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Merengue

Note! These are notes from dance classes prior to 2004. They are archived here for occasional reference.
  1. Basic

    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    1. LF side, shoulder width. . . .
    2. RF feet together. . . .
    3. LF short side. . . .
    4. RF feet together. . . .
    5678. repeat 1234. . . .
  2. Forward Walk

    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    12345678. forward steps, on 8 bring feet together. . . .
  3. Stair Step

    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    12. LF forward, RF feet together. . . .
    34. LF side, RF feet together. . . .
    5678. repeat 1234. . . .
  4. Left Rock Turn

    can precede or follow with 4 steps of basic
    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    1. LF forward. . . .
    2. CW RF. . . .
    3. after QT, LF side. . . QT left.
    4. RF feet together. . . .
  5. Promenade walk

    Can do two of these in a row, or preceed or follow with four counts of a basic.
    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    1. LF side. open her up into promenade. . .
    2. RF crosses left. . . .
    3. LF side. . . close up frame again.
    4. RF feet together. . . .
  6. Separation with Under Arm Turn Right

    Can cut the counts in half for each part of the pattern
    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    12345678. slowing walk back from her. push off, and let her LH slide down my right arm. . . .
    12345678. walk forward. bring her in by bringing hands down and out. . .
    12345678. step in place. lead her to do outside turn in 8 counts. . .
  7. Fifth Position Break

    Timing Foot Hand Level Body Notes
    1. LF side. . . .
    2. RF feet together. . . .
    3. LF side. . . .
    4. CW RF. . . .
    5. LF fifth position. . . open frame up to let her go into fifth position.
    6. CW RF. . . .
    78. side, together. . . .
  8. Fifth Position Break with Inside turn

    123456, fifth position break. 78, ladies inside turn, follow with a basic
  9. Open Break to Cuddle

    1234, separation. 56, ladies inside turn to cuddle. 78, walk around clockwise. 1234, walk around. 56, unwind. 78, side, together.
  10. Parallel Walk to Cuddle

    1234, separation. 56, lady's outside turn to hammerlock. 781234, walk around clockwise. 56, unwind lady. 78, side, together. Variation, continue unwind into cuddle. 781234, walk around. 56, unwind cuddle. 78, side, together.
  11. Helicopter

    Walk under left arm, end up in RH hammerlock. Pull her through with RH, to end up in LH hammerlock. To exit, place her LH with my RH on her right shoulder, duck under her left arm.
  12. Man's Wrap

    2 hand outside turn, end up with doublecrossed arms. Make window with RH, go through, bring LH up and over, end up facing each other with arms uncrossed.
  13. Elbow Rainbow

    Open break, bring her in, bring elbows up over her arms, and then she drapes arms down my sides while we separate, and I take her hands again.
  14. Elbow Rainbow to Man's Wrap, Helicopter, Man's Duck, Cross Hand Outside Turn to Man's Half Turn and Duck

    Elbow Rainbow. Man's Wrap. Helicopter with exit (3 measures). Take cross hand hold with RH on top and lead her into outside turn. 1234 half turn left, so I am facing away and have my hands out. Place RH on right shoulder, LH on left shoulder, and offer my hands at my waist, then half turn right, ducking under her arms, and coming up between, recapturing her hands with a rainbow.

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