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Hockey Stick

Rumba Hockey Stick

This is a Bronze Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the different variation of the dance steps, including timing, and movement; 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
Turn Notes
1 2
LF fwd
No turn

2 3
Transfer weight to RF
--

3 4 1
Close LF to RF
--

4 2 RF behind LF (Cuban Cross)
1/8 to R

5 3 LF fwd small step
No turn
Walk with Lady forward. After Lady turns 1/2, she will be on Man's Left. Use next step to straighten.
6 4 1
RF fwd in Open Position
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Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
Close RF to LF
No turn
L arm in, twist L hip to left, close feet, switch weight, make bigger gap between legs. Really settle into R hip and hold for more dynamic.

Different characteristics - play with timing a bit. could take longer on this beat and catch up in next beat.
Lady echoes Man, can be a little late, but Lady should never be early.
2 3
LF fwd
--
L arm to center.

For more dynamic: hold 3 (settling more into R hip) and move on & and quickly step RF on 4.into Man's arm.)
3 4 1
RF fwd
--
Be patient, wait for Man.
Small step, straight forward, not wavering, do not pass Man. Create a window. 
L arm straight up on L side of face.
4 2 LF fwd
1/8 to L
Start by stepping straight forward, On "&", swivel 1/8 to L, use left hip to pull the R leg, prepare for next fwd step. 
Moving Man's arm across face to left, put on top of left shoulder.
L arm in.
5 3 RF fwd in line with LF, then turn underarm to end RF back
1/2 to L, body turns less
"3&": turning on "&". thighs tight together, compact, quick turn (start with shoulder turn first), after turning, body fwd, into Man.
6 4 1
LF back in Open Position
body completes turn
Straight back, don't turn anymore. Delayed back walk technique, create energy (but never pull or push Man) - place LF back, hold when Man is coming fwd, then quickly transfer weight to LF.

L arm out again if followed by open figure. (Depending on the following figure, it could get into closed position.)
  • Hockey Stick starts in Fan Position, may end in Option Position.
  • Alternative finishing: Open CPP
    • Man leads Lady to overturn towards end of 5, both taking 6 diag fwd in Open CPP. Lady turns an additional 1/4 L on RF using a loosely crossed spiral action.