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Quickstep Silver Routine Technique Notes

General Notes:

Lady: dance with soft knees, track Man's right thigh.
  • Maintain 3 points of contact (right and left hand, hips) - then extend as far as possible.
  • Entire reverse turning section: keep continuous motion.
  • Lady's heel turn on RF: left side will rise (distance between L shoulder and head reduces) for a quick moment. Man is raising his R side to make the side lengthen which helps to get Lady's foot underneath and close feet instead of making a step. This applies to Double Reverse Turn, Telemark, etc.
  • Don't let spine "catch up" to elbows/arms; give arms to Man, extend upper spine back/away.
  • Don't be back-weighted: keep knees+hips in front of feet.
  • Don't rush the Slow's.
Start: Man facing DW on short side.
  1. Running Right Turn (1-10) (SQQ S SSS SQQ), ending DW of new LOD.
    • Man:
      • S:  step straight forward, do not veer to right, 
      • QQ: settle at end, 
      • S (Pivot): do not lean forward and stick butt out.
      • S: Man step straight fwd.
      • S: Man does not have to complete turn with his body on this step, the turn completes through next step
      • S: body completes turn
      • SQQ: Running finish.
    • Lady: 
      • S: back, but slightly to the side to give room for Man to step his foot; use CBM to open door for Man to pass.
      • Q: R leg has to track Man's R leg, otherwise, Lady will gap with Man. Extend.
      • Q: Feet together, settle and prep legs, do not break hip, i.e. do not stick butt out. 
      • S: (Pivot)
        • Lady can keep head strongly to the left; be careful not to bring head into Man's space.
        • Or, Lady can turn her head to right (which, when done right is preferable, will help Man with the pivot.), head should stay on Man's right side, do not let head get in front of Man if turning head to right. When shaping head to right, it's both a slight "dip" to right, as well as rotating to the right at the same time.
        • Keep L leg where it is, do not close up with R leg after pivot, need to leave room for Man. Man is tracking the leg.
      • S:  L leg should have been been left where it was during pivot, just step back.
      • S: heel turn: draw heel in slowly, R side is slightly raised for a quick moment (Man lifting side for heel turn), do not close both feet too fast. 
      • S: rise on toes all the way and send middle part of body forward (to keep connection with Man) and LF forward, body keep rotating, sending left side forward and around man. It appears to have big extension, while in fact, it's just sending middle of body forward. L toe has pressure on floor to keep balance.
      • S: RF strong fwd step, keeping left side up and around Man. When stretching L side forward, take care to not break at the hip and making hip the closest to Man. Make sure the whole R side (including middle of body) is still connected with Man, and then stretch as far fwd/left as possible.
      • QQ: commit to shaping head to right (don't do it halfway).
    • Don't be "steppy" - all steps are smooth flowing.
  2. Natural Turn With Hesitation  (SQQ SS hold S)
    • After Half Natural, settle down, don't step too quickly to S.
  3. Chasse Reverse Turn  (SQQ)
    • Lady:
      • S: do CBM, but make sure to step RF straight back. If RF steps to side, it blocks Man.
      • After QQ, continue rotating arms to have arms be with Man, then, ready for Reverse Pivot. 
  4. Reverse Pivot  (S)
    • Lady:
      • LF steps in between Man's legs, straight forward, do not veer to side.
      • Keep left side strongly forward (positive).
  5. Double Reverse Spin  (SSQQ)
    • Lady: 1st back step, big step, draw heel turn slowly.
  6. Chasse Reverse Turn  (SQQ)
  7. Reverse Pivot  (S)
  8. Closed Telemark  (SSS)
    • Lady:
      • S: strong big step back (this will allow for a proportionally large third step), use CBM at the same time. L side slightly raised (for heel turns).
      • S: then drag L heel slowly, don't put down L heel too fast, almost a "S S&" count, put down heel on & and push. 
      • S:
        • When stepping RF, keep contact with Man, step shouldn't be too close to Man, nor too small (which will pull Man over). Need to leave room between Lady's RF and Man's LF for Man to step through his first step for Fishtail.
        • shape head to right (actually by keeping the head where it is, when body turns left, head will be in the shaping right position)
        • Then quick shift head to left into first S of Fishtail. Lowering on this step continues into first S of Fishtail
      • be ready to control the momentum from the series of reverse turning figures
  9. Fish Tail (1-6) (SQQQQS) Start Facing DW, last step of Closed Telemark is first step of Fish Tail
    • Motion continues down floor, don't backtrack 
    • Man:
      • Man's body does a pendulum swing from left to right.
      • On step 3, man lowers while staying on toe at beginning of step, and rises out of it into the forward lock, similar to a tipple chasse.
    • Lady: 
      • be ready to control the momentum from the previous series of reverse-turning figures 
      • S:
        • 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.
      • Q: do not back track, movement is continuous down on the floor; back to "normal" extension, start rotating to R.
      • Q: keep rotating to R. do not back track.
      • QQS: lock step, don't slow down and lose the power and movement
  10. Natural Spin Turn  (SQQ SSS) Underturn at corner, come out DC new LOD
    • Natural Spin Turn: keep head to far left, outside circle. Extend.
    • Last step, for connecting with V-6, Lady will do toe-heel-toe, followed by a toe lead for LF Q in V6.
  11. V6 (2-8) (QQSSQQS)
    • In order to make step 5 a quick, man needs to get lady's frame turning left, otherwise her momentum will make it a slow. In older days, the men would twist her enough to get her off balance to go that way. 
    • Lady: shape head to right on QQ (step 5 and 6) and return head to normal on last S. Last Q: RF needs to swivel to left to avoid hitting knee with Man on S.
  12. Forward Lock (2-4) (QQS)
  13. Natural Spin Turn  (SQQ SSS) Underturned, come out backing DC, new LOD
    • Lady: head follow elbow, outside circle.
  14. Progressive Chasse  (SQQS) Turn left so that when we do the Chassé, leader is facing LOD, last step is DC
    • Lady: on last S, don't rotate upper body too far to left, keep upper body towards the Man
  15. Quick Open Reverse  (SSQQS) 
    • Add Man RF forward walk step to beginning of figure, DC to beginning of figure.
    • Lady: 
      • Shape head to right by rotating body underneath head on QQ, then quickly shape back to left at following Four Quick Run.
      • On last S, don't stick foot to the ground, allow it to continue to rotate inwards for the Four Quick Run so that the knees don't collide
      • Keep left side strongly to the Man all through the steps.
  16. Four Quick Run (2-6) (QQQQS)
    • Don't be back-weighted, avoid being steppy, keep smooth motion.
    • Keep left side strongly to the Man all through the steps.
    • Lady: first Q: swivel RF so R knee won't be in Man's way.
  17. Natural Turn  (SQQ) First half
    • extend.
    • can add the lock step in middle depending on floor length.
  18. Tipple Chasse To Right  (SQQ SQQS) across corner
    • really shape on the tipple portion (first QQ)