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Spanish Arms

Jive Spanish Arms

Spanish Arms 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, double hand hold.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1.2
QQ 1,2 of Link LR No turn
3-5 QaQ LF fwd, very small step, to chasse LRL, to end LF side and slightly fwd in Tandem Position, Lady in front, slightly to R side. 1/4 to R over steps 3-5 Raise L hand and circle it counterclockwise, R hand at Lady's waist level. Towards end of step 5, give a s light pull with R hand and start to circle L hand clockwise.
6-8 QaQ Fwd chasse RLR. End in Open Position with double hand hold. 1/8 to R between steps 5 and 6 Continue to circle L hand clockwise. Lower arm and lead Lady back at the end of her turn, retaining double hand hold.
An additional turn 1.8 to R may be made over steps 6-8.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1.2
QQ 1,2 of Link RL No turn
3-5 QaQ RF fwd to chasse RLR, turning underarm. End RF side and slightly back in Tandem Position in front of Man, slightly to his R side. Then turn underarm to R on RF 1/4 to L over steps 3-5, then 1/2 to R on RF When in Tandem Position on step 5, L arm is across front of body at waist level.
6-8 QaQ LF sdiag. back to chasse LRL, to end LF back in Open Position with double hand hold. 1/8 to R between steps 5 and 6 An additional turn 1/8 to R may be made over steps 6-8.

Notes:
  • .Spin Ending to Spanish Arms:
    • Man: towards end of step 5, give a stronger pull with R hand, then immediately release R to L hand hold on steps 6-8 Compact chasse RLR, making no turn, continue to turn Lady to R under raised L arm and lower arm at end of Lady's turn. End in Open Position.
    • Lady: Spin approx. a complete turn to R on RF underarm towards end of step 5. Steps 6-8 LF side and slightly back to chasse LRL, turning 1/2 to L to end LF back in Open Position.