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Fishtail

Quickstep Fishtail

The Quickstep Fishtail is a Silver 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1 S RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DC HT start to turn R S CBM Rise e/o 1 Motion continues down the floor, don't tracktrack.

Man's body does a pendulum swing from left to right.
2 Q LF crosses behind RF Facing LOD T 1/8 between 1-2 R
Up
3 Q RF fwd and slightly to side (small step) Facing DW T 1/8 between 2-3 S
UpMan lowers while staying on toe at beginning of step, and rises out of it into the forward lock, similar to a tipple chasse.
4 Q LF diag fwd L side leading  Facing DW T -- S
Up
5 Q RF crosses behind LF Facing DW T -- S
Up
6 S LF diag fwd Facing DW TH -- S
Up. Lower e/o 6
7 S RF fwd in CBMP, OP  Facing DW  T --  CBM  --   

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1 S LF back in CBMP Backing DC T start to turn R S CBM Rise e/o 1 Take LF cross right behind RF, do not step too big. don't put heel down on S. 

Keep R side connected with Man, do not break at the hip when doing extension.

After moment of large extension, return to "normal" extension to keep balance on next step.
2 Q RF crosses in front of LF Backing LOD T 1/8 between 1-2 L
Up There is foot rise, but the knees are flexed.

Do not back track, movement is continuous down on the floor; back to "normal" extension, start rotating to R.
3 Q LF back and slightly to side (small step) Backing DW T 1/8 between 2-3 S
Up Keep rotating to R. do not back track

Make sure don't fall back, upper body almost feels more forward in order to move back more powerful. Keep left side lifted. Body has torque, twisted to R.

Hip girdle area has to be free to move, not sticking hip up to try to connect to Man
4 Q RF diag back R side leading Backing DW T -- S
Up Lock step QQS:  don't slow down and lose the power and movement
5 Q LF crosses in front of RF Backing DW T -- S
Up
6 S RF diag back Backing DW TH -- S
Up. Lower e/o 6
LF back in CBMP  Backing DW --  CBM  --  

Technique notes

  • The Fishtail may be danced DW with no turn. 
  • Man's step 3 is just outside lady's LF-- This is the guidance from The Ballroom Technique. However, this requires an awkward and potentially dangerous step if the man and lady are in proper position relative to each other. If step 3 is just outside lady's RF, then this step makes much better sense.
  • When the lady's RF starts to cross in front of LF on 2, the heel should be in contact with the floor.

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