on my right side to outside on my left
    QQ, LF back, RF back, and check movement.
    S. LF forward, fanning RF around, and leading lady to turn so that we are again outside partner, she's on my left, facing diagonal wall
    Q. RF forward.
    Q. Rise on RF and turn into promenade, brush LF, and continue with twinkle.
    Full combo, as taught by Michelle: Back Twinkle.
    SQQ, from promenade, turn frame and swing from promenade to progressive, so that we finish outside partner with lady on my right.
    first half of open left box.
    offside feather to back wing and twinkle
  37. Right Turning Weave

    Start with Twinkle going DW
    S. RF forward, heel lead, roll up from heel to toe, and turn frame to move backwards to DC, with lady outside me on my right.
    QQQ. Moving on toes, with compressed knees, no rise and fall, go backwards toward DC.
    Q. Right foot back, and pivot left, so that I am going DW, now outside partner with lady on my right.
    QQ. RF forward, LF forward, still compressed and on my toes.
  38. Feather and Curving Three Step

    SQQ. Feather, down LOD
    S. LF forward.
    Q. RF forward, turn frame QT left, make sure to brush LF.
    Q. Continue turning frame QT left, step forward LF and check, so that we are backing LOD.
    Come out of it with back half of open left box.
  39. Quick Open Box/Weave

    Start facing DC.
    Open box timing is QQQQQQ, Weave timing is SQ&QQQQ
    First three steps is like open left box, or tango reverse turn, start with heel lead, and then move up on toes, compressed, with no rise and fall.
    Second three steps, RF straight back, CBM, then turn frame DW and take two more steps.
  40. Hover Corte to Swivel

    Half an open left box.
    S. RF back down LOD, turning left.
    Q. LF down line of dance, facing LOD, don't commit weight, brush RF to LF, in outside partner position.
    Q. RF back, BLOD.
    QQ. Heel pull.
    S. Fan RF out.
    S. RF to LF for Twinkle.
    Q. Hold in PP.
    Q. LF forward to complete Twinkle
  41. Spiral Turn to Hover Cross

    Corner pattern.
    SQQ. Spiral.
    S. RF forward.
    Q. Cut around lady with LF, going into closed position, pivoting on LF to end up facing DW of new LOD.
    Q. RF forward.
    Q. LF forward, checking, don't commit weight.
    Q. Replace weight on RF foot.
    Q. LF side, so I go from being outside partner with lady on my left to outside partner with lady on my right, frame pointing DC new LOD.
    Q. RF forward, DC.
    SQQ. Open left box.
  42. Open Left Box To Runaround and Back Twinkle

    Start with Open Left Box (Reverse Turn)
    S. RF back, outside partner.
    QQ. Lead lady to continue around me, clockwise, while I step forward around her.
    SQQ, lead her to now continue straight, into back twinkle.
  43. Pivot to Syncopated Run and Back Spiral

    Start with first half of progressive quarter turn.
    S. Left foot back, turning right, but don't place weight on heel. Lady's RF steps between man's legs.
    Q. RF forward, heel lead, between lady's legs, rolling up on toe, and pointing DC.
    &Q. LF toe, in run curving to right, then RF toe-heel, outside partner, and we are facing DW. Again keep weight split on this second step.
    SQQ. One back spiral.
    SQQ. RF back like I'm going to do another spiral, and then side together.

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