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American Spin

Jive American Spin

American Spin is a Bronze Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, movement, a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Start in Open Position. R to R hand hold.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1-2
QQ
1-2 of Link LR
no turn

3-5
QaQ
close LF near RF, slightly fwd for compact chasse LRL
--
retract R arm to lead lady fwd.
increase tone in arm on 5, then turn lady to R, release hold
6-8
QaQ
compact chasse RLR. End in open position
--
regain L to R or R to R hand hold at end of lady's turn.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1-2
QQ
1-2 of Link RL
no turn

3-5
QaQ
fwd chasse RLR, then turn R on RF
no turn on 3-5, then 1/2 to R on RF
Lady may turn up to 3/4 R on RF on 5, completing turn over 6-7.
Lady should respond tone in Man's arm by increasing her tone in her R arm, taking her weight well forward to lean against Man's hand.
6-8
QaQ
LF diag back to chasse LRL, to end LF back in open position
1/4 to R over 6-8.


Notes:
  • Variations:
    • Start in L to R hand hold.
    • Retain hold and lead lady to spin under raise arm on 5. Lower at end of lady's turn.