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Basic Whip

West Coast Swing Basic Whip

This pattern starts in open position, then closed and then back to open position again. There are multiple ways of doing Basic Whip.

Basic Whip - Benji Schwimmer Version

This version is taught by Benji Schwimmer in his workshops. It is different from Arthur Murray styles. More focus on "tension" and "compression".

Leader

StepTimingMovement 
TurnNotes
1
1
LF diagonally back slightly to side

Slight turn to R to wind up lady
2
2
RF back, almost in place

Slight turn to L
3
3
LF back 
turn to R

4
&
RF closes to RF
turn to R

5
4
LF fwd
continue rotating to R
foot turned 1/4, body turns more. Lady's RF is point in middle of Man's feet.
Right now, in "extreme of tension"
6
5
After turning 3/4 to R, RF fwd, bent knee,turning R 1/4
turning 3/4 to R, "compression"
7
6
LF back
another 1/4 to R
"tension" back to anchor position.
8-10
7&8
triple anchor step


Follower

StepTimingMovement 
TurnNotes
1
1
RF forward

Starting same as Turning Basic. Directly forward in slot.
whole body slightly turning left to wind up.
"tension"  - weight in back of foot.
2
2
LF forward

"tension"  - weight in back of foot. heel lead.
3
3
RF forward
turning 1/2 to R
4
&
LF back


5
4
RF point fwd
"tension", weight in back of LF, point RF fwd without weight
6
&5
step on RF, turn 1/2 to R
1/2 to R"compression" weight on RF, LF in back.
7
&6
step on LF, RF back

On "6", go to anchor position, back to "tension"
8-10
7&8
triple anchor step


Basic Whip - Other common version

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
1
LF diagonally back slightly to side

Starting same as Turning Basic.
2
2
RF forward

there is resistance with with lady.
Catch lady.
3
3
LF to side
turn 1/4 to R
Close up with lady. expand
4
&
RF cross  in front of LF
turn 1/4 to R
Lady is doing coaster step.
Give it a rubber band effect.
contraction.
5
4
LF side
continue rotating to R

6
5
RF crosses in front LF, turning R
turning R 1/4
Man turn his head to R, sending lady forward through the slot
RF stay closes to LF,
it's a forward step toward where Lady is going.
7
6
LF forward (and side)
another 1/4 to R
total is one full turn for the whole pattern.
8-10
7&8
triple anchor step


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
1
RF forward

Starting same as Turning Basic.
Directly forward in slot.
2
2
LF forward, then 1/2 to R at end of count
1/2 turn to R

3
3
RF back

This is a "Coaster Step"
4
&
LF close together with RF


5
4
RF forward
pivot 1/2 to R at the end of the step

6
5
LF back


7
6
RF back


8-10
7&8
triple anchor step


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