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Open Hip Twist

Rumba Open Hip Twist

This is a Silver 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
Slightly extend L arm fwd
2 3
Transfer weight to RF
--
Contract L arm over step 2 and 3 to end with LH close to L hip
3 4 1
Close LF to RF slightly back
--

4 2 RF back, small step
--
Brace L arm towards end of preceding beat, then L arm to L side
5 3 Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over step 5 and 6
Increase tone in L arm
6 4 1
RF to side in Fan Position
--
Slightly extend L arm. L hand still.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF back
No turn
For more dynamic: RF back, make sure to fully settle on R hip, rotate R hip more, tension with Man in R hand. Really settle into R hip, not afraid to take center backR side compression, R shoulder down. Counter balance with partner, so center can go further back. 
There is pull tension with partner's hands.
2 3
Transfer weight to LF
--
For more dynamic: delay weight transfer, hold 3, weight transfer on &
3 4 1
RF fwd
--
4: RF fwd fast, step fwd to Man. In response to Man's lead, Lady brings her weight well fwd on this step. Match tone in her R arm to Man's L arm.
1: Really settle R side, R arm/elbow slightly out. Center back. Compress
4
2
LF fwd
1/4 to R
Turn starts at the end of previous beat. Turn is initiated from the hips, hips are turned more than upper body.
Lady walk into her own arm. Thighs tight, collect center. 
5
3
RF fwd and slightly across, then turn to end RF back
1/8 to L, then a further 1/2. Body turn less.
Prepping R leg for forward walk turn by crossing a bit in front of LF.
&: turn 180 to left, into Man's hand with tension first before stepping LF back to Fan position.
6
4 1
LF back in Fan Position
Body completes turn