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Forward Lock

Quickstep Forward Lock

The Quickstep Forward Lock is a Newcomer 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
FDW HT
--
--
slight
start to rise e/o 1
travels DW, rotate the body, body should be facing between wall and DW.
do not lean on Lady or drop R shoulder. keep R shoulder flat. 
2
Q
LF diag fwd
FDW
T
--
--
  cont to rise on 2 and 3
keep feet parallel FDW
3
Q
RF cross behind LF
FDW
T
--
--
  --
Lock is lead by moving more toward LOD relative to step 2
4
S
LF diag fwd
FDW
TH
--
--
  Up, lower e/o 4 next step, starts CBMP

Follower

For follower, this is Back Lock step, which is a Bronze figure.

Step Timing Movement
Alignment
Footwork    Turn  Sway
CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back in CBMP
BDW TH
--
--
 slight start to rise e/o 1, NFR

2
Q
RF back
BDW
T
--
--
  cont to rise on 2 and 3
Hip is quite rotate to R, swinging up, diagonal. 

Keep feet parallel, toe not turning in or out.

Lady must release the toe of LF from floor as it starts to move back to become step 3. (Toe Release)
3
Q
LF crosses in front of RF
BDW
T
--
--
   -- Lock moves straight back, along one direction.
4
S
RF diag back
BDW
TH
--
--
  Up, lower e/o 4
Gauge Man's step size (step tends to be too small, need to be bigger), get onto foot, knee, push to move to next step.

Roll the feet, smooth.

When pushing to step next step, it almost feels like left side is even more forward, hip is more rotate to R. 

Don't stop, the movement is continuous into next step.

(Per pro coach: LF drag on toe, collect close to RF before stepping back out again. not explicitly stated in manual.)

Technique Notes

  • A common mistake is to point the feet other than in the direction they are going. That is, when locking, both the leader's feet should be pointing DW, and both the follower's feet should be BDW.

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