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Rolling Off the Arm

Jive Rolling Off the Arm

Rolling Off the Arm is a Silver 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 Left hand hold.

Leader

Step Timing Movement Turn
Notes
1 2
 QQ 1,2 of Link LR No Turn
3-5  QaQ LF fwd to chasse LRL, to end LF side and slightly fwd in RSP 1/4 to R over 3-5 R arm to R side to lead Lady into crook of R arm, R hand at Lady's waist level.
6 7  QQ 2 walks fwd in RSP, RL 1/2 to R over step 6 and 7 At end of step 7, give a slight pull with R hand and start to circle R hand clockwise to roll Lady out of arm.
Another option: Man can place RF behind LF (Cuban Cross) on step 6, then step to side LF on step 7.
8-10  QaQ Fwd chasse RLR. End in Open Position with R to L hand hold. 1/8 to R over step 7 and 8 Continue to circle R hand clockwise, then extend arm to Open Position, leading Lady back.
An additional turn 1/8 to R can be made over steps 8-10.

Follower

Step Timing Movement Turn Notes
1 2
 QQ 1,2 of Link RL No Turn
3-5  QaQ RF fwd to chasse RLR. End RF back and slightly side in RSP 1/4 to L over steps 3-5
6 7  QQ 2 Walks back in RSP, LR, then turn to R on RF 1/2 to R over steps 6 and 7, then a 1/2 to R on RF
8-10  QaQ LF diag back to chasse LRL, to end LF back in Open Position with L to R hand hold.
An additional turn 1/8 to R can be made over steps 8-10.


Notes:
  • .Double hand hold:
    • Turn lady under raised L arm over step 3 and 4, lowering arm to waist level in front of bodies on step 5, releasing L to R hand hold at end of step 7.
  • Right to Right hand hold - get to this hand hold at end of previous figure
    • Spin ending when danced with R to R hand hold:
      • Man: At end of 7, riase R hand above Lady's R shoulder and circle it quickly in a clockwise direction. Over steps 8-10, continue to circle R hand clockwise, then lower arm to lead lady back at the end of her turn.
      • Lady: Spin approx. 1  1/8 to R on RF underarm towards end of step 7. 8-10 side and slightly back to chasse LRL, turning 1/2 to R to end LF back in Open Position.