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Jive Catapult

Jiave Catapult is a Gold 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, Right to Right hand hold.


Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
QQ 1,2 of Link LR No turn
3-5 QaQ Compact chasse LRL No turn R hand to R side. On step 5, raise R hand and start to circle it counterclockwise over Lady's head.
6-8 QaQ Compact chasse RLR. End in Tandem Position, Lady behind. No turn Continue to circle R hand counter-clockwise, then lower it behind back, taking Lady's L hand in L hand behind back.
9 Q LF fwd in Tandem Position No turn Slightly extend arms behind back.
10 Q Replace weight to RF, having moved it slightly rightwards No turn Slightly retract arms
11-13 QaQ Compact chasse LRL No turn Release hold with R hand and take L hand fwd in front of body to lead Lady well fwd. Lead Lady to turn R and release hold with L hand.
14-16 QaQ Compact chasse RLR. End in Open Position No turn Return to L to R or R to R hand hold at end of Lady's turn.
Man may turn 1/4 to L over steps 14-16, then Lady would turn 1/4 to R.


Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
QQ 1,2 of Link RL No turn.
3-5 QaQ Fwd chasse RLR to Man's R side 1/8 to L over steps 3-5
6-8 QaQ Turning chasse underarm LRL. End LF back in Tandem Position behind Man. 3/8 to L over steps 6 and 7 Turn is started at end of previous beat.
9 Q RF back in Tandem Position. No turn Lady should feel she is pulling away from Man. This is the Catapult part of the figure.
10 Q Replace weight to LF No turn
11-13 QaQ Fwd chasse RLR passing Man's L side, then turn to R on RF 1/8 to R between step 12 and 13, then 7/8 to R on RF
14-16 QaQ LF to side and slightly back to chasse LRL. End LF back in Open Position. 1/2 to R over steps 14-16.

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