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Change of Direction

Quickstep Change of Direction

The Quickstep Change Of Direction is a Bronze Level figure, listed as an additional step that can be danced in Medal Tests. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment
Footwork    Turn  Sway
CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF fwd
FDW
H
starts to turn L
S
CBM
--

2
S
RF diag fwd, R side leading
DW R toe pointing LOD
IE of TH
1/4 to L bwtn 1-3
S

--

3
S
LF closes to RF, slightly fwd without weight
FDC
IE of T (LF)

L

--

4
S
LF fwd in CBMP
FDC
H

S
CBM --


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment
Footwork    Turn  Sway
CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF back
BDW
TH
starts to turn L
S
CBM --

2
S
LF diag back, L side leading
BDW
T IE of TH
1/4 to L btwn 1-3
S

--
After stepping, pull left hip back, leave L knee fwd, to allow using the standing leg to draw R leg.

If you don't pull left hip back, it's easy for the step to become back weighted. 
3
S
RF closes to LF, slightly back without weight
BDC
IE of T (RF)

R

--

4
S
RF back in CBMP
BDC
T

S
CBM --

Connecting Figures, Videos