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Walks

Jive Walks

Walks 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 Closed Position.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1-2
QQ
1-2 of Fallaway Rock
1/8 to L on 1, No turn on 2.

3-5
QaQ
LF diag fwd to chasse LRL. End in PP
no turn

6-8
QaQ
RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP to chassse RLR
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just start twisting lady
9
S
LF diag fwd turning Lady to L

repeat a couple of times.
10
S
RF fwd and across in PP turning Lady to R


11
Q
LF diag fwd turning Lady to L

12
Q
RF fwd and across in PP turning Lady to R

13
Q
LF diag fwd turning Lady to L

14
Q
RF fwd and across in PP turning Lady to R


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1-2
QQ
1-2 of Fallaway Rock
1/4 to R
turns all start at end of previous step.
3-5
QaQ
Side chasse RLR, end in PP
1/4 to L over 3-4, start to turn R on 5
twisty motions
6-8
QaQ
Fwd chasse LRL, end in PP
1/4 to R over 5-6, start to turn L on 8
at the end of 8, raise left arm straight up of side of left ear.
9
S
RF to side after turning 1/4 L on LF
start turning R at the end
start with straight up arm.
at end of the step when turning, arm elbow down forward with wrist at left side of face, hand behind neck.
10
S
LF fwd in PP after turn 1/4 R on RF
start turning L at the end
start with elbow forward (so lady won't hit th Man)
at end of step, raise L arm straight, gradually put it on top of Man's right shoulder over next 4 Q's.
11
Q
RF to side after turning 1/4 L on LF
start turning R at the end arm slowing getting down to Man's R shoulder while twisting.
12
Q
LF fwd in PP after turning 1/4 R on RF
start turning L at the end
13
Q
RF to side after turning 1/4 L on LF
start turning R at the end
14
Q
LF fwd in PP after turning 1/4 R on RF

when to close or not depends on what follows next.

Notes:
  • What's shown above is a version common taught in classes, followed by a triple step (QaQ) and whip.
  • Walks can start in PP.
  • Variations:
    • A more basic version ends at step 8, no more turns.
    • Man could use a "merengue" action in place of single Q's:
      • straighten R knee on second half of preceding step, making R hip to move back and to R
      • place LF diag fwd with part weight.
      • Lady closes RF to LF, having turned 1/4 L on second half of preceding step
      • the other foot is similar. when using this variation, it can be curved slightly L.