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Closed Impetus

Quickstep Closed Impetus

The Quickstep Closed Impetus is a Bronze level figure. 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.

Technical Details of Closed Impetus are the same in the Waltz figure.When danced in Quickstep it is counted SSSS.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S LF back Backing LOD TH Start to turn R S CBM --
2
S RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) Facing DC HT 3/8 between 1-2 L
Rise e/o 2 
Legs should straighten as RF comes in, creating late rise. Late rise is required to allow lady to pass the man.Too early a rise will stop her.
3
S LF to side and slightly back Backing DC against the LOD TH 1/4 between 2-3 S
Up. Lower e/o 3

S RF back Backing DC against the LOD T
S CBM
This often becomes Reverse  Pivot. Man needs to track his RF under LF before stepping back.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1 S RF fwd
LOD
HT
starts to turn R
S
CBM
-- Strong CBM will make the step easier, lighter for Man.
2
S LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 between 1-2
R

rise e/o 2
Difference from Natural Spin Turn: this is not spin. It's a side step (normally done as forward step, then turn.)
Delayed rise. side step is a bit like diagonal, depending on how much Man turns. After side step, stay left, leave the right side to the Man, brush (contract thigh muscles) and then out.
3
S RF diag fwd having brushed to LF
BDW
TH
1/4 between 2-3
S

up, lower e/o 3
When followed by Reverse Pivot, the lowering only happens in foot, not in leg. Lady does not completely lower. Next step in Reverse Pivot will be a toe lead to complete the lowering.
4 S LF fwd
BDW
H
--
S
CBM
--
This often becomes Reverse  Pivot.

Connecting Figures, Videos